02.27.2014
1112
Intensive Healing Body Lotion
21 fl. oz. for $5.29
Expert Rating
Community Rating (9)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:02.27.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

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.

Note:  As of summer 2015, we have been informed by our readers of a possible reformulation.  We appreciate your patience while we research this and will update the review accordingly!

Community Reviews
Claims

Naturally restore, relieve and protect your skin to visible health with St. Ives Intensive Healing lotion. Proven to help heal even the most severely dry skin, St. Ives Intensive Healing lotion is clinically proven to lock in moisture for 24 hours, helping to maintain skin's moisture balance and keep it hydrated over time.

Ingredients

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.

Brand Overview

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 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.