Bath & Body

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash

July 6, 2014
Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash ($8.95 for 12 fl. oz.)
Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash ($8.95 for 12 fl. oz.)

Now that I’ve told you about my thoughts on the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream, I thought I’d also talk about the other Alba product I’m using at the moment, the Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash. My body is really prone to dry skin and so I keep an eye out for body washes that don’t include normal sulfates and are meant to be used with dry or sensitive skin, and it appeared that the Creamy Piña Colada formulation would fit the bill.

I appreciate that Alba products tend to be affordable and can be found on sale. I picked this up at a Whole Foods for $8 or $9, and they had several body wash formulations available from the brand. This has a creamy gel kind of consistency, like a traditional gel body wash with a milky color to it. It uses sodium coco sulfate as its main cleansing agent, which is not a substance that knew much about when I purchased the bottle. From what I’ve read more recently, it looks like sodium coco sulfate is a surfectant that is bit milder and environmentally kinder than sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates and is derived from coconut oil instead of petroleum. The blend also features glycerin, panthenol, and a whole bunch of plant-derived oils and extracts to nourish skin.

It has a fun, fresh fragrance of coconut and pineapple (or more specifically, a piña colada cocktail) and really makes the whole bathroom smell great. It’s noticeable to my boyfriend, who I think enjoys the scent just as much as I do. I don’t really find it lingers on my skin once I dry off, so it won’t clash with any other fragrances you might apply. It has a super smooth texture that spreads and lathers nicely and so it also does its job as a gentle cleanser appropriate for all parts of the body including the most sensitive areas.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui Nut) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (1), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (1), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Ananas, Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract (1), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (1), Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract (1), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract (1), Citric Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium PCA, Stearyl Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol (1), Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Annatto (CI 75120)

This is a total hit for me and has been perfect for summer. I wouldn’t shy away from this even if you don’t fall under the “dry or very dry skin” label, as it still lathers and cleans without feeling greasy or leaving any sort of residue on skin. I’d say that the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter body wash (review) is even more moisturizing than this one from Alba, but even still, I don’t see any real downsides to this product. I think it would work for a wide range of people and it smells delicious.

Other perks: 100% Vegetarian. No: Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Myreth Sulfate. Now in a 100% Post Consumer Resin bottle. By transitioning to a 100% PCR Bottle the reduction in emissions are equivalent to the CO2 released by the use of 13,854 gallons of gasoline or the annual amount of CO2 sequestered by a 26.2 acre forest of pine or fir trees.

You can find the Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Washes at natural food stores like Whole Foods, drugstores, and the Alba Botanica website. It’s a great product for under $10.

Have you tried it? Do you have any body products you’re loving this summer?

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