08.13.2013
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Naturally Soothing Body Lotion, Oatmeal & Shea Butter
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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 is a fairly standard, but OK, emollient body lotion for dry skin. The fragranced formula contains proven emollients along with skin-repairing glycerin and some effective water-binding agents.

Antioxidants are absent, which is disappointing because most of St. Ives’ other body lotions contain these important ingredients. Anti-irritant oatmeal is a nice addition, but not enough to make this more than an average choice among the competition.

Claims

Wrap your skin in soothing hydration with this award-winning St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Lotion. Natural ingredients help deliver long-lasting relief from itchy, dry skin. This formula, with oatmeal and naturally rich shea butter nourishes and intensely hydrates the skin for immediate relief, while it works to restore your skin back to health. Apply daily to achieve the soft, smooth and healthy look and feel that your skin deserves.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Yellow 10, Red 40, Blue 1

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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08.23.2013
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I think this lotion is great! Moisturizes really well without a greasy feeling. I first tried this last winter when my skin was starting to itch in the northern climate where I live, and saw and felt real results immediately. Highly recommended, and you can't beat the price.

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