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Even Advanced Sea Elements Eye Makeup Remover
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4 fl. oz. for $7.95
Category:Skin Care > Makeup Removers > Eye Makeup Removers
Last Updated:06.16.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This eye makeup remover is a dual-phase formula (silicone is one phase, cleansing agents and water the other) that you must shake before each use.

This relatively gentle formula contains numerous types of algae that function as water-binding agents (although algae has no effect on makeup removal). Despite the attractive price, the downside is the small amount of alcohol and the fragrance ingredient hexyl cinnamal. These ingredients cause irritation, which is especially bad near the eye.

See More Info for facts about hypoallergenic as a claim.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Works quickly to remove all types of eye makeup.
  • Contains water-binding agents to help hydrate skin.
Cons:
  • Contains a couple of potentially irritating ingredients that are a poor choice in a product meant for use so close to the eye.
  • Hypoallergenic claim is misleading because there are no regulations defining what this term means or how it can be used.

More Info:

Labeling a product hypoallergenic is utter nonsense. First, hypoallergenic is an unregulated term so it can mean anything the cosmetic company wants it to mean.

Second, hypoallergenic as they use it means less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but how can any skin-care product with multiple ingredients be tested for triggering a runny nose or watery eyes for thousands of people?

And last, even if you could test for this, hypoallergenic is unrelated to an ingredient causing irritation. Ingredients in a skin-care product might not trigger an allergic reaction, but if they are known irritants, such as alcohol, peppermint, cinnamon, menthol, and so on, they still cause skin damage.

Hypoallergenic is a marketing term that makes a product sound gentle, when, in fact, that can absolutely not be the case.

Claims

This gentle, hypo-allergenic eye makeup remover needs a little shake to get it going, but then it can't be stopped. Our naturally powerful Marine Complex, rich in nourishing sea algae, replenishes the delicate eye area while makeup simply slips away without irritation or oily residue.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polysorbate 20, Camilla Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Spirulina Maxima Extract, Ulva Lactuca Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Citric Acid, Erythritol, Glycerin, Homarine HCl, Panthenol, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal

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.

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