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dr. alkaitis organic soothing gel review

While I don’t really have texture issues when it comes to what I eat, I am quite picky about the texture of my beauty products.

Runny, soupy beans? Fine. Jiggy gelatin? Cool.

Sticky serums and gels? Not so much.

That was the expectation I had going into testing Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Soothing Gel, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This gel has been an absolute winner for my skincare routine during the past few months, and it’s already earned a repurchase and a spot on my top shelf.

dr. alkaitis organic soothing gel review

{Dr. Alkaitis sent me a small sample of its Organic Soothing Gel. I repurchased the full size before I ran out of my sample! It costs $65 for a full 4-ounce bottle, which lasts about two months. It’s also available in the handy Travel Kit, which costs $55 and allows you to try the whole line in a generous sampling of product.}

Designed to calm fussy skin’s that been bugged by waxing and shaving or more inflammatory conditions such as acne, eczema and rosacea, Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel gently restores balance with its combination of aloe vera, witch hazel and beneficial organic and wildcrafted herbs.

Soothing star ingredients wild chamomile, French lavender, myrrh and seaweed heal the skin while also providing a light, beautiful scent.

The combination of these ingredients and more make for a runny base that’s easy to slick onto skin and that dries easily. It’s not sticky or gummy at all (I’ve found that some serums have this consistency, which I absolutely despise, as it makes layering product a pain.).

One full pump is enough for my face and neck, though sometimes I like to add an additional half pump to bring it down my neck a bit further. I will usually brush my teeth while the Soothing Gel is drying and then layer on my oils and balms as needed.

dr. alkaitis organic soothing gel review

Also, it’s great to note that this is one of those products that, because it’s so runny, can easily be conserved even more by layering it onto a properly toned (aka slightly damp) face, as you can maximize the product by sliding it all over your face.

Those who are extremely oily (I would say I’m combination/oily in the winter) can probably even get away with using this just in the T-zone to help tone and purify the oil that typically takes up residence there.

As with the entire Dr. Alkaitis line, the ingredients sourced are not there for vanity reasons; the herbs and plants chosen for each formulation are there to perform a task, and the resulting scent of these combinations of herbs is a wild green medicinal that may not be to everyone’s liking.

I, however, have become quite taken with the gorgeous green aroma, as it’s an unexpected departure from my typical floral, girly skincare products (that also have high performance behind them, don’t get me wrong!).

I’d say that the Soothing Gel, however, has a lighter smell than the rest of the line, as it’s cut with organic grape alcohol, which really thins out the typically heavy smell associated with Dr. Alkaitis.

Here’s the ingredients that make up the light, airy, green scent in Dr. Alkaitis’ Soothing Gel:

Into our base of Organic Aloe Vera Gel* and Witch Hazelº the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: organically grown grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grains). Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomileº, Myrrhº, European Elder*, Sweet Weed*, and French Lavender*. Curacao Orange*, Benzoinº, Rosemary*, Olibanumº, Wild Fennelº, Balm Mint*, Sea Oakº, Atlantic Kelpº and Red Seaweedº. Also added are natural vitamin B and vitamin C complexes and 100% pure essential oils. * – Signifies certified organically grown; º – Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

Since using Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel, I’ve noticed that my pores appear a bit more tightened (they are still there, let’s not get crazy) and I’ve had an easier time extracting blackheads. I really think this gel is helping to deep clean everything and loosen up the clogged pores.

I’ve also noticed that since I began using this gel, my skin doesn’t feel extremely dry right out of the shower. I’ve become a bit reliant on toners and mists, and while this is what I’d call a toning gel, it feels as though it’s helping my skin regulate itself and not scream for moisture, yet not overproduce oil.

To have “normal” skin would be a dream come true!

The only thing that I want to call out for discussion about Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel is its inclusion of organically grown grape alcohol.

There’s a lot of conflicting opinions out there (see Paula, FutureDerm, Paula again, Dr. Oz blog and Truth in Aging) about the long-term effects of alcohol on the skin — is this something you avoid? Is there such a thing as “good” and “bad” alcohols for your skin (we all know what tequila does for your skin…)?

Also, I’m hoping for a thoughtful comment back from Trish and gang on this one!

UPDATED: Trish has commented! Please do engage with her in the comments section below.

trish alkaitis

What are your thoughts on Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel? What else do you like from the line? What are your thoughts on alcohol in skincare? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Ok this product is definitely a must-have for me now. I love that you asked the one question that came up for me too about the alcohol content. Already had the workings of s post churning in my mind and the interview questions ready. ;-)

  • I love the Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel, but too be honest, I’ve tried too many sample sizes of it. I hope I can try more from this brand. Great review!

  • I love your review! This is really one of my favorite products that saved my skin from a terrible bout of adult cystic bleeding acne. Yes, you read that right, i couldn’t have ‘normal’ acne with pus, I had acne that bleed and left behind some pretty nasty scars (that did heal!) ok that’s another story. But this is the first product that my father sent to me and that SAVED my skin, along with our Nourishing Treatment Oil.
    I posted this question of yours to Dr. Alkatis in CA as well but I didn’t want to keep you hanging…..I know so many get scared of alcohol & oils. And the myth around them both is a half truth that has been handed down from dermatologist to patient for a gazillion years, because that dermatologist is only ever referring to DENATURED alcohol and usually quite inferior oils that most conventional companies use.

    Why do they use these inferior oils and denatured alcohol? Becasue it’s cheap.

    Organic alcohol is EXTREMLY expensive, and so are organic plant oils such as Jojoba (did you know that there’s acutally a shortage on jojoba world-wide driving the price up 4 times as what it was just two years ago?)

    Anyway, organic alcohol is a natural preservative, is used as a delivery method to open your pores and allow the herbs to penetrate your top layer of skin, and it helps make the product naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory,and anti-viral along with all the other ingredients.

    It also has the capacity to restore your skin to it’s natural PH balance. Beleive me when i tell you that we are one of the FEW brands who actually use this kind of alcohol and we were one of the first on the market to ever do so.

    So, what makes Denatured alcohol so bad? The manufacters have added a really nasty poison to it (to make it undrinkable and to add a sales tax to it) and it’s THIS POISON that is so bad for your skin. It will just rip your skin apart. There’s about 8 (maybe more) different names for Denatured alcohol, so when reading a lable and you see the word alcohol – if it doesn’t say organic in front of it, you would be safe to assume that it is denatured.

    One thing that my father can elborate on so much deeper than I can is about how ingredients are manufactured, and this is something that most people are totally unaware of. Anyway ladies I hope this helps to clear some stuff up. If Dr. Alkaitis has anything to add or follow up I will be sure to add it. Thank you all for the love and support. We really appreciate it!

  • Amanda

    I don’t know why I haven’t responded more to your posts so I’m sorry for the comment spam. I’m in love with the Dr. Alkaitis cleansing gel. It leaves my face clean but not tight and dry. I have to alternate that with a cream cleanser on most days, but if you ever have a breakout spree, the Dr. Alkaitis cleansing gel + soothing gel will clear things up in a few days!

    • You’re not comment spam! I love comments! I have tried the cleanser, too, and also like it. I’m still searching for my holy grail cleanser, but it’s up high on my list. This soothing gel is just incredible! I could probably use all Alkaitis and be happy, but I do love my floral oils so I know I couldn’t commit. xoxo

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