About a month ago, I was lucky enough to win a bottle of the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer ($38). Juice Beauty’s products have a great reputation for being good for you and results-driven. I’ve previously used the brand’s Organic Facial Rejuvenating Mask ($32) and Tinted Mineral Moisturizer ($29) and enjoyed both experiences. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer as much as those other products.

Juice Beauty’s Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer has an abundance of wonderful antioxidants, including organic apple (a powerful antioxidant and protector of cell and tissue damage), organic lemon (beneficial in fighting photo-aging of the skin and improving texture) as well as a host of other natural and powerful ingredients including alpha lipoic acid, peptides, coenzyme Q10, and brightening hydroxy acids. There is nothing to dislike about this product’s ingredients.

I began using it about four weeks ago with great excitement. I applied it to a clean face in the morning and noticed that it takes quite a bit of effort to work it into the skin and overcome the white haze of the product’s active ingredient: zinc oxide, 14%. After working it into my skin, I applied make-up and headed off to work. What I noticed is that during the course of the day, I seemed to develop lots of flakey skin on my forehead and cheeks, which I did not have before. I faithfully use my Clarisonic a few times a week (I have sensitive skin so I try not to overdo it) or I mix it up with my YBF Prep ($80 in the shop), so there should be no flakes. This happened more over the next few weeks (without gradual improvement) as I changed up some of the makeup products I was using to figure out if the Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer was the culprit. After all of my non-scientific experiments with various products, I determined that it was! What a disappointment! Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I love a good organic results-driven product, so I was sad to have had a poor experience with this product.

So, while this particular product didn’t work for me, I would not hesitate to encourage others to try it. Truth be told, when looking at the “Who Should Use It?” section on the Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Moisturizer product page, it states that it’s “designed for mature and all skin types (except very sensitive or rosacea skin due to the alpha/beta hydroxy fruit acids).” That could very well be me and explains why I had the experience that I did. Again, this product has fabulous ingredients and offers “safe” sun protection, so if you don’t have very sensitive skin and appreciate organic, safe products, give it a try!

Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 14%

Inactive Ingredients: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbitan stearate, Ricinus communis (castor seed oil), polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), rosa canina (organic rosehip fruit oil)*, camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract), organic plant oils of butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, laminaria ochroleuca (kelp extract), ubiquinone (CoQ10), thiotic acid (alpha lipoic acid), dimethyl mea (DMAE), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, litsea cubeba (may chang) and cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) essential oils *certified organic by a USDA approved agency