H2O+ Black Sea Body Cream: Review

I saw this H2O+ Black Sea Body Cream in Allure magazine and needed a small, cheap item to add to my Ulta order to get free shipping, so I tossed the trial size in my cart. I’m a sucker for marine skincare. I just got this maybe two months ago, but when going to write this review I see it’s no longer on Ulta or even H2O+’s website.

Per Skinstore: “Nourish and soften with hydrating black seaweed and skin softening sea grass found along the shores of the Black Sea. Bright citrus and marine notes blend with sage and sandalwood for a warm, velvety scent inspired by the mysterious Black Sea.”


  • Sea grass hydrates and leaves skin soft and smooth.
  • Black seaweed, rich in vitamins and minerals, nourishes and moisturizes.
  • Water based, gel cream technology increases moisture levels in the skin.
So Allure said this was lightweight and super hydrating. I’ll go with lightweight. It’s a gel cream texture, lightly hydrating, not nearly the claimed super hydrating nor on the level of a usual body cream. I find many lotions more hydrating. It has a pearly silver tint which doesn’t leave any noticeable shimmer on the skin, more for show it seems. It leaves a sticky residue on me, while this eventually absorbs it leaves a tackiness for some time. There is also this weird residue that can rub off the first hour or so. The scent is also really strong, slight citrus but the earthy sage and sandalwood really take over. It’s hard to wear a perfume over this as you’re already so scented after putting it on.
I found more cons with this than pluses, so I can see why it looks like it’s been discontinued. It’s sticky, not really moisturizing and too heavily scented. This also has denatured alcohol in it, which I hate in my skincare in general. It dries out my skin. Sadly, it’s in a ton of hand creams and even body lotions. When I started avoiding it in my hand creams my hands magically stayed more hydrated. 


Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Cyclomethicone, Trisiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 20, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Zostera Marina Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel Marin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, PVP, Sorbitan Isostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77019/Mica, CI 77266/Black 2, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide.

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