Average Rating 2.0/5
Review by gingerrama
This is a basic all-zinc-oxide sunscreen, no fragrance, good on at least some sorts of sensitive skin. One of the best all-physicals I've used, one of the moistest all-zinc ones (whilst being wearable and not Badger-like), and one of the more cosmetically-elegant sunscreens without silicones. For body, face, and/or eyes depending on your skin.
But it still comes 2nd-best to BurnOut Ocean Tested SPF30+ (also ZnO-only), IMHO, though. The BurnOut has none of Eco Logical's practical / application problems (more on them further on).
Ticks all my sensitive-friendly boxes: no scent, none of my usual irritants and cloggers, no pointless crap–I’m cool with “fillers” when they’re the stuff that binds it all together into a beautiful-feeling whole, especially when it feels this nice–and no cyclopentasiloxane, which my skin loves to hate but sunscreen-makers love to, well, love. Eco Logical also make a face one, that I prefer to this Body one for face.
Tips: the tube needs to be kneaded before use, as this stuff separates badly. Also: apply to bone-dry skin and rub in.
No irritation, which is always a good start, being the first hurdle at which so many well-fancied favourites take a tumble. White, but not whitening on me. Thickish consistency, but emulsifies well between fingers and once applied to dry skin and rubbed in, it sinks in and dries to a smooth slightly silky finish. Not as light as the Face version, but perfectly acceptable--and it is more waterproof, which means, yes, a little thicker and with more oil, to be hydrophobic.
Tested more thoroughly by surfers; partners with the Surfrider Foundation (not to be sneezed at, respectable, etc.). Does the job of protecting: tested out (back in August) in actual sun. Easy to clean off: I found regular cleanser does the job. Unlike my other regular body ones, Blue Lizard and Vanicream, which stay on well in water and if sweating but are super-tenacious.
UPDATE: tested out fully swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Not as waterproof as BurnOut Ocean Tested, nor as easy to reapply after. Can really seriously only be applied and rubbed into dry skin; disasters if you try using it on damp (and sandy) skin, or try reapplying it to a sweaty face. Result: a patchy layer of grease that then runs off. Bonus: poor protection from sun.
Good around the eyes: skin stays moist, doesn't run into eyes (or, if it doesn't, it's not irritating), and makeup applies fine. Though I'm not using much.
Very good winter sunscreen for face, in extremely cold dry weather (Canada).
Packaging: recyclable, in a decent practical squeezy bottle that stands on its flip-top lid. Major quibbles:
1. the same for the face version: the tube's only about half-full. I suspect the manufacturers have bought packaging that was a size too big–fair enough, better that than too small–and there would also be sense in under-filling so as to allow room for, I don’t know, contents settling but being shakable-upable? the stuff expanding in hot weather? The issue will apparently be remedied in next year's batch (as per the manufacturers' contributions to a Skin Care Talk discussion thread).
2. you need to squidge the stuff around in the tube, as it separates. Not practical on the beach. May cause SOs to swear.
3. Goes off too fast.
Cruelty-free; environmentally-friendly, biodegradable, and reef-hugging. That also translates as: disperses well in water when cleaning off, without worrying about the consequences for the rest of known life; though the face version is not as waterproof as the body and baby ones–their oil content allows for greater adhesion to skin.
Australian aspects: like Blue Lizard, it’s formulated to satisfy Australian standards (though the BL isn't actually Australian). Further: while the company (Eco Skin Care Inc.) is based in the US (San Clemente, CA), the sunscreen itself is “product of Australia” and “manufactured by Baxter Laboratories Pty, Melbourne Australia.” No preservatives, but not just for the usual knee-jerk reasons, to satisfy scientifically-ignorant squeaky-green consumers: they're using a low-water formula, and there's basically nothing in the stuff for bacteria to feed on. The zinc is micro, and coated with a coconut-derived biodegradable covering (rather than the usual silicones in most of the Z-cote family).
Quibble: greenwash alert, issues with use of “all-natural” and LOL at “logical”: nope, it’s a sunscreen, inanimate, unthinking. Its reflective abilities are limited to physically blocking solar radiation. Sure, it’s “common sense for the environment” and “economically sensible”: but dear sweet manufacturers: next time, consult a dictionary--cheaper than marketing consultants and execs...
Price: depending on source, around $15.00-20.00 for 3.5 oz and $23.00-26.00 for the 5.3 oz bottle. A fair price, fairly standard for this volume and this kind of sunscreen; very cheap compared to spa /derm etc. brands, "green" sunscreens that aren't as good in terms of performance or aesthetics.
INGREDIENTS: Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 22% Inactive ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*.