Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I jumped at the chance to provide a review on some of the wonderful Aloe Vera Gels produced by the clever people at Base Formula. There are several great products in the Base Formula gel range, and I thought it would be helpful to review each gel, the main ingredients within the gels and then explore the various ways in which the products themselves may be used to good effect.
Part I of my review focuses on Aloe Vera & Rose Hydrating Gel, Neroli & Aloe Vera Hydrating Gel, and Tea Tree & Lavender Hydrating Gel.
Therapeutic properties for topical use: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiperspirant, Bactericidal, Hydrating, Vulnerary (promotes healing of wounds and prevents tissue degeneration).
Cautions/contraindications: Aloe Vera Gel is contraindicated in cases of known allergy to plants in the Liliaceae plant family.
Additional info: The sap of the Aloe plant is a clear, mucilaginous gel. It is this gel which is used medicinally. The outer skin has essentially no value.
Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
Therapeutic properties for topical use: Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Bactericidal, Deodorant.
Cautions/contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing, non-photo-toxic.
Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Therapeutic properties for topical use: Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Balancing, Antiviral, Bactericidal, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Cicatrisant (promotes healing through formation of scar tissue).
Cautions/contraindications: Animal studies suggest that lavender used in aromatherapy or by mouth may increase the amount of drowsiness caused by some drugs. Drowsiness caused by some seizure medicines may also be increased. Caution is advised while driving or operating machinery. Lavender may also increase the risk of bleeding when taken with other drugs that increase the risk of bleeding.
Rose essential oil (Rosa centifolia)
Therapeutic properties for topical use: Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Bactericidal, Cicatrisant (see above).
Cautions/contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Therapeutic properties for topical use: Anti-infectious, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Bactericidal, Expectorant, Fungicide, Insecticide.
Cautions/contraindications: Possibly sensitising to some individuals.
Methods of use (topical application only)
Neroli & Aloe Vera Hydrating Gel:
Face: Suitable for use as a facial mask on sensitive and dehydrated skin (an excellent skin rejuvenator).
Body: Can help to hydrate and deodorise the skin. Can be incorporated into the ‘wrap’ part of a spa body treatment.
Tea Tree & Lavender Hydrating Gel:
Face: Suitable for use as a facial mask for oily and dehydrated skin (fantastic for acne-prone skin).
Body: May be applied to specific areas to help soothe inflamed skin, or incorporated into a body wrap treatment.
Aloe Vera & Rose Hydrating Gel:
Face: Suitable for use as a facial mask for mature and dehydrated skin (Brilliant anti-ageing product)
Body: May be applied to nourish and soothe the skin, or used as part of a spa body wrap treatment.
The Aloe Vera leaf itself is said to contain more than 200 compounds and whilst it should be acknowledged that the scientific evidence itself is limited with regard to the health benefits of this amazing plant, it has been used extensively in herbal medicine for many years, with many extolling its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. It is not surprising, therefore, that the experts at Base Formula would want to harness the natural power of Aloe Vera and combine it with other natural botanicals such as Neroli, Lavender, Rose and Tea Tree. The beautiful aromas of the pure essential oils within the products give each of them a pleasing sense of individuality and really are delightful to use. I particularly enjoyed using the Rose and Aloe Vera Gel, my skin feeling nourished and moisturized after application. Being in the age group that has skin care concerns other than acne, I haven’t used the Tea Tree & Lavender Gel on my face, but look forward to seeing how effective it is in treating any minor skin irritations that may occur over the summer months. I am also really looking forward to using Aloe Vera & Seaweed Hydrating Gel, and Aloe Vera, Elderflower & Seaweed Eye Gel and sharing the results with you in Part II. Hopefully, the skin around my eyes will look noticeably different!