Thursday, 11 September 2014

Dr. Organic Snail Gel (review)

Dr. Organic Snail Gel
I've been so looking forward to reviewing this for you! Snail gel – it sounds so bizarre, like one of those fads people try then forget about a few months later – but I highly doubt this will be a fad. I've been using it quite extensively over the last few weeks and I'm really impressed with it, and here's why...

Dr. Organic Snail Gel
Pleasure To Use
I can understand if you read “snail gel” and recoil in horror. You might imagine it's slimy and goo-like, but honestly, it's nothing like that. This gel is non-sticky and transparent – it looks and feels highly refined and not at all gucky. On top of that it smells lovely – very citrusy and vibrant; it's the most refreshing face product I've ever used.

Easy To Apply
I've been using it predominantly as an alternative to regular face serums. This is because it has an easy absorbed texture, anti-ageing properties and a skin soothing ability. It spreads easily, sinks right in and doesn't leave a tacky residue.

Natural & Ecological
The fragrance is from essential oils; there's no artificial perfume added. The snail gel itself uses 'slime' taken from the snails as they travel across glass plates, so the snails aren't actually harmed. This means this product is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. Parabens, mineral oils, artificial colours and preservatives as well as silicones are all excluded and the product is organic.

Simply Effective
I didn't experience any irritation and found after it had absorbed my regular day and night creams smoothed on top without any difficulty. My face feels refreshed, it looks smooth and has remained clear. There have been no noticeable improvements in fine lines, but I'm not too worried.  Interestingly a friend of a friend used this on his acne and found it cleared it up over a matter of weeks, but I can't verify his claims myself.

Good Value
It's currently priced at £19.99 for 50 ml. Generally speaking, all of Dr. Organic's products are good value, and this is no exception. Holland & Barrett have been pushing this hard over the last few months and quite right, too - natural, vegetarian and effective beauty products like this deserve a big platform to grab people's attention. It's also widely available in all of H&B's stores.

My own beauty hound Mother beat me to the punch and bought the original snail gel – the non Dr. Organic version – quite some time before me! That's no longer available and wasn't all that natural to begin with, apparently. She's converted to this and loves it even more!

Much nicer to use than you might expect!
Organic claim isn't certified
Skin looks clear, bright and smooth

Lovely (natural) fragrance

Absolutely nothing horrible is included

Not bad value for money


Brand: Dr. Organic

Size: 50 ml
Price: £19.99 (£39.98/100 ml)

Manufactured: Europe

Ingredients: Snail Filtrate, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Lime Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil. Aloe barbadensis lead juice, Aqua, Snail secretion filtrate (Helix aspersia muller), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 cocoate, Sodium hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium sorbate, Ethylhexlglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium hydroxide, Litsea cubeba oil, Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil, Citrus aurantifolia oil, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool

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