There is a dearth of naturally formulated sun protection products available for us folks in Singapore. A few local readers have asked me for recommendations of natural sunscreens that are not greasy and also are readily available in our market. Well, there are two that I’ve come across recently and today, I’m going to review one of them – Living Nature Daily Defence With SPF15.
Non-greasy and leaves no white cast
Apart from Zinc Oxide, the formulation of this product contains Manuka honey for its humectant qualities, Totora Extract for its strong antioxidant properties, and Harakeke for its soothing and hydrating qualities. It comes out as a thick cream but the texture is actually quite lightweight and the best part is that it’s non-greasy. Immediately upon application, the cream looks white but it absorbs very quickly into the skin when rubbed on and thereafter, leaving no whitecast or stickiness.
Distinct cinnamon-like scent
The most distinct feature of this product is the smell. It has a rather strong cinnamon-like scent and although is not unpleasant, does linger on for awhile. The Living Nature Daily Defence With SPF15 is said to be suitable for all skin types and recommended to be applied over your moisturiser and under your makeup.
This naturally formulated product contains the following ingredients: Aqua (water), Zinc oxide, Simmondsia chinensis oil (jojoba oil), Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides & cetearyl alcohol (wheatstraw extract), Persea gratissima oil (avocado oil), Sclerotium gum, Citrus grandis seed extract (grapefruit seed extract), Phormium tenax leaf juice (NZ flax gel), Mel (manuka honey), Citrus aurantium amara oil (bitter orange oil), Pogostemon cablin oil (patchouli oil), Cistus ladaniferus oil (cistus oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium oil (manuka oil), Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree oil), Totarol (totara extract), Backhousia citriodora oil (lemon myrtle oil), Limonene*, Eugenol*, Linalool.* *Component of natural essential oils. **certified organic.
Good for those who want some protection indoors
Actually, I’m not quite sure how to place this product. It isn’t exactly a sunscreen and it isn’t a moisturizer with SPF either. The active sun protection ingredient is Zinc Oxide but I understand that the percentage is not as high so I definitely wouldn’t recommend using this product if you’re going under the hot sun for a prolonged period. This is probably best for those who want some protection while staying indoors most of the time, or absolutely hates the greasy texture of most sunscreens but need to get some amount of protection against casual sun exposure.
Protects well for my neck region
Personally, I use this somedays when I’m indoors most of the time as it’s not greasy, even over a moisturizing oil on my face. In fact, my skin still feels somewhat dry and so I prefer to use this on my neck particularly because the Marie-Veronique Organics Creme de Jour and Creme de Soleil leave a tad of white cast and make application harder for my neck region. This one has no such issues and still offers me some level of protection against the sun which I’m happy with.
Availability and price
Living Nature Daily Defence With SPF15 is available locally at Sephora, The World of Organic Skincare at #02-187 Marina Square or 468 River Valley Road and retails for S$115. Those outside of Singapore can purchase this online via Amazon for US$71. The 50ml is small for that price point but the advantage is that you can’t keep this for too long as naturally formulated products expires sooner than most products.