I know you’ve heard me mention this sunscreen a few times now, so I figured it was time to review it! I believe I picked up LaVanila The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 Face Cream from BeautyBar.com due to a gift certificate I purchased through Hautelook.
The Website claims:
A 100-percent natural, chemical-free, moisturizing sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection. This product is free of oxybenzone, PABA, fragrance, and nano-particles. Its minerals are non-coated.
Zinc Oxide 5.0%, Titanium Dioxide 7.5%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice* (Aloe, Water), Capric Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut Oil), Jojoba Oil*, Ethyl Hexyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Morinda Citrifolia (Noni Juice), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate (Vegetable Glycerin/Palm Oil), Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Allantoin (Vegetable), Sodium PCA (Amino Acid), Hyaluronic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol & Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin (Plant-Based Preservatives), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Extract*, Green Tea Extract. *Certified Organic
$28 for 1.8 oz, available from Sephora and Beautybar.
Does it live up to its claims?
Yes! I had been using mark For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 for quite some time but it had started to burn my eyes if I ever wore it by itself, without eye shadow primer on top, so I started looking for an alternative. LaVanila’s SPF 40 fit the bill! It’s perfect for my needs. It’s a higher SPF (40 vs. 30). While it’s more expensive than what I was paying at $28 for 1.8 oz vs $18 for 1.7 oz, the fact that I can wear it without putting on any makeup makes up for that to me. It’s moisturizing, but not overly so. However, I do recommend letting it settle in for several minutes before putting on foundation or anything else. I do wait several minutes after I apply this and then gently blot my eyes (where I’m the oiliest) before applying my eye makeup. It doesn’t have a scent to me. It does have a slight white tint but that doesn’t bother me. Since I’ve been using this, I don’t use a separate moisturizer or serum. I feel like it’s got enough moisture for my skin.
Would I purchase again?
Yes! I’ll be repurchasing this when I run out. I love it! I think it’s a holy grail item for me because of how well it works and how it protects my skin.
Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.
This product is very much skin friendly….i am using SPF 30,but today i have got the information of this upgraded one SPF 40 on your blog…i am going to purchase it now.
I am so impressed! I saw “Healthy” in the title and thought, “Yeah, right!” but those ingredients are actually really good! Now I just don’t know about the price, haha. How long do you think this will last with daily use?
I think it will last me a month and a half, maybe two months. I use it liberally on my eyes, face and neck. I use SPF on anything else of mine that gets exposed as well.
I’m currently using a SPF 55 from Shiseido and I really like it. But I’m loving the ingredients in this one. I’ll have to try it once my current sunscreen cream runs out.
I’ve been curious about the Shiseido one!
I recently purchased LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit from Sephora and am in love!! This stuff lasts through 3 hours of hula practice and no body odor, which is a first for me with natural deodorants I have also tried their fragrances, which are phthalate-free and lovely! Sounds like I’ll have to try this cream out as well!
Do you sweat a lot with the natural deodorant? I’ve tried some before, and sometimes I feel ok, and other times I end up feeling wet.
Finally – a sunscreen with decent ingredients! This year I’ve been mixing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide into my lotions to make a sunscreen that I know won’t clog my pores. Sometimes it’s a bit of a pain in the butt. Maybe I’ll check out this one next time I’m in Sephora.
May I ask where/how you purchase the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide?
Maybe you can try a sample of this? I can use it around my eyes with no problems and love it.
I agree, this is a great facial sunscreen!
Yay I’m glad you like it too!
Oh, interesting! I’m always on the lookout for good sunscreens
This one is fantastic in my opinion!
Do you know if this brand is cruelty free?
I believe this brand is cruelty free. They state ‘We do not use ingredients that were tested on animals nor do we test our finished product on animals.’