Kukui Cocoa Body Butter

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$13.95 - 8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
7/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Andalou Naturals did well with their Kukui Cocoa Body Butter—loaded with rich butters from plant sources like shea and cocoa, along with non-fragrant plant oils such as apricot, evening primrose, and argan, this is certainly a dry skin-pleasing blend of moisturizing ingredients. We were also pleased to see that Andalou Naturals went above and beyond by adding several antioxidants plus some skin-repairing ingredients.

Those with normal to dry skin below the neck will appreciate this intensely hydrating formula, and at this price, it's quite a bargain. There is a slight amount of fragrance from clary sage and sandalwood oils, but given the small amounts present, they are unlikely to present an issue for most.

However, those with conditions like eczema, sensitive skin, and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) should look to fragrance-free alternatives; honestly, the research is clear that fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types, because fragrance can be irritating.

Pros:
  • Includes an intensely hydrating blend of plant butters, non-fragrant plant oils, and skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Contains added antioxidants and anti-irritants.
Cons:
  • Contains a small amount of fragrant plant oils, which may be potentially problematic for skin.
  • Plant stem cells don't renew or generate human cells of any kind.

This moisture-rich body butter blends essential omegas 3-6-9 with cocoa and shea butters to soothe and soften dry skin.

Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) and Vanilla Planifolia Extracts, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui), Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) and Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butters, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) and Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oils (Omegas 3-6-9), Argania Spinosa (Argan) and Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oils, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) and Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oils

Andalou Naturals is a rare presence in the saturated market of natural-themed cosmetics lines because the brand manages to keep the focus on their products and ingredients without resorting to the silly “scary chemical” and fear-mongering marketing approach common to so many other natural lines.

Just as impressive as their marketing are many of their formulas, several of which include many antioxidants and multiple skin-repairing ingredients, and aren’t laden with natural fragrance ingredients, which may please your nose but can be very irritating to the skin, even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place.

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Andalou Naturals was founded by husband and wife Mark and Stacey Egide—both of whom also created the Avalon Organics line. The duo sold Avalon Organics in 2002, and started Andalou Naturals in 2011, where it’s sold at health food stores and online.

Visit their site and you’ll quickly find the brand is focused on the “feel-good” approach to skin care. Andalou Naturals brand philosophy is heavily steeped in philanthropy: Their “A Force of Nature” fund regularly donates to various nonprofit groups, and every order you place on their site adds $1 to this fund. How wonderful!

Andalou Naturals offers an extensive line of face-, body-, and hair-care products, themed around what they call, “Fruit Stem Cell Science,” which includes extracts from apple, grape, and argan. While these types of ingredients have antioxidant benefit, the idea that they work like your stem cells to turn back time isn’t supported by published research of any kind.

Stem cells work only if they are alive, and in a skin-care product, they are long dead. Not to mention that even if stem cells could survive the skin-care formulation process, an apple stem cell is helpful only to an apple—your skin cells wouldn’t have the first clue how to use stem cells from a plant. Stem-cell research is still in its infancy—science is just beginning to understand how stem cells work and/or how they can actually benefit our health; the cosmetics industry isn’t beating the medical industry in this regard!

The company also includes what they refer to as “BioActive 8 Berry Complex” in many of their products. This is really a blanket name for a mix of non-fragrant berry juice extracts (acai, aronia, bearberry, bilberry, black elderberry, goji berry, rosehips berry, and sea buckthorn berry). All of these ingredients have antioxidant function on the skin, but, again, they aren’t miracle ingredients by any stretch, nor is Andalou Naturals the only line using them.

We should note that Andalou Naturals, at the time of this review, doesn’t list all of the ingredients in their “BioActive 8 Berry Complex” on their product labels. While the individual berry extracts mentioned above are listed on their website as part of their marketing messaging, they omit them on their products, which violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements. This is an important oversight, because you have the right to know all of the ingredients in your skin-care products, without having to jump through extra hoops. We hope the company rectifies this in the near future.

On a more positive note, we found that many of the skin-care products Andalou Naturals offers were good—mostly for normal to dry skin, although there also are a few winners for those with oily to combination skin. Many contain some amount of fragrance (but to their credit, the facial formulas that did contain fragrance mostly had only a minimum amount, which is not typical of natural-themed lines).

We were especially impressed that they avoided the boring or basic formulas so common among natural skin-care brands. Several of their products contain the types of beneficial ingredients that have plenty of published research to back up their claims. What a great change of pace!

The missteps were the few instances of jar packaging (which marred what would’ve otherwise been well-rated products) that expose delicate ingredients to air and light, as well as their body-care formulas, which tended to include higher amounts of fragrance.

For more information, call (888) 898-6955, or visit www.andalou.com.

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  1. Charlotte R
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 23, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Meh, I've had much better
    • From the review I was expecting a richer cream. This was pretty average. I live in a very dry climate and I have dry skin so I need something with more moisture. Even the body butter at Trader Joe's is better than this.

  2. PATRICIA W.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Very Smelly
    • I found the scent of this product overwhelming and not very pleasant. It's probably okay if you don't mind a strong scent.

  3. Cari
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great product!
    • This stuff is wonderful! That it is organic is important to me, but it works very well and has a pleasant fragrance too. I like that I am not using petrochemicals on my skin! I also like to patronize companies with good ethics, and this is one! It is my favorite moisturizer. Wouldn't be without it!

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