There was an awesome clearance rack a few days ago at my local organic store. I brought an armload of stuff to the cart I was sharing with Mom.
“Get it all. Get it all!” was her advice. Moms are always right, right? So, in went the licorice, gluten-free cookies, turkey gravy (for those who aren’t vegetarian on Thanksgiving) and healthy “Kit-Kat” bars (x3!). I also purchased malt balls and dates. I need lots of snacks to eat enough, and I almost always feel like having something sweet – or chocolate!
When I checked out I said, “Well, I guess if my treats are at least healthy, then…” And mom and the cashier helpfully finished the sentence I couldn’t figure out how to end it. 🙂
It’s true though, because then we went to the supermarket and I got a load of cheap healthy meal stuff. 🙂
Anywaaaays, you aren’t here to hear about my needlessly justifying delicious purchases. I’m getting much better at that, anyway. 🙂
Also, Mom bought for me a product I couldn’t quite afford. (Moms are the best! — most of the time, I know there are terrrrible ones out there, and my sympathies and hugs are with you.)
Now to the
meat tofu of the post:
Desert Essence Daily Essential Defense Lotion SPF 15 for Normal Skin with Jojoba Oil and Millet Oil — whew ! long title (with a lot of good-sounding stuff in there)
Ingredients: (copied from the site and checked with my box.) Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (Mineral Sunscreen), Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Derived), Cocoglycerides (Coconut Derived), Squalane (Olive Derived), Glycerin (Vegetable), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panicum Miliaceum L.-Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Butter, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, (Natural) Fragrance (Parfum), Xylitylglucoside (Plant Derived), Anhydroxylitol (Plant Derived), Xylitol (Plant Derived), Isostearic Acid (Plant Derived), Behenyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Arachidyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Arachidyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Xanthan Gum (Corn Derived), Sodium Phytate (Plant Derived), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Levulinate (Plant Derived), Sodium Anisate (Plant Derived), Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid
Now, that looks like a lot of ingredients. Looks like a lot of odd ingredients, but some of that is caused by them using the Latin nomenclature to state that there is soybean, or coconut in the product. And what isn’t straight-up product is plant derived – (I’d have to look up each one to see how I feel about that, but it’s better than man-made, I believe.) And what isn’t that, looks alright.
- NO Animal Testing
- NO Parabens
- NO Artificial Fragrances or Dyes
- NO Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin
- NO SLS
- NO PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA
- NO Glycols
- NO Phthalates
More terrific things!:
- Yes Vegetarian/Vegan
- Yes Recyclable
- Yes Gluten Free
- Yes Biodegradable
- Yes Renewable Sources
- Yes Cruelty Free
So, (very important to me since taking biology) it’s biodegradable!!
You know that kinda annoying NutriSystem commercial? “I looked in the mirror and saw what I didn’t want to see…” Well, that hasn’t like ever happened to me. I mean, I didn’t like it, but it was me, so it was cool.
Well, it happened one day. I looked and I saw a ton of spots on my face that I didn’t expect. And not just freckles, but like blotches and damage?. So, I thought maybe I need to use some sunscreen.
I’ve been back and forth with sunscreen. Both for the same reasons – to be ultra-natural.
I used to use it loyally in the name of keeping the skin I was given; it had to be the same shade it was given to me in.
Then I didn’t use sunscreen, for the little-before-known fact that sunscreen itself is unnatural, and possibly damaging.
So… I kinda didn’t know what to do. (And yes, I don’t really have that ridiculous “leave with the same shade I had” theory that I had before. I mean, come on. At least some of my very literal ideas do grow up and become good, realistic ideas.)
So, I decided if I can find a natural face sunscreen, then I will use it! Instead of trying to follow some extreme view or another, I’m gonna do what I’d like. And I wanted to protect my face, naturally.
So, this product looked perfect!
Now for the description (from the box, with my notes inserted. I don’t believe blanket-statements made by companies, just ‘cuz they said it, but I agreed with what they said):
This light moisturizer combines the essential hydration your skin needs on a daily basis (true) with all day SPF 15. Contains jojoba oil, and millet oil which help encourage skin renewal. Also formulated with an all natural mineral sunscreen that protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. (Mom is up-to-date on which zincs, titaniums and metals get into one’s system, and which ones stay on the skin [preferred]… and she gave her stamp-of-approval to the one in here.)
- Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen protects skin against premature againg
- Jojoba Butter deeply penetrates skin providing long lasting moisture
- Millet Oil contains essential fatty acids that restore the moisture and elasticity your skin loses through environmental stresses
- Aloe Vera Gel and Soybean Oil restore luster and glow for more radiant skin
So this looked perfect for what I wanted!
So down to the actual reviewing of it!
When I first opened it, the smell was zilch to weird. But when I smoothed it on my face, it was a pleasant orange scent!! Also, I don’t like to apply stuff to my face. I have to drag so hard to get anything to cover it, it seems. But this stuff glided on rather well. And the finish was a smooth, non-glossy, non-greasy patina. Very nice. It had a bit of the lotion feel to it, but not bad at all.
Also, I have very sensitive eyes (apparently). They hurt just from applying certain lotions, sometimes. With this product, there wasn’t any pain caused by application!
Now of course I’ve yet to see the long-term affects and helps of this product, but I have a feeling that this is beginning of a better face skin health!
What do you use for sunscreen? Do you like it?
Have you ever used this product?