Unlisted Brand • Kabana - Green Screen • Sunscreen
|Would buy this product again.||42%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
Looking at old reviews, I can tell you that more tints are available now, and it has a higher SPF! It got tested and is 32 now, not 22 spf.
Besides "clear," there is Neutral (which is warm and goldenish), Nude (which looks pinkish -- I don't have this one), Bronze, and Peach. I bought the peach and the neutral.
The latter looks great on both me and my very fair teen daughter. Because the tints are so transparent, the peach looks good, too. (I'm fair-medium and we are both neutral to warm.)
We both can wear it instead of foundation, moisturizer, etc. It has a wonderful consistency and gives my skin a beautiful, slightly golden glow!
How to use? DON'T moisturize before. (if you insist on moisturizing, you're going to have to use lots of powder after.)
This stuff has great ingredients, so I think of it more as a treatment/tinted moisturizer. It got a 1 on EWG, meaning it is the VERY SAFEST for your skin.
It looks so good on that my daughter keeps borrowing it, so I'm going to have to get her her own tube. You can get it at kabanskincare.com
Con: Arrgh, it may be breaking me out! I love the colors, the safety, the texture and foundation-like coverage so much that even though it's breaking me out, I have to give it 4 stars -- to reflect the 5 it could be for you, if you aren't acne-prone.
EDIT: Love the colors, love the texture but won't buy again because something in it -- the vegetable wax? -- breaks me out:(
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
This sunscreen is like slapping olive oil all over your face, it is imposible to wear on every day bases. Good ingredients but completely useless.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I'm very fair-skinned and have been using this sunscreen for several months. I've found that the best way to get it to match my skin color is to mix the tinted and the un-tinted version. I would prefer that there was an additional color option for people with more gold undertones to their skin than pink but by mixing the two existing versions, the result is more normal looking on me than many other sunscreens I have tried, both natural and chemical.
The other upside to this sunscreen is clearly the natural ingredients and non-nano zinc. I have tried many other natural sunscreens such as those from Marie Veronique Organics. While I like those too, the Green Screen has more zinc oxide and doesn't irritate my skin or eyes. Green Screen also protected my skin well on an extended trip to Israel.I didn't see any noticeable skin color changes even though I was outside without a hat in bright sunshine. I like that it doesn't have too many ingredients and the ingredients are food grade. I've read that you end up "eating" what's put on your face, so for those who care about what they eat, this is a great sunscreen!
Update - Kabana recently added a bronze tint that looks great with my skin! I still mix it with some of the untinted to get an exact color match but I love it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
While this product protected my fair skin from sunburn, it also gave me zits. I tried it several times to make sure it was this sunblock, and I'm quite certain it is. Fortunately, since it only has eight ingredients, I was able to figure out the culprit for my clogged pores by cross referencing the ingredients with other products that have given me pimples in the past or have been alright for my sensitive, acne-prone skin. The culprit is the vegetable emulsifying wax. Waxes and silicones don't sit well with my skin, causing either blocked pores or full on pimples, so I will use this up on my kids. Fortunately, they couldn't care less what kind of sunblock I put on them. ; )
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I did not appreciate this product because the pigment was paler than my actual coloring and it looked weird. But I wanted to like it! My coloring was too warm. I am fair-medium-warm.
I wore this again over CVS baby sunscreen and it worked perfectly! It is like a foundation that is also a high quality organic, high spf sunscreen! There don't seem to be any bad ingredients.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
For the use of nontoxic ingredients I would give this product 5 stars. For cosmetic elegance, I give it 0 stars. This is completely unwearable for me. I put it on and look like I'm wearing clown makeup. I bought the untinted version at Whole Foods. On my hand it looked great so I was quite surprised how it appeared on my face. I don't rub-in my sunscreen because I don't like pulling on the skin and it lessens the protection. I did apply 1/4 tsp and smoothed it over my face. I'll be returning this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I love this sunscreen. I'm on a mission to 1. use as many natural products as possible that don't have chemicals. 2. get rid of what I think is cosmetic acne. That said, this sunscreen works great for me. The ingredient list is very simple and natural - nothing that I don't understand what it is and it doesn't cause any of those pesky little bumps under the skin. It has moisturizing ingredients & the tinted formula is pretty great to use as a base - to even out the skin tone. It's a little pink on me, but once it sinks in, it looks nice. I can pretty much use this in place of foundation, powder or tinted moisturizer. So this sunscreen is helping clear up my skin, protect it very well against the sun and damage from the sun and allowing me wear minimal makeup. Perfect!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I bought the tinted version hoping I had found my holy grail physical sunblock for the body. Unfortunately, it's not. I used it on my arms and legs and it didn't go well with my light olive skin tone. In fact, it looked like I had slathered on pink calomine lotion. I blended well, so that was not the issue. It also felt like pancake makeup on my body and it sat on the skin with a greasy feel. I also realized that because it just sits on the skin, the pink actually rubs off on clothes easily. I washed it off carefully and have thrown out the bottle.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black, Curly Eyes: Brown
This is by far one of my favorite physical blocker sunscreens. However, it does tend to leave a white cast on my face, and especially in the morning when I first put it on, people always comment on how pale my skin is even though this particular sunscreen has a tint to it (though in retrospect, it might be because I use the whole 1/4 teaspoon on my face, I don't like to compromise my sunscreen products). I do have moderately dark skin, so most physical sunscreens tend to show up on my skin. But by the end of the day, my skin always feels so silky and smooth, with little to no acne flareups. It has the highest concentration of zinc oxide of any sunscreen product I have seen at 25% (no nanotechnology), the only FDA approved broad uva-uvb spectrum sunscreen ingredient. I recommend this product if you are serious about protecting your face as I am, and really not care about people's everyday opinions.
EDIT: I have since found other brand that, though they do not have as much zinc oxide in 90% of the cases, they do not leave me as white as this one. Even though I still do not care what other's think, it makes sense that if a comparable product comes along with the same relative protection and less whitening, I would switch to it. My Zinc Oxide Sunscreen of choice now is Graham's Sunclear SPF 30+. Check it out, it is nice.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
So far this is the only natural sunscreen (and I've tried quite a few) that I can use on my face without breakouts. The ingredients are really rich (lanolin, shea, etc.), but I've been using it for over a week without a problem. The price is also better than most natural sunscreens. Like any zinc-based cream, you have to really rub it in and then let it set for a few minutes to avoid a white cast, but it does sink in. This looks like my victorious HG sunscreen find after a long and agonizing search.
EDIT: While this hasn't been breaking me out per se, my pores are visibly clogged. As much as I care about protecting my skin, it just seems counterproductive to use a sunscreen that fills your pores with gunk. The base of the sunscreen is just too heavy for my face. I guess I'm back to the chemically uninspiring, but thankfully non-comedogenic, Neutrogena. Bummer.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I'm not sure if I like this product. This is the most liquidy sunblocks I've ever used. You have to shake it before using. The thing that I don't like about it is even though it is tinted, the tint does not match my olive/ yellow skin. the tint is a pinkish/ beige color which turns out too chalky on my skin. I put it on and 30 minutes later it still doesn't absorb so my face looks lighter than my neck. The sunblock feels ok on skin, after 30 minutes my skin feel a little sticky, I have to plot my face if I want to apply makeup. Hence, it is not very convenient. I dont think there is any physical sunblock that will not whiten my face . I will have to stick to La Roche Posay tinted spf 50+ . I'm very sad.... The good thing about this sunblock is it feels good when you first apply it on. Some sunblock feels very very heavy on skin but not this one.
UPDATE: I increase the rating of this one since I think people with lighter skin tone ( ~NC 20 ) may like it . Nice consistency, not heavy, great price
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I agree with the reviewers so far. This is a fantastic sunscreen and by far superior to anything I've ever tried including the Keys Soap Solar RX. I tried Keys and hated it so much. It went on clear but that's about it. It turned me so greasy I refuse to put it on my face again! But Kabana Green Screen Organic SPF 20 sunscreen did no such thing. It has 25% non-nanoparticle zinc oxide which keeps you super protected from UVA and UVB rays. That's the highest amount of zinc in any sunscreen on the market that I know of. Plus it's all organic so I know that I'm putting something good and healthy on my skin. I have the untinted formula so it does go on whiteish but it's not that bad.
The first time I used it, I put so much on my face that I turned grey so the key to applying this is to dot some on your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and blend gently making sure your entire face it covered. Oh yeah, make sure to shake it before you use it so everything blends together. The effect leaves me a bit fairer so I would only recommend this version to those of you with fair to light skin tones. Anyway, my face does not feel sticky or greasy and I believe that the zinc provides excellent oil control for my face. After 5 mins, I apply my Everyday minerals and I'm ready to head out. It's that easy! I feel like I have nothing on my face and that's definitely a good sign. It does not have a weird smell like the Keys Soap sunscreen.
I did not try the tinted formula because it would stain clothing but since the regular one is working for me, I'll stick with it. For those with medium to dark skin tones, you could try the Kabana Green Screen SPF 15 instead. It has 20% zinc and their website says that it goes on clear. Please note that although they label it as an SPF 15, it has more zinc in it that other brands who only have 6% zinc and label it SPF 30. Just some food for thought. I'm itching to try it but I'm concerned that the moisturizers in the SPF 15 would make my oily skin greasy. But I'll post a review if I ever try it. Good luck ladies!
UPDATE: I have since switched to Mexitan SPF 50 sunscreen which applies more smoothly than Kabana and does not leave a chalky white caste. I'll say that Mexitan is def. the better sunscreen.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This is a review on the 1 oz. SPF 22 Tinted version that I've been wearing for a few days.
I don't think there are any other sunblocks boasting a high 25% zinc oxide concentration. I've had trouble with sunblocks (with high PPD levels or high concentrations of physical sunblocks) turning white on my face and the tinted one does turn my face slightly white. Even though I am a very tan Asian, even my much paler Asian sister's face turns much lighter when she uses this. And it's not because I'm just smothering a huge amount on - I use what my dermatologist has recommended me to use, about 1 tsp of sunblock on my face.
It is one of the most liquidy sunblocks I've ever used, but that's not a negative point or anything. Provided that I pat this onto my face well, there isn't a clear sign that I'm wearing sunblock (so little to no white cast). It is just a little sticky on my oily face and I've yet to find a good mattifying powder, but until I find a better sunblock with higher concentration of zinc oxide, I think I will stick to this sunblock. And of course, SUNBLOCKS (not sunscreens) all the way!!
EDIT (5/28/09): I do NOT recommend this on anyone who is acne prone. I've stopped using this for the past few weeks because I was breaking out in unusual spots (ie cheeks). Since I first broke out 4 years ago I NEVER had a single acne on my cheeks. It was with Kabana that I developed all sorts of whiteheads on my forehead and I now have embarrassing acne scars on my cheeks that I can't do anything about. I recommend Soleo instead of this if anyone is looking for a good physical sunblock.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
For the past five years or so I've really tried not to use chemical sunscreens. I've read to much about how the chemicals are bad for your skin and can cause free radical damage (Yikes!).
Now they're questioning the safety of sunscreens containing nanoparticles of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It's so hard to figure out what to use.
I've even contemplated not using suncreen at all - well, not really, I'm very blond and would burn within 10 minutes.
I researched some "safe" suncreens and so far this is the best one I've found.
I bought both of them (tinted and untinted), but have only used the tinted one so far. Will review the other after I try it.
I LOVE this suncreen. It's slightly tinted so you don't have to keep rubbing to blend in the white look. I think I'll just use this one on my face and use the other one for my body. It does note that because of the tint it might stain clothes.
It's organic and unscented. I have normal to dry skin and I use a serum first and it's not greasy on me. If you have oily skin you might want to apply it directly to your skin.
You can feel it on you skin, it is not "super sheer", but if its protecting your skin from the sun that makes sense.
I didn't experience any breakouts at all. I even though it felt a little like a makeup primer - my makeup actually went on smoother while using it. You don't get those little balls like with some sunscreens.
I will definitely repurchase and tell my friends about it.
Here are the ingredients:
Green ScreenŽ Organic SPF 22 Sunscreen contains these organic and natural ingredients:
1. 25% Zinc Oxide
2. Eldorado Springs Artesian Water
3. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4. Organic Jojoba Oil
5. Vegetable Glycerin
6. Organic Shea Butter
7. Vegetable Emulsifying Wax
8. Iron Oxide
9. Vegetable Vitamin E
Please note that iron oxide is a mineral pigment often used in mineral makeup and may stain clothing! This formula also has a mineral scent due the presence of iron oxide.
On their website it lists the retail outlets and on-line retailers. I purchased it directly from them kabanaskincare dot com