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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Product Review: Alba Botanica Rainforest Hydrating Oil Control Moisturizer

Since I'm not getting any younger, I realized that I have to take care of my skin even more. I'm not afraid of getting old or aging, but as much as possible, I'd like to age in a graceful way, with lesser signs of aging. I then bought skin care products from Healthy Options since I've read that most of their skin care products are natural and devoid of harsh chemicals. The first one I have tried is the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Refreshing Cleansing Gel which I really like. I decided to pair it with a moisturizer which really caught my eye - Alba Botanica Rainforest Hydrating Oil Control Moisturizer. It has the 3 words I've been looking for - hydrating oil control. I need something to help keep the oilies at bay without being too drying for my skin and this seemed to be the perfect product for me. I have been using it for almost a month now and yeah, review time!

What I like:
- It is non-oily and non-sticky and is easily absorbed by the skin in just a few seconds.
- Has a pleasant citrus scent that is not overwhelming and is gone a few seconds upon application.
- Does a pretty decent job when it comes to oil control (though not superb) but still keeps my skin feeling hydrated and moisturized. Definitely not drying.
- Has a pump that dispenses just the right amount of product. A little goes a long way too, one pump is enough for my face and neck.
- I like that it is made of natural ingredients and does not have those harsh chemicals.
- Even though it controls oil, my face does not look too matte and dry. It gives a luminous glow and once my face starts to oil up, I get a dewy look instead of looking like an oil slick.
- No allergic reactions, no itchies, no breakouts.
- The shelf life is indicated on the tube so I won't go beyond the 6-month shelf life.
- The company does not test on animals.
- The company supports the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. I don't know exactly what they are about but I'm sure it's something good for the environment.
- Locally available at Healthy Options stores.

What I don't like:
- Kind of expensive for Php619 for 42g which will last only for 6 months. But then if you use it daily, day and night, then you'll use it up in no time.
- No SPF so wearing a sunblock is a must, or at least a foundation with SPF.

Overall rating: 4.5/5 It would've gotten a higher rating only if it had SPF. But then, is there really such a thing as a perfect product?

Will I buy again? Definitely! But it has to wait since I have Alba Botanica Acne Dote Oil Control Lotion to use up after this.

Have you tried this product or any oil control moisturizer?

Happy Wednesday, super awesome peeps! :P


  1. Move over Clinique DDMG... i hope this works for me, too! :) Thanks for reviewing.

    (pls take good care of sowcy :))

  2. Argie, I hope it works for you when you get to try it. :P

    Yeah, sowcy is in good hands. :P

  3. alba botanicals should be paying you for this pammy. :p you make really good reviews and i sort of want to try all the products you write reviews on hahaha! x)

  4. Sugar, a complete line of their products will do. Haha! Too much wishful thinking. :P

  5. So mahal ah! Sayang walang SPF. I don't have oily skin so I might skip this one. Hopefully you'll get "hiyang" with it for a long time!

  6. Justine, I hope so too because I really like it. :P

  7. hehehe actually yun ang unang inspiration ng outfit kaso yung boots at yung top (unang choice) eh hindi bagay :D

    gagawa ako ng bagong post hehehe

  8. Aika, looking forward to your Black Swan-inspire get up. :P

  9. The pros really outweighs the cons and if you like it, it must really be worth trying. And the dewy effect cinches the deal!

    But i agree its kinda expensive for the amount you get coz i'm the type who pours a lot in one use hehe:-)

  10. Mina, yeah. It's really nice if only it weren't that pricey but the pros make it all worth it. :)

  11. Great review! I think I will give this a try when my current moisturizer runs out. I'm currently using the Bobbi Brown oil control lotion and I like it for winter, but it's actually too heavy for the summer - for an oil control lotion this is pretty thick.

  12. Tammy, I can imagine that it adds up to the oiliness instead of controlling it. :P

  13. Hi Pammy! I've been lurking around your blog for quite some time now. I love your skincare reviews! I'm a Healthy Options hoarder too. Alba Botanica is ♥!

    Followed you, BTW. Looking forward to more reviews. :)

    All the best,

    PS. pink lippies suits you best! :)

  14. Juana Kristina, I agree about Alba Botanica. Loving their skin care products. :P

    Thanks for following my blog. And I think pink lippies do the best job for me too. :P


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