Is Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ the best natural sunscreen out there? It sure has a lot going for it.
Gentle UV filters that provide broad spectrum protection without irritating skin? Check.
Its fair share of antioxidants to boost sun protection? Check.
A texture that feels like you’ve got nothing on? Check.
Yet, it has a couple of small flaws that can make it or break it for you. Should you go for it or leave it on the shelf? Let’s find out:
Key Ingredients In Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+
Zinc Oxide To Provide Broad Spectrum Protection
It’s no secret zinc oxide is my fave UV filter. This white mineral protects, ON ITS OWN, from the entire UV range. UVA, UVB… it makes all rays harmless to your skin.
Plus, it’s so gentle that even six year old babies and super sensitive skin can use it. I have friends who thought there were allergic to sunscreen and then tried zinc oxide… Turns out they were allergic to some chemical UV filter.
So… where’s the catch? Zinc oxide has a thick, white texture. There are ways to work around that and make it more lightweight and pleasant to use but…
Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ uses a whopping 16% non-nano zinc oxide. Unless you’ve got fair skin like me, it WILL leave a white cast on your skin.
Related: What Can You Do If You’re Allergic To Sunscreen?
Shea Butter & Natural Oils To Moisturise Skin
Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ uses a generous dollop of shea butter, one of the most moisturising substances on this planet. Studies shows it works even better than mineral oil (the gold standard for moisturization, according to dermatologists).
It works because it creates a barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Its effects last for up to 8 hours! Plus, shea butter has its fair share of antioxidants to fight premature aging and boost sun protection.
FYI, shea butter doesn’t play alone. This sunscreen also uses avocado, carrot and raspberry seed oils to help moisturise dry skin and keep it soft and smooth all day.
Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Shea Butter In Skincare
Fragrant Oils To Make The Sunscreen Smell Good
Now for the not so good part… Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ contains sweet orange and jasmine oils, two oils that give it an uplifting floral citrusy scent.
It’s absolutely gorgeous. And irritating. Fragrant oils like these can easily irritate sensitive skin. If only Mad Hippie removed them, this sunscreen would be almost perfect.
FYI, if you have resistant skin that can tolerate pretty much anything, you’ll be able to use this without problems. But if you know your skin reacts badly to these oils, stay away!
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+ isn’t the thickest mineral sunscreen I’ve ever tried (Phew!). It’s not the most lightweight, either. It falls somewhere in between.
It’s thick enough it takes a few minutes to pat it into the skin. If you’re in a rush, this ain’t the right option for you… Yet, it’s lightweight enough you don’t feel like you’re wearing it once it’s properly on.
I shake the bottle well before application. It makes the texture easier to apply but… there’s no way around the white cast. It’s not that noticeable on me. I’m so pale, I look like Casper The Ghost anyway.
If you’ve got darker skin, just wait 15 minutes until it dries down and then apply foundation on top. DON’T mix the sunscreen with foundation! That dilutes the SPF.
I haven’t tested this on the beach yet, but we’ve had some summer days in London these past couple of weeks and this did a great job at protecting my skin. I didn’t develop a slight tan or get sunburnt.
It’s fairly hydrating, too. I slather it on after Vitamin C serum, skipping moisturizer entirely. My skin still feels softer for hours, so I know it has all the moisture it needs.
I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing just because I prefer sunscreens with a lighter textures. But if you’re looking for an all natural sunscreen that doesn’t break the bank, this is a good option to consider (as long as you’re not sensitive to fragrance!).
Available at: $24.99/£22.00 at Free People, iHerb and Ulta
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Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter) 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)