This very good emollient body lotion for dry skin has been downgraded to our lowest rating due to a formulary change that added the sensitizing preservative methylisothiazolinone. The fragranced formula (and the fragrance isn’t too strong) contains some great skin-repairing ingredients along with several antioxidants, but the latest formula puts your skin at risk of irritation, and that's never the goal.
St. Ives also replaced the tried-and-true mineral oil in this formula with soybean oil, a switch that's likely why so many customers complained on the St. Ives website about the product not working as well. Soybean oil is a good emollient, but for those with problem dry skin, mineral oil can be even better (if only it didn't have its undeserved reputation as a bad ingredient).
We're saddened that this affordable, generously-sized body lotion is one we can no longer recommend.
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Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Urea, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Carbomer, 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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I read the new review for this lotion. After checking the ingredients list myself, I saw that this new preservative is at the very bottom of the list. I thought that maybe that meant it wouldn't have that much of an effect. I was wrong. I purchased the new formula and the first day I applied it, my skin was very itchy. I can't use this as a body lotion anymore. My own fault, but i had to try. I love the old formula of this so much better!
Very affordable, however if the addition of fragrance hadn't already made me uneasy, the inclusion of methylisothiazolinone definitely rules this out. I need products that soothe and prevent irritation, not cause it. I'm also concerned at the number of recommended body washes that contain this preservative and the other "m-one" one.
MY DRY SKIN LOVES THIS! Lots of antioxidants & has a great, light fruity scent! I get headaches from some scented lotions. Ingredient list needs updating: no mineral oil now, glycerin is the 2nd ingredient, soybean oil is the 5th & methylisothiazolinone(Kathon CG) is one of the last - this effective preservative is a skin sensitiser at levels well above its normal use, but gets hardly any skin reactions when used at really low levels. It just looks bad when tested at high levels in a patch test.
I am quite surprised that Paula's review gives such high marks to a product that contains "Mineral oil" (a distillation product of petroleum) which is something we certainly do NOT want our largest organ - our skin - to absorb. I avoid any mineral oil containing products like a plague.
Hi, and thanks for your comments! The good news is that mineral oil is not absorbed into skin, and the mineral oil used in cosmetics and skin care products is very different from its petroleum origins.
I too really liked this product, but then noticed they changed the formulation to include the not-so-great preservative, methylisothiazolinone. Seems like they are adding this preservative to more and more leave-in skin care products I once liked--kind of a bummer.
I used to enjoy this product. Unfortunately this product now has a kathon g preservative
I love Paula's reviews.I agree, this is a nice inexpensive lotion and a good value for a large 21 oz container with a dependable,sturdy pump.I am on my second one and will purchase it again.
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