When you hear Aloe Vera mist, the first thing that comes to my mind as a K-beauty fan is the Nature Republic’s 92% Soothing Aloe Mist. A lot of people love the gel type that’s in the tub since it’s a very versatile product that offers more than 12 ways to use it. You might be thinking– wait, we’re supposed to be talking about the Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist, right? Well, the best way to start this review is to compare the two since there are a lot of similarities with regards to the 92% Aloe content, the scent, packaging, etc.
First of all, I’m a huge fan of the Nature Republic’s Aloe Mist. I’ve emptied about 3-4 bottles of that until I decided to look for an easier and possibly cheaper alternative– the Bench one. In the Philippines, the Nature Republic Aloe mist is about P330+. I forgot the exact price but if you have their membership card, they offer about 10% discount on your purchase. I use the mist to freshen up my face when it feels too hot outside. Sometimes, when I have rashes on my face or slight irritations, I just spray this on my entire face before I slap on my moisturizer. As much as I love this specific aloe mist, I’m having problems getting my hands on it. The nearest mall that I could find it is not a store but a small kiosk in the mall. (Note: You can’t use the 10% discount on kiosks) Unfortunately, the aloe mist is always out of stock. Plus one on the Bench Organics 92% Aloe Mist, because almost every mall in our city has a Bench store in it. Another plus one, because it’s only P218 per bottle.
It contains 5.1floz/150ml which is the same as the Nature Republic one.
What surprised me about this Bench Organics Aloe mist is that it smells exactly, like literally exactly like the Nature Republic one. What kind of sorcery is this? I told myself that maybe it’s because that’s what aloe really smells like. But really? I remember trying out another Aloe Vera gel in a tube that I purchased in Watson’s, I can’t remember the brand since I tossed it in the garbage years ago (because that’s where it deserved to be!) and it didn’t smell like that. It smelled like glue, so I’m pretty sure that’s not how Aloe is supposed to smell like.
But I won’t further question those two brands on why they smell 100% the same. Because I honestly think that they both work just fine and since the Bench Organics is cheaper, plus highly available almost everywhere for me, I’m choosing it over the Nature Republic one.
It hydrates, yes.
It freshens you up, yes.
It soothes your skin, yes.
Although, I’ve heard other people use it for setting their makeup. But I find that every mist that I use makes my makeup melt instead of setting it. I’m not sure if it’s because it doesn’t work well with my makeup or what. So I never really use it as a setting spray. However, whenever my brow pomades start to dry up, I just spritz a little of this Bench Organics Aloe Vera mist and it instantly revives the texture of the pomade. What a lifesaver, right? Another thing, if you’re a shaver (facial hair or whatever) you can spritz this after in order to avoid razor burns. I find that it really does help soothe your skin.
Another plus one for this Bench Organics Aloe Vera mist is that I like the spray better than the Nature Republic one. I find that the Nature Republic Soothing Aloe mist sprays random big droplets of the product on your face, while the Bench Organics one sprays evenly all over your face. I think that the spritzer itself makes a huge difference for a misting product to work well. If I was going to splash my face with big chunks of liquid, I should have just doused my face with the aloe mist instead.
Bench Organics 92% Aloe Vera Face & Body Mist – 4.5/5
Nature Republic 92% Soothing Aloe Mist – 3/5