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Be A Sexy “Wahine” With The Alba Botanica Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash Collection


Every so often, I’ll ask my 7-year-old son for his take on a product I’m reviewing. In part, it’s a way of making him feel important, of encouraging him to voice his opinion and feel confident while doing so. But I also genuinely find his views fascinating — see, children don’t bother with filters or niceties so that, every reaction something elicits, is 100% authentic and undiluted. Given that Alba Botanica‘s body washes are free of parabens, sulfates, phtalates, and artificial colors or ingredients, instead relying on plant extracts and natural oils to deliver the intended benefits, I decided to test it out on my son during bath time. Now, since he’s bathed with a ton of all-natural washes, he rarely comments on any of them without me prompting him to do so. But, this time, when I applied the new Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Exfoliating Lava Flow Body Wash to his skin, he immediately shouted, “That smells delicious! It’s like gummy candy!”

And, just like that, my second grader vocalized the sentiment I had experienced when I first tried the very same body wash. Part of Alba Botanica’s new Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash collection, the Exfoliating Lava Flow Body Wash ($8.95 at Whole Foods Market, CVS, Target, and Wal-Mart) contains concentrated sugar cane extract to polish off dead skin cells, revealing brighter, smoother layers of skin. The papaya extract in the formula, meanwhile, also helps in the exfoliation process. Pineapple extract, meanwhile, delivers deep hydration thanks to the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) found in this tropical fruit, which help to improve elasticity and allow skin to retain moisture. Rich in polyphenols and vitamin C, the strawberry extract in the formula boasts anti-aging properties, functions as a natural toner and brightening agent, and gently soothes the skin. Last, the cocoa butter both softens and moisturizes skin.

The Lava Flow Body Wash features a clear color and a slightly blubbery, gelatinous consistency that becomes thinner and more manageable when worked onto the skin. The sugar cane particles, meanwhile, are fine enough to exfoliate without irritating delicate skin. Seeing as I have highly sensitive skin, I tend to steer away from all exfoliating body washes but, to my delight, this one wasn’t abrasive at all. And, best of all, the body wash has an intoxicating scent that will transport your senses to a Caribbean paradise. The pineapple and strawberry extracts in the formula create the juicy core of the fragrance but the final result is much more of a blend, featuring guava-like or passion fruit-esque notes. As my son said, it’s delicious!

I also tried the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Creamy Piña Colada Body Wash ($8.95 at Whole Foods Market, CVS, Target, and Wal-Mart), which was formulated for women with dry to very dry skin, making it perfect for the winter season when most of us start grappling with itchy, dehydrated, scaly skin. Like the Exfoliating Lava Flow Body Wash, the Piña Colada Body Wash features skin-polishing sugar cane extract, but it focuses more intently on quenching your skin’s thirst with coconut oil, which is easily absorbed and keeps your skin soft and smooth; jojoba oil, which balances oil production to optimize moisture levels; and cocoa butter, which softens and hydrates skin. The scent, meanwhile, does have the pineapple, coconut, and rum-like blend we associate with piña colada drinks, but it feels a bit synthetic, not as fresh and creamy as the real thing. It’s not an unpleasant aroma, but it’s definitely not as exciting as that of the Lava Flow Body Wash.

Still, both of these new body washes manage to add a sunny, breezy, beachy quality to your shower that will brighten your mood on dreary, gloomy winter days.


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