Today’s Alaffia review is of the virgin coconut body cream.
Ingredients (provided at alaffia.com)- “Distilled Water, Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Unrefined Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Butter, Palm Stearic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lemongrass Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance.”
The preliminary report that I created for this product in the Cosmetics Database gives it a hazard score of 3. The only ingredients with hazard scores above a zero are emulsifying wax, potassium sorbate, and fragrance. I’m very curious as to whether or not the fragrance Alaffia uses is phthalate-free. One would hope and think so, since their other ingredients are pretty consistently stellar.
******Update: One of the kind folks who works for Alaffia has recently informed me that none of their products contain phthalates. Phew!
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, and sulfates.
2. It’s vegan and cruelty-free.
3. It’s gluten-free.
4. As with all of Alaffia’s products, this one is fair trade certified.
Product Description(provided at alaffia.com)- “Light, silky cream with our hand expressed virgin coconut oil and cocoa butter. With excellent emollient properties, virgin coconut oil is also high in antioxidants and vitamins that protect and nourish skin. Virgin coconut oil smooths and evens skin texture, leaving it soft and silky. Refreshing coconut and lemongrass scent.”
Price- $10.95 for a 4 oz. tube. Seems pretty reasonable, yeah?
Performance- This product has all the moisturizing properties of a cream with the lightweight feel of a lotion. It isn’t especially heavy, and it dries/sets fairly quickly. Additionally, I think the scent makes it perfect for summer (see below).
Scent- Nice, beachy, coconutty. Several people complimented me and asked me what scent I was wearing after I’d moisturized with this lotion, and they were all surprised to hear that it was a lotion they were smelling and not a perfume.
Rating- It’s hard to say without knowing more about the fragrance used, but I’m gonna give it a 10 based on performance/scent alone. I can always come back and lower the rating if I learn that phthalates are present is this product. 10/10.
Would I purchase this item again? I would and will.
*Samples were provided by Alaffia. Opinions provided by me.
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