Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Sun Day Volume XIII: California Naturel All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Review

Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

California Naturel Sunscreen SPF 30 is the most recent sunscreen that I have been using daily on my face, neck and décolleté. Their sunscreens are mineral-based, and are beautifully combined with high quality natural skincare ingredients that leave the skin hydrated while simultaneously protected against the elements.

California Naturel is deeply invested in creating a luxurious sensory experience with their products, but are equally committed to "developing high performance skin care with the most efficient natural and organic ingredients developed with safe formulas...." Well, longtime readers will undoubtedly agree that when it comes to skincare products I am a huge proponent of having a luxurious sensory experience with the products that I use, and to be able to achieve this with high quality natural ingredients is even better.
California Naturel Sunscreen SPF 30 is a medium to thick antioxidant-rich cream that isn't greasy or oily-- yet it is very moisturizing. The company describes the finish as matte, and while I agree with that assessment I would only add that unlike most matte products (many of which I find uncomfortable on my skin) this one actually leaves skin luminous, radiant and comfortable-- yet somehow simultaneously matte. Skin feels comfortably hydrated, and despite the thicker texture and the use 20% Zinc Oxide I have not experienced the white cast often associated with high concentrations of Zinc Oxide. I have actually find that the texture of this sunscreen also serves as an amazingly effective primer, and it is perhaps the matte aspect of this sunscreen that makes my foundations and tinted moisturizers adhere to it so effectively.

According to California Naturel,

This soft, luxurious and non-oily all natural sunscreen is formulated with Glacial Oceanic Minerals and Zinc Oxide to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. It is enriched with antioxidants from botanical sources such as Shea Butter, Pomegranate Extract and Marigold Flower Extract to increase skin-hydration, and protect it from environmental damage.

Directions: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply immediately after swimming, sweating or towel drying, and at least every 2 hours.
  • Protects from UVA and UVB rays
  • Increases skin-hydration
  • Enriched with antioxidants
  • Texture: medium-weight cream
  • Scent: subtle herbal scent
  • Sensation on skin: non sticky, non oily, matte finish
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20% (Sunscreen), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carrageenan, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Coco-Caprylate, Dimethicone, Glucose, Glucose Oxidase, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isostearic Acid, Lactoperoxidase, Lecithin, Lysolecithin, Methylcellulose, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Pullulan, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Sea Silt Extract (Glacial Oceanic Mineral Water), Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Tagetes Erecta Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum.
Overall assessment: I have used this sunscreen every single day since receiving it,and have to say that I am really really happy with it. Additionally, I love that I made the inadvertent discovery that it also functions as wonderfully effective primer for my foundation or tinted moisturizer. I am currently using several other products from California Naturel, and I have to say that they make truly lovely products. I can't wait to share more with you! This is a product, and a company, worth your serious consideration!

$35.00 for 2.3 oz. from California Naturel (Unaffiliated Links).
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