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- What I loved: scent (smells like jasmine!); ingredients; lightweight; did not leave face with excess oil
- What I didn’t love: visible white cast on skin; have to work hard to rub product in to make white cast disappear
Active Ingredients : Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 16% Purpose: Sunscreen
Inactive Ingredients : Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter) Fruit, Deionized Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenethyl alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Ester, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate Acid Powder, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E)
- Perfect for: Lighter/fairer skin tone; dry, combo, oily skin type
- Rating: 4.5 / 5
I first found Mad Hippie products at Whole Foods during their Beauty Week. This was one of the products I picked up during that beauty haul. I was intrigued by all the natural ingredients shown on the label of this sunscreen: carrot seed oil, avocado oil, and red raspberry seed oil. According to their website, carrot seed oil is soothing and packed with antioxidants; avocado oil is soothing and hydrating; red raspberry seed oil provides natural antioxidants and soothes and moisturizes skin. Sunscreen full of natural ingredients that provide antioxidants and is soothing and moisturizing for my skin? Yes, please!
I cannot start this review without first talking about how amazing this sunscreen smells. The moment I apply this, I can smell the jasmine oil that they infused in this product. And I love jasmine. I smile every time I put this product on because of how it smells — no joke. The sunscreen went on really smooth, but you can tell they use a high percentage of zinc oxide (16% to be exact) because the whiteness of the sunscreen is extremely visible. So I would rub the sunscreen more to try and make the whiteness look less obvious. It worked, but I had to really work it to make the white less visible, which means it takes a lot more time and effort to use this than I’d like. And frankly, if I were more tan, I probably wouldn’t be able to use this because the white would definitely show up. So, if your skin leans towards the tan/darker side, this sunscreen wouldn’t be my first choice. If you are in a hurry, this sunscreen also would not be my first choice unless your skin color leans towards the lighter side.
I was very skeptical to try this at first because reading through the ingredients made me think that this might end up being really heavy on my face. I can tell you now, though, that I am so glad I picked this up to try. It was super lightweight and made me feel like I was not wearing sunscreen at all. My face felt like it could breathe and my pores didn’t feel suffocated. If anything, my face felt loved. You know you’re using good products when your face feels like it’s being gently hugged — and that was exactly what that felt like.
Another great thing about this sunscreen is that it did not leave my oily face looking even more oily like the Josie Maran one did. At the end of the day, my face had a healthy glow without the excess oil.
Overall I really like this sunscreen. I love that it’s so lightweight and feels like nothing on my face. I love the natural ingredients in this product and the amount of hydration and antioxidants it provides because of these ingredients. I absolutely love smelling jasmine as I apply this in the morning — it’s an instant mood-booster. If you want to start your morning smiling, this is the secret. I love that, by the end of the day, my face does not look super shiny because it didn’t trigger my pores to produce extra oil. While these are all great things, the one down side to this sunscreen is how visible the white cast can be depending on your skin color. If you’ve got lighter/fairer skin, this would be the perfect sunscreen for you. Seriously, look no more because this is an amazing product. But if your skin tone is like mine or darker, you’ll have to weigh your pros and cons. I personally like using this on the weekends because I can spend as much time as I want in front of my vanity to make it look as invisible as possible on my face. On weekdays when I have a day job to run to, though, I have a couple other choices for sunscreen where I don’t need to work on as much. And reviews on those will be coming in the next couple of days…
Have you tried this sunscreen before? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Did you experience the same things I did? What sunscreen have you used that has the best/worst scent ever? Share your thoughts below!