Monday, January 23, 2012

Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer

A few months ago I ran out of my usual night cream, Yes to Cucumbers Facial Hydrating Lotion, so I dashed to Target to pick up another bottle. Alas, Target was all out, and I was forced to pick a replacement. I ended up settling on Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer ($19/3oz). I had never tried anything from the Alba skin care line before, but I always see the products when I go to the drug store and thought I'd finally give it a go.

This moisturizer does contain silicones (Dimethicone and Panthenol) and some other ingredients I have trouble pronouncing, but most of the ingredients are natural, and for me the price was right. I have been using this moisturizer for the past few months and its been working well for me. It's has a thin consistency that smooths on easily and feels comfortable on my skin. And I really dig the fresh aloe vera scent :)


Back! Note: Recycleable packaging and leaping bunny!


Of course I notice a piece of fuzz in the cream AFTER I upload this picture :P

Since I purchased this moisturizer Alba has re-done the packaging, so it looks a bit more like this:

Overall I wish this product didn't contain silicones, but I do like it a lot and would purchase it again! 

Green Beauty Blog Rating: *****


  1. I've never tried Alba, but I've been intrigued by the brand for a long time! I'm a little surprised that there's ooky stuff in here, given that the label says "natural", but that just goes to show how subjective all this stuff is...

  2. Have you tried using a carrier oil for a moisturizer? I use an organic sunflower oil. I like it because sunflower oil is the only ingredient and I don't have to worry about harmful chemicals like dimethicone.

    I purchase it from my local health food store or I go to Mountain Rose Herbs (which is in Oregon where I am from, you can look it up if you are interested).

  3. @Sari - Yeah, I've learned to read a product's ingredient list before I believe its label :P I've seen parabens and silicones in quite a few Alba products, though I think some products may have been re-formulated when Alba re-did their packaging.

    @Kourtney - Thank you for the tip! I haven't tried a carrier oil as a moisturizer before but I've been thinking about it...It's nice to know sunflower oil is pretty easily avaialble.