Along with the Smart Girls Who Surf (SGWS) tinted moisturiser I picked up from iHerb, was this SGWS mineral sunscreen SPF 30+ in an attractive Pink, Brown and White tube.
Frankly, they got me at those bolded above.
The ss has an SRP of US$15.99, but goes for US$11.20 on iHerb (http://www.iherb.com/Smart-Girls-Who-Surf-SPF-30-Mineral-Sunscreen-4-oz-110-ml/23760?at=0) for 4 oz (110 ml) of sunscreen, which is a very fair price and in Singapore, an EXCELLENT price (since anything “natural or imported”is marked up with triple digit %).
|Zinc Oxide 5.0%||Sunscreen|
|Titanium Dioxide 4.0%||Sunscreen|
|Inactive Ingredients: Water (aqua), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, caprylic/capric triglyceride (plant derived), butyloctyl salicylate, helianthus annuus (hybrid sunflower) oil, arachidyl alcohol, glycerin (plant derived), zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, beeswax, behenyl alcohol, xanthan gum (natural thickener), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), tocopherol (antioxidant), sodium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C derivative), prunus persica (organic peach) fruit extract, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), mangifera indica (organic mango) seed butter, macadamia (nut) ternifolia seed oil, cereus grandiflorus (cactus) flower extract, carica papaya fruit extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C palmitate), allantoin (comfrey root derived), aleurites moluccana seed (kukui nut) oil, ethylhexylglycerin (plant derived preservative), hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyl dimethyl taurate copolymer, arachidyl glucoside, glyceryl caprylate (natural preservative), glyceryl undecylenate (natural preservative), sorbic acid (natural preservative), sclerotium gum, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange/petitgrain) oil, glyceryl stearate (plant derived), vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract, stearic acid (plant derived), citrus aurantium dulcis (organic orange) fruit extract, cetyl alcohol (plant derived)|
However, I’ll have to admit that I am somewhat concerned at the rather low % of the zinc and titanium blockers but the reviews on iHerb have not made any mention of getting sunburnt, so let’s take a chance on this.
I also know that phenoxyethanol irritates my eyes sometimes when used too near. This ss does not contain that ingredient, so I was really keen to try, as an alternative to my Avene Mineral Lotion.
As this SGWS SS contains oils, there is some form of separation when you squeeze out the product. Owing to the bitter orange/petitgrain oil used, there is a pleasant citrus-y scent. There is some concern about orange oil causing photosensitivity or has the potential to, so those that don’t agree with the ingredient being used in ss may wish to avoid this.
That’s how the blob looks after smearing it. It’s not as opaque as Badger, although the white cast is presen,t as with a few other sunscreens I’ve tried. While this has several oils in its ingredients, it doesn’t feel that heavy.
That’s how it looks after being rubbed in – nary a trace of the white cast, although the finish isn’t quite matte. The oils also help with the rubbing in without tugging the skin. With my face around an NC 20 – 25 currently, once rubbed in and absorbed, there isn’t any perceptible white cast. I’ve tried this several times for a few hours running errands in the sun, as well as in the light rain and for an entire day’s outing.
While this has a slightly glistening finish (I’ve yet to find a physical sunscreen that goes on wholly matte) it’s not unpleasant nor overly greasy. Also, I did not burn nor feel any discomfort with this on and neither did it sting my eyes (yay!). Although the ss did not dry my skin out, as with many physical ss, it can feel slightly dry, as I’ve used it on its own without any product under. For those with dry-dehydrated skin, you could consider adding a layer of oil or having moisturiser under the ss.
While there was no migration of sunscreen on my face, it did pool in the folds of my neck (you know those yucky horizontal white lines in the fold?). I would think this is fairly water-resistant but would require reapplication after each aquatic immersion (I’m thinking along the lines of diving in case you’re wondering). Removal wise this came off very easily with a normal cleanser with no remaining tackiness. I’ll put this to the real test end January 2012 when I go diving 🙂 so stay tuned for updates. Oh, it’s reef friendly too. Maybe that’d bring more fishies to me 😀
~*Item reviewed is purchased by me*~