This is a fairly standard, but good, emollient body lotion for dry skin. The fragranced formula contains proven emollients along with skin-repairing glycerin and some effective water-binding agents. This contains two forms of vitamin E (tocopherol and tocopheryl acetate) and shea butter for an antioxidant boost, and is an overall good option for dry skin.
One ingredient keeps this from earning a better rating, and that’s the preservative methylisothiazolinone. This preservative is typically recommended for use in rinse-off products because it is a fairly common skin sensitizer when used in leave-on products (Source: www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/regulatory/region/europe/Preserving-with-Methylisothiazolinone-premium-246545731.html?c=n).
Drench your skin in nutrient-rich hydration with this St. Ives Hydrating Vitamin E Lotion. Packed with the powerful antioxidants of Vitamin E, this formula provides immediate moisture, while helping to protect against future dry skin. Apply daily to maintain hydrated skin that looks and feels soft, smooth and healthy.
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Urea Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Carbomer, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA.
St. Ives At-A-Glance
Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.
Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.
Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.
For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.
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St. Ives used to be my go-to brand for body lotion. The products were inexpensive, worked pretty well and most importantly to me, were not tested on animals/did not contain animal ingredients. I don't know when Unilever bought the brand, but I happened to notice their logo on a bottle one day, and they no longer make the 'no animal testing' promise. Really bummed.
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