All the green beauty bloggers I know raved about Josh Rosebrook. Okay, not so much about the person but rather about his line of handcrafted skin and hair products. (But I’m sure they would have heaped praises on the man if they’d gotten a chance to interview him. Afterall, he formulated the products they love.)
Having read their glowing reports, I was of course interested to try this brand. But given that this is a US based brand, high shipping fees were a concern. That plus the distractions with K-beauty products. So I never got down to ordering any of their stuff.
But I’ve just learned about a month ago that the brand is now available in Singapore. Pure Tincture has brought in the brand and it is now available at their online store.
And the first thing I arranged with Pure Tincture was to try the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 and Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30. These are products I’ve long wanted to get my hands on because every single green beauty blogger had good things to say about them.
Before I share my thoughts on them, let me give you a rundown on Josh Rosebrook and what this brand represents.
About Josh Rosebrook
Josh Rosebrook is the name of the founder. This guy must have a natural gift for hairstyling for he was cutting and styling hair as young as 10 years old! Wow, a prodigy!
Interestingly, he did not become some renowned hairstylist but instead, decided to develop the Josh Rosebrook line of products out of this natural flair and interest in reading skin care labels. Here’s what he said:
“Driven by desire for what I wanted and a fascination with natural ingredients, I expanded my background in hair and scalp to the biochemistry of the skin. I began creating my own skin care and the results were astounding.”
What he created was a line of all-natural and organic beauty products made with botanical extracts and active ingredients. All plant ingredients in their skin and hair care products are said to be 100 percent organic, certified organic or wild-crafted.
In addition, all their certified organic herbal infusions and extracts are made in-house at their own production facility and not purchased from a supplier.
Josh Rosebrook’s products do not contain parabens, sulfates, silicones, petrochemicals, GMOs, synthetic fragrances, and artificial colors. Instead of parabens, the brand uses a low amount of naturally occurring, food grade potassium sorbate to prolong shelf life. Josh Rosebrook is also against animal testing.
Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 | 30ml, S$82 or US$50
Given the name of the product, I’m sure you know that this is a sun protection cream. Now all the reviews I’ve read pointed to an excellent product. So how did it fare for me?
In a nutshell, this is an excellent moisturizer with some sun protection. I know the product says SPF30. The brand even cites certification to back it up. This is their statement taken from their website:
“Our Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 and Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30 have been thoroughly screened, tested and approved as High SPF 30 by an FDA Registered, California State Certified, DEA Registered Laboratory, and submitted to the FDA in accordance with FDA regulation.”
But I have my reservations to use this as a daily sunscreen in our crazily-hot tropical weather. Why?
This product only comes with 12 percent non nano micronized zinc oxide. That’s too low for good protection if this SPF table is anything to believe in. I really prefer my mineral sunscreens to come with at least 16 percent zinc oxide. Actually 20 percent is the best.
Granted, Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF30 contains some plant oils that provide some measure of SPF but as far as I’m concerned, I’ll only use this when I’m indoors all day long and not going out at all. With the high UV index in Singapore, the brand needs to up the percentage of zinc oxide to make this a viable sunscreen that’ll give me better peace of mind.
Perhaps this product works better in countries with temperate climates or during seasons where the sun rays are less oppressive. Or for those who want to use this to protect against indoor UV.
As a moisturizer, I’ll say it’s a fairly good one because the ingredients are clearly superior (see ingredient list below). The cream applies well and plays nicely with my other products and makeup. But between the Nutrient Day Cream SPF30 and Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30, I prefer the tinted version over the non-tinted one even though the non-tinted does not leave any whitecast on my fair skin.
Another thing to highlight is that this product works best when your skin is properly hydrated. That way, you won’t feel your skin drying out or going into an overdrive mode to secrete more oil to compensate the dryness. I guess that’s why it is recommended to be used with their Hydrating Accelerator.
Ingredient list of Nutrient Day Cream SPF30
*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, Uncoated Non Nano Micronized Zinc Oxide -12%, *Soy Lecithin, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, â€¡Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, *Benzoin Resin.
Ingredient list of Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF 30
*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Sea Buckthorn oil, Uncoated Non Nano Micronized Zinc Oxide -12%, *Soy Lecithin, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem Leaf, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, â€¡Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, *Benzoin Resin.
* certified organic
Price and availability
The price of Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF30 (30ml) and Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream Tinted SPF30 (30ml) is S$82 each at Pure Tincture for those in Singapore. If you’re in the US, you can get direct from Josh Rosebrook at US$50 each.
I can’t recommend this product as a sunscreen with the sun glaring directly over our heads here but if you’re mostly indoor and need a good product that moisturizes and provides some level of sun protection, this should more than suffice.