Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion
I’ve loved this Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion (Maximum Dry Skin) for years. At first I loved it without reservation. Then, as many have pointed out, the formula changed. It still worked well in the sense of treating very dry skin, but it was waxier (both in texture and in smell), didn’t rub in quite as well, and, most frustratingly, you could only get about 75% of the product out of the bottle.
In 2014 I ordered 4 of the big 32 ounce sized bottles and one by one, I got about 75% finished and no more would pump out, like a too-thick milkshake. I even bought some of those bottle coupler things and the lotion sat upside down on top of another quarter-full bottle for weeks and STILL didn’t move out of the bottle.
Eventually, I gave up and threw them away. I have used other lotions since then, but did purchase one of the smaller size when I was desperate. Again, waxy smell and feel, and 75% of the way through, I stopped being able to pump it.
Cut to yesterday, it was on sale at Whole Foods so I picked up another quart, expecting to again only get to use three quarters of it, but being ok with that since it really works the best for my dry winter skin. But when I went to put it on after my shower, I was surprised that the texture was much looser (in a good way), and it rubbed in much easier than my previous bottle.
I have only used it once, but I believe that this one will pump out all the way. Only giving four stars because I’m annoyed at the continued reformulations, but I’m optimistic that the right stuff is back!
Photos showing: 1: new good bottle (left) vs old bad (this is how much product is left when I can no longer get any out), 2: batch codes for good (L) and bad (R) 3: was stabbing around with the straw trying to get some out and the holes just stay there. Made these more than 12 hours ago. So waxy. 4: textures (good L, bad R, way thicker, not in a good way)Promised Review By P. Colbert