review: another sunscreen update

which will be brief:

Purple Prairie: still keeping, would still recommend to others looking for a moisturising all-zinc oxide sunscreen: no, it’s true, and it’s a miracle: moisture + ZnO ≠ contradiction in terms.

But it does have issues—boring practical reasons—and I wouldn’t repurchase.

One: unsatisfactory delivery system. Really does have to be put into a different container: a squeezy tube. Its original plastic bottle is just about usable when standing on its head, but not squeezy enough. And it takes forever to decant into smaller tubes (as I like to do). This is a fairly minor niggle, I admit. Most people just use the damn original container, or they buy several tubes, they don’t decant like deranged people. *Shrug.*

The other boring reason for not repurchasing is what I excuse as Das Ewigweibliche. Finding something better. The bum side of being female and occasionally having one’s Inner Awful Embarrassing sort of woman poke out and wiggle around. Disloyal, faithless, always ready to move on to sunnier climes. No, I don’t buy the whole evolutionary genetic business, that I’m fated to continue living out traits that were useful in hunter-gatherer ancestors (or any others along the way); that women are destined to be “collected” and their best option is to attract the most viable such collector; and that this survivalist feature is expressed in various aspects of modern-day behaviour. Meh. Sure, genes are genes–we redheads know this all too well–but there’s those little niggles of gene expression, of environmental factors (nurture–vs. nature–culture, etc.), and of the attached rational brain. Which is terribly evolutionarily interesting and all that in its own right, but most crucially, that lovely brain permits MIND OVER MATTER. Which goes for females of the species too. Yes, we do have brains; yes, they are fully functional, just like men’s ones; and can be used (and abused, and underused) just like theirs can.

So, what the heck, I’m just going to say that I’m fully aware of what I’m doing and have rationalised the decision, so it’s fine. So there.

Alternative route: claim that an Ewigweib = a femme fatale, which is much cooler. Radically different, alien, Other; but look a little closer at her power and superiority–all that Goddess hokum–and what do you find? What’s essential to the old FF’s appeal and superiority is that she’s inhuman and beyond reason; unreasonable, unreasoning, irrational.

Anyway. This was going to be a short post, so short post it is.

Have been testing out my other recent winners of my special research competition, ECO Logical. Two sunscreens: one for face, one for body (there’s also one for babies). Both are winners. Full review coming up tomorrow: meanwhile, here’s the basic specs on them:

squeezy tubes that stand on their head AND ARE VERY SQUEEZY

ECO Logical Face SPF 30 (20% ZnO): 1.8 oz

  • INGREDIENTS: Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%
    Inactive ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Isoamyl Laurate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*.
  • Price: US$14.00 for 1.8 oz/50 ml (it does indeed, as many report, feel like there’s way less in the container): nearly twice the price of my usual BurnOut.

ECO Logical Body SPF 30 (22% ZnO): 3.5 and 5.3 oz versions.

  • INGREDIENTS: Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 22%
    Inactive ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*.
  • Price: US$18.00 for 3.5 oz/100 ml; about the same price as BurnOut

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