Summer Series: BurnOut Eco-Sensitive and Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreens

BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco-Sensitive (left) and BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen (right)

BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco-Sensitive (left) and BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen (right)


Hi guys,

This is the second installment of my sunscreen reviews for the Summer Series. I wanted to get this review up as soon as I could since I had been recommending this to a number of you who have asked for a physical sunscreen that was non-greasy and had minimal white cast. I’ve been madly studying for a major exam in just over a week (it’s for a post grad course that I’m doing on top of my full time work), so please excuse the delayed posting over the next week.

I found about BurnOut from the sunscreen connoisseurs on forum (it’s a universal favourite, along with the Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen), and of course from the Environmental Working Group top sunscreen list. I’m excited to report that BurnOut sunscreens live up to their name, and then some. And, unlike the Marie Veronique sunscreen- BurnOut is easily accessible to Australians, as it ships to Australia for around $12 (for the two bottles I purchased), rather than $35 shipping from Marie Veronique.

Price: both the Sensitive and the Ocean Tested versions are $17.99 for 3.4 oz.

Availability: (based in the US, ships internationally)

BurnOut Eco-Sensitive SPF 32 Sunscreen

BurnOut say…

  • For face and body, oil-free formula. For everyday use.
  • Goes on clean and clear, with no chalky whitening.
  • UVA/UVB broad-sptectrum protection
  • Chemical-free, paraben-free, petroleum-free, fragrance-free. Eco-sensitive, ocean safe, biodegradable.
  • Enriched with plankton extract, aloe vera, and antioxidant vitamins.

BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen SPF 30+

BurnOut say…

  • This sunscreen is made for athletes pushing the limits.
  • Formulated with 18.6% Zinc Oxide to provide UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection.
  • Very water-resistant, sweatproof, and will not run into eyes.
  • Chemical-free, paraben-free, petroleum-free, PABA-free.
  • Biodegradable, Ocean-Safe, physical sunscreen with no chemical UV absorbers.
  • Enriched with Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, and Antioxidant Vitamins to soothe and rejuvenate sun-damaged skin.




UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety:

BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco-Sensitive Sunscreen and BurnOut Ocean Test Physical Sunscreen both have 18.6% micronised Zinc Oxide which gives good UVA and UVB protection and excellent photostability (doesn’t easily break down in presence of UV light).

Both BurnOut Sunscreens only use physical blockers (no chemical filters that can absorb into the bloodstream or generate free radicals like Oxybenzone) and does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, or photosensitizing agents (like Vitamin A derivatives and citrus family essential oils).

Because of these features, the BurnOut sunscreens rate highly on the Environmental Working Group top sunscreen list.

note: not sure about the difference between chemical and physical, UVA and UVB, and what SPF really means?  go to my Sunscreen Lowdown Part 1.

BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco-Sensitive (left) and BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen (rig

BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco-Sensitive (left) and BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen (right)

keep reading after the jump!

Product texture:

BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco-Sensitive Sunscreen and BurnOut Ocean Test Physical Sunscreen both have a beautifully light lotion-like texture, which spreads easily and absorbs fast. There isn’t much difference in texture between the two sunscreens, except maybe the BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen is slightly creamier.

Both the BurnOut sunscreens dry down to a matte texture. Sometimes they can leave the skin feeling slightly tacky when you touch it (my guess is that this is due to the mod-high concentration of glycerin), but it’s hardly noticable and doesn’t bother me.

It’s important to note that for sunscreens that are light and easy to spread, like the BurnOut sunscreens- I always apply TWO LAYERS. The reason for this is that there’s a tendency to apply a really thin layer when you have a light sunscreen (compared with something thicker, like Invisible Zinc, for example) and thus apply less than what is required to reach the SPF 30+.


White cast:

Once the product is rubbed in, both BurnOut sunscreens have virtually no white cast. It’s mindboggling that a non-nano ‘physical’ sunscreen with a decent percentage of zinc oxide could be this invisible.

Prior to this, my Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30+ Light Tint was the closest to a no white cast physical sunscreen I could find. Now, I would say that the BurnOut Sunscreens beat the Marie Veronique Face Screen by a whisker.


Sweat test:

The BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen stands up to sweating from intense exercise better than the BurnOut Clean and Clear Eco Sensitive (as you would expect), but both are water resistant.


Final thoughts:

Both BurnOut sunscreens balance UVA/UVB blocking efficacy with cosmetic elegance really well, and is a great option for every day wear.

There are higher percentage Zinc Oxide sunscreens available out there (e.g. from Soleo Organics and Invisible Zinc), but many of them are too greasy and/or heavy for some individuals. I would still go the higher % Zinc Oxide for times of more than usual sunlight exposure (jogging, garden work, etc).



BurnOut Eco-Sensitive SPF 32 Sunscreen

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 18.6%.

Other Ingredients: Deionized Water, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrica (Root) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Lecithin, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Citric Acid.


BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen SPF 30+

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 18.6%

Other Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Capric/Capryllic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sorbitol, Imperata Cylindrical (Root) Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Arabidopsis Extract, Plankton Extract, Xanthan Gum.

Posted by on Nov 10th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 12comments


12 Responses to “Summer Series: BurnOut Eco-Sensitive and Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreens”

  1. […] I have other favourite sunscreens for everyday wear (Marie Veronique, BurnOut), Invisible Zinc has been my sports sunscreen of choice for […]

  2. […] Oxide – the gold standard in sun protection. I DIY my own, but the Burnout sunscreen that Jen and Jacie reviewed looks good […]

  3. […] favourites of mine for swimming are the Invisible Zinc 4Hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen,  and BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen both of which I covered in detail in my Summer Series sunscreen […]

  4. […] and after application there is no greasiness on the skin, no shine, and no tackiness (which is BurnOut Physical Ocean Tested Sunscreen‘s achilles […]

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