Badger Daily Aloe Vera SPF30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion

Badger-SPF30-Aloe-Sunscreen -Lotion
The one skincare product that never fails to get my attention is sunscreen. So when I learned in January that Badger was introducing their Badger Aloe Vera SPF30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion with a similar texture to their Badger Balm Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen SPF 16, I was super excited! I went into a bit of a frenzy to hunt it down almost immediately. However, it took some time after the news broke out for the product to be ready but when it was finally available, the tubes got snapped up instantly. I had to wait like a month or so before getting my hands on it. The wait was a little agonizing but yippee, finally the sunscreen is mine!

Non-greasy lotion formula that is easy to apply
Okay, Badger already has some SPF30 sunscreens but if you know Badger, their sunscreens are greasy, thick and leaves a whitecast. The company started introducing a series of sunscreens with better texture and their SPF16 sunscreen was very popular. However, the SPF was really low and I would only recommend it to be used indoors. So it was a godsend when the company decided to introduce this easy-to-apply, non-greasy zinc oxide sunscreen lotion with SPF30 perfect for everyday use on your face and body. Finally, a non-gooey sunscreen that doesn’t make one look ghastly!

Low zinc oxide at 12%
I’ve always like Badger. I remember one of the retailers of the products here telling me that it is one of the better natural brands. And I think so. I like their choices of ingredients and I just feel safe using their products. However, I am a little iffy about this one because the zinc oxide is only 12%.

Active Sunscreen Lotion Ingredient:
Uncoated, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 12%
Inactive Sunscreen Lotion Ingredients:
*Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Juice, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, *Sucrose Cocoate (from Coconut), Water, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Citric Acid (from Non-GMO Corn), Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate (from Radish), *Glycerin (from Sustainable Palm), *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), Gluconolactone (from Non-GMO Corn), Xanthan Gum, *Lecithin (from Soybean), Cellulose Gum.
* = Certified Organic
100% Certified Natural by NPA
87% Certified Organic by NSF

I know the formulation has been tested to provide SPF30 but I really wish the zinc oxide content to be higher at 16% or more. It’s just something I read about zinc oxide and my personal comfort level. However, reviews for this product have been good. I recall one reviewer stating that this sunscreen prevented sunburn for her so that must count for some good protection.

Good for daily casual sun protection
This Badger Aloe Vera SPF30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion is really for daily use, suitable for casual sun protection. It is not water resistant and hence, not a heavy duty sunscreen for outdoor usage. In terms of texture, it is runnier than the Badger Balm Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen SPF 16 and much thinner and lighter than the Badger Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF34. It is non-greasy and does not leave a whitecast upon application. In fact, it looks matt and a tad dry when applied on the skin.

I am able to use this sunscreen on my face and neck without any issues. No oily residue and no unsightly whitecast! I also apply it on my arms. If you like the SPF16 version, you should like this too. Although this lotion is a breeze to apply, I do find the SPF16 version a bit faster to put on without leaving white streaks on my skin. With the Badger Aloe Vera SPF30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion, I spend a wee bit more time blending in the lotion.

Badger SPF30 And Badger SPF34
Not drying and smells normal
Having tried the three sunscreens, this is definitely my favorite on account of the higher SPF. Although the SPF16 is easy to wear, I don’t have peace of mind using it. Hence, I kept it to my neck and arms only. As for the SPF34 formula, that’s really something I wear when I head out for the sun and water play.

While I’m slightly leery of the low zinc oxide content, I don’t mind using this on days when it’s cloudy or when I’m spending more time indoors. It doesn’t dry out my skin and doesn’t cause my skin to become tight or oily after a couple of hours. Oh, and it smells pretty normal to me too.

Price and availability
The 118ml tube cost just slightly over US$16 at iHerb (search under ‘Badger Sunscreen’). That price is a steal if you ask me! However, it’s always out of stock. Hence, I highly recommend you to sign up for the alert so as to be notified when the new stocks arrive. That way, you have a higher chance of getting the product. For those in Singapore, you’ll probably have to wait awhile before you can find this available here. If you want it sooner, grab it from iHerb!

I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one. Somehow I think it’s way better than the DeVita Solar Body Block SPF30+ even though the latter comes with a higher zinc oxide content. The price is also slightly better.



  1. Eco Beauty says:

    I just got this last Friday ?

    You’re right about the antioxidant face sunscreen — love, love the texture but how i wished the spf was higher. Hope this spf 30 version will be as suitable for me.
    Eco Beauty last post is: Review: Is Jurlique’s Purely White Skin Brightening Mist better for older skin?

  2. Jan says:

    I tried this a few months ago and I didn’t like that it leaves streak marks when dried and leaves a noticeable white cast. I have since found my perfect zinc sunscreen, it’s the Kabana sunscreen tinted in the shade Neutral with 25% zinc and it blends it perfectly with my fair medium Asian skin and no white cast due to the tint.

  3. Tin says:

    Please elaborate why you think this sunscreen is better than DeVita Solar Body Block SPF30.

  4. Paris B says:

    Wish I could wear a sunscreen with high zinc oxide ? It breaks me out like crazy even though its supposed to be inert! I’ll be passing this info on to someone I know who is looking for a natural sunscreen option ?
    Paris B last post is: BB Creams : Why I think they do more harm than good

  5. Janette Emerson says:

    Wow! This is a nice review! I want to try this product. Also, I’ll be passing this wonderful info to all my friends who are looking for natural sunscreen cream. Thanks for sharing. ?

  6. Annie says:

    me too, I always get excited about sunscreen, especially the all physical, natural ones.
    I heard Badger reformulate their sunscreen. So the old one you have would be sport sunscreen, and the daily one like this would be sunscreen lotion.

    Did you try to wear makeup on top of this sunscreen? I’m using the Devita solar right now, and the new formulate balls up and turn flaky when I rub it in, especially when I try to put a bb cream on top of it. So I was thinking this would be a good alternative.
    And (if you have try burnout ecosensitive sunscreen), how would u describe this compare to that? I’m so sorry for asking so much questions. But I always trust your review, so i thought you would be best to ask.

  7. Sesame says:

    Hope it works well for you. ?

  8. Sesame says:

    A pity it didn’t work for you. I thought it’s quite nice.

  9. Sesame says:

    It’s more of a trust issue. I feel that Badger has better protection because it takes awhile to blend in.

  10. Sesame says:

    Could be because your skin is drier and zinc oxide dries out skin more. Anyway this does not come with high zinc oxide content.

  11. Sesame says:

    You’re welcome. ?

  12. Sesame says:

    Yes, I did use makeup over this and it works well for me. For Devita, it’s okay for me too. I use oil beneath though and it helps. If I just apply them neat on the skin, they can be a tad drying.

    Not tried the sunscreen you mentioned…first time coming across it too.

  13. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the tip, I was searching for a good sunscreen lotion for a while and until now I couldn`t decide for one, after reading your post I know exactly that I need this one. I have very sensitive skin and I am sure that Badger Sunscreen is the right one for me. Waiting for more tips ?

  14. EvaLennon says:

    I’m still using Aloe products. I heard many times about Broad Spectrum Sunscreen from my friend Milly. She hot good results good results using this.

  15. Sesame says:

    That’s good to know. ?

  16. Sesame says:

    Give it a try…it’s very affordable. Only thing it’s a hot item now and so stocks are limited.

  17. Sandras says:

    Thanks a lot for your review. Your reviews are always so nice. I enjoy reading them. I think this is my next sunscreen purchase. Currently, I am still using Devita’s Face Sunscreen, which I really like although it is a little but drying. Then, I also love MyChelle Unscented Sun Shield SPF 28 Sunscreen. And recently I discovered EltaMD SPF 41 Sunscreen. It is not the cleanest sunscreen regarding chemical substances, it is slightly tinted, but this sunscreen is so good!!! I really love it, and I use it instead of foundation/tinted moisturizer/BB cream. My newest addiction regarding sunscreens.

  18. Sandra says:

    It is Sandra, not Sandras. ?

  19. Sesame says:

    Hi Sandra,

    Devita and even this one can be a tad drying if I use them “neat”. I have to apply them over a layer of oil and they work wonderfully. I’ve seen both brands you mentioned but have yet to try…perhaps next time. ?

  20. Janet Vernon says:

    An alternative to zinc oxide, if it causes breakouts, is a titanium-based sunscreen.

    Might be worth a try.

  21. Sesame says:

    In terms of mineral sunscreens or physical sunblock, zinc oxide is the best. Titanium Dioxide only offers partial UVA protection and is not a good alternative.

  22. Patty says:

    Thanks for the review! I agree the zinc oxide % on this is too low for me to consider it. May I ask what your every day sunscreen is? Thanks!

  23. Catherine Wong says:

    I got the daily aloe vera in spf 30 too for this years summer. Alaskan summers can be really harsh on the skin, strong winds and sun really strips the skin. Sun rises at 3am and sets at 10pm.

    I wear that when I go out fishing and I reapply it every 2 hours. Just slobber it on my face and the white cast fades away. Sometimes I wear it under my MVO sunscreen. I order them direct from the badger website. They do free shipping for US orders and they always include a free gift. I got a full sized after-sun balm.

  24. Sesame says:

    I use Marie Veronique Organic’s Moisturizing Facescreen SPF30.

  25. Sesame says:

    I tried applying both of them, one on top of the other but it’s a bit drying for my skin.

  26. Annie says:

    the burnout eco sensitive sunscreen is one of the more popular zinc oxide only sunscreen here in the states among the natural sunscreen crowd. it’s probably more famous than badger and as famous as devita before the formulation change.

    Hi Sesame, i was wondering what percentage of zinc oxide do u deem sufficient?

  27. Sesame says:

    I’ll go for 20%. I’ll have a look at the sunscreen you’ve mentioned when I get the time.

  28. whitestiletto says:

    May I know where you got this Badger sunscreen from?

    I’ve been searching to no avail! iherb doesnt seem to carry the SPF 30 version anymore.

  29. Sesame says:

    I got it from iHerb. Think it’s out of stock for now.

  30. John Fisher says:

    Aloe vera is great stuff. Not only is it good for your skin, but drinking a small amount of FLP aloe vera gel each day can help maintain a good balance of probiotics (good bacteria) in the intestinal tract. I wouldn’t suggest trying to use it to cure or treat any disease or symptoms of any disease though. If you think you have a disease, you should consult a qualified medical doctor.

  31. Germaine says:

    Hi Sesame! ? I couldn’t find this Badger daily aloe vera SPF 30 in iHerb now… there’s no way for me to sign up for the alert too. have iHerb stop sellling this product? I am thinking that even though the product is currently out of stock, they should state clearly in the website and let people to sign up for the alert. now the product has disappeared from their website. ?

  32. cass says:

    I’m currently using this and I love it. Iherb is no longer selling, not sure where can I purchase it.

  33. Sesame says:

    I’m not sure if it’s just temporarily out of stock. May need to write to iHerb to check.

  34. Sesame says:

    The only way is to write to iHerb or Badger to ask. I don’t know what’s happening too cos I want to get it too. ?

  35. Theresa Reyes says:

    I just bought mine at the LuckyVitamin website. I emailed because I couldn’t believe it was in stock but it is. They say they cannot guarantee the expiration date but since it’s old stock I think it all has the same date. I risked it & the 1 I just purchased expires march 2015.

  36. madge says:

    Hi Sesame,

    Thanks for this great review.

    I’d like to ask you for your advice on sunscreen,though. I have a medium skin it’s not plae not dark. I’ve been using the badger aloe Vera spf 16 however it leaves flakes and a white cast and i feel like everyone’s looking at me when I’m outside. I want to find a sunscreen which is natural (not chemical), has UVa and UVB protection and one which I can wear at work everyday and I’ll look just normal. I don’t wear any makeup and I use badger damascus rose face oil as my moisturiser daily. I’m perfectly happy with the face oil but I justt need a sunscren which wont make me look like a ghost. Sorry for this long comment and pls pls help me:)

  37. Sesame says:

    A good natural sunscreen is MVO Everyday Coverage which is available in tinted shades. But the downside is, it’s a lot more expensive than Badger’s. Another product to try is Andalou Naturals which comes at a reasonable price. I understand they have a tinted version but I don’t know if the color works.

  38. D. Silva says:

    After reading your great review, I started researching online for the Badger Aloe Vera Sunscreen and could not find it anywhere. Have they discontinued it? I looked into all the websites listed in the comments section where other people have found it, but they are no longer selling it and I’ve come across dead ends. Please let me know if you know any stores or online sites that still sell this. Thanks!

  39. Sesame Chew says:

    I’m not sure either. It’s very strange. The best is to write to Badger to ask.

  40. Deenie says:

    Badger is available at Unity! I was looking for the sunscreen and found out Unity started carrying. There is something nicer about going to a retail shop and looking at the products that I like haha (:

  41. H says:

    SERIOUSLY, man! 12% zinc oxide is QUITE (NOT a low amount! Where did you get that idea?) a decent amount for protection, especially since it’s not nano! COOLA’s natural, cucumber scented, non-nano, completely mineral, SPF 30 face sunscreen contains 3.2 percent titanium dioxide and 1.8 zinc oxide, and according to Enviromental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide (The also have databases for other things like ratings for makeup toxicity) that sunscreen scores MODERATE for UVA protection, and MODERATE for UVA protection in relation to the SPF! 12 percent is actually quite sufficient. I can understand, though, that having “like” 20% zinc oxide makes you feel extra protected because it seems a lot more than 12. Totally on the same boat as you when it comes to that!

    EWG Sunscreen guide:

  42. H says:

    Also, I should add; moderate UVA protection is probably like equal to a PA value of 3 *** out of 5. I’m not exactly sure about the PA rating completely, though.

  43. H says:

    Especially since zinc oxide and (almost) titanium dioxide are broad spectrum!

  44. H says:

    Except for the fact that some people are severely allergic to it.

  45. Sesame says:

    I understand that the percentage of zinc oxide in a sunscreen depends on the formulation. If it’s on its own, 12% is low. Apparently, we can’t compare that to a formulation containing titanium dioxide. This is information I’ve gleaned from a manufacturer of sunscreen.

  46. RQ says:

    Does it provide good sun protection?

  47. Ági says:

    Hi Sesame,

    Unfortunately Badger discontinued this item :(…as I read on iHerb. Have you got something similar to it? I’m searching a light formula. Maybe another badger product?
    Thank you so much ?

  48. Sesame says:

    They have an SPF 25 formula. That or try derma-e’s SPF30.

  49. Ági says:

    Thanks ? I will check on it ?

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