This gives me a nice dewy finish - I use two pumps and apply generously on my face, and it feels like I've got on a nice rich moisturiser, not like the typical tacky feeling of a sunscreen product. It has a relatively low percentage of zinc oxide and SPF level, but the light texture means I can apply this liberally and get the full range of protection this product offers, which is a fair trade-off to me. No point in buying a SPF50 product and using it only on some days because of the oily texture and smell (Avene mineral sunscreen, I'm looking at you) and only applying teeny goops and getting maybe 25% of the actual protection, or less. I even applied this sunscreen all over my eyelids and undereye and there was no stinging or tearing whatsoever.
The most perfect sunscreen I have ever tried. Previously, I had such poor luck with sunscreen that I had stopped using it altogether. I do not like to use chemical sunscreen, and the natural ones that I have tried tend to be too greasy and heavy.
Badger Damascus Rose is flawless. Goes on like velvet, no white residue, no greasiness, doesn't make me break out. It layers well, and I've also mixed it with my liquid foundation to create a DIY tinted moisturizer. It is really more than a sunscreen, it's a great moisturizer. The first two ingredients are aloe vera and extra virgin olive oil. The packaging is adorable as well, I love that it comes in a high quality glass bottle with a pump so you always get the right amount.
Best natural sunscreen out there!
This is HG for me. It's the first facial sunscreen I've been able to use in years. I've tried everything from super clean organic brands (Kabana Green Screen, Aubrey Saving Face) to drugstore brands (L'Oreal, Banana Boat, Coppertone, Neutrogena, Ocean Potion) to higher end brands (Mac, Clinique, Kiehls, Chanel, La Rosche Posay) and even Japanese brands (Shiseido, Kanebo, Biore). Kabana made me look like a ghost and irritated my skin because of emulsified vege wax, Aubrey made me look like I'd rubbed butter on my face. The drugstore brands all caused reactions for me because of the Avobenzone, to which I'm allergic. Mac made me break out, as did Kiehls and Clinique. Chanel and La Rosche Posay gave me blackheads and blocked pores. The Japanese brands were the best bet for me, although I often found my skin felt itchy, probably because of either fragrance or alcohol content.
So basically, I had very low expectation for this sunscreen and I am so glad to say I was wrong. Because it's a lower SPF, it doesn't leave me white at all. It applies white, but immediately blends in to a dewy but NOT greasy finish. I have not experienced any clogged pores, very minimal blackheads, if any. NO irritation, at all. And it smells lovely! It contains rose otto, which is steam distilled rose oil, a really great skin care ingredient. Also, contains antioxidants and plant oils, which are great for dry, oily, and sensitive skin.
The price is steep ($16 for a little less than an ounce) but it will last a while. I apply in the morning (two pumps), then again around noon if I'm going to be outside during the afternoon. I've had it two weeks and have barely made a dent in the bottle.
The best thing about this is that it's Zinc Oxide, which means it's not only going to prevent you from burning, but from cellular damage, as well. This will effectively screen you from UVA damage, which causes skin aging and cancer.