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Natural & Organic Sunscreen? Yes, Please! Badger’s Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream!

Recently, Badger was kind enough to send me their newly reformulated Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream, which was one of In Style magazine’s “Best Beauty Buys” in 2011! Though sunscreen should be a daily essential, it is especiallyimportant now that the sun is finally emerging from the dreary days of winter. Lately I’ve been looking for a new sunscreen, so I was thrilled to see this in my mailbox and immediately set about testing it out! J

The Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream is part of Badger’s “Active” line of sun care, which is kind of the middle ground. They also have a line of “Daily” sunscreens for everyday wear, “Sport” sun creams that are water and sweat resistant for at least 80 minutes, and a super gentle “Baby and Kids” formula. The “Active” line is also water and sweat resistant for a minimum of 40 minutes. It is intended for hanging out at the beach or the pool, swimming and general outdoor activities. The “Active” line is the perfect middle ground!

The ingredients are simple, but this sunscreen should not be taken lightly! This cute little tube contains Sunflower Oil, Beeswax, Seabuckthorn, and Vitamin E derived solely from Sunflowers. The active sunscreen is Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide, which is an all-natural mineral sunscreen. It is 100% Certified Natural, 94% Certified Organic and is biodegradable. The Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Cream protects against UVA and UVB rays, which is a must in my book! As stated above, it is Water-Resistant for at least 40 minutes and non-Nano (this relates to the particle size). It is also PA+++ and carries the Leaping Bunny logo. Whew! That was a mouthful! Seems to me that Badger has all the critical sunscreen bases covered – and in a natural and organic manner!

As far as I can tell, this stuff works brilliantly! I haven’t hung out on the shores of St. Tropez to test it out (dare to dream!), but I tend to get a lovely lop-sided farmers tan around this time of year from driving in the car. You know the lovely driver’s-side-window farmer’s tan? Well, this seems to be preventing it! I know that’s not the greatest test, but I’m not going to try to burn just to test out a sun cream! JWhat I care most about when choosing a sunscreen is the application and feel of the sunscreen since I cannot really test how well it protects from the sun…well, unless it were to not work at all!

The Badger Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream feels good on the skin. It is supposed to help moisturize while protecting from the sun, and I would say that it does! It is not at all greasy or sticky, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with sunscreens. You can literally apply it and immediately get dressed without fear of sticking to anything. It rubs into the skin relatively well. It is a bit on thick side, but it spreads nicely and absorbs easily. As I said, no greasy residue and, if anything, my skin may feel a bit softer after using this sunscreen! It is considered Unscented and I’d have to agree that it is! There may be a faint hint of a non-scented kind of aroma in the tube (their website says it’s the natural scent from the beeswax), but you cannot smell it at all while applying it or after it’s applied. I’ve never found an unscented sunscreen that was trulyunscented…until now! Overall, I think it’s a great sunscreen! Definitely worth a try!
A small dab to show the sunscreen’s consistency.

The Badger Unscented Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream comes in a 2.9oz tube made from >50% post-consumer recycled #2 plastic that is BPA- and Phthalate-free. Badger sunscreens can be found at Ulta, Whole Foods, Cracker Barrel, and on the Badger website(you can check there for a location near you too) and it retails for $15.99.
Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for potential review. For more information, please read my Disclosure Policy.

Sun Lovin’ Fun with Philosophy – “Here Comes the Sun” Age-Defense Water-Resistant SPF 30 UVA and UVB Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

Around the beginning of the summer, I picked up Philosophy’s “Sunny Girl” gift set. It included a full size sunscreen for body, a full size sunscreen for the face and a full size SPF 15 lip treatment. I actually have not tried anything other than the sunscreen for the body yet, but I absolutely LOVE it!!! The actual name of the body sunscreen – wait for it, it’s incredibly long – is “Here Comes the Sun: Age-Defense Water Resistant SPF 30 UVA and UVB Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.” So what makes it so great?

Most sunscreens that I have used, no matter what they claim, leave you feeling at least a bit greasy and / or sticky. Plenty of them have a strong odor that can be pleasant, but unless I am at the beach, I do not really want to smell like a super concentrated coconut grove. I was looking for a good every day, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a decent SPF that was water-resistant (waterproof does not really exist in a sunscreen no matter what the bottle tells you) and was not tested on animals. I can deal with the slightly greasy feeling and kind of figured it was just the nature of sunscreen, but then I tried “Here Comes the Sun”! This sunscreen glides on really smooth and absorbs almost on contact, thus preventing the slightly tacky feeling to which I have become so accustomed. I was shocked by how nice Philosophy’s sunscreen felt literally right after applying it! It feels very much like a lotion that absorbs on contact. It does not skip or drag while being rubbed into the skin and it really does absorb instantly leaving skin feeling better than before it was applied. I would not go so far as to say that it moisturizes, but it does make skin feel nice. Add to that the lack of any strong fragrance and it is a clear winner in the sunscreen category!
There is nothing particularly unusual about the claims of this sunscreen, but the formula still makes it worth every penny. The sunscreen has an SPF 30 and protects against UVA and UVB rays and is water-resistant. It is an oil-free, lightweight formula and it absorbs almost on contact. According to Philosophy, “Here Comes the Sun” has an antioxidant blend that enhances cellular defense to help prevent the signs of aging while advanced “solar filters” protect skin evenly from the sun’s damaging rays. As I said, nothing too fancy, but the feel of this sunscreen will have you hooked!
“Here Comes the Sun” for the body comes in an inverted white squeeze tube with a sunny yellowish-orange flip-top cap. The product itself is basically a light-weight lotion that is very slightly off-white in color. Do not worry – it does not leave any white streaking or take hours to rub out the white. I am not sure whether this is due to the wonderful absorbency of the lotion-like formula or if the ingredients just do not cause that chalky white film that no one wants. It has a very, very light scent that is kind of standard to an “unscented” sunscreen, but it is so faint that I do not notice it while applying it or even immediately after I put it on. It really is the nicest sunscreen I have ever used!

To the best of my knowledge, Philosophy does not test on animals, nor do they sell in China where agreeing to potential animal tests is required by law.

Philosophy’s “Here Comes the Sun” Age-Defense Water Resistant SPF 30 UVA and UVB Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen retails for $26.00 (more than I’d like to pay for sunscreen, but it really is worth it!) and is available in the US from:
www.Ulta.com and retail locations
www.Sephora.com and retail locations
The set I mentioned above was purchased from Philosophy.com, but I do not think it is still available.

For more information about Philosophy and their Animal Testing policies, check out my post here.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Philosophy in any way, nor have I been compensated for this review.

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