Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF35 ($14.99) had an unexpected effect in my husband. I would find that he would gaze at me intently – into the liquid orbs of my blue eyes, I initially thought, and gazed back. And then he would frown slightly and finally reach out and put his finger to my face. After this happened a few times, I realized he was puzzled by the odd trace of chalky white sunscreen.

Although I could argue with myself that any spousal attention after 20 years of marriage is a good thing, I made sure to do a better job of rubbing in my Episencial and, eventually, I relegated it to body rather than face protection. That’s not to say I don’t like Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, but it is more for beach than town – where the white cast it gives my fairish skin would be acceptable. People with dark skins should ask Episencial for a tester before buying to see if they can work with it.

Episencial has gone to a lot of trouble to come up with a product that is based on natural, mostly plant based ingredients, some of which are also useful soothers, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Worth mentioning are green tea, allantoin from comfrey root and avocado oil.

They have also gone to an equal amount of trouble to ensure that there is nothing nasty here. Instead of the usual suspects in the preservative department, they use a hydroxamic acid, which may even be useful against cancer. I would personally prefer the inverse ratio of titanium dioxide to zinc oxide, as the former is a potentially toxic photosensitizer. However, Episencial says it doesn’t use nano-particles and, therefore, the TD is unlikely to absorbed by the skin.

All in all, Episencial Sunny Sunscreen is a good sunscreen to head to the beach with.

Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen) 10%, Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen) 4%

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Beeswax (ORGANIC), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Aloe Barbadensis (ORGANIC Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Sodium Chloride (Natural Sea Salt), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Camellia Sinensis (ORGANIC Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid (Natural Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Natural Preservative), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Carthamus Tinctorius (ORGANIC Safflower) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (ORGANIC Sesame) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (ORGANIC Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Lecithin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C).