Most everyone knows that protecting your skin against the damaging rays of the sun is a must. But for most of us we are still on a quest to find the best sunscreen for our skin. I picked the Burt’s Bees brand to review, because it is a “natural” line and claims to be chemical free and 100% natural.
Any use of the word “natural” automatically gets a second look from me, but not in the way most people may initially think. I check the label to actually see what the manufacturer believes is considered natural. Most times what is considered natural turns out to contain at least one or two harmful ingredients. Unfortunately, the FDA has yet to rule on use of the term natural, so at this point we are all left to our own defenses for determining what we deem is natural. I sometimes get worked up over this issue and could probably go on for eons. Ok, so back to the matter at hand, the review.
The ingredients contained in the sunscreen are as follows:
Water, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, glycerin, stearic acid, hydrated silica, fragrance, sucrose distearate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, beta-carotene, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, crataegus oxyacanthus stem extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) extract, symphtum offcinale (comfrey) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, acacia senegal gum, sucrose stearate, aluminum hydroxide, alginic acid, xanthan gum, sodium borate, glucose, lecithin, sodium chloride, canola oil, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase.
Active Ingredient: Titanium dioxide 8.58%
Claims: Never any sulfates, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. Non-whitening
Let’s review the claims straight away. There are no sulfates, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals listed in the ingredients. Therefore, this claim is true. I am glad there are a few sunscreens out on the market for those of us who don’t like synthetic additives and petrochemicals.
The product itself is a thick yellow cream that does not glide or rub in easily. The product states that it is non-whitening.
Burt’s Bees product
Unfortunately on my skin it did cast a white shadow that over the course of the day gave off a slightly whitish-purple hue. I tried the product on my face but it felt too heavy and greasy so I washed it off and just wore a hat. So for anyone who is olive complexion or darker I would state that this probably isn’t the best choice if a non-noticeable sunscreen is what you are after. I did read some other comments on users of this product who mentioned they tried mixing the sunscreen with a moisturizer to get it to glide and blend easier. I will try this and give you and update on how this went.
One great thing about this sunscreen is that I did not get sunburned. You might think that with my olive complexion I shouldn’t burn. Wrong. I do burn and it is painful.
I wore the product all day and at the end of the day I felt like I had a layer of environmental grime clinging to my skin. The product is waterproof and it took some work to rinse off until my skin felt clean.
I did notice that there is an unspecified fragrance within the product. And of course my mind is left to wonder, what is this fragrance and is it really natural or synthetic?? I’m hoping that it is natural since the company is resting their reputation on the claim 100% natural. And since we are on the subject of fragrance, I might as well mention that it does have a moderate to strong smell. It isn’t unpleasant but it definitely isn’t along the lines of a pleasant perfume. If you don’t use perfume or like strong scents this probably isn’t a good choice for you.
I was curious about the substance aluminum hydroxide listed in the ingredients. According to the EWG, Skin Deep database it states there is a low to moderate concern with Developmental & reproductive toxicity and Moderate concerns: Neurotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive). To find out more about these concerns on the EWG website click this link www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient.php?ingred06=700321 .
I then decided that I wanted to know what the company Burt’s Bee’s says about this ingredient. Burt’s Bees states they use aluminum hydroxide and not aluminum chlorohydrate. Here is the link to their site http://www.burtsbees.com/c/root-ingredients-faqs-burt-s-bees.html#14. (After reading the information from both sites I’m interested in learning more about this product. So if anyone comes across any links please leave a message in the comments section. Thanks!)
Overall the product is just ok for what it does. I think there are better options out there. I will try blending it with the moisturizer just to see if I can use the rest of this product instead of relinquishing it to the never again bin.
Verdict: Not using in my makeup kit.