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Mineral sun protection: Best of organic sun care 2019

This is a translation of my German blog series about new mineral suncare products in 2019.

My annual sun care reviews have been a fixture on Beautyjagd ever since I published the first article back in 2012. Every year I write about new launches and innovations in organic and natural sun care – if you’re interested, check out my previous blog posts (you can find the links at the end of this article).

This year, however, I decided to mix things up a little! Instead of posting one super long article there’ll be an article series with seven installments. Each of these shorter posts will introduce and review a recently launched organic sun care product. And, of course, there’ll be a round-up and summary of all product launches once the final review has gone online. Some exciting stuff has been happening in the mineral sun care category this year, so stay tuned!

The sun care series 2019 features the following sun care products: Sonnencreme LSF 30 from Speick, Sensitiv Sonnencreme LSF 30 from Lavera, Face Mineral Ultralight SPF 30 from UltraSun, Weightless SunMilk SPF30 from Mádara, Clean Screen Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 30from Ren Skincare, Sonnencreme Gesicht LSF 30 from i+m Naturkosmetik, Antioxidant CC Cream SPF 30 from EcoCosmetics and the Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 von Pai Skincare.

As always I have standardised the descriptions of the products so they are easier to compare:

  • I have divided product comfort/wearability into the categories “imperceptible” – “very pleasant” – “pleasant” – “ok” (which means that the cream felt a bit sticky or pasty on the skin or that I noticed my skin heating up underneath the product after a few hours) and “unpleasant” (the product feels heavy on the skin).
  • I usually test the stickiness and oiliness of a sun cream by applying it on half of my face and then using a blotting paper or tissue to test how much oil was left on the paper or how long the tissue stuck to my skin. The whitening factor can be “very light” – “light” – “medium” or “strong” (as an indication: I have light to medium-toned skin).

All of my measurements are of course subjective; I do not have access to lab equipment or tools that are capable of generating scientific data. Some of the sun care products I bought myself, others I received as press samples.

Sun Cream SPF 30 von Speick

I’m starting the new blog series with the Sun Cream SPF 30 from German beauty brand Speick. The product was launched at Vivaness trade show this year together with a Sun Milk SPF 20 and a Sun Cream SPF 50+. The company spent more than seven years researching, developing and testing their sun protection formulas and in my opinion, this attention to detail is very noticeable in the products. The new Sun range marks Speick’s first foray into the sun protection category (the company is more known for its skin, body and hair care) and I must admit that I was pretty surprised when I first found out about the launch.

I usually wear SPF 30 sun protection on my face, so when the company offered me a choice of the new sun products I selected the Sun Cream SPF 30 from Speick Sun. The texture of the product is creamy (an oil-in-water emulsion) and it is easy to distribute the cream on the face (I like to use a hydrating serum underneath). The sun cream feels very pleasant, the finish is satinised (a little glowy, not completely matte). None of the Speick Sun products contain fragrance ingredients so the cream simply smells, well, creamy. The whitening factor is very light – after half a minute you barely see the sun cream even on tanned skin. The UV filter is zinc oxide combined with antioxidant oryzanol (derived from rice germ oil) and a complex of black nettle, pomegranate and cell-protecting kakadu plum extract. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Cosmos. No nano particles. Vegan. Waterproof.

A 60ml tube of the Sun Cream SPF 30 from Speick Sun costs 13.50 Euro. Here’s the Speick homepage. The products are available online, for example through Speick’s online store, but also in many organic supermarkets and online stores like the Naturdrogerie.

My tip: What a great launch from Speick! Seriously, this sun cream ticks all the right boxes: very comfortable to wear, very low whitening, antioxidant ingredients and, last but not least, an affordable price. This could easily become my 2019 favourite…

INCI: Aqua, Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silybum Marianum Ethyl Ester, Oryzanol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Poria Cocos Extract, Phragmites Kharka Extract, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Valeriana Celtica Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Flower Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Polyphosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Benzyl Alcohol.

Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 30 from Lavera

In the second part of my sun care series I’m introducing a German classic: the Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 30 from Lavera was launched this year. The company seems to regularly reformulate its sun protection products; the UV filter in this sun cream is now zinc oxide, but more on that later.

I bought the Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 30 from Lavera in my local organic supermarket. The formula is based on processed plant oils (not on water) so the texture is a bit more pasty (I assume it’s a water-in-oil emulsion) and you need more effort to distribute the cream on your skin. It’s definitely a nourishing treatment! The finish is shiny, wearability/comfort is ok (luckily the sun cream isn’t sticky). Scented with notes of citrus and florals. The whitening factor is medium to strong (despite the slightly yellow colour of the sun cream) so there’ll be a bit of a white cast on your skin. The product claims emphasises the „visible protection“, by the way. The UV filters are zinc oxide (the second ingredient in the INCI list) and titanium dioxide. Carrot oil, betacarotene and karanja oil deliver a boost of antioxidants. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Natrue. No nano particles. Vegan. Waterproof.

A tube of the Sensitive Sun Cream SPF 30 from Lavera contains 100ml and costs 9.99 Euro. Here’s the company’s homepage. The product is available in many organic supermarkets, drugstores or online, for example through Eccoverde or najoba .

My tip: Well, the packaging highlights the „visible protection“ and that is definitely what you get with this cream 🙂 . Convenient if you are applying the cream on a child, less convenient on the face – also because the product is such a rich water-in-oil emulsion.

INCI: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Oxide, Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Titanium Dioxide, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Alcohol*, Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Glycine Soja Oil*, Persea Gratissima Oil*, Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract*, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract*, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract*, Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Alumina, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Parfum**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Citral**, Coumarin**, Eugenol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Farnesol**, Benzyl Alcohol**, Anise Alcohol**. * ingredients from certified organic agriculture ** natural essential oils

Face Mineral Ultra-light SPF30 from Ultrasun

On a recent trip to Gent (a city in Belgium) I discovered the sun creams of Swiss brand Ultrasun in an outlet of health food chain Holland & Barrett’s. Ultrasun usually focuses on conventional sun care but this year the brand launched its first Natrue-certified sun creams with mineral UV filters.

This April I bought the Face Mineral Ultralight SPF 30 from Ultrasun (the brand’s products are also available in Germany, by the way). The texture (an oil-in-water emulsion) didn’t really strike me as ultra light the first time I tried it out but at least the product is easy to distribute once it comes into contact with the skin. On the packaging Ultrasun recommends that you apply the sun cream to the skin by smoothing it into one direction rather than rubbing in circles. And indeed, once I followed those suggestions the cream disappeared into the skin pretty quickly, without greasiness. The finish is fairly matte, the wearability very pleasant. The sun cream is fragrance-free, all you can smell is bit of a neutral creamy scent. If you apply the cream as directed the whitening factor is very light (although I’d say that the Speick cream is even less whitening). The UV filters are zinc oxide (mostly) combined with a bit of titanium dioxide, plus antioxidant tara extract from Peru and sunflower sprouts. Ectoine helps to protect the cells. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Natrue. No nano particles. Vegan (my estimate). Waterproof.

A 40ml tube of the Face Mineral SPF 30 from UltraSun costs 21 Euro. I bought my cream at Holland & Barrett’s in Belgium but the brand is also available in German drugstores and pharmacies. Here is the homepage of Ultrasun.

My tip: If you’re looking for a matte, not shiny sun care product check out the Ultrasun cream – I think it should also be a good choice for oily skin. Further advantages: low whitening, comfortable to wear and antioxidant protection. Another candidate to become my 2019 favourite.

INCI: Aqua, Zinc Oxide, Coconut Alkanes, Isocetyl Stearate, Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Undecane, Silica, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Hectorite, Tridecane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ectoin, Zinc Stearate, Maltodextrin, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Pod Extract, Helianthus Annuus Sprout Extract.

Weightless Sun Milk SPF20 from Mádara

Last year Latvian beauty brand Mádara launched a whole bunch of sun care products – the CC City Cream, the Sunscreen SPF 30 for the Face and especially the Sunscreen Body SPF 30 are amongst my favourites! Therefore my expectations were pretty high and I was eager to find out if Mádara’s 2019 launches would also convince me. Besides the new Sun Milk which I’m reviewing in the next paragraph, the brand also introduced a Natural Look Self Tan Milk and a Beach BB Shimmering Sunscreen SPF 30.

Earlier this year I was sent the Weightless Sun Milk SPF 20 by Mádara’s German distributor. Since I liked last year’s Sunscreen SPF 30 for Body so much (I also use it on my face) I was really excited to find out how light the texture of the new sun milk would be (after all, it’s called „weightless“!)

The Sun Milk SPF 20 is intended for face, body and hands – I like the focus on hand protection because it is rather difficult to find mineral sun care for the hands. The texture of the Weightless Sun Milk is milky/creamy at first but then it is really easy to distribute and it feels refreshing and hydrating on the skin (I don’t need to apply a serum underneath the cream, the Sun Milk is based on aloe vera juice). The wearability is very pleasant (you can barely feel the milk on the skin; it isn’t sticky either) and the finish is satinised (a little bit glowy, not entirely matte). The whitening factor is very light and the sun milk only needs a minute to disappear into the skin (then again it only offers SPF 20 protection). The Sun Milk has a delicate creamy scent with very light watery-floral notes. The UV filter is zinc oxide combined with antioxidant raspberry seed oil. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Ecocert/Cosmos. No nano particles. Not vegan (contains beeswax). Not waterproof.

A flacon of the Weightless Sun Milk SPF 20 contains 150ml and costs 22.95 Euro. In Germany you can buy Mádara online, for example from Blanda Beauty or Savue.

My tip: Finally, a really moisturising sun milk! After around a minute you can’t even feel it on your skin any more. However, the Sun Milk only offers SPF 20. Compared to this product, Speick Sun’s Sun Milk SPF 20 is perhaps a bit little less whitening than the Mádara milk, but the texture is a little thicker.

INCI: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Zinc Oxide, Isoamyl Laurate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin**, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cera, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Aroma/Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Cera Alba (Bees wax)*, Glyceryl Caprate, Magnesium Stearate, Sorbitan Caprylate, Cellulose, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera / Rhus Succedanea Fruit Cera, Shorea Robusta Resin, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Benzoic Acid, Aluminum Tristearate, Potassium Hydroxide, Aqua/Water, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Geraniol***. *aus kontrolliert biologischem Anbau **hergestellt aus biologischen Zutaten ***natürliche ätherische Öle.

Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen from Ren

When a brand that belongs to a big consumer goods manufacturer like Unilever launches a mineral sun cream, I’m interested! After all, I am constantly looking for innovations in the area of mineral sun protection and I would imagine that the R&D department of Ren Skincare is much larger than the research divisions of most smaller and medium-sized organic beauty brands. So I simply had to buy the Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen from Ren Skincare. Are you also curious?

My expectations of the Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen from Ren Skincare were high. The yellow tube contains an oil-in-water emulsion; when you’re distributing the cream on your skin the texture feels light and damp. The white tint disappears fairly quickly during the application – I’d describe the whitening factor as very light (like Speick Sun SPF 30 and a bit less than Ultrasun Face Mineral SPF 30). The cream is absorbed well into the skin and doesn’t leave any stickiness; the matte finish lasted pretty long. However, it wasn’t particularly comfortable to wear – „ok“ at best; somehow the cream formed a rather heavy, compact and not particularly pleasant film on my skin (without being greasy!). The Face Sunscreen has a light herbal-woodsy scent, the INCI declaration lists individual essential oils and fragrance. The UV filter is 22% zinc oxide and the formula also contains antioxidant karanja oil, passion fruit extract, cranberry oil and sea buckthorn oil. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: none. Preserved with phenoxyethanol und ethylhexylglycerin. No nano particles. Vegan. No claim regarding whether it’s waterproof or not.

A 50ml tube of the Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 from Ren Skincare costs 34.59 Euro. I bought the sun cream online at the Ren Skincare shop but the product is now also available in Germany, for example in perfumeries or through Ecco Verde.

My tip: I probably expected a little too much from this launch – I guess I had hoped for a mineral sun protection marvel or something 🙂 . What I like about the Mineral SPF 30 is the low whitening factor and that it really mattifies the skin for a long time (best mattifying action so far!). I’m less happy with how this product feels on the skin; it’s a little too compact for my taste.

INCI: Aqua (Water), Zinc Oxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Caprylyl Caprylate/Caprate, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Oryza Sativa Starch, Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Behenyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Chloride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Glucose, Parfum* (Fragrance), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosmary) Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

Sun Protect Sun Cream Face SPF 30 from i+m Naturkosmetik

Speick wasn’t the only German brand to present organic sun care at Vivaness this year: Berlin-based i+m Naturkosmetik also introduced a new sun protection range. The two products for face and body are packaged in bright orange; both offer SPF 30 and an anti-blue light effect courtesy of butterfly bush extract.

i+m sent me the Sun Protect Sun Cream Face SPF 30 shortly after the trade show finished. The cream is based on water and sunflower oil, the texture is milky to creamy and it is easy to distribute on the face. However, you have to wait for a bit until the cream really has been absorbed into the skin. I apply a serum underneath it; the skin feels very pleasant (supple rather than moist) and the finish is satinised because the formula contains silica which reduces shine. On my light to medium-toned skin the whitening factor is light so I apply a tinted powder on top of the cream. The sun cream has a subtle fresh summery fragrance. The UV filters are zinc oxide (mostly) and some titanium dioxide, butterfly bush and vitamin E offer an additional antioxidant effect. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Cosmos. No nano particles. Vegan. Waterproof.

One flacon of the Sun Protect Sun Cream Face SPF 30 from i+m Naturkosmetik contains 50ml and costs 16.90 Euro. Here is the company’s homepage and online shop. You can buy the sun cream directly through i+m or in various online shops, like najoba or Viasalutis, or in Müller Naturshop stores.

My tip: The Sun Protect Sun Cream Face from i+m offers (vegan) all-round protection thanks to two mineral UV filters and butterfly bush extract. However, this cream has a slightly stronger whitening effect than the creams from Speick, Ultrasun or Pai. My i+m sun care favourite, by the way, is the Sun Protect Sun Milk SPF 30 – the texture might feel a littler thicker at first but it is more moisturising and less whitening on the face.

INCI: Aqua, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil*, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olus Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Titanium Dioxide (Non-Nano), Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquioleate, Buddleja Officinalis Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Silica, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Propanediol, Sodium Benzoate, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Parfum***, Citral**, Limonene**, Linalool**. * kontrolliert biologisch / organic agriculture ** aus ätherischen Ölen / from natural essential oils *** natürliche Duftmischung / natural parfum

Antioxidant CC Cream SPF30 from Eco Cosmetics

I already introduced the four CC Creams from German brand Eco Cosmetics on my blog last year. That’s why I was a bit surprised to see them again at this year’s Vivaness as a 2019 novelty – however, as it turns out the company reformulated the range and updated the packaging. The SPF and colour choice have remained the same, there are still four creams to choose from, with SPF 30 and SPF 50 respectively; each SPF is are available in a lighter or darker shade.

Eco Cosmetics sent me their Antioxidant CC Cream SPF 30 in shade „light toned“. The new formula doesn’t contain karanja oil or zinc oxide any more but texture and coverage have more or less remained the same: the emulsion is based on water and processed oils as well as soy oil. Accordingly the texture is creamy and comparatively light (pleasant to very pleasant on my skin). The coverage is similar to that of a light foundation, if you apply a second layer you can build up to a medium coverage. The finish is satinised to glowy, I use a mattifying powder on top. Underneath the CC Cream I applied a gel-textured toner. Because the CC Creams are tinted, the CC Cream SPF 30 doesn’t have any whitening effect whatsoever – I’d recommend the lighter variant for light to medium-toned skin (it seems to me like this cream is a little lighter than last year’s „light“ version but it is still too dark for really pale skin). The UV filter is titanium dioxide combined with antioxidant extracts from grape seeds (OPC), rice-derived oryzanol and Q10. The cream has a very light tropical-floral scent which I like. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Cosmebio/Ecocert/Cosmos. No nano particles. Vegan.

One flacon of the Antioxidant CC Cream SPF 30 from Eco Cosmetics contains 50ml and costs 29.90 Euro. Here is the homepage of Eco Cosmetics. You can buy the products in organic supermarkets and of course in all of the usual online stores, like Naturdrogerie or Bio Naturel.

My tip: The CC Cream works well as a daily sun care product, combining skin care, colour and sun protection. Thanks to the light to medium coverage – especially when you pair it with a powder – the cream is also suitable for the office. The Airless dispenser protects the formula.

INCI: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja Oil*, Titanium Dioxide, Punica Granatum Fruit Water*, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract*, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Isoamyl Laurate, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Alumina, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate,Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Punica Granatum Seed Oil*, Tocopherol, Oryzanol, Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499. *Inhaltsstoffe aus kontrolliert biologischem Anbau

Pai Skincare Sunscreen

Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 from Pai Skincare

In cooperation with Naturdrogerie online store // Just after I had finished with the seven new mineral sun protection products that I introduced in the previous article series I found out about another exciting new sun cream! When I read that UK brand Pai Skincare was launching the Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 at the end of June I simply had to buy a tube – I like Pai Skincare very much; you might be familiar with their iconic Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil which created such an uproar on the international blogger scene a few years ago. Pai Skincare comes from London and was launched in 2007 by Sarah Brown. Sarah’s goal was to develop an organic beauty range for sensitive skin.

You can imagine how curious I was to see how the new Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 from Pai Skincare would perform! I took the sun cream with me to Helsinki (I recently spent a week in the Finnish capital) and applied it every day – it rained a bit that week but other than that the sun was shining from 3.30am in the morning to 11.30 at night.

The texture of the Pai cream is creamy-light (an oil-in-water emulsion) and it almost feels like a fluid on the skin, very easy to distribute. The wearability is great (very pleasant), you can’t even feel it on your skin which makes the Pai sun screen one of the most comfortable mineral sun care products that I ever tested. The cream feels refreshing and non-sticky on my skin, the finish is satinised (not glowy or shimmering). The whitening factor is very light, after around half a minute I can barely see the cream on my light to medium-toned skin. Hello Sunshine has a delicate vanilla fragrance which is blended with notes of mandarine (the use and amount of essential mandarin oil is strictly regulated in European cosmetic products so it doesn’t have a phototoxic effect). The UV filter is 21% zinc oxide combined with antioxidant karanja oil. Cotton wool extract helps to further protect the skin against UV induced damage and soothes redness. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: Cosmos / Soil Association. No nano particles. Vegan.

My tip: The Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 from Pai is like a day cream with integrated sun protection. I don’t really need to apply a serum underneath the product because the cream is so moisturising so it’s ideal for dehydrated skin. I also like that the sun cream doesn’t leave a glowy finish.

A tube of the Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 from Pai Skincare contains 40ml and costs 36 Euro at Naturdrogerie online store.

INCI: Aqua, Zinc Oxide (21%), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil, Glycerin, Dodecane, Coco Glucoside, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Callus Culture, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Acacia Senegal Gum, Decane, Bentonite, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, C18-21 Alkane, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Diethyl Sebacate, Isostearic Acid, Tocopherols, Beta-sitosterol, Citric Acid, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Squalene, Quartz, Benzyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenethyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool. 

Nuori Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Sun Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30 from Nuori

Yes, I know; it’s already August and my big sun protection article was posted a few weeks ago but I recently came across yet another organic sun cream which I simply MUST introduce on Beautyjagd! Swantje from Savue Beauty had sent me a product parcel for an upcoming cooperation, and the package also included the new Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30 from organic Danish brand Nuori. I’ve written about fresh cosmetics brand Nuori a few times on Beautyjagd (you can check out my review on the Supreme-C Serum Treatment here – the article also includes some background info on the company’s product concept) and I was eager to find out what the Nuori mineral sun cream would look like.

The sun cream is completely new: the tube is packaged in a cardboard box decorated with a holographic print. The cream is squeezed from a small opening at the top of the tube so you don’t need to take off the cap. Intriguing! The texture of the sun cream is creamy (an oil-in-water emulsion) and easy to distribute on the skin, with minimal stickiness. The wearability is very pleasant, compared to the Pai Sunscreen the Nuori cream is a maybe a little less hydrating and also feels a little heavier on the skin. The finish is satinised (not glowy-shimmering) with a very light whitening factor – the sun cream is tinted a light beige-rosé (however, the formula doesn’t include iron oxides). On my light to medium-toned skin I can barely see the sun cream after I’ve applied it – I’d say that the Nuori sun cream is perhaps a little more whitening than the Pai Sunscreen. The cream is also fragrance-free. The UV filter is zinc oxide (23%), in addition to antioxidant karanja oil, carrot oil and carrot extract and maritime pine extract. UVA and UVB protection. Organic certification: none. No nano particles. Vegan. Side note: hydroxyacetophenone is a synthetically derived antioxidant which has an anti-inflammatory effect. It’s considered to be a natural-identical ingredient.

INCI: Aqua (Water), Zinc Oxide, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Caprylate / Caprate, Glycerin¹, Silica², Arachidyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pongamia Glabra (Karanja) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Pinus Pinaster (French Maritime Pine) Bark Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Oleate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beta-Carotene, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Benzyl Alcohol. ¹Plant origin / ²Natural origin

My tip: The Mineral Defence Sunscreen from Nuori is another recently launched sun protection cream that is very comfortable to wear; it’s also suitable as a base for makeup since the cream is lightly tinted and neither shiny nor greasy. By comparison, the Sunscreen SPF 30 from Pai Skincare feels a bit lighter and more hydrating. Nuori’s Mineral Defence Sunscreen is unscented, just like the Speick sun cream. My skin felt very well protected while I was wearing it.

A quick note on the shelf-life: While Nuori’s other skin care products have a very short durability (well, they ARE freshly-made) the sun cream that I tested had a use-by date of next spring. This means that the shelf-life should be at least six months.

A tube of the Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30 from Nuori contains 50 ml and costs 49 Euro. The brand is available through Savue Beauty (where I also received my press sample) as well as other online shops, like Greenglam, Amazingy or Woodberg.

Mineral Sun Protection 2019: Conclusion

And here is a short summary of my recent Mineral Sun Protection 2019 blog series! These were the products that I tested over the past few months:

While I was testing the products for this article I also discovered several other sun creams: this March I wrote about the Anti-Oxidant Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 30 from Kimberly Sayer which has a very hydrating texture and is suitable for daily use. And here is my review of the Day Sunscreen SPF 30 from Italian brand La Saponaria (both articles are in German only, sorry).

I also tested the Sunscreen from Vivaiodays which is water-free and based on oil, like the Sunscreen from Vivesana or the Organic Day Cream SPF 20 from Swedish brand Suntribe. If your skin likes face oils in summer you might be interested in these products because the whitening effect is very low.

In addition I’m planning on testing the recently launched Sun Cream SPF 30 from German brand Pharmos Natur (with zinc oxide as UV filter). French snail beauty brand Mlle Agatha offers a Tinted Sun Cream with SPF 50 (also based on snail mucin; the UV filter is titanium dioxide). Over the next few weeks I’ll try some of these products and if they’re interesting, I’ll post them here on Beautyjagd.

This year my mineral sun protection test focused on emulsions, i.e. classic creams and fluids. Combining purely mineral UV filters with such water-based formulas is rather difficult but, of course, most people prefer creamy textures because they protect the skin and hydrate it at the same time.

A trend which I noticed this year: zinc oxide as a UV filter has become popular again. Many new sun protection launches now feature zinc oxide which means that the dominance of titanium dioxide appears to be decreasing a bit.

The biggest surprise for me this year was the new sun protection range Speick Sun. The three sun creams with SPF 20, SPF 30 and SPF 50+ contain zinc oxide as UV filter and are formulated without alcohol or fragrance. The very low whitening factor of the Sun Cream SPF 30 from Speick is comparable with the Sun Cream for the Face SPF 30 from Alga Maris. The texture of the Speick Sun products is a little more on the moist side – both creams feel very pleasant on the skin but different (the Alga Maris cream is ultra supple while Speick Sun is a bit more moist).

In my opinion Speick’s Sun Cream SPF 30 is coming pretty close to the gold standard set by Pot of Shade Heliotropic SPF 30 from Kypris or the Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 from Josh Rosebrook. And compared to these two products, Speick Sun is really affordable – an aspect which also plays a role in my evaluation. The Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30 from Pai is like a day cream with integrated sun protection, it’s ideal for dehydrated skin. My skin felt very well protected while I was wearing Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30 from Nuori.

However, I was disappointed with the skin feel of the Clean Screen Mineral Face Screen SPF 30 from Ren Skincare although this sun cream delivered the longest-lasting mattifying effect of all of the sun products that I tested for this article. If you have oilier skin, I’d recommend the Face Mineral Ultralight SPF 30 from Ultra Sun.

In my opinion there have been some impressive advances in the field of mineral sun protection this year: With the Weightless Sun Milk SPF 20 from Mádara has launched a hydrating and barely perceptible sun care product (although it only has SPF 20). I also want to mention the two sun creams from i+m Naturkosmetik which might be a little more whitening than, for example, the sun creams of Speick or Alga Maris, but which provide very pleasant wearability. For the office or as a light foundation substitute the tinted CC Cream SPF 30 from Eco Cosmetics works well.

Over the last years I’ve published eight sun care posts:

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