Good & Healthy Oil-Free Radiance Cream

by Alba Botanica  Good & Healthy
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$9.99 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/17/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This moisturizer is very similar to Alba Botanica's Good & Healthy Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Moisturizer, minus the sunscreen. Although the elegant cream texture and good mix of antioxidants could've made this an option for use at night (skin doesn't need sun protection after the sun sets), the formula contains skin irritant lavender oil and is not recommended. See More Info to learn why lavender oil, despite smelling wonderful, is a problem for all skin types.

Along with the lavender oil, this moisturizer also contains other fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritating skin, and that's never the goal. Good & Healthy Oil-Free Radiance Cream contains some great natural ingredients, but your skin doesn't need to put up with problematic ingredients to get the good ones. See our list of Best Moisturizers Without Sunscreen for preferred picks!

Pros:
  • Creamy, antioxidant-enriched formula contains some beneficial natural ingredients.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Lavender oil may smell great, but it's a proven skin irritant.
  • Contains other fragrance ingredients known to irritate skin.
More Info:

Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Packed with Lutein, multiple vitamins and other phytonutrients, the Kale, Spinach and Swiss Chard blend in this creamy lotion instantly calms, soothes and boosts skin’s own hydration defense system. Immediately, skin feels soft, smooth and satisfied with no greasy after-feel.

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Glycerin, Squalane, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Beta Vulgaris Cicla Extract , Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract , Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Extract, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Bisabolol, Calcium Ascorbate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Hydroxide, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sucrose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tapioca Starch, Xanthan Gum, Xanthophyl, Alcohol , Benzyl Alcohol, Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Sorbic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil , Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.

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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