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Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Daily Shade Lotion SPF 15, 32 Ounce

Bye-bye dry. Hello supple! These skin softening superstars, packed with rich, botanical emollients, are clinically proven to provide 100% daily hydration. Both hydrating and hypo-allergenic, they’ll have your skin begging for more. Since 1979, Alba Botanica has offered 100% vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you, your friends and the animals and Earth you love. We make a full range of products packed with potent, botanical ingredients that are formulated to nourish the individualized needs of your skin and hair. Because we are committed to the health and happiness of all furry friends, we never test our products, or the ingredients that go into them, on animals. We recognize the need to be good stewards of all natural resources. So we try to do beautiful by reducing our environmental impact in everything we do as a business. With our products, the way that we make them, and how we treat others, we want to inspire and uplift women from head to soul.

Key features

  • Soothes and moisturizes skin while SPF 15 provides effective daily broad spectrum protection
  • Creamy lotion with botanical emollients and aloe vera soothes and moisturizes
  • 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • No animal testing
  • NO: parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances
  • Botanical emollients and aloe vera soothe and moisturize, alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate dull surface cells and SP F 15 provides effective daily sun protection.

Honest reviews


My favorite lotion

I’m on my third bottle of this lotion. Just like the title says, it’s very emollient and one of the only SPF body lotions out there. It’s nice and thick, yet absorbs quickly and not at all greasy. There’s no smell to compete with my perfume. The pump always works great on the bottle. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN! I highly recommend this wonderful lotion. At a great price, too, you can’t go wrong.

Adele Addy, WA

Alba Botanica

I really wish it was unscented. Other than the scent it is a nice lotion, it soaks in real fast and isn’t greasy.

Leanne Kosrae, FM

Alba does it again!

I have been using Alba lotion for the past two years, and have not come across one of their lotions that I didn’t like. I wanted to try something different and I had seen this one at Whole Foods for much higher. When this came, I was quite surprised by how pleasant the smell was. Usually, when products have any SPF in them, they have that “sunscreen” smell. Not so with Alba. It’s a pleasant smell, not overwhelming with that “perfume” smell and best of all, it’s made with all natural ingredients. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone wanting to use products with all natural ingredients not derived from animals. The lotion from what I have noticed too is a bit more oily than their other lotions, but I like the consistency and my skin has felt and looked much better. I am so glad I decided to buy this lotion!

Frieda Sayre, OK

“Hands” down, the best 🙂

I was just searching though hand lotions, basically seeking what I know this product already does. This is a truly excellent lotion– one of my go-to products. I play around with other lotions when I want fragrance or am not going out into the sun, but this lotion feels luxurious enough to forgo those as well. You cannot beat spf protection in combination with alpha hydroxy. I have never found another product that both protects and exfoliates without harshness or residue. The lotion is thicker than other body lotions on the market, so if you are not used to applying lotion regularly, that may seem uncomfortable/unusual at first. I wish Alba made portable tubes of this product!

Julie Donnellson, IL

Nice, thick lotion that sinks right in

I usually don’t buy lotions (especially in a large size like this!) without first smelling them since I can be sensitive to smells, but I went ahead and bought this lotion sight unseen (scent unsmelled?!) based the reviews. I’ve used Alba Botanical products in the past and have always loved them, and this one is great, too!The lotion is nice and thick, but it sinks right in, so that you don’t feel greasy and your skin doesn’t feel heavy at all after using it. Also, the scent is very, very light and subtle; it doesn’t compete with my perfume, and is definitely gender-neutral. In fact, the scent fades away after a few minutes of applying it.Another big plus is that I can use this on my legs right after shaving, and it doesn’t burn, as I was afraid it would because of the alpha-hydroxy acids in it.I’ve been looking for an SPF lotion that was lighter-feeling, and this one is definitely great. I’ve used Kiehl’s SPF body lotion in the past, but it’s the same price for a bottle that is half as big as this Alba one. I’ve also tried Lubriderm’s SPF lotion, but that one felt too thick for me. This is a nice compromise!UPDATE 4/18/10: I’ve been using this a few weeks now, and just love it! It has made my skin so soft, even on those troublesome places like my elbows, which are usually really rough. I will definitely be buying this again once I run out.

Alfreda Paw Paw, WV

Creamy but too thick

I had a bad case of eczema on my arms and regular sunscreen made it burn. I put this on my arms after I brushed my teeth in the morning and headed out the door. I do not use it for being out in the sun all day (like going to the park or pool) but while I am in the car (no tint allowed on the front windows, dumb Cali law) I need my arms to be somewhat protected.

Francisca Huson, MT

Very Pleased

This lotion is the best it makes the skin feel wonderful; it quenches the skin. The smell is nice and very light, which is very important to a person with eczema or allergies. I use this along with the body wash and I am hooked. The only gripe I have with the lotion is that I wish it came in a higher SPF count.

Kate Chicago Heights, IL

EXACTLY what I was looking for!

I am so pleased with this product. When I purchased, I wanted the following:- moisturizer with SPF, not a sunscreen with moisturizer- non-greasy/no residue- silky lotion feel- matte or dewy finish- SPF 15+- for body, not necessary to be used on face- creamy but not heavy or paste-like- no fragrance, preferably- all natural: no parabens, dyes, siliconesI realize some of these categories are somewhat subjective however I find this product deserves a gold star in each category. I was usingCoppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion, 50 SPF, Ultra Sweat-Proof, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 2)and was tired of the white reside it left. I do not go swimming daily so I did not need anything waterproof. Not to mention the coppertone product has too many parabens, alcohols and silicones for my taste as I am moving towards all natural body care products.This product does contain silicone (hence the “very emollient”) but I love the way it performs so well that I will not dock a star for that. This product is a rockstar in my book and a staple in my daily body care regime. It is a bit expensive so I do reserve it for mornings only and use coconut oil at night instead.

Lorie Mottville, NY

great lotion

It’s always set up close to the kitchen and people always use it after they touch water, they also let me know that it’s a very good lotion, it leaves their hands even better that before!

Jeanine Westerville, OH


Pregnancy really takes a toll on a woman’s skin. Mine was left completely lifeless and ashy. I tried every lotion that I could find and still it looked dead and gross. I tried mixing my own vitamins in lotions, I changed my diet…everything. Finally after reading reviews on amazon, I decided to try Alba. OMG…immediately fell in love with the feel of it on my skin, it just seemed to give me back that natural glow that I had been missing for so long. I have been using it for about a month and a half and i am going to have to say that I am a lifer. I will never use anything else. I have found “the one”My skin seems to be much more elastic, firmer, glowing…softer…you name it!I also love that I can use it on my face if I am feeling to lazy for my normal face regimen and I won’t break out.

Verna Hillsboro, WV