Annabella's review - Alba Botanica Hawaiian Skincare


Apr 14, 2013 Skincare 10 Comments

When I was perusing the beauty section at Target last year I made a mental note to pick up some bits from Alba Botanica which is a cruelty free brand. They have several ranges but the Hawaiian skincare range really looked appealing and even though I’m not a big fan of pineapple, I wanted to try them anyway. When I go shopping at home I never pay attention to the conversion rate or how much things costs because even if the exchange rate is crap it still works out better for someone coming from the UK. However upon looking at their prices I think they are a bit expensive for a drugstore brand!

Now I didn’t mange to take photos of the actual products before they got used up so you’ll have to use your imagination…

Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser $12.95 USD

Alba Sez

Say hello to a renewed and radiant complexion with this fresh-faced cleanser. Pore-refining pineapple and skin-brightening papaya enzymes wash away impurities, make-up and dullness. Aloe, hibiscus and passion flower provide much needed R&R to soothe and balance. It’s total tropical radiance. Hypo-allergenic.

Well this cleanser comes in an easy to use pump, although I found it easier to use out of the shower. The cleanser is clear and has a faint smell of citrusy something or other but nothing too strong. As per usual I probably used too much the first time I had a go and noticed that my face was really dry afterwards so I made sure I only used one pump full. This doesn’t have a lot of lather but even only after using a little bit it still made my face dry and tight. I stopped using this after trialling it for a week solid, then I left James to finish because it started to irritate my skin.

Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub $13.99 USD

Alba Sez

No bluffing all you need is a mild buffing. Pore-pleasing papaya and pineapple enzymes work their magic to clear out impurities as gentle buffing granules smooth away dulling debris to unveil radiant skin. Vitamin E, aloe and jojoba soothe and moisturize. It’s clearly paradise. Hypo-allergenic.

This has a more of a tropical scent similar to Tropicana juice, although not strictly pineapple. This is a cream based cleanser containing jojoba beads for exfoliation which does nothing for me! So straight away we were off to a bad start and it continued to go downhill from there. This also made my skin really dry and I only used it twice a week. I also gave up on this one too so James could finish it off.

Well what a disappointment, I didn’t think I’d look 10 years younger but I thought at least AB would be a pleasure to use. However I’m not put off the brand because Alba Botanica have other items I’ve got my eyes on. AB have a body range which includes: Mai Tai Body Wash, Lava Flow Exfoliating Body Wash (I must have this based on the name alone), and Sugar Cane Body Scrub. I’ll just give the rest of the Hawaiian Skincare range a miss.

A true beauty addict is never deterred by a bad experience!



  • Ashley
    Apr 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm Reply

    I haven’t tried AB skincare yet and I don’t think I will in the near future. I’ve got a ton of unopened skincare schtuff to go through atm! I do really love their hair care line though!

    1. Annabella
      Apr 16, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

      OMG right! I’ve got some many unopened things, I think my skincare breeds overnight. It gets more difficult to hide things from James now as he uses my stuff….

      I haven’t tried AB’s hair care range, I’ve just looked at the Plumeria range have you tried that?

  • Jade
    Apr 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Thanks for the review, was looking at these on Iherb but I don’t think I’ll get them now, my skin is naturally dry/sensitive so this would be a nightmare on my skin.

    1. Annabella
      Apr 16, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

      Yes defo stay away if you’ve got dry sensitive skin! I don’t think the pineapple enzymes would be your friend! :D

  • Jon
    Apr 17, 2013 at 11:57 pm Reply

    Pineapples are great, but I wouldn’t want to smell like one.

    1. Annabella
      Apr 18, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

      Hey Jon – No I wouldn’t want to smell like pineapple either! :D

  • Amy Renold
    Apr 23, 2013 at 7:18 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing this very helpful review to us. I actually came across that product lately, and I thought of buying the set despite the relatively big price. One thing I hate is making my skin feel tight and stiff, and if this product does that, I think I have to opt something else.

    1. Annabella
      Apr 23, 2013 at 8:13 am Reply

      Hi Amy – I’m glad you thought it was overpriced and not just me. Thankfully there are loads of other things out there for us to try! :D

  • Chris Connor
    May 13, 2013 at 11:10 am Reply

    It’s too bad that this is not a better product. It sounds like there are a lot of great ingredients, but that doesn’t always mean the product works I guess. Thanks for this review. I saw this in Target and it was on my list of products to try!

    1. Annabella
      May 20, 2013 at 8:48 am Reply

      Hi Chris – well hopefully I’ve saved you a bit of money. I hate it when products I’m excited about don’t work or make my face even worse but that is the way it goes.

      Thanks for your comment and stopping by! xoxo

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