MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30

 Ever since I introduced my mum to a fantastic online shopping site –, she’s been on a buying spree on all kinds of things. Including frying pans! Yes. Frying pans (inset ???!!!???). As if there aren’t any frying pans in Singapore. Beats me 🙂

My mum is fair-complected and prone to pigmentation and spots. After dabbling in natural skincare, she’s been interested in physical sunscreens, picking up a couple of them from iHerb. [Use my referral code “UKE525” to get USD$5 off your first iHerb order]

Here’s what she ordered in one of the orders, the Mychelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 (what a mouthful!)

Green skincare, green packaging 🙂

At a discounted price of US$23.96 from the RRP of US$29.95 for 2.3 oz (68 ml), the Mychelle facial sunscreen is available for purchase at

It came in a box listing the ingredients, which got chucked away.

Standard squeeze tube with screw on/off cap


  • Reef Safe Non Toxic
  • A Skin Rejuvenating Sun Block with Zinc Oxide
  • All Skin Types
  • The Leader in Educated Skin Care with the Ultimate in Bioactives

Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30

Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 is a powerful daily skin rejuvenating sun block with zinc oxide, kukui and macadamia seed oils. Red algae extract and L-ergothioneine help prevent the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging by actively protecting the skin against UVA/UVB induced stress.

Pro-active sun protection makes the skin less susceptible to damage and helps the skin stay healthy and youthful looking.

Suggested Use

Apply on nourishing skin. Reapply as needed after swimming or prolonged sun exposure.

Active Ingredients: 13.5% zinc oxide.

Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (water), caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut)**, isodecyl neopentanoate (vegetable), ethyl macadamiate (macadamia oil), SOLaleur (aleurites moluccana seed oil)*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, glycerin (vegetable), citric acid (citrus), hydrogenated palm glycerides (palm), candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, potassium cetyl phosphate (vegetable), ergothioneine (L) (amino acid), porphyra umbilicalis (red algae) extract, SOLaleur (macadamia ternifolia seed oil), hordeum distichon (barley) extract, phellodendron amurense (corktree) bark extract, malic acid (L) (apple), tocopherol (D-gamma vitamin E), tocopheryl acetate (d-alpha vitamin E), lecithin (vegetable), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, santalum album (sandalwood) extract, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract, glyceryl isostearate (vegetable fatty acid), glyceryl stearate (vegetable), behenyl alcohol (rapeseed oil), sodium stearoyl lactylate (salt), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (plant), cetearyl alcohol (coconut), sodium stearoyl lactylate (salt), polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate (plant), sodium hydroxide (salt), sodium chloride (salt), hydroxypropyl starch phosphate (vegetable), sodium lactate (salt), alcohol denatured (grain)*, phenoxyethanol (green tea).

*NOP certified organic

**ECOCERT certified

No animal testing

Vegan friendly


The texture to me is somewhat on the heavy side, though not the heaviest among the physical sunscreens that I’ve tested in shops and from sample sachets. With just 13.5% of zinc oxide, I’m not quite sure how it rates SPF 30…

The swatch on the left is just a teeny bit squeezed out. Despite the oils used, the contents don’t separate as much as other physical sunscreens do. The swatch on the right shows how it sits on the sink despite a couple of swipes to-and-fro across.

There is a very slight typical physical sunscreen scent, which might be owing to the oils used, since I don’t see any fragrance or perfume listed among the ingredients.

Upon application, there is a slight white cast, that sinks in after several minutes, with a slightly tacky feel and somewhat shiny appearance, which loose powder will help. On my mum’s 60 year old slightly dry skin, she finds it perfectly fine. On my normal-oily combination skin, I beg to differ. It feels slightly too heavy for my liking, though bearable. The ingredients are choc-a-bloc with plenty of oils and extracts, which probably account for the higher price tag on this. Considering that this isn’t waterproof, I’m not really convinced about the price point. Though granted that Mychelle Dermaceuticals does retail at what I’d term a mid-range price point for these “natural” “wholesome” greener alternative skincare.

Gleaming softly under the light

Rating out of 10
Price: 6 (relatively pricey for 68 ml and not forgetting international shipping)
Quality: 7.5 (The texture just isn’t right for me, although it’s by no means the heaviest and tackiest physical sunscreen I’ve tested. I also question the 13.5% zinc oxide used which strikes me as being on the lower end.)
Packaging: 8 (Standard squeeze tube, minimal waste)
Ease of usage: 7.5 (standard physical sunscreen application – you have to rub this in with some effort and give it sometime 🙂
Overall score: 7.3

Would I repurchase this? Well, not for my personal usage. There are better priced alternatives out there 🙂

~*Item reviewed purchased by my family*~


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