Sunscreen can be hard work. As Jimmy noted in his review of Badgers SPF30
, it does what it is supposed to do, but you’ll work up a muck sweat rubbing it in. I found that SPF15
also takes a dedicated user. Nonetheless, we loved Badger for its natural and mostly organic ingredients and for the superlative protection against sunburn. Now Badger has a new sunscreen, the Damascus Rose SPF16 Face Sunscreen ($17.99), and it has been formulated to be cosmetically acceptable. I have to say that it practically disappears before your eyes.
Badger has done a great job with Damascus Rose. It is a zinc oxide mineral sunscreen that does not leave a chalky residue, has a lovely smell, can be worn with or without makeup and, look Ma, no rubbing!
The mostly organic ingredients are in an aloe
base with olive oil. There’s also vitamins E and C-full sea buckthorn
(rich in fatty acids) and soy protein. Skin soothers come in the form of anti-inflammatory calendula
I happen to like rose-scented things (my favorite perfume is Stella McCartney’s, which is rose and amber), but do note that this sunscreen provides a pronounced olfactory experience that may not be for everyone.
The trade off for a non-chalky mineral sunscreen is that the SPF is relatively low at 16. While you wouldn’t pick Damascus Rose SPF16 Face Sunscreen to play tennis on a sunny day, it is perfectly adequate for town and everyday use. If your skin is not too dry, it will double up as your moisturizer too.
Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 10.55%
Other Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Sucrose Polysoyate (from Soybean), *Ethyl Palmate (from Palm), Aqua (Purified Water), *Sucrose Cocoate (from Coconut), *Glycerin (from Palm), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Xanthan Gum, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, *Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (from Soybean), *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) CO2 Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) CO2 Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, and *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) CO2 Extract
*= Certified Organic