If you are the sort of person who likes a venerable skincare line with nearly 40 years experience, Alba Botanica is for you! The company was founded in 1979 to create an earth-friendly brand, free from animal testing. Alba Botanica created the Leaping Bunny logo, which is used today on many companies’ labels to denote cruelty-free product ingredients. The company is 100 percent vegetarian, though not vegan. However, they limit their use of animal products to substances that were freely deposited by the animals, such as beeswax.
The website www.albabotanica.com is vibrant and easy to navigate. It showcases a vast array of products, from lip balm to shaving cream. If a part of your body needs attention, Alba Botanica most likely created something to address it. All the products’ ingredients and benefits are clearly listed on the site. Note: When you order products online from Alba Botanica, you have the choice of purchasing through Amazon, Vitacost, WalMart, or Target. You don’t order directly through the company itself.
One of our all-time favorite offerings is the Hawaiian Moisture Cream ($11.00-$12.00). This creamy product smells and feels exquisite! A sensual mixture of sweet almond and kukui nut oils, papaya, jasmine and other natural ingredients combine to make your skin glow like you’re in the tropics. It’s mild enough to apply at any time of day but is especially beneficial in the morning after a shower. And it smells so divine that you (almost) wish you could eat it.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what is worse for your body — the harsh rays of the sun, or commercial, chemical-laden sunscreens. If you’re concerned about safety, Alba Botanica has you covered — literally! Their facial sunscreen ($8.00-$10.40) is fragrance-free and gentle on the skin. Rated at SPF 30, this product is great for everyday use, whether the weather is cloudy or sunny. It is hypo-allergenic, water resistant, gluten-free and won’t clog your pores. It will also last in the water for up to 80 minutes.
Alba Botanica’s Sea Kelp Facial Toner ($10.00) utilizes micronized sea kelp to balance the pH levels of your skin and fortify it against the elements. Like all of the company’s products, this hypo-allergenic product contains no artificial ingredients and is free from sulfates. Apply it liberally, then follow with the moisturizer of your choice.
When you purchase a product from Alba Botanica, you support a company that gives generously to the global community. The founders have joined forces with CARE to ensure better education for girls in developing countries. Their passion for skincare is matched by their continuing need to make a difference in the world. You really can’t go wrong with that. Pick up several different Alba Botanica products, and give your skin a nourishing treat!