Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Drugstore Find: Alba Rainforest Body Collection

Alba's newest line, the Rainforest Collection, is bathing at its finest.

While the collection spans from hair to skin, it's the body products that I am seriously hooked on. The bathing goodies come in 3 scents targeting 3 specific concerns: ACAI Antioxidant (Açaí has highly concentrated and a diverse range of antioxidants and is proving to be an excellent source of essential fatty acids), Andiroba Renewal (Andiroba Oil helps soothe and heal skin. Myristic acid contributes to the acceleration of healing of damaged skin) and Capuacu Deep Hydration (Cupuaçu butter is a rich emollient that delivers deep hydration and helps restore softness and elasticity).

The ACAI Antioxidant is my favorite. I love the idea that I am feeding my skin with a plethora of antioxidants for a healthy, radiant complexion. The wash and lotion both smell blissfully serene - part tropical, part fruity, but not overwhelmingly pungent at all. The wash lathers into cloud-like suds and soothes as it washes. The lotion (complete with a pump!) has the consistancy of Lubriderm (not watery but not shea butter thick) and absorbs completely. Cocoa butter and Brazil Nut Oil help to keep my skin smooth and hydrated throughout the day.

I was slightly disappointed that the shampoos are not sulfate-free, but I tried the Cupuacu (deep hydration) none-the-less and was content with the results (no stripping that I could tell of). The products are made with emollient-rich oils derived from some of the world's most beneficial fruits and nuts. Again, love the natural ingredient spin, but I don't think I'd rebuy the shampoo and conditioner as I'm on a major sulfate-free kick (click here for a reminder on why sulfates suck!).

As for the lotion and wash, yes, they'll be taking up permenent residence in my bathroom.

The best part of the rainforest collection is that it gives back to its namesake: the rainforest. Says Alba, "The Andiroba and Brazil Nut Oil we source from the rainforest are certified by the Rainforest Alliance to the FSC standards. They also certify our paper cartons" "Alba Botanica also supports Rainforest education and sustainability through the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER)."

Affordable, sustainable beauty!

PRICE TAG: $9.95 (wash)/ $10.95 (lotion)

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