Product Review: Aloe Vera Gel vs EcoStyler Gel

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel EcoStyler Gel (Krystal)
Price: $10.31 for 24 oz bottle $3.19 for 12 oz jar
Purchased At: I purchased this bottle from Amazon.com CVSAlso available at Walgreens, Sally Beauty, Rite Aid
Promises: “Cooling soothing get from nature’s miracle plant of the ages. Made from fresh Aloe Vera leaves. Forms a protective barrier which helps retain moisture and promotes healing. Use as a shaving gel, as a hair styling gel, or on blemishes.” “EcoStyler Krystal Gel is a strong holding gel that is ideal for any hairstyle and/or hair color. It is weightless and proves gravity defying hold for all hair styles. EcoStyler Krystal Gel is water-based and will provide moisture to help maintain healthy hair. Maximum hold. Controls and defines with long lasting shine. No flakes, no tack, anti-itch. Contains UV protection.”
Directions: Apply liberally. Apply to dry or wet hair. Work desired amount through hair and style.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E acetate), Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea. Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Packaging

I was worried that the Aloe Vera Gel would clump and clog the pump over time but I’ve been using this gel for months and clumps or clogs have never been an issue. As for the EcoStyler Gel, we all know how I feel about jars: ♥ ’em.

Fragrance

Aloe vera gel doesn’t smell like anything really. The EcoStyler Gel does have a fragrance but it’s so light that I never noticed it until I had to sniff the jar for this review.

Consistency

EcoStyler has a thicker consistency than the Aloe Vera Gel, which has a waterier consistency – hopefully you can tell what I mean in the picture to the right. I’ve found that Aloe Vera Gel is a little bit easier to apply to my hair; it just sinks in better.

How I Use

Before applying either gel to my hair, I dampen it. Sometimes I use plain ol’ water, sometimes I’ll spray my hair with Komaza Care Califia Moisturizing Cream. After dampening my hair, I apply one of these gels, sometimes both to my hair. Because Aloe Vera Gel has thinner consistency, sometimes I find myself applying Aloe Vera to my hair more liberally and then going back and adding just a small amount of EcoStyler to my edges. After applying the gels(s) to my hair, I wet my soft bristle brush before gently brushing to distribute the gel(s). Lastly, I grab a silk scarf and tie my edges down.

Flakes/Build Up

Thankfully, neither one of these gels causes flakes or build up on my hair. Maybe it’s because both my hair and brush are damp? Me Dunno.

Overall Effectiveness

When it comes to how well these gels react with my moisturizers, Aloe Vera Gel pulls ahead. On days I apply gel to my hair, I like to moisturize (but not seal my edges with oil where I’m applying gel) right before. When brushing in the gel, both Aloe Vera Gel and EcoStyler (ES Gel more than AVG) make my edges a bit white but by the time I remove my headscarf the next morning, my hair is normal. If I were stepping out right after moisturizing and then applying gel to my hair, the white-ish color would be an issue but because I always apply the gels before bed my hair gets plenty of time to dry.

Even though these are both gels – and keep my edges smooth and frizz free for hours – at the end of the day my hair feels just as soft as when I started out.

When it comes to surviving through work outs – and I sweat quite a bit at my edges – because EcoStyler provides a stronger, longer lasting it does a better job at keeping the frizz at bay. The picture on the right below was taken (hours after applying EcoStyler to my hair ) after I got home from 2 hour work out at the gym.

I can’t declare a winner of this little product showdown because they’re both great gels. However, because EcoStyler provides a stronger, longer lasting gel, the deeper I get into my stretch the more I rely on EcoStyler holding my edges in line during the day. On the other hand, Aloe Vera Gel is much more moisturizing than EcoStyler and leaves my hair softer.

 

Do you use either of these gels? Another brand? What’s your fave?

 Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

11 Comments


  1. Yes, your hair is beautiful but what really gets me is that you workout for two whole hours?! way to go!

  2. After using ecostyler gel or aloe vera gel do you have to wash it out at night? I just got ecostyler to use on my 18weeks post hair.

  3. I like this post to have a shine and healthy hair I like aloe vera gel! It is moisturizing yet effective. This blog will help me make an informed choice!

  4. Thanks Jen for this review. Gel has been on my wish list for the longest time ever. I was torn between the two but now I know which one to buy.This review will help me make an informed choice!

  5. Yea, Jen. I agree with another commenter here. You can purchase Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel for $4 or less at Walmart. Nice review, though. 🙂

  6. I get the same brand of aloe gel in the same size at walmart for under $4.00 USD. Might want to check your local store to save on that purchase 🙂

    1. Agreed ^^
      I love aloe vera gel. It keep my hair soft and moisturized without a lot of stiffness

  7. I use the same aloe vera gel and sometimes Fantasia IC hair polisher styling gel. When I have lots of new growth the Fantasia IC gel holds better, but as you said the aloe vera makes my hair so much softer. I keep the aloe vera gel around because of its multi-purpose uses.

  8. I love aloe vera gel! It is moisturizing yet effective. I have tried the Fruit of Earth Aloe Vera Gel and loved it. I recently found a new brand that I purchased from Whole Foods called Lily of the Desert. At first I didn't like this brand as much but now I prefer it over Fruit of the Earth. The consistency is different and I feel as if it is more natural.

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