Aloette Aloepure Time Repair Serum: An (Almost) Ideal Product

I really want to love you, but…

I’m almost never on board with getting full sized skincare items in box subscriptions since they can be very hit or miss. If they’re a miss, I almost feel obligated to go through them all.

Sometimes, I’ll get something I absolutely love, but there’s an ingredient in there that keeps me from reinvesting in it. This is one of those cases.

Boxycharm included this Time Repair Serum (USD $48.00, full size), now known as the Time Repair Anti-Wrinkle Serum in one of our boxes. When I first looked into the product, I really loved what I was hearing. This is a company that basis its products in the properties of Aloe Vera leaf. I love using aloe vera in my nighttime skincare routine, since it acts as a hydrator and a natural antiseptic for the skin (aka, it’s a gentle way of preventing breakouts). Plus, it has a lot more beneficial properties that make it an excellent skincare ingredient.

Additionally, this serum kind of acts as your all in one. It has both AHA and BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliants, which are great for getting off all remnants of dead skin cells and residue that contribute to cellular breakdown and breakouts. It also has lemon extract, another great astringent, as well as lactic acid and rice bran extract, all great exfoliators.

And you know what? This worked beautifully as a serum. My skin did look fresher as I used it. I liked it enough that I also used up my sister’s bottle, which she was looking to pass on. So that was roughly six months that I had using this product.

When I finally scraped out the last of the serum, I started looking into buying it. That’s how much I liked it.

Here I was totally ready to purchase this when I took a deeper look at the ingredients. Everything was great until I found the number one offender in skincare.


Yes, it’s near the bottom of the ingredient list, but why on earth would I spend almost $50 on great skincare ingredients when they also come with one of the most sneakily damaging ingredients?

This was about to be a real winner, especially for people who want to invest in good skin exfoliants, but can’t afford to buy a mix of Sunday Riley and Drunk Elephant products. You get all that you really need from one product.

But with fragrance included, I just can’t get on board.

Verdict: If Aloette were to get rid of the fragrance in their formula, this could be a huge winner for affordable skincare. It may not seem so with the $48 price point, but this serum is packed with a lot of ingredients that would cover you on almost all basis when it comes to exfoliants. (I would just suggest adding benzoyl peroxide if you’re very acne prone.) But until they get rid of that pesky ingredient, I sadly won’t be purchasing this.


February 2016 Boxycharm Review #1: Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

Gotta love it when Boxycharm sends something I would never buy myself.

In terms of what’s on my priority list for bath time, a sponge isn’t exactly up there. When Boxycharm included this You Have My Heart of a String Sponge from Spongelle (USD $15.00, full size) I didn’t know how to feel. I love getting body wash in subscription boxes, but a sponge? And a $15.00 sponge at that? Hmm.

I wasn’t going to stop from trying it though. The sponge texture and construction, I really love. It has a softer size to lather and wash and a buffer side that’s incredibly exfoliating to scrub the skin. The softer size builds up a great lather and can actually be a gentle exfoliant for people with more sensitive skin.

As for the buffer, get ready to come out without a layer of skin. I mean this as a compliment. I love how exfoliating this is! Now that spring is here, I use bronzer on my legs, arms, and d├ęcolletage to hide my winter paleness. (Yes, I’m aware I have a naturally tan complexion, but my legs and arms see almost no sunlight in the winter and trust me…it shows.) I need to exfoliate my skin really well to get my bronzer to soak into the skin properly, and this sponge gets the job done. After bronzing and adding lotion, my skin feels baby soft.

This is one of those sponges that’s already soaked in the body wash. I always feel weird about this, because I don’t like leaving bath product behind on my sponges. The body wash is suppose to have essential oils that supposedly nourish and hydrate the skin. However, I found that even just using the sponge side this body wash is too drying for my skin. I spent a lot of time wringing out the infused body wash so I could just use the sponge with my Aveeno Body Wash (I swear by this stuff. Best body wash and it’s good for sensitive skin.).

They claim there’s 14 uses worth of bath gel infused in the sponge, but I can’t say if this is true. I got rid of the body wash soon after trying. But from what I can tell, it does have a ton of product — probably enough to last you through several uses.

Questionable body wash aside, the sponge stores well in the shower. I do stick my sponges (makeup, body, even dish) in the microwave once a week to nuke the bacteria. It didn’t do damage to this sponge, which is a huge plus. I’d hate to have to throw it out early because I can’t disinfect it.

Rating: 4/5. I love the sponge itself. It’s made of great material that cleanses and exfoliates the body. Hands down, it’s the best exfoliator I’ve used. I just with they sold it without the infused body wash, because I just didn’t like it. I’d rather have a great sponge and just use my preferred body wash.

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