Alba Botanica Very Emollient Bath and Shower Gel in Midnight Tuberose

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Last month I finished my much loved Satsuma Body wash from The Body Shop which made me think to search for one which is again sulphate free, cruelty free and obviously would smell divine. My hunt landed me down to this, Alba Botanica Very Emollient Bath and Shower gel in Midnight Tuberose. Tuberose ( Rajanigandha) in an fragrant flower which is used by almost all the Bengalis in pujas , as a wedding garland, or just to beautify and make home fragrant. During the days when gifting flower were a thing when you are invited for a dinner party, you would always see a Bengali carrying a bouquet of Rajanigandha. Till date I have never come across any beauty product which is perfumed with tuberose until I came across this. So I definitely wanted to give this a try.

I have been using it for a week now. Find out my views on it.

According to their website :

Alba Botanica. We make natural, 100% vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you and your friends: people, animals + earth. This means we DON'T use parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. 

When I completely shifted to a sulphate free life, I thought why should my shower gel continue to contain sulphates. If the formula is not too good then sulphates irritates and dries out my skin. I love how the bottle here says "A little luxury just for you". The product also claims to be hydrating, hypo-allergic and PH balanced. And can be used as both shower gel and bath gel. I do not have a bath tub to indulge and soak myself to this product. Hence I used it only as a shower gel.

From the ingredients list you can see that it contains Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. Now Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate is more gentle than SLES when used in low concentration. But when used in high concentration it can be irritable to skin and harmful as well. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA) sounds similar to SLS, but it known to be again milder than SLS and considered safe for sensitive skin. SLSA dissolves and rinses off faster in water. Since these two ingredients are substitutes of SLS/SLES. Its better to use it in small quantity and avoid using for face / hair. The other ingredients with (1) tagged to it are certified organic ingredients. And it's an impressive list.

Definitely I give thumbs up for the fact that there is No Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Parabens, Phthalates, SLS/SLES. And the brand is a proud member for the HAIN CELESTIAL group.

The product comes in a long frosted plastic bottle with a blue screw Press open cap. The product is pale white in color and is very runny in consistency. And the smell is just so divine. The smell of tuberose is very invigorating and refreshing which I like a lot. My bathroom continues to smell of it quite some time after use. A coin size quantity is all I needed to clean me up, as it lathers really well. That may be because of the ingredients Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. I have noticed that after rinsing the skin does not feel slippery, does not feel too dried out either. Personally I do not like slippery feeling on skin which many face wash / body wash tend to do. It feels as if the skin has not been cleaned good. As far as the product claim of being hydrating, well I definitely required moisturizer after use. This shower gel's hydration power would definitely not last for the whole day.

Price : Retails for Rs 775 for 335 ml. I got it at a discounted price of 387 INR
Availability : Online

With the price and the quantity the shower gel is definitely value for money. As a little goes a long way. I am sure this bottle is going to last me for quite some time now. The smell of the tuberose is divine which I like, but staying power is not too good. I love the clean feeling it gives . It has not caused any irritation on my skin and did not made my skin feel stretchy though I wish it would have been more hydrating. Its a decent shower gel, I do not know how much it would fair as a bubble bath as I have not used it like that.


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