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
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
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.