Bath & Body

A recent favorite: Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream

July 5, 2014
Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream with Kukui Nut ($13.99 for 6.5 oz.)
Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream with Kukui Nut ($13.99 for 6.5 oz.)

I’m feeling guilty for taking a bit of a break from the blog, but I’ve been traveling and visiting with my family and generally relaxing. I’ve been using some really fantastic skin and body products lately, one of which is this rich body cream from Alba Botanica’s Natural Hawaiian line of products. There are three different versions of it – Nourishing Coconut Milk, Rejuvenating Papaya Mango, and Deep Moisturizing Kukui Nut.

The reason I was looking for a body cream was that while I was traveling in the Southwest, my skin had been getting dehydrated and in certain parts was developing some irritated rough patches that regular lotions were completely failing to remedy. I had been popping into natural food stores along the way and just checking out different options, and I picked up the Alba Botanica body cream for around $10 (though the Alba website lists them at $13.99). Although all three formulas of the body cream appear to target different skin concerns, the truth was that the ingredients of all of them looked really similar and I’d be surprised if the different creams behaved in noticeably different ways on the skin. All the same, I decided to go for the Kukui Nut formula which the jar describes as “deep moisturizing”.

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream
Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream

The scent isn’t my all-time favorite but it I like it better when it’s had a chance to sink into my skin a bit compared to when I first swipe it on. It smells warm and sweet, but not particularly nutty. My boyfriend says it smells like donuts. There is some fragrance at the bottom of the ingredients list, but some of the other ingredients that I can also imagine add to the scent are vanilla fruit extract, cocoa butter, and macadamia oil. The scent is a little strong when I first open the jar but once it has the chance to absorb somewhat the scent gets softer, though it definitely lingers for a long time. It’s noticeable but not obnoxious if I wear it throughout the day, and when I apply it at night (which is usually what I do), it will leave a gentle trace on my pajamas and sheets.

The cream performs really well for me, and I’m extremely impressed. It’s thick but smooths over skin easily and it only takes a minute or two for it to sink in. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or greasy at all, but it’s super effective at treating dry, irritated skin. I love that I can slap this on at night and jump into bed without feeling gross (though that’s probably why my sheets tend to take on the scent). It made a huge difference in my skin within a few days, making my more “normal” skin feel super soft but also healing the rough, flaky, red patches that my skin was developing, despite my religious use of other body lotions. I’m really, really happy that I can grab this cream and reverse some serious problems quickly.

I’ve been using it generously on a daily basis since I purchased it, so I’m definitely making my way through the jar, but for $10 it’s pretty competitively priced and I’d definitely repurchase a cream from the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian line again (though I’d probably try a different scent first before repurchasing the Kukui Nut). Perks include: 100% Vegetarian. No animal testing, artificial colors, parabens, and phthalates.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Vera Barbadensis Juice (1), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Extract, Anacyclus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Coumarin, Fragrance (Parfum) , Beta-Carotene (CI 40800), Caramel (1) Certified Organic Ingredient

You can pick up the Alba Botanica body creams from natural health food stores like Whole Foods as well as on the Alba website. Alba products are often available at the drugstore, but I haven’t personally spotted these body creams in local drugstores.

Do you have any recent favorite lotions? Are you dealing with any summer skin issues?

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    1. My guess would be that it’s because silicones can add some occlusive properties to the cream without feeling greasy. I don’t experience any obvious silicone feel on my skin when I use it, though. Have a good weekend!

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