Naturally Smooth Body Lotion, Natural Fruit AHA Complex
21 fl. oz. for $5.29
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:08.13.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This moisturizer contains a mix of natural and synthetic ingredients, so St. Ives “100% natural” claim is misleading. The good news is that the blend of ingredients is mostly good, though the citrus- and sugar-based natural ingredients are not reliable replacements for alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) ingredients to exfoliate dry skin. This contains the AHA lactic acid but the amount is likely too low for it to function as an exfoliant. Still, lactic acid is a good water-binding agent, and that’s helpful for dry skin.

On balance, this is a decent body lotion but not as well formulated as others from St. Ives or other brands such as Olay or CeraVe. It isn’t nearly as anti-aging as the claims imply. For great results from an exfoliating body lotion, consider the AHA or BHA (beta hydroxy acid) options from Paula’s Choice.


Reveal fresh, younger-looking skin with St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion. Made with 100% natural moisturizers and citrus-based alpha hydroxies, this non-greasy, dual-action formula goes beyond basic moisture and gently whisks away dullness. Skin is left feeling smoother and looking younger in just 7 days.


Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Arginine, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Carbomer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Gluconate, Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

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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