Living in Arizona, sunscreen is a MUST. I haven’t talked about sunscreen much (although it was mentioned in my review of Jane Iredale’s BB Cream) because the truth is, finding a natural sunscreen that works and has a nice texture is hard. I have tried a few ‘sunscreens’ that were all natural and felt so nice and wonderful on my skin, and then didn’t protect my skin at all and I burned. No fun. Others have protected great but left me looking like a mime. Also no fun.
So along came Soleil Organique. I received an update from Nature of Beauty announcing the launch, and I really trust the owner Terri’s opinion on products, so of course I had to try it. I scooped up the Environmental Defense Daily Moisturizer for Face SPF 20 and then Soleil Organique was super nice and sent me a sample of the 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 45 so I’ll be reviewing that too shortly.
Today I’ll review the Moisturizer with SPF 20. This really is a moisturizer. My mistake when I first started using this was I thought it was just a plain ol’ sunscreen and put moisturizer underneath and ended up a greasy mess. So no need for moisturizer with this one, it’s built in. The moisture level is good too, I didn’t have any sort of dry or tight feeling after putting this on, which can sometimes happen with sunscreens.
While the description says good for all skin types, I’m not sure if I would recommend this for oily skin in the summer. I have combo skin that teeters on the oily side every summer and this is borderline too much for me right now. It was great earlier this year and even early summer, but the past month or two I’d had to set it aside to use something slightly less moisturizing. It never did break me out, but I would look a little shinier than normal. Sooo, on the shelf it stays but as soon as it cools down, I’m bringing this out! I did want to review it now though because there might be some people out there with drier skin or don’t live in an oven like Arizona that will find the moisture level great year round!
The texture is interesting because at first it seems thick but once you apply you realize it’s a much thinner formula than some of the other sunscreens out there. It doesn’t feel tacky at all and doesn’t leave any white cast either (yay!).
It sinks in pretty quickly too, but I wouldn’t say this sinks in 100%. I find it provides a nice base for fluid foundation, I never have any streaking or balling of foundation or anything. It applies like a dream. But for some reason powder foundation does not look good on top of this. I’m not sure why, it just doesn’t. So that’s why I say it does sink in but obviously not 100% because my powder foundation looks a little cakey on top of it. But fluid foundation is just fine and I think may even look better than on my skin alone!
The smell is nice, but faint (which I always prefer for skin care). I wish I could describe it, but I can’t – it just smells nice :o) There are some essential oils that I’m sure cause the fragrance that you can see below in ingredients.
The packaging is good because it is a squeeze tube so you can use just a little and not waste any. The tube is oval shaped so it’s wide for one side but very narrow for the other so doesn’t stand up very well without falling over, so it’s better left on its side. It’s great for popping in a purse or bag though since it is so thin.
Now for the ingredients!
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 5.76%. Other ingredients: Aqua (water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Butyrospermum ParkII (Shea Butter)*, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Allantoin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ubiquinone, Sorbitan Stearate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamonum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Viola Odorata Flower/Leaf Extract, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glucose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid. *ORGANIC
So it does have some organic ingredients, which is nice. The moisturizing ingredients include shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil – all organic!
It also includes some other really great good-for-skin ingredients like tocopherol, aloe, panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (type of Vitamin C), peptide, allantoin, bisabolol, Ubiquinone (also known as CoEnzyme Q10), sodium hyaluronate and grape seed extract. It’s like the kitchen sink of advanced skin care! I could go into what all of these do individually, but I won’t. Just take my word that these are good or google them ;o) When I see an expensive price tag, I am often hesitant but then when I see ingredients like above, I realize why it is pricey – it has quality ingredients.
It does have some essential oils in it, which for some can cause irritation, but I have worn this for months and never had any irritation so I imagine the amounts are pretty low (which you can also see because they are towards the end of the ingredients list).
The preservatives are Ethylhexylglycerin, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate are actually food-safe ingredients so it’s really nice that they use these.
Overall, this product is a great moisturizer and sunscreen in one! It has a lovely texture, great ingredients and best of all – it WORKS!