Last December, I received Sweetsation Therapy Sun*Brella Organic Triple Action Moisturizer with SPF 30+, currently rated the 4th best moisturizer with SPF by EWG. The product is now renamed as Sun”Si’Belle Organic Triple Action Moisturizer with SPF 30+ and Antioxidants and came compliments from Bellygoods, a Singapore webstore selling products from Sweetsation Therapy from USA.
I learnt that Sweetsation Therapy is an organic brand which carries anti-aging skincare products that are pregnancy safe and Sun”Si’Belle Organic Triple Action Moisturizer with SPF 30+ and Antioxidants is their best selling product. And I can see why. The product is popular because it is an all-in-one with its moisturizing, sun protecting and anti-aging properties!
Anyway, after using the cream for awhile, I have to concede that this is a lovely moisturizer with SPF that contains mostly natural ingredients. It uses 6.5% zinc oxide and 2.5% titanium dioxide that are non-nanonized. My only main gripe is the super long ingredient list!
Long ingredient list
Deionized Water (Aqua), Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil , Caviar Extract, Pumila Mill (Apple) fruit extract, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) fruit extract, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) fruit extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract , Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Co Q10, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender Extract), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hyaluronic Acid, Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Essential Oil, Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi / Kojic Acid)), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Cannabis Sativus (Hemp Seed Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai), Vaccinum Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Spirulina Maxima (Spirulina), Carica Papaya (Papaya), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Lecithin, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, (safe, paraben-free food grade preservative), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Allantoin, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Xanthan Gum. Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (6.5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.5%). NON-NANO Particles
Lightweight, non-greasy and no whitecast
I was initially deterred by the long list and the presence of Cetearyl Alcohol at the top of that list. Although application was smooth, I found the cream dried up pretty quickly once applied and there were some resistance when I tried to blend the cream completely into my face. However, the lightweight moisturizer felt comfortable on my skin and is absolutely non-greasy, plus it does not leave any whitecast. I have slightly dry skin and I prefer to use it over my existing moisturizer. But if you have normal to combination skin, you should be able to use this alone quite comfortably.
Combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
Another concern I had was the active ingredients as I typically choose sun protection products with at least 16% zinc oxide. So I felt that 6.5% zinc oxide and 2.5% titanium dioxide seem quite low. Upon clarification, I was informed that when a sun protection product contains both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the percentage does not have to be as high as if there is zinc oxide alone. In addition, the product contains some oils that can offer some level of UV protection.
A key selling point of Sweetsation Therapy Sun*Brella Organic Triple Action Moisturizer with SPF 30+ is its age-defying ingredients such as reishi mushroom with kojic acid, vitamin C and fruit extracts that help to repair existing sun damage. The cream also contains hyaluronic acid for intercellular hydration, caviar extracts with a host of vitamins and amino acids. Other goodies include helichrisum that helps to clear acne and the powerful antioxidant, CoQ10.
Availability and price
The 105ml bottle cost S$68 in Singapore and comes in a plastic pump bottle. If you’re in the market for a natural sun protection product, you might want to check this out. Or if you’re someone who dislike using a moisturizer and a sunscreen, this might work for you. I believe it’s great for casual sun exposure but if you’re going to be heading out to the sun all day long, I would strongly recommend constant re-application every two hours with this.