Summer Series: Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ review

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

 

Soleo say..

Designed as a safe alternative to common synthetic based sunscreens, this all natural sunscreen has been formulated without the use of any chemical UV-absorbers, titanium dioxide, or synthetic preservatives. It is water resistant for up to 3 hours (in ocean and fresh water), neutrally scented, and has a low skin irritation factor to care for even the most sensitive skin. It won’t sting the eyes and is safe for the whole family (including small children and pregnant women).

Soléo Organics’ All Natural Sunscreen is free from titanium dioxide, synthetic preservatives, parabens, petrochemicals, benzoates, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial colours or fragrances. It is a broad-spectrum sunscreen and blocks both UV-A (which ages skin prematurely) and UV-B (which cause sunburn) solar radiation while providing natural moisturising care for the skin. Enriched with botanical extracts that are naturally soothing and nourishing to the skin, it can easily become a part of any daily skin care routine.

 

Price: $26.60 for 75g, $35.95 for 150g

Availability: www.echolife.com.au , selected pharmacies and health food stores, check www.soleoorganics.com for international distributors.

 

This review is the first of my sun protection posts for the Summer Series. I will be trialling  number of different physical sunscreens and moisturisers with SPF over the coming months.

Only sunscreens that have a minimum of 15% Zinc Oxide will be reviewed (Zinc Oxide is considered the gold standard in sun protection), and I won’t be trialling anything with Oxybenzone, or any sunscreen which relies predominantly on chemical filters- simply because I refuse to use such products.

If you’re unsure of what this all means, or for further info, I’ve got it all written out in detail in my previous post  The Sunscreen Lowdown Part 1  .

 

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety:

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen has 22.4% micronised Zinc Oxide which gives excellent UVA and UVB protection; furthermore, Zinc Oxide is one of the most photostable sunscreen ingredients (doesn’t easily break down in the presence of UV light) so it’s not surprising that in the Environmental Working Group analysis of this sunscreen, the photostability has been described as ‘excellent’.

Micronised Zinc Oxide is the safest sunscreen ingredient available. It does not absorb into the bloodstream, or generate free radicals like chemical filters can. In addition, Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, or photosensitizing agents (like Vitamin A derivatives and citrus family essential oils).

Soleo has taken the ‘All Natural’ claim so seriously that they even use Lecithin as their emulsifier!

 

keep reading after the jump!

Product texture and scent:

The downside of the Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen is that feels quite oily when first applied.

Fortunately, after applying this to my face the greasy feel goes away after about 10mins and after applying my NARS Sheer Glow there is no trace of it. I actually quite like the effect of this sunscreen under my foundation (normally matte-satin on me) because it gives the finish a little bit of luminosity and stops my foundation from sticking to dry patches. I wouldn’t use an overly dewy foundation over the top of this (ie Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua).

I should mention that my skin is on the dry side, I think that this product might be a little too greasy for oilier skin types.

On the body, I find that it stays greasy, and I’m not sure why it should feel different on my body compared with my face (perhaps my face is drier?) but it’s noticable.

White cast:

There is a noticable white cast on me when first applied but this does fade a little after about 10mins. If I apply foundation over the top the sunscreen is hardly visible.

For comparison, it has slightly less of a white cast than Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector SPF 30+, more of a white cast than Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30+ untinted, and about the same level of cast as the Banana Boat Mineral Protect SPF 30+ .

 Sweat test:

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ withstands intense exercise well. I’ve been comparing sunscreens since I started running again recently (very recently), and on more than one occasion, the Soleo sunscreen has performed well under sweat- it works as well, if not better than my current sunscreen of choice for running (Invisible Zinc).

 

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

Overall thoughts:

Soleo wins top points in terms of sunscreen efficacy and safety, which is why it is rated amongst the top sunscreens on the Environmental Working Group sunscreen list.

For daily use this would work very well on dry skin (especially underneath foundation), but oily skinned individuals might find this product too greasy on the skin. As a sports sunscreen I think this would be great for everyone.

Curious about this product? I will be holding a Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen GIVEAWAY for Australian readers very soon so watch this space! 

 

Ingredients: 22.4% Zinc Oxide (active ingredient), Grapeseed Oil, Sunflower oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vegetable Oils, Cadellia Cera, Cera Alba (beeswax), Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract (Green Tea extract), Anthemis Noblis Flower Extract (Roman Chamomile), Lecithin, Carthamix Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber Extract), Vitamin E.

 

disclosure: this product was sent by PR for consideration.

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