04.06.2015
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Hawaiian Facial Cleanser Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme
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8 fl. oz. for $12.95
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Don't bank on the enzymes in this product being able to cleanse your skin because they are unstable in almost any product. Still this cleanser is an option for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes. The gentle gel texture removes most types of makeup, but you may need a washcloth to make sure you've removed everything. Pineapple and papaya can be skin irritants, but it's unlikely you'll leave this cleanser on your skin long enough for the enzymes to function as exfoliants or irritants.

Claims

Certified organic aloe vera, tropical fruit enzymes and emollients gently loosen, dissolve and wash away impurities for a fresh, healthy complexion. This gentle foaming cleanser delivers soothing aloe and jojoba to stressed skin while maintaining your skin's delicate pH. Fruit enzymes derived from pineapple help break-down and remove dull, dead surface cells for a glowing complexion.

Ingredients

Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Chloride, Bromelain, Maltodextrin, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Fragrance

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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09.03.2014
Enzymatic Cleaner - Meh. Mask - Decent

I sought the benefits of a enzymatic cleaner, and this has plenty of natural ingredients. I have used this as a facial wash and don't find it very effective. Dickinson's Foaming Facial Wash does a better job with no fragrance. This product, by contrast, has a very artificial pineapple fragrance. I was surprised how strong it is. I don't find this irritating, but it is rather drying. When it didn't work well as a cleaner I began to use it as a mask (applied to dry skin, wash after 10 minutes).

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Diana E.
02.24.2014
Superb overall cleanser

I highly recommend this cleanser! I have never found a better cleanser - after the first time I used it, I have never tried another cleanser, because I'm so perfectly happy with this. It cleans my skin very well in the Florida summer, when I have a lot of sweat and oil on my face, and cleans it well in the winter when my skin gets a bit dry. When I apply it, just with my hands, my skin feels very smooth afterwards, like I've exfoliated and toned! It really leaves your skin feeling totally clean.

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Anna P
05.15.2013
Oily skin?

I've only been using this cleanser for a little while, but it seems to work fine and is non-irritating. I was wondering why the review specifically mentions it's best for "normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts?" I have combination skin prone to hormonal breakouts, and I haven't noticed any issues with the cleanser.

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MARY G.
05.15.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments! This product does contain some ingredients that could potentially be irritating to those with very sensitive skin, which is why we included that line in our review. However, if you can use it without any ill effects, then continue on!

—Paula's Choice Research Team
03.24.2013
When will this review be correct?

This product is NOT a lotion cleanser, it's a gel or liquid. That it has been incorrectly reviewed as a lotion for years makes me wonder if they actually test the products. The first time I saw it here I even rushed out to a store to try the tester and see if the formula had changed; it hadn't. I have had very good results with this on my combination-to-oily skin during the winter months when my skin is more prone to dryness. It removes makeup well and cleans thoroughly without drying.

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Shakti
03.25.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thank you for your comments. We mistaken referred to this product as a lotion in our initial review; it has since been corrected.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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