Badger SPF 30+ Sunscreen was highly recommended at Whole Foods over the selection of other sunscreens available. In fact, the staffer told me it was their number-one selling brand for sunscreen. Up to that moment, I had never tried it or even heard of the brand, so I was eager to test it out.
I can see why organic beauty junkies would fall for Badger SPF 30+ Sunscreen. It's certified natural and about 90 percent of the ingredients are certified organic. Furthermore, the sunscreen agent is zinc oxide, so you can count on broad spectrum protection. Not only is it zinc oxide, one of our favorites active ingredients, but it's a whopping 18.75 %. Amazing. Butter this up with skin-smoothing ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, and you're in for a treat.
Or are you?
When I applied it, it came out as a super thick paste that you have to rub onto your body so hard that your arms may tire. I'm not joking. It doesn't rub in as easily as you would wish, and leaves your skin literally coated with a sheen of the white product. With that said, I mixed in some suntanning oil that slightly helped, then a little bit with water the next time I applied, which had the same affect. Your body will inevitably expose a film of white (imagine it as the streak a chalky, roll-on deodorant leaves). After a while, I didn't mind the visibility of the sunscreen… until I saw myself in photos.
Then there's washing it off. Good luck. It doesn't come off so easily. You're better off washing away sins. Sure it may lose potency after 40 minutes like the tube asserts, but a simple wash in the shower will not be on your menu. I had to use exfoliating soap to scrub it off. And it does stain your clothes until washed.
With that said, Badger SPF 30+ sunscreen works. My goodness, does it work in the sun and you feel good about having it on. I baked for hours with not a single burn to show. And I can also sleep at night knowing I wasn't rubbing chemicals onto my body, chemicals found in other sunscreens. I love lavender, so the subtle scent was nice and I'm sure would ward off mosquitoes (Badger also has an anti-bug sunscreen).
So if you're OK with the effort of using Badger, by all means, rub it in!