Badger SPF 16 Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen almost did a home run!

You know what’s more frustrating than a “Never”? An “Almost”. That pretty much sums up my three-month fling with Badger SPF 16 Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen. Really, it could have worked. It could have been us. It could have been forever. Alas, finding the perfect sunscreen is not always a fairytale adventure.

I loved Badger SPF 16 Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen. In fact, I still do. The ingredients are clean and natural. The sunscreen contains 10.55% non-nano zinc oxide, my preferred active sun protection ingredient. It’s got roses! Best of all, no cute bunnies got hurt. What’s not to love?

Smooth texture that blends easily
What I love most about this sunscreen is that it’s very easy to apply. It doesn’t leave any whitecast at all. It’s perfect as a mineral powder foundation base, as well. At first, it can appear oily but it actually settles quite nicely on my skin.

Perfect for My Dry Skin
Because of the low zinc oxide content, this sunscreen is not as drying. In fact, I love how it keeps my skin just nicely moisturized. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I also find the milky, soybean-y taste very addicting. But that might just be because I’m experiencing perpetual soy milk withdrawal symptoms since I love the taste of soy yet don’t want to take it too often. Okay, moving on…

So what caused the break-up?
Although SPF 16 might be good enough for people who aren’t very prone to sun damage, those who live in countries with low UV index or those who just want indoor protection, it’s a bit too low for my sunspotty skin and Singapore’s tropical climate. My skin was loving it for about 2 months but after a while, I noticed that my pigmentations seem to be surfacing again.

However, the good thing about this sunscreen is that because it’s so light in texture, I don’t mind layering a lot more on my face. In a way, it allows me to use the recommended amount of sunscreen for the face which unfortunately, I’m not able to do with my previous sunscreen, MVO Face Screen SPF 30, due its much thicker texture.

Toss or Keep?
I fell too deeply in love with this sunscreen to let it go. Although I might not be using this as my everyday sunscreen especially during days when the sun is extremely nasty, I still want to keep it for rainy day flings. I’ve recently bought the new Badger SPF 30 Aloe Vera Sunscreen and I’m crossing all fingers and toes that I’ll love it just as much.

Where to buy?
You can get it from here or on iHerb. If you’re new to iHerb, you can get up to 10% discount by using this promo code: IVI040. You can also visit Badger’s official website for more info.

Has Badger SPF16 Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Sunscreen captured your heart yet?


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  • Amanda Aranowski

    I actually just

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      ..just fell in love with it, too??

  • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

    i have this sunscreen (and have reviewed it in the past, too) and experienced the same thing as you: love it SO much but just can’t get away with SPF 16. though i’m half asian and have a little built-in pigment, hyperpigmentation is a beast and i just need at least spf 30 to feel confident that i’m not cooking my skin every day.

    love the pics in your post! great review. sorry it didn’t work out. i hope badger can make this in an spf 30 soon!!!

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Thanks, Kim! :)

      I’m currently trying the spf30 and the texture is definitely different, it’s harder to blend although still manageable.

      I’m not super fair but I get spots too easily. Worse, they aren’t like “cute freckles” but huge maps. :/

  • http://www.beauty-box-online.com Beauty Box

    Looks very interesting for the face! I must say I didn’t take to the Badger body sunscreen with SPF50 because it was seriously like a paste and very sticky in hot and humid weather. But this lightweight formula sounds perfect for non-summer days…

    • http://www.ecobeautysecrets.com Vivi

      Yup, it’s definitely a lot more easier to blend than the other badger sunscreens with higher zinc %. I also feel that it helps improve my skin condition in general.

  • sesame

    You’ll probably like the SPF30 Aloe Vera version. ;)