I’m back from Puerto Rico and I’m ecstatic to report that I’m sunburn-free! I used to rely solely on Neutrogena SPF 50 sunscreen, so I was admittedly a bit nervous to try a natural sunscreen with only a 30 SPF (even though I’ve read several times that anything over 30 is about the same protection). But in my head 50 = sunburn-free. I tested out 3 different natural sunscreens, but before I report my findings, can I just vent my frustration with natural cosmetic companies and their lack of TSA-approved sunscreen bottle sizes?! I mean, come on, guys!!! If you’re going to make a 3.5 or 4 oz bottle of sunscreen, why not just go the extra mile and reduce it to 3.4 oz so we can easily stash it in our carry-on without having to first put it in another container???? Can we please keep this in mind when packaging your products? I understand if you’re making an 8 oz container, but if you’re making a 4 oz container, just decrease the size ever so slightly and make us frequent travelers happy! Ok, venting complete…on to my reviews.
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer
I used this sheer moisturizer on my face, neck, and decolletage. I bought this sheer version so that my husband and I could both use it on our face. Otherwise, I would have purchased the light-tinted version (I used to use the Korres Watermelon Light Tinted Moisturizer, but it has some ingredients that I’m not completely comfortable with, so I wanted to try a more natural product such as those by Juice Beauty). I’m really impressed with this moisturizer! The smell is fresh and citrusy. It blends pretty easily, too. At first you get a little freaked out because it’s very white (due to the titanium dioxide), but it ends up blending in quickly and easily. The price tag is a bit hefty at $29 for 2 oz, but I’m willing to pay that much for a nice daily moisturizer that protects my face from their looming sunspots I seem to have collected from my teenage tanning-bed days. Thanks for that beauty ideal, hometown Indiana.
L’uvalla SPF 20 Sunscreen
I spent some time with the L’uvalla rep at Whole Foods one day, who was giving demonstrations of their organic products made in the south of France. When I told her that I was in need of a natural sunscreen to try out during my brief jaunt to the Caribbean, she graciously handed me five sample packs of their sunscreen to try out! AWESOME!! Love free samples! So I hoarded this product for myself and didn’t share with my husband because I didn’t have a ton to spare. And come to find out, this product doesn’t go a long way. It’s so thick that you have to use a ton of it to cover your whole body. And with this sunscreen pricing in at a whopping $46.50 for 3.5 oz (ok, here comes the rant again: 3.5 oz???? Seriously???? You couldn’t just make it one-tenth of an ounce smaller so we could fit it in our carry-ons?????), I don’t know about you but I’m a bit stingy with my product when it costs that much. I just can’t bring myself to pile it on. The website claims that the bottle is a 3 month supply, but if you’re using it on your entire body, I really think you could only get maybe 4 or 5 uses out of one full size bottle! But if money is no object to you, this is a gorgeous 100% natural, organic sunscreen that even has Argan Oil in it (if you’ve done any research on natural cosmetics, you’ll quickly find that Argan Oil is suddenly the darling of the natural cosmetic world.) Although this sunscreen has both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as their mineral sunscreen elements, it leaves absolutely zero white hue on your body, like some mineral sunscreens do. It rubs in immediately and leaves your body very moisturized. My one small dislike about the product, other than how much you have to use of this costly product, is the scent. While it’s not an offensive smell, it’s not really one I prefer to be on my body because it smells exactly like a bottle of Upland Wheat beer. If you went to school at Indiana University, you most likely know this beer quite well. It’s a very tasty microbrew, but I don’t especially want to smell like hops as I’m strolling along the beach.
Aubrey Organics Natural Sun SPF 25 Sunscreen for Active Lifestyles
Finally, I bought a 4 oz bottle of this lotion as our main body sunscreen. I purchased it at Whole Foods for $8.50…now that’s more my spending style! As implied by the name, “for active lifestyles”, it does a pretty good job of staying on throughout sweating and quick dips in the pool, even though it’s not advertised as a waterproof sunscreen. I loved the cool whipped texture of this lotion, but my main beef with this product is the glaring white tint it leaves on your body. I’m translucently pale as is, so I find a lotion that leaves an obvious white tint on my skin a bit annoying. For that reason alone, I don’t think I’d purchase it again…yes, I can recognize my vanity. Also, I didn’t notice until after I purchased this that it contains PABA. I admit, I didn’t really know what exactly PABA was, other than I’ve seen on some sunscreen bottles “PABA Free”. After doing a bit of research, I found that PABA does have some legitimate concerns. Here is what Skin Deep has to say:
About PABA (PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID): A once-common sunscreen ingredient, now avoided due to allergic dermatitis and photosensitivity. Research indicates PABA has carcinogenic potential. PABA derivatives are now more commonly used, but these too may have health concerns.
Yeah, so I’m going to avoid that ingredient in the future, I believe. Why take the risk, right? Oh well, at least I didn’t spend a ton on that sunscreen. All part of the learning process, here.
We booked our Puerto Rico trip just a week before we left, and in that week NY was hit with a fairly nasty blizzard, so I didn’t have a ton of time to research and shop for my sunscreen. For my next trip this summer to Tuscany, I’ll be sure to do more research and find a body sunscreen I really love. I’ll be heavily researching this list of the top 10 natural sunscreens. I recommend you check it out for yourself if you’re in the market for a natural sunscreen!