Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel Is the Perfect Salve For Inflamed Skin

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Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

What We Like
  • Contains nearly 99% aloe vera

  • Cools skin

  • Made without filler ingredients

What We Don’t Like
  • Chunky consistency

  • Expensive

Although more expensive than other options, Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel is packed with organic aloe vera and simple ingredients, making it a solid choice to soothe and cool skin.

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Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

We put the Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. 

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel seems to be as close to scooping out the leaf of an aloe vera plant as you can get—minus all the work. It contains nearly 99% organic aloe vera, so there’s lots of the star ingredient to work its magic on the skin. Aloe Vera gel can be used on rashes, bug bites, shaving burns, and anywhere your skin feels inflamed or irritated. But it's best known for being an after-sun salve. It can feel cooling and soothing on red, hot, inflamed skin, making it a must to keep on hand during the summer.

But with many varieties of aloe vera stocked alongside sunscreen on drugstore shelves, is an expensive option like this worth it? I tried out Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel during the best time—the peak of summer—to see how well it hydrated my skin and whether it was worth picking up. Ahead—my honest thoughts.

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Best for: All skin types

Uses: Hydration and after-sun care

Active ingredients: 99% organic aloe vera

Byrdie Clean?: Yes

Cruelty-Free?: Yes

Price: $25

About the brand: Seven Minerals is a family-owned brand that creates natural products for the body, including magnesium oil, castile soap, and carrier oils.

About My Skin: Loves hydration

My skin leans balanced to oily, especially during the summertime. I find myself skipping moisturizer because my skin doesn’t always need it, and I know it’ll melt off in the heat anyway. In the past, I’ve used aloe vera gels after sunburns (like the kind you can find at the drugstore that are often combined with pain-relieving agents like lidocaine), but I’ve picked up better sunscreen habits and avoided any burns.

And while I didn’t come home with a sunburn, I happened to test out the Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel during a heatwave and after a trip to the beach—the perfect time to soothe and cool my skin.

The Feel: Chunky at first

The texture of the gel varies—it’s a little watery with chunks of gel. This can be off-putting at first, but the gel breaks apart and the product turns into a uniform consistency that rubs in easily. It feels cool and tacky for a few minutes, but then sinks in and leaves skin moisturized. 

The gel itself is clear and has no scent—there’s no added fragrance, and the product itself doesn’t naturally have a strong smell.

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

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The Ingredients: Pure and simple

Compared to other options, this aloe vera gel from Seven Minerals only has the necessary ingredients: the aloe vera itself, which comprises 98.7% of the formula; agar, a thickener; citric acid, to balance the pH; ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C and also a preservative; and potassium sorbate, another preservative to extend shelf life.

The Results: Soothed skin

While super dry skin may need something more moisturizing, those with normal to oily skin will appreciate the lightweight hydration—especially during hot days when lotions might melt right off. The cooling sensation of the gel also helps with the heat. Because aloe vera is so soothing, anyone with irritated skin can potentially find relief with it. It especially excels at healing sunburned skin, and because it has more actual aloe vera than another option you might pick up at the drugstore, you’re likely to see more benefits.


Even when I haven’t spent a day at the beach, I can see myself using the gel to stay cool and hydrate my skin without the heaviness of other lotions.

Even when I haven’t spent a day at the beach, I can see myself using the gel to stay cool and hydrate my skin without the heaviness of other lotions.

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

The Value: Worth the upcharge

The cost is steep when compared to a bottle of aloe vera gel you can pick up at the drugstore, but this is for good reason—Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel is nearly all aloe vera gel, while the ingredients list of cheaper alternatives sometimes includes more filler than actual aloe vera juice. So even though the bottle sells for around $25, if it’s actual aloe vera that you want, it’s worth it.

And if you find yourself using aloe vera often, it might be economical for you to try the gallon jug for about $150.

Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel

Byrdie / Joline Busemi

Similar Products: You've got options

Holika Holika Soothing Aloe Vera Gel ($10): The consistency of the Holika Holika gel is smooth and can be more enjoyable to use than Seven Minerals, and the bottle is less expensive, too. But it does have a stronger scent due to added fragrance and a longer list of ingredients. It still packs 99% of aloe vera gel, though, so it’s a powerful product for less money.

Innisfree Aloe Vitalizing Soothing Gel Hydrating Face & Body Moisturizer ($10): While you can use the Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel all over, this option from Innisfree was formulated specifically for the face to reduce redness and soothe irritation. It contains less actual aloe vera gel, but it also has madecassoside, a compound of Centella asiatica.

Final Verdict

Despite the initial questionable texture, the Seven Minerals Aloe Vera Gel is worth the upcharge. The nearly pure aloe vera formula (with just a few stabilizers) excels at soothing and hydrating skin.

Specs

  • Product Name Aloe Vera Gel
  • Product Brand Seven Minerals
  • SKU X000S9KSKB
  • Price $24.95
  • Weight 12 oz.
  • Ingredients Organic Aloe Vera, Agar, Citric acid, Ascorbic acid, Potassium sorbate
Article Sources
Byrdie takes every opportunity to use high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy.
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  2. Bernstein EF, Underhill CB, Lakkakorpi J, et al. Citric acid increases viable epidermal thickness and glycosaminoglycan content of sun-damaged skinDermatol Surg. 1997;23(8):689-694. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.1997.tb00391.x

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