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Osmotics Age Defense Barrier Repair Body Silk- reader reviewed

July 17, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 4 Comments

Reviewed by Leslie

I had the good fortune of complaining about my scaly dry middle aged legs convincingly enough to warrant a sample of the pricy Osmotics Age Defense Barrier Repair Body Silk from the TIA team and I am indeed grateful. Upon receiving this lovely, but small 3.4 oz bottle, I set out to conduct a fair and balanced trial.

Starting on May 20th, I creamed my legs every night, the right leg with the Osmotics, and the left leg with Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion, Maximum. I have to say this might have turned out to be a more dramatic test had it been the dead of winter when my skin is most parched. Nevertheless, I figured if there was a significant difference between the two, I should be able to see it in time.

On July 14 and I finally ran out of the Osmotics. During the course of these past 7 1/2 weeks I honestly haven't noticed any difference between my two legs. But today I sat down with an intense light on both legs and inspected them carefully, and I still don't see any difference. Perhaps at a microscopic level, there might be. But frankly I would find it difficult, given these results, to justify spending $85.00 for 6.8 ounces of Osmotics over the approximately $16 I spend for a 32 ounce bottle of the Alba Botanica.

This is a strictly cost conscious decision. If money were no option, I'd be perfectly happy to slather myself with the Osmotics, which smells divine and has a very luxurious creamy texture without feeling oily. The scent reminds me of a slightly more floral version of Calvin Klein's Obsession, which is one of my favorite perfumes. So ladies, if you want to treat yourself, I'd say go for it, but don't expect miracles. It does a perfectly decent job, no more, no less.

Ingredients in Osmotics

Purified water, squalane, glycerin, emulsifying wax NF, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, thermus thermophilus ferment, sodium hyaluronate, bismuth oxychloride, mica, silica, lanolin, phenoxyethanol, capryl glycol, ethylhexylglycerine, hexylene glycol, soybean sterol, carnosine, tetrahydrocurcumin, ceramide, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), linoleic acid, allantoin, stearic acid, lavender oil, carbomer, disodium EDTA, tromethamine.

Ingredients in Alba


Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil(1), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract(1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract(1), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract(1), Allantoin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol(1), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).

(1)Certified Organic Ingredient

  • September 8, 2011

    by Dennis

    Susan, I've switched to the Alba Maximum with glycolic acids, and OMG my body skin looks incredible nice! my feet, hands and elbows are to die for.

  • July 18, 2011

    by Marta

    Thanks eagle eyed Dennis, that was a mistake. The ingredients list for Alba has now been corrected.

  • July 17, 2011

    by Dennis

    I use Alba Botanica too, but mine doesn't contain parabens... so I looked at their website and no parabens are listed there either. Is this a mistake?

  • July 17, 2011

    by susan

    Good review, Leslie, and thanks for the impartial testing.

    Based upon this, I'm happy to continue using Alba Botanical.

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