Our Rating: 5 stars

Eslor Herbal Soothing Gel ($42) is clear, cool and easily absorbed, with a very pleasant scent. It would be perfect as a refresher on hot, humid days. But even with autumn upon us, I'm enjoying its light, non-greasy, "soothing, moisturizing, and skin conditioning" benefits. It's easy to apply, being colorless, and any lingering shine disappears with fingertip pressure. A visit to the Eslor website shows this product in both its "Sensitive" and "Targeted" skincare lines, with associated products, all in attractive blue and chrome bottles and jars.

Here's the best part: it really works, doing just what the label says! I was happily surprised by the Eslor Herbal Soothing Gel's effectiveness in two circumstances: revitalizing the site of a three-year-old bad sunburn, and vanishing a cyst-type pimple that normally takes many unattractive days to heal. The gel seems to be healing the sunburned skin, and my dreadful pimple went away overnight!

The badly sunburned area is on my upper chest, the one spot I'd neglected to put sunscreen on, one long summer day at a baseball game. I was left with a V-shape of leathery, mottled, damaged skin that other moisturizers calmed but left unchanged. The Eslor Herbal Soothing Gel, applied twice a day, is making a difference. The reddened, rough skin is smoother and the redness is diminishing. I apply sunscreen over the absorbed gel for protection - I'm trying to be extra diligent now! An insert in the gel's packaging suggests using sunscreen and limiting sun exposure while using this product, so my morning routine includes that step.

And that awful pimple - yes, I popped it just before heading to sleep, which normally means several days of ugliness, an oozing scab, and perhaps a scar. I applied the gel, crossed my fingers, and woke up to a nearly healed site! Another day or two of application, and all inflammation, redness, and damage had disappeared. A week later, the skin is completely clear, no sign of damage. I'm impressed! Meanwhile, there have been no other pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads, and my pores are clear.
It's the scent that makes me the happiest - I wish I could pinpoint it. So fresh and uplifting; it lingers for a while, then fades.

It could be a scent from flowers or aloe. The ingredients list includes aloe vera gel, and extracts from three flowers: St. John's blossom, arnica blossom, and calendula - all of them traditional healing plants, and an unspecified combination of "fragrant oils," as well as chlorophyll.

Other ingredients, lower on the list, include xantham and guar gums, and the humectant sodium PCA (they contribute to the slick but not sticky texture); three somewhat controversial preservatives: phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate; and citric acid.

The product itself is attractively packaged, although the pretty bottle makes it impossible to see how much product is left. It's easy to apply, with a simple pump that dispenses a moderate amount - just keep pumping and applying, as needed. I'm very happy with the Eslor Herbal Soothing Gel, and recommend it without reservation!

Ingredients in Eslor Herbal Soothing Gel: Aloe Vera Gel, St. John's Blossoms Extract, Arnica Blossoms Extract, Calendula Blossoms Extract, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Chlorophyll, Sodium PCA, Guar Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrant Oils, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid