Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?! I have had some inspiration recently for this little blog of mine, to hopefully write a couple of posts that may help with gift ideas for the last couple of weeks before the big day, including this one. I have another piece I am hoping to post later this week, so keep your eyes peeled!
For today’s post, I wanted to promote something that is more and more necessary in this day and age – supporting local and smaller businesses. It is so easy to hop on Amazon to do some Christmas shopping, if not all of it, but I do find that the smaller businesses are more personal and you can find items that are more special for being handmade or just something you wouldn’t necessarily find anywhere else. Of course, it also helps these businesses survive in the current climate and therefore, they will be able to enjoy Christmas with their families!
I do have a couple of friends who have started their own ventures, of which they seem to be doing very well so far. I visited one of these friends very recently, to try out some products from her new venture.
My lovely friend and colleague Gina, has started selling Forever Aloe products; this is something I hadn’t heard of before and so was intrigued and keen to try some! Gina was able to personally recommend and guide me through the products, as I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for.
Forever Aloe is a US based, cruelty free company, utilising Aloe Vera in a wide variety of products, from Aloe drinks to skin care and make up. They support their local farmers in Texas and the Dominican Republic and ensure they produce high quality Aloe plants.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to try first, so I purchased the ‘travel kit’, as there was a selection of products to try. I also bought the Aloe Vera lip balm, as Gina recommended it and the weather is of course turning very cold!
I also tried the Aloe gel drinks; I had never tried this before and it wasn’t as bad a flavour as I had been told! But I did find the Peaches drink to be much easier to drink. Gina also made me a cup of tea using the Aloe Blossom herbal tea – being I big fan of herbal tea, I really enjoyed it! It was so soothing and comforting.
I have been trying the products I have purchased for the last week or so, to give it a good try before telling you my opinions, so lets get into what I bought!
Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo & Conditioning Rinse
Firstly, let me tell you about the shampoo and conditioning rinse. Shampoo and conditioner is certainly a very personal choice, especially for myself as I tend to get dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair if I don’t use the right products! But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by these products.
The shampoo claims to promote strengthened, manageable and full bodied hair, containing 3 essential oils to help moisturise, as well as being pH balanced and sulphate free. The formula is also gluten free and vegan.
The conditioning rinse also containing 4 essential oils to help moisturise the hair and scalp. The website claims ‘it’s powerful enough to leave your hair softer, shinier and more manageable, but lightweight enough to be used as a leave-in conditioner without heavier build up.’
The shampoo was able to lather up easily, which for me makes it feel like it is really cleaning my hair! The scent is really gentle and natural, unlike some shampoos which can be overpowering. Once I washed the shampoo out of my hair, I followed with the conditioning rinse.
I am typically used to a thick, creaming conditioner, as I am so prone to dry hair, whereas this was more of a runnier consistency. Despite this, I had no issues with frizziness and it left my hair feeling soft, manageable and with a little bit of volume! I wouldn’t say it was the most hydrating conditioner for my hair, but I think it would be asking a lot for my personal hair type! Saying that, I haven’t tried it as a leave-in conditioner, which I use various brands of from time to time. I think that would be interesting to see if that makes a difference for my hair.
Aloe Moisturising Lotion (and other samples)
This is something I was keen to try, as I’m always looking for a good moisturiser due to my eczema and general dry skin. In fact, I had a few samples of various moisturising products to try from Gina also, so hopefully I can give a good comparison!
The moisturising lotion that I received in the travel kit, is quite lightweight and absorbs easily. Forever Aloe recommend it for face, hands and body – I was curious to how a ‘body’ moisturiser would perform on the face, as products for the body tend to be of a thicker consistency, but I was pleasantly surprised as it was lightweight enough for the face. It left my skin feeling hydrated and soft.
I also tried a sample of the Aloe Propalis Crème, which claims to help maintain a healthy skin tone and texture. It’s a rich formula with a thicker consistency than the lotion which feels calm and soothing on the skin – it suited my dry, sensitive legs well! The crème absorbed fairly quickly and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all.
Aloe Vera Gelly
This is another sample I received from Gina, but I have not been able to test it, for good reason! The Aloe Vera Gelly is recommended for use in first aid situations such as burns and minor skin irritations and thankfully, I haven’t injured myself recently… yet!
It is a handy sachet to have in our first aid kit at home, especially living with a chef that often has oil burns from cooking! Myself and Ross have often reached for an aloe vera gel for burns in the past, and I can say it is very soothing and cooling, so I can imagine this gelly would have the same effect.
Forever Bright Toothgel
I was intrigued by the toothgel in the travel kit, mainly because it is a vivid green shade! Gina had explained that this toothgel does not contain fluoride and so is suitable for the whole family – children really like it because of the fun colour! I really liked it too; it left my teeth feeling as clean as my normal toothpaste would and I really enjoyed the flavour of peppermint and spearmint – some toothpastes do not taste this good!
It’s also worth mentioning that this tooth gel is suitable for vegetarians.
Forever Aloe Lips with Jojoba
This is my most used purchase so far! I suffer terribly with dry lips this time of year, which eventually leads to them becoming chapped and cracking. This lip balm has a light, possibly cherry-like scent, is very creamy and has left my lips so soft; I had applied it when my lips became sore after a particularly stressful shift at work (I tend to bite my lips a lot when I’m stressed!). I have another lip balm I occasionally use which actually stings when I apply it to sore areas, whereas this Aloe lip balm was soothing and prevented my sore lips from becoming chapped. I keep it on me at all times!
I am really glad I was able to try these products and have enjoyed trying them out. The Forever Aloe range is extensive and I’m sure there is something for everyone! I recommend having a chat to my lovely friend Gina on her Facebook group if you are interested (and in the Suffolk area) – she would be able to help you choose the right products for you. She also has been putting together some really sweet gift sets, perfect for Christmas!
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment, I can try to answer or put you in touch with Gina.
Disclaimer: I have purchased these items myself and all opinions I have expressed are honest and my own.