Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: Alba Botanica Natural Acne Dote Oil Control Lotion

Hello loves! 

This blog post is literally a long time coming. Why? I have no idea, I just would start this review then stop typing it half way through and delete it. No idea why.

This is the Alba Botanica Natural Acne Dote Maximum Strength Oil Control Lotion. I don't see why Companies give their products such long names. -_-

I purchased mine at Walmart for around $12. Kind of expensive for a facial lotion, but when I purchased this, my skin was going crazy. My face was so broken out and nothing was helping it at all. I wound up buying all 4 products that were in this line and spent around $50, which was kind of insane, but I was hoping it would help.

You can purchase this many places. I've seen it at Target and Walmart, but you can also buy it online. Depending on where you look you can get it from around $9.53- $15. It $15.50 on the Alba Botanic website. It comes in a 2 oz ( 57g) squeeze tube and is oil-free. It also has 2% salicylic acid in it, so if you can not use it, I would steer clear of this entire line. The Salicylic Acid is formulated with willow bark extract, and it is the main ingredient in this lotion. It also claims to give you an all-day matte finish.

As for the all-day matte finish, for me it didn't do that. I maybe got a good 6 hour matte finish and that was wearing no foundation, just this lotion. Then again when I purchased this, I was not as into skin care as I was then, so I may have not been using enough, or it just didn't give me the all-day matte finish that it claims. Which was not a huge deal to me, at the time and still is not now. I do think that this is a nice moisturizer or "lotion" as it says, but to be 100% completely honest. I can't use it. I'm not going to sit here and sugar coat how much I like this. I do really like it, but I just can't use it.

Why? It smells like raid bug spray, it may be the willow bark, but its a VERY overpowering smell. Not only that, but it burns. When I say it burns I mean it. When I applied this, the burn lasted a good minute before it went away and it would make my face red. The smell lingers on your face as well. I could still smell it after a good couple hours. As for how did it work on my acne? Its a nice moisturizer, but for working on my acne, this tended to agitate some of my break outs a bit more and helped get rid of others.

There really is no sugarcoating this product and I honestly can't tell you to go out and buy it. Its been a good couple years since I purchased this and yes I am just getting around to doing this review, but I still have the tube, its actually sitting next to me as I type this. I've not repurchased it and I really don't plan on doing so, ever. Its not something that I would deal with the smell and the burn because its an amazing product, because honestly its just not. This wound up just being a flop for me. :(


(These pictures have my old wordpress url. I did not see a need to re-take them since I already had them taken)

You can find this product HERE and HERE

Have you ever used anything from this line? I would love to know what you thought about it! 


  1. Hi

    Really good site, and really informative too. Will check back for more stuff like this from time to time.

  2. Thank you so much! <3 Thank you for reading!