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Friday, August 12, 2011

Product Review: Alba Botanica Natural Acne Dote Oil Control Lotion

I prefer a short and fuss-free everyday routine when it comes to prepping myself up. That's why I skip primers and rely on moisturizers that also serve as a good makeup base while providing oil control. Luckily, I have found such products in Alba Botanica. This is the second moisturizer I have used (and is currently using) from this brand, the Rainforest Hydrating Oil Control Moisturizer being the first. I liked the latter a lot but to know  if I also like this one, please read the rest of this post for my review. :)

Product Description taken from the Alba Botanica website:

Oil Control Lotion with max-strength 2% Salicylic Acid

Signature ingredient: Willow Bark Extract, a natural source of Salicylic Acid, helps treat and prevent acne.
Parsley and Lemon Balm Extracts deeply cleanse and act as a natural oil blotter.
Organic Green Tea Extract helps reduce redness and soothe and calm irritated or inflamed skin.

Product description: Weightless moisturizer helps maintain an all-day matte finish.* This light, oil-control moisturizer naturally treats and helps prevent acne while complexion maintains a shine-free appearance all day*.

Features and benefits: Formulated with maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid, Natural ACNEdote Oil Control Lotion features a powerfully natural, botanically effective formula that weightlessly hydrates skin as needed but keeps oil at bay for an all-day matte finish*. You’ll see a visibly clearer complexion with skin that’s touchably soft and never tight, dry or greasy.

Who should use this product? For oily or acne-prone skin types.

Directions for use: Apply with a cotton ball to freshly cleansed face morning and evening.

Size: 2 oz / 57 g

Price: $14.95


What I like:
- Feels cool on the face, a little refreshing too due to its being a bit mentholated.
- Dries to a not so matte finish but helps keep oil at bay. Face won't be matte all day but it works for at least 4 hours without touching up.
- Smells kinds of medicinal and mentholated. I actually like it.
- Does not break me out. No allergic reactions either.
- Keeps my face moisturized, soft, and smooth all day.
- Has a shelf life of 18 months so yes, you can stray a bit. Just don't forget to store it in a cool place or in your fridge, perhaps. :D
- Packaging is hygienic since it's a squeeze out tube which gives you control on the amount of product you can get.
- Locally available at Healthy Options and inexpensive for less than Php 500.

What I don't like:
- Can be a bit greasy especially on really hot days.
- No SPF nor does it offer any sun protection.

Overall rating: 4/5 I recommend this to those who have combination-oily to oily skin who live in places with cooler climates.

Will I buy again? In as much as I like this, I might not for now. I find that water-based moisturizers such as Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, and Celeteque Facial Moisturizer (for an inexpensive one) work better for me both as moisturizers (that hydrates the skin too) and as makeup base.

Have you tried this or any other products from Alba Botanica?

Happy Friday, everyone! :P

Coming up: Sigma F80 Brush Review


  1. not yet but you seem to like their products haha! :) i agree with gel moisturizers being more "hiyang" to people with oily skin.

  2. thank you Pammytweet for letting me try this. :) Actually i like it and planning to ask you to get one for me! :P

  3. @sugar sugar Yes I do. Inexpensive but works great! :P I'm an Alba girl. You're a Kiehl's baby! :P

  4. @ur_prettyprinces I'll get one for you one of these days. Glad you like it too! :P

  5. I want to try a moisturizer from Alba. I just haven't decided what kind yet. Jason's Ester C Lotion is expensive at Php 800+

    I tried Alba's Hawaiian *something* sun block last summer but I feel like it doesn't give enough sun protection.

    I like Natures Gate's Very Water Resistant Aqua Block more.

  6. Thanks for the review. I similarly think water-based products work better for me. It feels lighter and I like that it seems to absorb into my skin~ ^_^

  7. @PopBlush That's what I feel too as most moisturizers feel like they're just sitting on the skin instead of being absorbed.

  8. @Rae You can give either this or the Rainforest Hydrating Oil Control Moisturizer a try though this is the cheaper of the two. :)

    I want to try the cleanser you featured on your blog naman.

  9. Yey!! thanks for this review...I actually saw these on the Healthy Options...But they don't have a tester I was kinda hesitate to buy it. I'm actually looking for a moisturizer these few days, think I will just consider this one..Since I pretty much like what it does to you...=)

  10. Pammy, this sounds like a really good product. I'm all for anything that mattifies my face. We should have it at my local drugstore :)

  11. @Janet Yey! But I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it won't disappoint you in case you decide to try it. :)

  12. @EveryDay Makeup blog It should be available at your local drugstores. I really hope you'll like it should you decide to try it. :)

  13. Haven't tried yet. But the ingredients... nakakaakit ah :D

  14. hope i can try this one.. and i hope it'll not break me out. hihi

  15. Great review! I haven't tried any of their products. I don't use makeup primers much too and rely on my moisturizer most of the time but i still haven't found my HG. I really have oily skin so might as well try this out. :) Thanks for the review! ♥ :D -Dawn

  16. Looks promising for a break-out prone and oily-skinned person like me. Just too bad it doesn't have an spf. Thanks for the review.

  17. @DianeI'm scared. You already have great skin and if it doesn't work for you or breaks you out, I'm at fault. :D

  18. @PEACHY PINK SISTERS I hope it works for you. But I'm scared too. Every time I recommend a product, I'm scared that it might not work for others. :D

  19. @DaniAgree. Would've been the complete package if only it is armed with SPF. :)

  20. Thanks for the wonderful review :) sounds interesting <3

  21. Awesome review sis! I have dry skin, so this might not be good for me. :D

  22. I haven't tried this but since I don't live in the cooler climates, I'll pass haha thanks for the review! :)

  23. too bad there's no SPF. but the oil-control thing looks promising. i like products with Salicylic Acid, works really good on me.

  24. it's sad that you're not into this at this point. Makes me wonder tuloy if it's THAT oily in our humid weather... might work for me since i'm experiencing dry skin these days.

    Glad though that the hydro boost gel is on that thumbs-up list :D

  25. @Hollie I can imagine this making your skin drier than dry. :(

  26. @Diana Yeah. It has been stored in my skin care kit for a couple of months now. :(

  27. @Chryztyne Maybe you can mix your sunblock with this product so it'll have SPF? It's really nice, it's just that I prefer water-based moisturizers. :)

  28. @herroyalbleakness Eh, I'll give you a sample when we meet so you can try it. ;)

    Yeah, I use it on my arms and legs too and it kinda helps. :)

  29. Hmmmmm! I think I need this one. I was browsing through your reviews and finally found what I need, since I'm not a fan of make up but would love to try on some on day.

  30. hi pammy! i have tried the acne dote invisible treatment gel but find it's too harsh--as in it stings and is kind of itchy when i apply it. is this moisturizer anything like that? hope you can still remember as this post was from last year pa. just want to know if it's matapang as well :D


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