Hello and welcome to my blog in 2021! Today I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this gel foam cleanser because I’ve bought by mistake – thought I was ordering my favorite Nature Republic aloe vera foam cleanser. This cleanser isn’t on par with its foam counterpart and I’ve made a full ingredient list analysis to try and see why exactly.
Right away, let me tell you my skin type and main concerns. I’m in my late 20s and my skin type is combination. My T-zone is normal to oily and my cheeks and chin are normal to dry. As a rule, the oiliness of my T-zone is aggravated by certain foundations, skincare products, and in the summer, but even then it’s just a bit of shine, so I wouldn’t call it oily. The cheeks and chin are usually normal to dry (sometimes very dry, especially during the colder months). I am allergic to some artifical colorants and fragrance in skincare products – usually my skin gets itchy and flare up, more rarely I can get rash.
What I want from a cleanser: mild yet quality cleansing – deep cleansing to keep my pores clean in the long run, but not drying over time. It’s crucial that the cleanser doesn’t irritate my skin. Usually I can tell that a cleanser is drying or not immediately after trying it, but I give every product a fair fighting chance.
NATURE REPUBLIC Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel Foam Review
The product promises to ‘effectively remove makeup residue and impurities from your skin with its rich aloe extract’ – right up my alley, even though I don’t expect a cleanser to remove makeup residue – I use makeup removers for that purpose.
Price: I bought it for around $7
Used for: a week
Packaging: standard plastic tube, sturdy, easy to squeeze the product out (exactly the same as the cleanser foam from the same line has):
Texture and consistency: very thick transparent yellowish gel that doesn’t slide or melt when applied on the skin:
Scent: common fresh cucumbery scent that aloe-based products often have (e.g. aloe vera gels, etc); not too strong and not particularly mild
Effect: I bought this gel expecting a mild, but effective cleanser and didn’t get neither. The gel forms very thick foam that’s difficult to rinse off, but after I eventually rinse it off there’s no feeling of clean skin at all – it feels like there’s still something on my skin, like a film. I couldn’t keep using this product for longer than a week because of its effect, but I can say for sure that I didn’t get any skin irritation or breakouts while I used it. This product is definitely very underwhelming to say the least. If you’re looking for a mild and moisturizing cleanser, I’d rather go for the Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Foam Cleanser. I’ve seen the foam and this gel sold separately, so I don’t think that the gel is the reformulation of the foam, but the foam is much better for sure.
Efficiency: I need a pea size amount per use (probably thanks to a lot of SLS the gel foams up very well)
Would I repurchase? Definitely not – there are awesome cleansers in this price range and this ain’t one of them for me. The foam cleanser from this line is gentle, effective, and evens out the skin tone, so this gel isn’t good enough.
NATURE REPUBLIC Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera Cleansing Gel Foam Review FULL INGREDIENT LIST ANALYSIS
Water – self-explanatory
sodium laureth sulfate (aka SLES) – very commonly used medium mild cleansing agent, even though much more mild than SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), can still irritate the skin, comedogenic
myristic acid – naturally occurs in fruits and vegetables, in cosmetics used as a surfactant and cleansing agent, however comedogenic
triethanolamine – acts as a cleansing base and pH level regulator, however can become toxic and lead to allergic reactions (source)
lauramide DEA – derived from the natural lauric acid, used in cosmetics as a surfectant – increases foaming capacity and stabilizes foam. Also thickens the water portion of the product (source)
cocamide MEA – a mixture of ethanolamines of fatty acids derived from coconut oil. This cosmetic ingredient functions as a surfactant—foam booster and an aqueous viscosity-increasing agent (source)
cocamidopropyl betaine – surfactant, interacts with water, making the molecules slippery so they don’t stick together, according to HealthLine
aloe barbadenis leaf extract – extract of the Aloe Barbadenis plant leaves, which has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and soothing properties
glycerin – non-toxic ingredient that moisturizes and softens the skin
palmitic acid – naturally found in palm oil and palm kernel oil, surfactant (detergent), emulsifier (allows mixing oil and water), opacifying agent or emollient (softens the skin) (source)
glyceryl caprylate – stabilizer in oil-in-water solutions, also used to restore oils in the skin and regulate the skin moisture
sodium benzoate – preservative; fungus, yeast, and bacteria growth inhibitor, scent enhancer
sodium chloride – aka salt, serves as a binding agent and cleaser
dimethicone – moisturizing agent, skin protectant at certain levels because dimethicone molecules are too large to penetrate the skin (source)
TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate – surfectant, improves the ability of the product to wet the skin
dimethiconol/silsesquioxane copolymer – skin conditioning agent, film former (source)
laureth-23 – used to improve product texture
disodium EDTA – protects the consistency of the product, generally considered safe because it’s not well absorbed by the skin
phenoxyethanol – stabilizer and preservative
fragrance – used to alter/mask skincare scent, often considered to be a common irritant in skincare
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One doesn’t need to be a chemist or skincare professional to see that the ingredient list of this product pretty much explains my experience with it. SLS is the second ingredient on the list, which means it’s one of the main ingredients by volume. The main bulk of the ingredients includes cleansing agents, stabilizers, and preservatives, but the aloe extract is way down on the list. Compared to the foam cleanser, this cleanser is way worse in terms of skin benefits.
Have you tried this cleanser? I’m also very curious to know if you research skincare product ingredients or reviews before purchasing? I rarely do so, but sometimes it’s very interesting to see what makes the product work the way it does.
As always, thank you for reading and I’m looking forward to reading and responding to your comments 💖
See you in my next post,