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Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Review

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Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28
June 26, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment
TRU Rating
This sunscreen hasn’t solved the challenges — white cast, weight, pilling — that are often associated with mineral blocks


Physical sunscreen; fortified with antioxidants


Does not wear well or absorb easily

I am very picky about sunscreens, but have a perpetually Pollyanna-ish belief that the perfect one is out there for me to discover. On my last forage for a new sunscreen, I picked out Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 ($75) as worthy of testing. Alas, it isn’t my new perfect sunscreen.

Glance at the ingredients and you’ll appreciate why I honed in on it. A zinc oxide sunscreen with botanical oils and nothing nasty. The big deal for me is that those oils are antioxidants. According to an American Academy of Dermatology study, sunscreens provide ‘passive’ protection by absorbing or reflecting harmful UV rays from the skin. By adding antioxidants to sunscreens, they could offer a second, ‘active’ level of protection. The problem in this case, though, is that antioxidants are all oils (as opposed to extracts) and this sunscreen is, well, oily. I find it uncomfortably greasy and heavy to wear and in humid weather, I have to resist the urge to wipe it off.

The challenge for all mineral sunscreen formulations is how to avoid the white caste. Three Sixty Five hasn’t nailed that either. A reviewer on the Kari Gran website commented that the effect is “light” and disappears quickly. I found that I had to use the product very sparingly in a thin smear and rub it in carefully to avoid looking alarmingly metallic. It does fade after about 15 minutes, but doesn’t really go away.

The third issue is pilling. Now, I am well aware that in the vast majority of cases this is due to too much product being used and can easily be remedied by applying less. But no matter how judicious I am, this product pills, especially in my peach fuzz. I have even done experiments on the back of my hand — a naked hand that hasn’t had any other potions or lotions — and it still pills.

I am sorry that I can’t find much that is positive. Kari Gran has a great mission to create really clean and safe products. This sunscreen fits the bill for that, but not for my needs.

  • September 19, 2017

    by Diem

    I totally agree! I thought it was just me, but I found the sunscreen to be very oily and uncomfortable on my skin. I love her lip tint and wanted to try the other products from the brand. Unfortunately, it didn't work.

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