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Badger Damascus Rose SPF16- reviewed and recommended

May 11, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
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, rosehip (rich in fatty acids) and soy protein. Skin soothers come in the form of anti-inflammatory calendula and chamomile.

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
  • July 21, 2013

    by Janice

    I tried it today and loved the texture. Light but moisturizing. Absorbed well. Unfortunately, it has lavender oil listed as an ingredient and Ive read that such can damage the skin. Does anyone know whether that is true or not?

  • May 11, 2012

    by Valerie

    I've been using the Badger Unscented Antioxidant Body Oil and i love it. It is only about $18, what a deal!
    Ingredients: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, CO2 Extracts of *Rosa Canina (Rosehip), and *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn).

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