Saturday, July 4, 2015


Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Pure Lavender Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a very nice choice if you are looking to incorporate a (natural) sunscreen into your daily routine. Which you should. Ladies and gents, I know that sunscreen is that pain-in-the-ass element that no one really wants to have to apply, and yet it is the number one thing that is going to save your skin in the long run and prevent signs of aging. Sun-beaten skin is discolored, blotchy, and weathered-looking. Daily exposure to the sun will age your skin faster than any other unhealthy habit. But, enough preaching. Let's take a look at the product itself.

I purchased the travel size of Alba lavender sunscreen at my local grocery store, which happens to have a good selection of natural and organic products. It cost me about $3.69, however you can buy it from Alba Botanica's website for $3.95. The travel size is 1 oz. (28 g). The full size is 4 oz. (113 g) for $11.49.

When Alba says this sunscreen is Very Emollient, they are not kidding! This sunscreen. although it is not specifically indicated as a moisturizer, is so moisturizing that it's almost a waste to use a separate moisturizer underneath. In fact, using a moisturizer underneath may lead to an overly greasy look over the course of the day.

Texture-wise, although Alba calls it a lotion, it is actually between a lotion and a cream. The consistency is pretty thick for a lotion, so a little goes a long way. As you begin to apply, you will need to thoroughly work the lotion into the skin to prevent that predictable white cast that is the scourge of most sunscreens. Once the lotion sets in, though, it will not have a white cast and will seamlessly blend in with your skin tone. For that reason I recommend this sunscreen to women of all skin tones. 

The formula contains no parabens or phthalates, It is comprised of 100% vegetarian ingredients. It provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Alba Botanica does not test on animals. 

Once applied, the sunscreen will last 80 minutes, after which time you should reapply. This sunscreen is not water-proof, so use only if you are blocking daily sun exposure or are chillaxing on the beach. 

See Alba Botanica's website for a full list of ingredients.

All in all, this sunscreen delivers. The inclusion of actual lavender is calming to the skin, so particularly effective for those with sensitive or irritated skin. I've purchase quite a few products from Alba, and I've never been disappointed. 

Stars: *4 out of 5*

While we're at it, Happy 4th of July! This is OUR Country's Independence Day. I'm proud to be an American, and I hope you are too. Celebrate responsibly, please have a designated driver. 

Be safe! Beer, BBQ, beach, pool & Fireworks!

Oh, and lastly, please support our troops. They are the men and women who keep this country the greatest nation in the world. 

Buy select coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and $1 of your purchase will go toward Operation Home Front. Win-Win.

With pride and love Eternal,


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