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.