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Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser Review

Updated on December 1, 2013

Product Features

Here are the main features of Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser:

  • Contains pore-refining pineapple
  • Contains skin-brightening papaya
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • No parabens or artificial colors
  • Aloe, hibiscus and passion flower
  • Product never tested on animals
  • Ingredients never tested on animals

My Experience with Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser

If you are familiar with Alba Botanica products, you may be wondering if their Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser is a decent product. I have tried several of Alba Botanica products, including the AcneDote scrub and Dead Sea Mask. I've always associated Alba Botanica with high-quality, natural products. Now, while most of their products are indeed very effective, the Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser is not.

My Honest Review of Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser

I was actually disappointed by this product because it really dried out my face. If you're familiar with skincare, you know that any product that dries your skin should be avoided because it can cause irritation and lead to premature aging. The drying nature of this product is largely due to the sodium myreth sulfate, which is the second ingredient in this cleanser. I was surprised and disappointed because I thought Alba Botanica only included natural or organic ingredients in their products - I guess not. Sodium myreth sulfate is a cleansing agent found in many face products because of its rich lather, which actually strips skin of its natural oils and leads to dryness and skin irritation. This reason alone was enough for me to stop using Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser.

These are simply my personal results with this facial cleanser; I am not implying that everyone will experience the same drying effect on their skin. I'm just warning you against the possible effects of sodium myreth sulfate on your skin, and this ingredient is very prominent in Alba Botanic Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser. I honestly wish I could say that I experienced amazing result with this product, but I can't.

Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser


Positive Aspects of Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser

Since I like to be fair and include some positive notes to every product I try, I will praise Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser for the following:

  • Gel-like texture - I liked the clear, gel-like consistency of this cleanser. It's very easy to apply to your skin.
  • Medium lather - It doesn't foam up too much, but just enough that you feel like the product is cleaning your face.
  • Cleaning action - This product does indeed cleanse your skin of dirt and impurities.
  • Scent - It has a light, tropical-like scent that isn't overpowering to the senses.
  • Price - It's priced fairly at around $7 per bottle.
  • Pump applicator - The pump applicator is very convenient

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What To Look For In Facial Cleansers

Since Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser was a disappointment, you may wonder makes a quality facial cleanser. I have found that the best facial cleanser have the least amount of ingredients. Keep as close to natural as possible and avoid all those sulfates, parabens, artificial colors & fragrances, and chemicals. The closer you keep to organic and natural, the less you'll experience irritation, dryness, and negative results.

Try to look for cleanser that include aloe for soothing benefits and natural oils like sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, etc. for moisturizing benefits. Contrary to popular belief, certain natural oils actually have anti-inflammatory benefits that prevent acne, not cause it. Also, herbs like lavender, chamomile, etc. are great ingredients to have in a facial cleanser. Rose water is also wonderful as well as honey and fruits like pineapple, apple, orange, lemon, etc. The more antioxidants you can pack into your facial cleanser, the better.

There are many different natural ingredients that work well in facial cleansers, just find the ones that are suited for your skin type. Don't be afraid to experiment until you find the best one for you. Just remember to stick close to Mother Nature and you can't really go wrong. There are hundreds of incredible natural & organic facial cleanser that nourish, protect, and cleanse your skin. Some even provide anti-aging benefits.

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