Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel Review
(06/23/2015): The natural preservative system used for this product is not stable in extreme temperatures. I highly recommend against ordering and having this product shipped overseas in extreme temperatures, particularly during summer months. There have been consumer reports of spoilage of other products in this line due to the sole reliance on the natural preservatives used.
You would think that the Snail Bee High Content Essence would have been the product that pushed me into trying the Benton line, given that it’s such an interesting product! While it’s true that I had my eye on the Snail Bee for months, the product that led me to purchase the Benton lineup was actually the Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel ($17). As mentioned in my review earlier this week for the Benton Toner, my working theory (and it really is just a theory at this point) is that the fatty alcohols found in most moisturizers were actually slowing the healing process of my acne rash – and possibly even making it worse. I wanted to find a moisturizing product I could add to my face oil that didn’t contain any Cetereayl Alcohol or Cetyl Alcohol. When I saw the ingredient list for the Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, I knew this was exactly what I’d been looking for.
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, in case you’re just now joining the Benton party I’ve been having all week, is just one of three Benton products that I am crediting with clearing up a nasty breakout I’ve been struggling with for months. The other two products are the Aloe BHA Skin Toner and the Snail Bee High Content Essence. Below is a photo breakdown of my acne healing process during my Benton product usage.
What is it?
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is a gel moisturizer that is gentle and suitable for all skin types. In a standard Asian skincare routine, Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel acts as the emulsion/lotion step. It promises to moisturize, sooth skin, and prevent skin damage caused by external irritants.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (80%), Propolis Extract (10%), Glycerin, Arginine, Allantoin, Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cross Polymer, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract
Just like its siblings in the rest of the Benton line, this ingredient list is on point with lots of actives and no fillers. Here are some of the highlights:
Aloe Barbadensis – Aloe is a classic skincare ingredient for very good reason. It contains antioxidant properties with Vitamins A, C, and E, fatty acids, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, as well as naturally occurring salicylic acid. It’s fantastic at treating acne, redness, and dryness, among other things. If you’d like to learn more about this wonderplant, check out this summary from the Indian Journal of Dermatology.
Propolis – Propolis is a resinous substance that originally comes from conifers, but it usually collected from bees, who use it to construct their hives. It possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and has been shown to promote wound healing.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract – More commonly known as Chamomile, this ingredient possesses some amazing anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory superpowers come from flavonoids, which stop the release of histamines – a chemical produced by our bodies that causes swelling, itching, and redness. Chamomile also contains an alcohol called Alpha-Bisabolol, which helps accelerate the healing process of wounds, including acne.
Betaine – Humectant and anti-irritant. In fact, some studies have shown it to be less irritating than pure water! Betaine protects against cellular dehydration that can sometimes occur when cells absorb substances though osmosis.
According the feedback from COSDNA, there are no potential acne triggers or irritants in this formula. In fact, much like the Aloe BHA Skin Toner, everything in the ingredient list scored a 0 out of 5 in terms of risk, which is highly uncommon!
I like to mix 2-4 pumps of the Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel with a couple of drops of either Passionfruit Oil, Baobob Oil or Argan Oil, and apply it as my moisturizing step after the Snail Bee Essence. My skin type is dry, which is why I like to mix it with an oil. Those with oily skin could probably use this as a standalone moisturizer, though a few drops of quality face oil really works nicely with this product – I highly recommend it!
This gel comes packaged in a plastic pump bottle, very similar to the Snail Bee High Content Essence bottle. The pump is very efficient and does a great job allowing control over how much product is being dispensed. It’s not the most glamorously packaged skincare product, but I rather like the serious, refined look of the labeling.
There is no scent added to this product, which is great news for those who are sensitive to fragrance! If you put your face in the product and try really hard, you can sort of smell something ambiguously plant like.
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is a wonderful moisturizing product that sooths and helps with inflammation, including acne inflammation. It’s extremely light and absorbs very quickly. Any residual stickiness disappears quickly, leaving me with soothed, moisturized skin.
Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is not quite moisturizing enough to work as a standalone moisturizer for my dry skin, but when combined with a face oil, it provides exactly the amount of moisture I need to last all day or all night. Additionally, I find that this gel actually speeds up the absorption of my face oils. This is especially helpful in the morning, because it cuts down the waiting time between applying my Passionfruit Oil and my makeup down by 20 minutes!
Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel has been a face-saver. It has helped immensely with redness and inflammation. Using it in conjunction with the Benton AHA Skin Toner and the Snail Bee High Content Essence has been the key to clearing up my recent acne issues, and I am so glad I tried it!
+ Light, easily absorbed
+ Extremely soothing, reduces facial redness
+ Plays well with other skincare actives
+ No irritants or acne triggres
+ Very high quality ingredients list – no fillers
+ Suitable for sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin
+ Improves absorption of face oils such as Passionfruit, Argan, and Baobob oils.
+ Easy to dispense
+ Not quite moisturizing enough to use as a standalone moisturizer for dry skin types
Skin & Tonics Rating:
Performance: 4/5 – This product is soothing, reduces acne inflammation, moisturizing, and works well with all skin types. It may not be moisturizing enough for dryer skin types, but mixes nicely with face oils.
Quality: 5/5 – – High-quality ingredients, no fillers, easy-to-use packaging
Value: 5/5 – $17 for a whopping 100 mL of high-quality product
Overall : 4/7/5
Where to Buy
This product is not sold in the US, so you’ll have to order it from South Korea. I purchased mine for $17 with free shipping at I Am Love Shop on eBay and was very happy with my experience. My order arrived at my door in North Carolina in about 10 days.
Benton Aloe BHA Toner is also available from the following Skin & Tonics approved sellers:
W2Beauty ($17 + free shipping, get a $5 voucher by entering my sponsor code at sign-up: 025605)
RubyRuby76 (eBay seller, $17 + free shipping)
Tester Korea ($13 + $7 shipping)
BringBringShop (eBay seller, $17 + free shipping)
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