Nature Republic Cactus 92% Soothing Gel Review:
As you might have noticed if you read my reviews, I am an Aloe Gel enthusiast. So when the ladies here at Cosmeperks told me a cactus gel could be more hydrating I jumped right on it! It is more expensive than aloe, but hydration is important for aging skin, and for combination or oily skin. And I have both of them.
Not to mention the novelty of having cactus on your skin, who doesn’t want to try that?
Eastern prickly pear, cultivated under extreme conditions in Pyeongchang (Winter Olympics city!) in Gangwon-do province, makes the skin healthy and smooth with its excellent moisturizing effect. This moisturizing soothing gel can be used for the face, body, and hair. The ingredient of pear cactus provides a soothing, moisturizing effect on the skin without any stickiness.
Opuntia Humifusa Flower/Stem Extract(92%) , Alcohol Denat, Glycerin, Pentyleneglycol, Agave Americana Stem Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tromethamine, Purified water, Octanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1, 2-hexanediol, Butylene glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Caramel, CI 19140, CI 42090
How to use:
Apply a sufficient amount of product to the dry parts of your body, or even your hair, and let it absorb.
Tip: As a regular hydrating gel, use it after the toner, and lock it in with a lotion, emulsion, or moisturizer.
My Skin Type: Oily T, dry U, sensitive, blemishes easily, and allergic.
Nature Republic Cactus 92% Soothing Gel Review:
This is a product that just by looking at the package seems attractive. The colors and design are simple (not minimalistic) and beautiful!
It came with a protective cover, as usual. Although I have used this product for several days already, to be able to evaluate it properly, this is a photo I saved from the beginning.
At first squeeze you can tell right away it’s a little denser than your average Aloe gel. It also doesn’t feel as cold as Aloe feels, so I guess for reducing body temperature during the summer Aloe would be better. Also, the same volume of Cactus gel feels physically heavier than Aloe!
Simple swatch for you to see absorption. Side by side with Aloe. The scent is actually very similar to the scent of an Aloe gel, but if I had to explain the difference… Aloe is fresher and more intense, and this one smells almost like nothing. The scent an Aloe gel has after it dries on your skin is slightly sweet, and this Cactus gel has that sweet scent too but not as the main scent, but as I said you almost cannot smell this gel at all. And it smells more plant-y.
The first image shows the Cactus gel is slightly heavier, and the aloe one is more watery (you can see by the way the cactus one is sliding down and the aloe one spreads on the skin a little). And the second photo shows the difference in density. On the last photo you can see that the Aloe gel is so much fresher my skin became slightly red (it’s not any bad reaction, the room was just fresh, so it’s the same as touching an ice cream).
This is my skin on a normal day, when it gets dehydrated after cleansing. And right after the first usage of this gel.
And this is how it looks after including the gel in my skin routine a few days in a row. I apply it after the toner. Basically, my skin is overall less dry and feels less stretchy.
It gives instant relief on the feeling of dryness, and on the lines formed by dry skin. And that hydration lasts way longer than Aloe gel. On my skin, applying them in the same method, Aloe’s hydration lasts around 15 minutes (considering I don’t apply any moisturizer afterwards) and this one lasts over 1 hour.
Then, like Aloe, it relieves the pimples, blemishes, sensitive parts, all of that.
After using it for a few skin care routines in a row, it does hydrate the skin in a way it becomes more resistant to dehydrating products. And all of this without adding any extra grease on my oily T zone.
They said it’s good for face, body and hair usage and it’s true! It is great on the face. My body isn’t as dehydrated as my face so I will rather use Aloe to my body since it’s cheaper, and Cactus is more hydrating so I’ll save it for the face.
On the hair I didn’t see any difference compared to Aloe except if you apply it after towel drying your hair, and before drying it with a hair dryer. It protects the hair from the heat damage more than Aloe does!
To put it short, this is a great product for hydration, given of course you lock the hydration in with a moisturizer (even if a light one). I also tried it as a relief on my allergies (since you can’t scratch your armpits and chest, much less in public) and it worked wonders for many hours in a row, even with deodorant (appropriate for sensitive skin) and perfume on top of it. Aloe is better for most things, but the things cactus gel is better for – is way better.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Nature Republic Cactus 92% Soothing Gel?
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