I’ve been very happily using two sunscreens all summer, and indeed earlier in the year too. Both have changed their formulae. Both are still, in my humble opinion, absolutely fine. Maybe even better than they were before.
SUNSCREEN ONE: BURNOUT OCEAN TESTED SPF30+
- Now using a different, more waterproof form of zinc oxide. The resulting texture and feel are different. On first application, it’s thick. You may think: “shit, they’ve gone all Badger on us.” There’s also more in the tube, I think???
- Do not, I repeat DO NOT be deceived by first appearances. I tested out some of the last of the older formula (expiry date on top of tube “012014”) vs. the new one (larger numerals “07/14”). One on each hand and arm.
- initial application: dense vs. more fluid and runny
- smoothe it around and rub it in: works fine; being moist, it doesn’t commit the cardinal sin of drying streaky
- after a few minutes, a rapid feel-test reveals the dramatic result that both arms feel the same in terms of not being tacky or sticky: both versions of the sunscreen have sunk in properly and nicely
- the left hand and arm (new formula) feels more plump and moisturised
- Conclusion: the new version is more moisture-retaining / moisturising.
- Application to face: tested new vs. old split-face. Same initial panic as above on feel; again, newer version leaves skin moister by end of day.
- Waterproofness: new version is more waterproof. I’m now washing my face & many body areas properly at night more often than before (which, admittedly, was almost never). Mind you, when the weather’s hot I’ll usually appreciate a bit of a hose-down before returing for the night anyway.
- Warning: as with all waterproof sunscreens, do not apply to damp (inc. sweaty) skin. That waterproof, hydrophobic thang. Apply to dry skin.
- current best price (when you include shipping to Canada): burnoutsun.com: $17.99 / 3.4 oz (100 ml) + $9.99 for shipping
- Yes, that shipping is high. On the other hand, stock is fresh; on yet another hand, the site and its ordering software have been known to be glitchy; and then again, TTBOMK it’s secure.
- To alleviate the pain of that shipping cost, I usually order three or four tubes at a time, every few months, reordering when I’m down to two tubes; and then similar quantities of the lip sunscreen about once a year.
- (Canadians: as with other online orders from the USA, when possible use USPS rather than UPS, FedEx, or other couriers. Cheaper, at least as reliable, and saves you brokerage charges. YMMV on the gamble and lottery that is customs duties: and if your package does get selected for Special Treatment, it shouldn’t be too bad as this stuff—Elemental Herbs too—is made in the USA so doesn’t suffer the same indignities as imports from outside the NAFTA zone.)
SUNSCREEN TWO: ELEMENTAL HERBS (SPORT/KIDS) SPF30+
- 2010-12-13: an item about Elemental Herbs products (albeit an even older version of the sunscreen) and the company’s ethics at TreeHugger
- current best price (when you include shipping to Canada): iHerb.com: CAD$11.69 / 3 oz (89 ml) + $4.00 for shipping
I order various things from iHerb fairly regularly (mascara, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, baby diaper cream), so the shipping cost is barely perceptible.
- the Sport and Kids are now both the new formula, lighter-weight and -feel, with buriti
- been using this in alternation with the BurnOut as general-purpose body sunscreen, and as the backup sunscreen that lives in my bag
- I’ve now also tested it out on face: OK. Slightly sticky finish compared to the BurnOut; moister; but more spreadable, being lighter and more fluid in texture. Doesn’t dry me out, but I’m still wearing moisturiser underneath it. Unsure how good this would be on oilier, more breakout- or acne-prone skins than my own; or on drier ones.
- UPDATE: adding: be wary on face. I’ve used it on face as a top-up, during the day (so on top of BurnOut). That’s been fine, but I’ve been washing it all off only a few hours later. If I use this as my sole facial sunscreen, applying it in the morning: I get the start of breakouts by early afternoon.