Very Emollient Body Lotion Daily Shade Formula SPF 15

by Alba Botanica  Very Emollient
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$14.95 - 12 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
6/16/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This body lotion with sunscreen is not recommended because it does not provide sufficient UVA protection The amount of AHAs is way too low for exfoliation to ocur, while the inclusion of lavender isn't good news either. What a shame, because the formula contains some good antioxidant plant oils that benefit skin—but the insufficient UVA protection is too big a problem to ignore, at least if you’re using sunscreen to prevent further signs of aging.

Give skin what it craves: An exquisitely light, natural body lotion packed with rich botanical emollients to soothe and soften skin while providing daily UVA and UVB sun protection. Alba Botanica Very Emollient™ Body Lotion blends aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts plus antioxidants to nourish and replenish skin on contact. Cellular renewal is supported with alpha hydroxy acids so dry skin develops a fresh and healthy-looking appearance. This rich lotion absorbs quickly so it feels light enough to use all day, every day to moisturize and protect your skin from the sun.

Active: Homosalate (7.5%), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (5.0%), Octocrylene (3.0%). Other: Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Allantoin, Ascorbic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Panthenol, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

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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