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Summer Series: Wotnot Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

Wotnot Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

Wotnot Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

 

 WOTNOT says…

  • Our all new 30+ SPF sunscreen contains 100% natural and organic ingredients
  • Free from titanium dioxide
  • Provides broad spectrum protection against UV-A and UV-B
  • Self preserving – no artificial preservative
  • Beautiful texture, no separation formula and easy to apply

The most natural sunscreen available in Australia

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price: $25.95

Availability: www.ecodirect.com.au  http://www.echolife.com.au/

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Review

 

UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety:

 

Wotnot Natural Sunscreen has a whopping 25% micronised Zinc Oxide which gives outstanding UVA and UVB protection and excellent photostability (doesn’t easily break down in presence of UV light). The majority of physical sunscreens intended for everyday use normally have less than 20% Zinc Oxide so 25% gives the sunscreen nerd in me a little shiver up the spine.

Like my other choices for the sunscreen Summer Series, Wotnot Natural sunscreen only uses 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).

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.

 

WOTNOT natural sunscreen SPF 30+ swatch

WOTNOT natural sunscreen SPF 30+ swatch

 

Product texture:

The weak point in the formulation of this sunscreen is that it is very greasy (greasier than Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen),  and feels heavy on the skin. It doesn’t really ‘dry down’ and continues to slide around on my skin which makes makeup application tricky. Probably not an issue if you’re using this as a sports sunscreen, but I wouldn’t personally use this as an every day sunscreen.

Wotnot Natural Sunscreen has a tendancy to separate a little so I find that I have to knead the tube really well before each use.

 

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Posted by on Jan 3rd, 2012 in Sunscreen | 0 comments.

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Summer Series: Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser, Invisible Zinc 4Hr Water Resistant Sunscreen

Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

The Invisible Zinc range of sunscreens is arguably one of the most popular physical sunscreens on Australian shelves.

When I bought my first tube of Invisible Zinc years ago, the pharmacy assistant told me  that where she was from (Queensland- where you have the highest risk of getting skin cancer in the world) all the Surf Life Savers would only ever use Invisible Zinc. And although I take everything that sales staff tell me with a grain of salt- I really wouldn’t be surprised if that was true. In my opinion, Invisible Zinc range of sunscreens have the most solid broad spectrum UV protection capabilities out of all the sunscreens easily accessible to the average Australian.

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

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Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector

Invisible Zinc says…

Flaunting the protection of INVISIBLE ZINC with a hydrating, antioxidant-filled moisturiser, INVISIBLE ZINC ENVIRONMENTAL SKIN PROTECTOR  will change the way you protect your skin. INVISIBLE ZINC ESP delivers everything you need in your daily skin care regime: powerful antioxidants, environmental defence and full SPF 30+ UVA and UVB protection. Best of all, it feels nothing like a sunscreen: It’s light, silky and very comfortable on the skin. Just like TINTED DAYWEAR, you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Environmental Skin Protector: RRP $35.00 50mL

Invisible Zinc 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30+

Invisible Zinc says..

Fact: The sun doesn’t stop attacking you simply because you’re in the water. In reality, water intensifies and reflects the sun’s rays, making the chance of your skin burning even higher. Cue INVISIBLE ZINC® 4 HR WATER RESISTANT SUNSCREEN SPF 30+ offering the same high performance sun protection as the original award-winning INVISIBLE ZINC®, but with 4 hours water resistance. With a non-greasy formula and transparent finish, it’s perfect for outdoor training, the beach or a day out on the boat.

 4 hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen RRP: $29.00 (100ml lotion); $19.95 (50ml lotion)

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UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety:

Both the Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser, and the Invisible Zinc 4hr Waterproof Sunscreen use a high percentage of micronised Zinc Oxide which lends them excellent broad spectrum protection, photostability and safety.

The 4hr Waterproof sunscreen does have a slightly higher concentration of Zinc Oxide (it uses 22% whereas the ESP moisturiser uses 20%) than the ESP moisturiser so it is heavier duty for those times when you need a little extra extra.

 

Product texture:

The Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector Moisturiser has an easy to spread, lotion-like consistency. As a couple of other bloggers have noticed, this product can be a little drying (due to the astringent properties of zinc oxide) so if you’re using it on your face on a daily basis I would apply a decent moisturiser underneath this.

The Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant SPF 30+, in contrast, has an incredibly thick texture which takes a bit of work to spread on the skin. Although this would be way too heavy for everyday wear, it is the best hard working sunscreen for sports and swimming because it will not budge for anything and you will not sweat this one off.

 

Swatched: Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

Swatched: Invisible Zinc ESP (left), Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant (right)

White Cast:

On my light-medium skin there is a slight white cast with the Invisible Zinc ESP moisturiser (hardly noticable underneath foundation), and a more prominant white cast with the Invisible Zinc 4hrs Waterproof Sunscreen.

 

Sweat test:

Both the Invisible Zinc ESP and the Invisible Zinc 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreens have great sweat and water resistance, especially the the IZ 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreen, which clings on to your skin with such tenacity that you’ll still have most of the sunscreen on after a shower unless you double cleanse really well. This is why the 4hr Water Resistant Sunscreen is my go to sports sunscreen.

 

Ingredients:

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector Moisturiser

 Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20%

Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinylurea

Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen

Active ingredients: Zinc Oxide 22%

Preservatives: Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol

Posted by on Dec 11th, 2011 in Reviews, Sunscreen | 1 comment

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Summer Series: Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 Light Tint

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 Light Tint

Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 Light Tint

 

As many of you know, the Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen SPF 30+ is my HG everyday sunscreen, and a product that I rave on and on about to anyone who will listen. When the Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage was released in the middle of this year, I knew I had to try it.

Like the Moisturising Face Screen, it combines broad spectrum UV protection with light coverage. The Everyday Sheer Coverage has additional skin supporting actives like beta glucans and glucosamine which is not in the Face Screen.

 

Marie Veronique say…

Provides essential every day UVA/UVB protection and defends against premature aging with a unique combination of natural humectants, emollients and anti-oxidants. For use every day, rain or shine.

Provides anti aging support with beta glucans, glucosamine, and powerful anti-oxidants such as coffee fruit extract.

 

Availability:  www.mvorganics.com  (Shipping to US is around $12, but shipping to Australia is about $35. eep. This is why I usually get my Marie Veronique products parcel forwarded with my other US purchases)

Price: $50 USD

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UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety:

Everyday Sheer coverage uses non-nano Zinc Oxide which is the gold standard for photostability, broad spectrum action, and safety.

The percentage of Zinc Oxide is 16.6% , which is higher than most department store physical sunscreens, but still a little lower than I would like (the Marie Veronique Moisturising Face Screen has over 20% Zinc Oxide). For this reason, I would either do 2-3 layers of this product, or reserve it for days when I’m not likely to get much sun.

note: not sure what the difference is between physical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens, and what SPF means? Brush up on the jargon with my Sunscreen Lowdown Part 1.

 

Product texture and scent:

The feel of this is quite similar to the moisturizing Face screen – it has the texture of a very thin liquid foundation with a semi matte finish on my skin. It feels feather-light on the face, even after 2-3 layers.

Like the Moisturising Face Screen, i would consider this to be one of the most elegant sunscreen formulations I have come across.

It has a very subtle herbal – clayish scent which I find quite pleasant.

 

swatched from left: Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage light tint, Moisturising Face Screen light tint, and Moisturising Face Screen untinted

swatched from left: Marie Veronique Everyday Sheer Coverage light tint, Moisturising Face Screen light tint, and Moisturising Face Screen untinted

 

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Posted by on Dec 2nd, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen, Swatches | 0 comments.

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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 Skincaretalk.com 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: www.burnoutsun.com (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.

 

Review:

 

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)

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Posted by on Nov 10th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 9comments

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Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen Giveaway!

 

Echolife Australia has generously offered to give My Funny Valentine readers a chance to win a tube of Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen!

This is one of the most highly rated sunscreens available in Australia in terms of effectiveness and safety. If you haven’t seen it already, I’ve reviewed this product in detail in my previous post.

 

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The competition is open to Australian residents only and will run until midnight 13th of November Sydney time. I will draw the winner using a random number generator and email the winner by the 15th of November. 

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