I have done a lot of research and testing to find an all natural (organic) and cruelty-free sunscreen and so far, nothing else comes close to covering the bases like Badger. I've read through many of the reviews here on MUA and I guess it comes down to personal philosophies and preferences in terms of whether you will like this (or any other) product.
I really like Badger sunscreens for the following main reasons:
Badger sunscreens are COMPLETELY natural - e.g., there are no parabens, no nano-particles, no petrochemicals, etc. and no controversial ingredients such as titanium dioxide, and phenoxyethanol which are commonly used in other "natural" sunscreens (e.g., Alba Botanicals, Kiss My Face, Aubrey Organics)
HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. I live in Queensland, Australia where the sun is EXTREMELY potent and it is sunny practically every day. I have fair skin and am prone to sunspotting (Asian skin) so I have always been vigilant with daily sunscreen use for my face. I also use this sunscreen for my body when at the beach in the summers and have never burned when sitting exposed in the sun for a couple of hours, as long as I remember to reapply immediately after swimming or sweating too much, lol.
All Badger products are 100% cruelty-free, their sunscreens are biodegradable, and packaging is made from recycled materials - so yay for being kind to our environment!
Badger has a great website with comprehensive information about their sunscreens (details about all ingredients) and a great FAQ page that explains how to best apply and use their sunscreens. After reading these tips, I do the following and it totally works for me:
The high content of zinc oxide makes Badger sunscreens really effective but it also makes it thick and very white on application. The thickness can also deceive you into thinking you have more on than what you actually need to be fully protected from the sun. So I warm a pea-sized amount of lotion between my hands and then press my hands on my face to pat on the sunscreen and then easily rub in. I let this dry for a few minutes and then apply a second coat in the same manner. I find this layering helps to combat the "white mask" that can occur if you try to apply too much all at once. After the sunscreen has fully absorbed in my skin, I can apply makeup if desired - in the summer months when we have extreme humidity, I use a mineral finishing powder on my face to set the sunscreen and prevent it from "melting" on my face. Sunscreens need to be reapplied after several hours during the day as the protective ingredients deteriorate with exposure, so I repeat the process again in the afternoons if I'm out in the sun frequently.
Many of the ingredients are highly moisturising which is great for drier weather/skin but this can lead to a greasy feeling in extremely humid weather (hence my use of finishing powder) and it may be problematic for people with oily skin. Badger are currently reformulating all of their sunscreens for re-release in 2015 and one of their sunscreens will be an aloe-based lotion so this might better suit oily skin?
It takes a bit longer to apply this sunscreen than other brands, but IMO, the safety of these ingredients for me and the environment outweigh this slight set-back. Also, although it is a bit pricey for a sunscreen, compared to other comparable sunscreen products (cruelty-free, organic, supporting of the environment), it is actually cheap - some of the comparable products are upwards of $25USD, whereas Badger is about $15USD. Also, with daily face use and full-body use for about a month during the summer, it lasts me several months.