March 23, 2012

Melvita Aloe Vera Soft - Moisturizing Balm

This is an article that could be part of a series called "from the bottom of the drawer" because actually, I bought this product 6 months ago. Then it was not the miracle moisturizer I was waiting for, and I put it aside, until earlier this week.

What this is, as described by the brand.
Aloe Vera Soft contains 60% Aloe Vera to intensely hydrate and cool the skin. Blended with Shea Butter and Jojoba, to act as emollients, sealing in moisture, this balm is suitable for all skin types and ideal for those with sensitive or dehydrated skin. This unique light balm is blended with anti-oxidant Prickly Pear to invigorate skin and leave a fresh, clean feeling.
Aloe Vera Soft is particularly recommended for delicate, dry, dehydrated skin. Its creamy texture and fresh fragrance also make it a very comfortable after-shave balm.

I should say here that Melvita is a certified organic brand, not that I'm all crazy about organic products, but when you get an Aloe Vera based product, it's better if the plant they used is of high quality.
The deal on this particular product is:
  • 99.40% of the total ingredients from natural origin
  • 67.00% of the total ingredients from Organic Farming
My experience with the product.

This comes in a big generous 100ml tube, so you get plenty. The texture is halfway between a lotion and a cream and feels very lightweight. There's a very fresh scent that reminds me of cologne.
Once you apply, it sets pretty quickly.

This didn't do much for my Winter skin but now that Spring is here and that my cheeks still haven't returned to their normal self, showing signs of dehydration, I wanted something to put on them under makeup, and this is an excellent product for that purpose. It makes a great smooth base, you don't have to wait long for it to sink in, and it doesn't budge all day.

However, I'm concerned with the fact that this claims to be for dehydrated and dry skin, yet it contains ether and alcohol, and these are quite high in the ingredients list. I do find you smell it, too, when using the product. I'm no specialist, but I'm thinking that might be why this didn't do anything for me in Winter time.

Bottom Line.

A nice lightweight moisturizer and makeup base if you aren't scared of the ingredients and are interested in a 99% natural ingredients product.
It's also reasonably priced at about 18€ for 100ml, and you can buy it online from all over the world.
Not a miracle product, though.

Ingredient list for the science nerds:
Aloe Barbadensis Extract [Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract]*, Dicaprylyl Ether, Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol*, Sorbitol, Aqua [Water], Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Parfum [Fragrance], Butyrospermum Parkii Butter [Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Oil]*, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil [Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil]*, Xanthan Gum, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, PCA Ethyl Cocoyl Arginate, Tribehenin, Limonene**, Tocopherol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Glyceryl Behenate, Linalool**, Citronellol**, Citral**, Citric Acid, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Fruit Extract*, Geraniol**.
*Ingredients from Organic Farming.
**Natural components of fragrance. 

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