|Would buy this product again.||39%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Black
This review is for the new Badger's daily sunscreen spf 30 in a green tube (claims to be non comedogenic and can be worn under makeup).
I have to agree with others, I hated this product at first I got it. I wanted this product for so long but it was hard to find a retailer in Canada. I attempted to purchase it online but it always seems to be out of stock. And finally, I found this with a few other Badger sunscreens retailed in London Drugs. I was sooo... excited like I had found the gold mine. However, working with it had been extremely hard for me, it was impossible to apply it evenly, and it always ended up small white pieces so I had to wash it off my face and tried to apply again. The new formula feels super dry also, even it claims can be worn under makeup, it makes my foundation appear cakey on my face. In one point I was almost going to return it, but this is such a wonderful natural gem to me that I wouldn't give it up unless I tried my best. Then I saw the review on MUA and learned that I need to warm it up in my palms then gentlely put my hands over my face and letting the heat melts the product into my skin. Wow, it really works, now it even can be applied on top of makeup nicely so I won't have problem to reapply it when I'm outside. Also I always wait till my moisturiser absorbs completely at first then apply the sunscreen, and make sure just use a small amount.
I love my badger sunscreen now, sure you can't compare it with all other sunscreens in the market for easy application, fast absorbing, etc, but which sunscreen can compare with badger when it comes to caring for our health, our animal and our environment? I'm sure they are still working hard on innovating the formula to do a better job. But so far, this is what natural can provide to us. I don't care about all the sunscreen benefits made from all kinds of chemicals (seriously, read the ingredient label on the sunscreens out there HE or drugstore, I doubt it that you still want to put it on your skin), as long as Badger is still making sunscreen, I will keep supporting and repurchasing.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Let me start out by saying I hated this product for a good 6 months....all the usual complaints; must knead the tube to get product out, product gooey and thick, skin white, pet hair sticks to face, ruins dark clothes, etc. However, I stuck it out because I had bought a case of the Baby formula with chamomile and it is very natural and PC. So....fast forward 6 months to noticeably smoother skin. Here is the protocol:
1) Wash face and keep hair off face and clothes away from face
2) Apply antioxidant serum of choice. Let it absorb.
3) Put a pea-sized amount of Badger in hands and warm product up until all the bumps are melted.
4) Pat and gently smooth all over face, neck & eye area.
5) Let dry for at least 10 minutes before letting clothing touch face or applying foundation over it, which I do. It works very well as a primer with my La Mer foundation.
Another few notes: This works excellent on dry skin, in dry climates, and in the cold weather. If you are acne-prone or live in melting hot weather, likely this will be too gooey for you.
Also, I am a fan of laser treatments and peels. This sunblock is brilliant for post-peel use, as the chamomile soothes and the natural ingredients do not irritate the skin. In this case, melt the product really well in your hand and pat on- no rubbing until skin is healed.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
Love the concept, hate the execution. I know this is one of the safest sunscreens out there but it is too greasy and tacky to feel comfortable wearing it. And I am dry/combination! I can see it working if your skin is ultra dry and you don't ever need to wear any makeup on your face cos with an oily base like that, your foundation will break up regardless of what primer you use. So will your mascara, your eye shadow and so on. Melting face = not a good look.
I tried to use the rest of the tube on my arms and legs but it smeared on to my clothes when they brushed against my skin and I ended up with sticky skin and clothes! If they reformulate this, I'll be in the first in line to buy it because I support companies that are ethical with regards to people, animals and the environment.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Black
I would like to say this is a great product, but I can't. I LOVE that it's natural, but I HATE that it makes your face white. I'm a pretty sun-killed Asian, so this really didn't work well on my complexion. It almost made me look gray. I had to "water" it down with jojoba oil or some other type of oil to lessen the white overcast, but it just made my already oily face super shiny.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Completely hideous. There is not much to add to the other negative reviews: this is shockingly greasy, smelly, heavy, occlusive, and leaves a white cast. Also, despite the good safety ratings this receives, I got a LOT of colour while wearing this.
Adding insult to injury, this sunscreen completely ruined a gorgeous new bathing suit by staining it with oil. I have tried to get the stains out but the suit (an expensive one from J Crew) is ruined. That should give you an indication of how oily this stuff is.
I don't think I have ever hated a sunscreen as much as this one, and I am no stranger to natural products. There are WAY better natural sunscreens out there. All Terrain Aqua sunscreen is mineral-based and does not leave any greasy finish.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This is a review for the Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen, although all of their sunscreen products are virtually the same.
About the product: (see their website also) This sunscreen is labeled as PA+++ (Asian rating) UVA 4/5 (European Rating) SPF 30. It uses Non-nano (but micronized) Uncoated Zinc Oxide at 18.75% as the sun screen and should retain this after 40 minutes of sweat or swimming.
Not tested on animals, certified by the natural products association and recycled packaging. The other ingredients are organic: Olive Oil, Beeswax, (the same as their balms which means it is gloopy and heavy - shouldn't they have have selected a base of ingredients which would be lighter?) Jojoba Oil, Cocoa butter (may be pore clogging) Shea butter, Tocopherol and Seabuckthorn (great antioxidants).
Price: It cost £12 for a 87ml tube quite expensive even to other mineral sunscreens.
It comes in a soft, squeezy tube with Badger's typical lovely artwork, you will have to spend a lot of time kneeding before each use otherwise you will get rough Shea butter particles and separated Olive Oil. It is quite white and shiny (as expected due to the zinc) although a nuisance you can rub in to make it disappear a certain amount but this may be reassuring for those who want to see their protection from the zinc and slippyness helps it to be water resistant, although I didn't try it in the sun I bought it for everyday use so I don't know how well it would work for hot sunshine preventing sunburn. I stopped using it as makeup will slip off after using it (although I didn't experience any balling up) you will look greasy, and fluff or dirt will stick into the areas where you have applied it unfortunately - I can't use it near wool let alone near sand. TERRIBLE for acne. I have never got spots on my neck after using this for 2 days I notice painful small bumps and milia appearing not only my face but on my spot free neck, this took 2 months (too long!) to go and never came back.
In summary** I wouldn't recommend this, they should have used a different combination of ingredients instead of basically making a balm with zinc in it, who wants to apply a balm anywhere except their lips and cuticles? Nice philosophy and attempt but terrible execution.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
This review is for the Badger Sport spf 35. It has 22.5% non-nano zinc oxide and is unscented (no citrus or lavender oils), but the other ingredients are the same. Labels says it's water resistant for 80 minutes. It comes off with my Theraplex lotion (seems cetaphil won't remove it all).
#1 squeeze enough onto your fingers and rub it around there first to warm the wax and butter/oils, and it will spread like, well, butter.
#2 I like to pat it in rather than rub as I find it's kinder to my face and seems to get into all the little areas better this way.
#3 after the white disappears, use a blotting paper to absorb the extra oils. This is actually a great technique for me, but those with dry skin probably will want the extra moisturizers. After I do it, I can actually see the white cast again, so I know the zinc is still there
#4 I've timed it, and it takes about 4-5 minutes for the white cast to disappear on my fair skin. I usually wait that long, then do any concealer I may need before following it
with powder to combat any remaining shine.
I find this ss works better than any other physical I've tried at protecting against getting any color, freckles, etc.
I use this on all my face except my chin as that's the area I tend to be most acne prone, and I use Keys Solar RX there (actually all over before I apply the Badger) since it has never caused a breakout for me. I have not used this ss on my chin yet, so it may be fine.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I just got this for my young son, i would never put these ingredients near my face in 100 years. it is sooo white and greasy. it was rubbing off on our clothes and not even staying on it was so slippery. i don't even see how this could protect since it rubs off so easily. i doubt i'll be using this because, though it is rated highly for safety, i dont trust it is protecting him after my 1st look at it and now since reading the reviews, i am returning this.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
This was by far the worst Badger product I have ever tried. The formula was so thick and white, it was hard to blend in. It felt like it sat on top of my skin and melted off. I'm pretty sure its not very waterproof since I still burned where I applied the sunscreen even after reapplying. Total fail.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This sunscreen works. However.....I made the terrible mistake of using this on my face - a big NO NO. It goes on leaving a white tinge (which fades away) but it left my skin an oily mess. It felt like it kept melting the whole time I wore it while I was outside. The next day I had a huge breakout. Good product for the body but you're taking a chance if you use it on your face.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I absolutely love this product. When I put it on it melts into my skin honestly without that much whiteness (I use it on my face everyday, and I'm a tanned / olive skinned person so actually whiteness can show up on it).
I know people have found it white / thick / greasy or even lumpy. Some thoughts on this.
I am used to natural skincare products, using olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter on my face and body variously as cleansers and moisturisers. So I'm not put off by a 'greasy' feel - I actually find this super-luxurious and softening. I also don't mind a thick product as long as it's spreadable and workable which I find this one is.
The lumps are not zinc oxide! :) They are beeswax. They work into my skin pretty quickly, more so if I soften them between my fingers with the heat of my hands. Again, something you're maybe more used to if you use natural skincare products.
For me Badger sunscreen is an absolute daily pleasure, because the ingredients are exactly what I would normally seek and use for my skin (olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil) because those ingredients are anti-oxidant, hydroxy acid rich, plus gorgeously moisturising. I used to be put off using a daily SPF because I don't like chemicals on my face (not so fussed about my body), so I've been very happy since using this almost daily on my face.
But - if you're someone who is very used to conventional skincare products (even the high-end ones!) that contain a lot of mineral oils / petroleum derivates and silicones, you may well find this product greasy and weird to work with. I can only say that I love it!! The whiteness I guess is an issue for ppl but honestly I find it disappears after about 10 - 15 seconds of gentle spreading on my face. I do roll the tube as they say in the directions, perhaps that also helps.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
Like everyone have already mentioned, the stuff is very white. I used the lipstick from the same brand and it was a horrible, white mess but the sunscreen ain't that bad. The whiteness disappears almost completely after a good rub and some time. After an hour of placing the sunscreen I notice it has melted on the skin taking most of the whiteness away.
My main issue is the fact it's so hard to spread. You need to rub it well in order to get rid of the whiteness which isn't that good a thing if you use sunscreen on your face as an anti-ageing measure. All the rubbing and pulling will cause you wrinkles if the sun doesn't. I've tried to make the suncreen more watery and easier to spread by trying to mix it with water or day creams, but it never mixes with anything because it's waterproof!
The waterproof factor is another point of irritation since it leaves your skin very shiny and seems to suffocate the skin in a way washable sunscreens don't. According to Badger Balm they will be releasing a non-waterproof version of this in the near future, which I can't wait.
All in all it's an OK product. It takes a lot of time in the morning to put this on with all the rubbing and waiting for the whiteness to disappear. That's why I often find myself using the Green People sunscreen instead, since I don't have the time for this one. Unfortunately Green People uses lavender which isn't something to put on your skin but it's the safest sunscreen I've found apart from Badger Balm. And doesn't require a lot of work to put on.
Let's wait and see if the non-waterproof version is easier to apply.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
I loved how strong the sun protection of this sunscreen was, I would prefer to use this after another layer of sunscreen the first hour because it's very thick and it has a lot of Zinc Oxide. Because the product contains so many organic oils such as coco butter, shea, olive oil, joboba oil, and ect, it can REALLY get into your pores, possibly making small little bumps and pimples around your face and back. Another miss was the large quantity of Zinc Oxide; how pale and shiny it made me. Maybe I'd use this on my arms, legs, stomach, and hips if they were dry, but for it's price on such a small tube, I will pass on it. Acne prone skins should avoid this.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I am a fan of Badger products, really respect the company, and yes, find the packaging to be charming and adorable, but I just don't like their sunscreen. I originally purchased this solely because of the safety rating from the EWG. I have only tried the unscented version and used it regularly for a few months. That was a little over a year ago. I took a break from this product, then returned to it a few days ago and I'm very dissatisfied. I guess I was more broken out a year ago anyway and/or not paying as close attention to my skin as I am now, but after using this these past few days, I developed several pimples, including one very large, painful eruption on my neck. Now, to be fair, my breakouts could POSSIBLY be due to me changing around my other skincare products a bit recently, including my having stopped using my previous toner for a few weeks (which was probably helping to PREVENT my breakouts). But these breakouts just seem too sudden, so I think it was due to the sunscreen (I did a little research and found that one of the ingredients, cocoa butter, is highly comedogenic). Even if I hadn't broken out, the other reviews are spot on: this product is a misery to apply, doesn't blend well (it takes forever to make it look semi-decent and not completely ghostlike), feels so heavy and greasy (even on the days when my face is especially dry), it separates, and is just generally unpleasant to use. I really would not recommend this product to anyone, especially those with acne-prone skin.
**Update: I need to learn not to review products before trying a few other comparable ones. Compared to Beyond Coastal and Desert Essence mineral sunblocks, this product isn't bad AT ALL. This blends in much more easily than the others and doesn't leave as much of a blotchy white cast on my face (maybe the difference is the titanium dioxide in the two others that I tried and/or something about their formulations). I'm still not certain that this is what broke me out, so until I find something better, I'm going to use this.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is the absolute worst sunscreen I have ever used. No matter how much I tried, it would not blend into the skin at all! Spent a while vigorously trying to rub it into my face / make it a little less conspicuous, but I had to give up and take all of it off with a paper towel.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I really wanted to love this product! I had the non-scented version. It went on heavy, but I could tolerate that and it gave me much less breakout than the chemical sunscreens. The biggest problem was that the product had too many balls. It was really difficult to apply. In the end, I had to throw it away after more than 6 months of purchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I respect what Badger is trying to do, but they seriously need to work on their formula. The oil is totally separated from the zinc oxide paste. Every time I try to apply it, I end up with an armful of heavy oil, and no actual sunscreen! I have tried it a few times (different bottles) and it ALWAYS does this. I'm giving up. Even if I can get a bit out that is white (not liquid oil), it is so heavy and greasy. Not a problem to occasionally wear on arms & legs, but would never, ever let this stuff go near my face. I can't imagine. It is a horrible break out waiting to happen. The smell is also so strong of oils and shea/cocoa butters it makes me sick after a while. I also cannot imagine wearing this in humid summer heat. And given how oily it is, I think it must rub right off! One thing is good though - they use coated zinc oxide that is NOT nano size, and there are not harmful preservatives. I can feel confident what I am putting on my skin is good for me. I'll finish the bottle, but then I'll look elsewhere for a natural zinc oxide sunscreen.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
Considering that this is a physical sunscreen, I found Badger easy to apply and blend, and the white cast faded after a few minutes. Here's what I didn't like: greasier than I expected and way too greasy to use on my face • some of the ingredients could lead to clogged pores/acne (olive oil and cocoa butter) • something in this made my face feel hot and irritated within minutes of application--maybe the lavender oil? • the "Lightly Scented" version has a pretty strong olive oil fragrance (do I want to smell like a bottle of Napoleon's?). I'm using this for my arms and legs only, and won't repurchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
I had to be honest for the packaging quality on this product. I used it less than a week maybe 3 days AND this one gave me the ginarmous cystic pimple that is still trying to get even bigger. The area this is giving me cystic one is even dry zone for me which is above the laugh line. I have NOT gotten anything like this for years.
I do believe it must be the silicon they say they use to coat the zinc oxide.
So if you are over 30 (or even a teen), please please prepare yourself for a breakout..:((
I almost forgot to mention the horrible horrible ghostly and creepy white cast BADGER 30 does leave, not matter how much you rub. I am thinking if I rub even more I will be taking off all the sunscreen benefits.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
I took this on my Caribbean vacation recently and found it worked just okay--I did not burn, but I still ended up with a dark tan and lots o' freckles. And I reapplied quite conscientiously (except maybe for one day)! Other than that, even though I got the unscented formula I still found the cocoa butter smell a little overwhelming, especially after lunch. I really appreciate Badger's commitment to natural ingredients and eco-friendly products, but this is a very sticky product that is definitely not for everyday use on the face when moving around a city rather than on the beach! I tried mixing it with my moisturizer to see if it would blend in better--it did eventually disappear into my skin, but not after lots of rubbing and even so it felt greasy and I couldn't wait to wash my face at the end of the day.