My boyfriend has been using the Green Beaver face sunscreen for the past few weeks and although he likes it, he doesn’t love it. And for ~$20 for 40mL of product, we both want him to love it.
Our first try was Aubrey Naturals Face Sunscreen but the overwhelming zinc/rancid butter scent drove us away in seconds. Literally. We purchased the product, went out to the car and I tried it on the back of my hand and we walked right back into the store to return it. It’s sad that my one health foods store with the best selection doesn’t have tester bottles.
Next stop was the Newco Sunscreen with SPF 15. This Canadian company (go Canada!) makes this sunscreen in three scents: lavender, citrus, and melon. We chose the lavender because there was a tester for this one scent, it wasn’t overwhelming or feminine, and lavender has great healing and anti-inflammatory properties for the skin.
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10.25%, Water, Aloe Leaf Gel, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Grapeseed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerly Stearate Citrate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Jobjoba Oil, Olive Oil, Essential Oil of Lavender, Jobjoba Esters, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Silver Citrate, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Retinyl Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cholecalciferol, Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil.
My initial thoughts? It is a heavier cream, but absorbs very quickly without leaving a greasy mess behind, so that’s definitely a plus. The lavender scent, as I mentioned before, is fairly subtle when it is on the skin and adds a nice aromatherapy addition to our morning. A little goes a long way, which is especially important in men with facial hair. My boyfriend found that it got stuck in his stubble just enough to make him want to work a little harder to get it to absorb faster. Even in the fairly warm weather we’ve been having the heavy cream base has never been a problem and doesn’t feel cakey or heavy when it is on your face. Neither of us have broken out using it yet. I think this may be our winner.
$17 at health foods stores or online at http://www.newconaturaltechnology.wordpress.com