06.17.2014
1
75
Very Emollient Sunscreen Sport Spray SPF 40
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $11.49
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 30-49 Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a very good, fragrance-free water-resistant sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a convenient, spray-on lotion form. Sufficient UVA protection is provided by stabilized avobenzone (listed by its chemical name of butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) and Alba Botanica included some plant-based antioxidants. A couple of the plant extracts present a slight risk of irritation, but on balance this is a well done sunscreen. The tiny amount of alcohol is not cause for concern. One more comment: Despite the "very emollient" name, this spray-on sunscreen is not that moisturizing. It is best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin.

Claims

Durable, 80 minutes water resistant (very water resistant) sunscreen for active, rugged use now in a convenient, non-greasy, milky spray lotion. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Homosalate 12.0 %, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5 %, Octocrylene 7.0 %., Ethylhexyl Salicylate 5.0 %, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 3.0%. Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

Brand Overview

Alba Botanica At-a-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good cleansers; some good moisturizers; nice lip balms without sunscreen; most of the facial and body sunscreens provide sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection; mineral sunscreens options are available; self-tanner that includes antioxidants for added benefit.

Weaknesses: The natural ingredients in some of the products are natural irritants; jar packaging won't keep air-sensitive ingredients stable; most of the lip balms with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; subpar toners and exfoliants.

Alba Botanica is part of the Avalon Natural Products group, which is owned by natural product marketer Hain-Celestial. In addition to owning the Jason Natural and Zia Natural brands, Hain-Celestial also owns Avalon Organics, of which Alba Botanica is a part. Although Alba Botanica is not any thinking person's definition of an all-natural line—they use plenty of synthetic ingredients, including sunscreen actives and preservatives—they shine in comparison to the mostly disappointing products offered under the Avalon Organics name, but that's not saying a lot. 

As far as the "natural" visage Alba Botanica portrays—while they do use plenty of natural ingredients, for the most part it's the non-natural ingredients that contribute to each product's texture and function; but then highlighting those ingredients isn't going to attract attention from consumers seeking natural products, is it? Because there are no established standards for use of the word "natural," any cosmetics company can take advantage of the term, as Alba Botanica does. 

Despite not being an all-natural line (which isn't a bad thing), much of what they offer, while not state-of-the-art spectacular, is still worth considering. The prices are competitive with those of drugstore and health food store brands, and they offer some very good options in the categories of cleanser, scrub, sunscreens for face and body, lip balms without sunscreen, and a self-tanner.

It is also worth mentioning that Avalon Products (remember, Alba Botanica is part of this master brand) is commendable in that it uses environmentally conscious business practices, including solar-powered offices and warehouse and relying on organic farming for several of their ingredients. Their environmentalism may or may not correspond to good skin care, but it is admirable. As we have said many times before, just because an ingredient is organic doesn't make it safe or effective for skin (and there's no proof that an organic ingredient is preferred to a synthetic ingredient when it comes to skin care), but the practice of organic farming is a positive step toward creating products that reduce negative environmental impact.

Turning to what Alba Botanica needs help with, you'll see they fall short of being a comprehensive line. There are no reliable exfoliants such as AHAs or BHA products, and those struggling with blemishes or any type of skin discoloration are out of luck. Also, not every sunscreen (especially those for lips) makes the grade in terms of providing sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, and some of the toners have truly boring, antiquated formulas. Other less impressive products include the enzyme scrubs, masks, and a few of the jar-packaged moisturizers. 

Overall, these products aren't the most advanced around, but comparatively speaking they best many other products from brands with a natural angle (Lauder-owned Origins comes to mind).

For more information about Alba Botanica, call (888) 659-7730 or visit www.albabotanica.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments
Summary of Member Comments
Results
Value
Recommend
WRITE A COMMENT
Sort by:
Page:
04.10.2013
It's makes my "best of" list!!

I found this little gem at my local grocery store of all places last year. I love the convenience of a spray but hate all the tag along harmful ingredients and concerns that go along with them. This spray by alba is the best of both worlds. No oxybenzone or concern with inhalation from the pressurized spray cans but still the convenience of a spray!! This sunscreen is not greasy at all and blends in/dries very nice. My whole family loves it!

Recommend
Value
Results
Reviewed by
Anonymous
WRITE A COMMENT
Enter a title for your review
 
First Name, Last Initial
Optional
Email Address
 
How would you rate this product on the following:
Results
Value
Recommend
     
     
     
Review
500 characters left
 
SUBMIT
CANCEL

Terms of Use

585631-IIS3 v1.0.0.394 5/30/2015 5:58:28 AM