As we’ve indicated, body lotion, especially if you use a lot of it, is the most important product to switch to a less toxic alternative. It’s easy to find organic body butters, but lotion is more tricky. This review is for Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Body Lotion, Unscented which is for dry skin.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water) Glycerin Glyceryl Stearate SE Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil Cetyl Alcohol Dimethicone Ethylhexyl Stearate Cetearyl Alcohol Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (1) Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1) Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (1) Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1) Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract Echinacea Angustifolia Extract Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract (1) Allantoin Panthenol Tocopheryl Acetate Lecithin Polysorbate 60 Potassium Hydroxide Xanthan Gum Alcohol (1) Benzoic Acid Dehydroacetic Acid Phenoxyethanol (1) Certified Organic Ingredient
Cosmetics Database Score: 3 (low end of “moderate hazard”)
Potentially Hazardous Ingredients: Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Ethanol
Pros: this lotion works really well if you have dry skin. It absorbs quickly, is very moisturizing and has a good consistency. It also comes in large containers at a relatively affordable price.
Cons: there are some suspect ingredients, so it’s not 100% safe on the cosmetics database. Otherwise I love this lotion and have no additional cons.
Notes: This is still ranked as safe on the Cosmetics Database and is a heck of a lot better for safety than most traditional lotions. However, if you want to be 100% free of potentially hazardous chemicals, which we recommend for something as important as body lotion, think about trying another lotion.
Overall Score (0 being worst, 10 being best): 8
Where to Buy: Whole Foods, most health food stores, some supermarkets. http://albabotanica.com/