A couple of days ago, my friend T made an appearance on the blog talking about her experiences trying out some products from Balance Me. She didn’t have the best time using her first mineral sunscreen – Balance Me’s Natural Protection Daily Moisturiser SPF25, which contains titanium dioxide.
Physical sunscreens containing minerals like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are a bit of an acquired taste. While I’ve made a commitment to using them over chemical sunscreens, that’s not to say that I’ve loved every single one I’ve tried. Some of them haven’t worked for me at all. You have to get used to the heavier texture (easier if your skin tends to be dry) and many do leave that obvious white “I’m feeling a bit peaky…” cast behind.
So I was particularly interested to spot that some of my favourite natural brands are jumping on the BB bandwagon. A mineral sunscreen with a bit of skin-balancing tint? Perfect.
Balance Me’s BB Natural Perfection SPF25 (£26 for 40ml)
The SPF here is titanium dioxide and although the texture is on the heavier side (which was to be expected) I found the cream blended in easily and helped to even out redness on my skin. The coverage wasn’t quite enough for me on some days but I had no problems blending a little liquid foundation or concealer over the top. If you have normal-oily skin, you might find the BB cream offers all the moisture you need. I found it worked best layered over my moisturiser or little dry patches started to develop over the course of the day.
Given that the formula also includes nourishers like camellia seed oil and rosehip fruit oil, as well as soothers like aloe vera, it’s nice and gentle on the skin.
I got on pretty well with this and it’s my favourite of the two. Immediately after application my face looked quite shiny but after about 20 minutes or so that shine became more of a glow. And a light dusting of powder helped to bring it under control. I didn’t notice any irritation or breakouts after use and I’ve been using it everyday now for about 3 weeks.
Ingredients: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco Caprylate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina,Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract***, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, SodiumHyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Petigrain) Leaf Oil*, Styrax Tonkinensis (Benzoin) Resin, Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Flower Oil*, Mica, CI77163 (Bismoclite), CI77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), CI77491 (Red Iron Oxide), CI77499 (Black Iron Oxide), Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Benzyl Alcohol** *natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient
Melvita’s Nectar de Roses BB Cream SPF15 (£25 for 40ml)
Melvita’s offering – also a titanium dioxide formulation – has a lovely rosy smell and although it went on a little paler (perhaps even a little ashy?) that wore off inside of 30 minutes. I really liked the finish, which was almost satiny, but the tint was quite pale. If I’m honest, I’m normally more porcelain than tanned but in summer it might be nice to have something a little warmer.
Having said that, this does only offer an SPF15 so might be a better winter option anyway when the sun’s less fierce.
Skin care ingredients this time include rose water and sunflower seed oil, but a little further down the list you can also find nourishing ingredients like shea butter and rosehip seed oil. A bit like most other Melvita products I’ve tried, this formulation felt like it was really taking care of my skin as well as providing the standard BB light coverage and SPF. It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly is going on – it’s almost like it’s the mum of the skincare world!
In terms of layering with other products it performed exactly like the Balance Me. My drier skin needed a normal moisturiser underneath and make-up layered easily over the top.
Ingredients: AQUA/WATER – CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE – GLYCERIN – CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE – VEGETABLE OIL/OLUS OIL*** – OCTYLDODECANOL – ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER* – HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL – SILICA – COCO-GLUCOSIDE – CETEARYL ALCOHOL – BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER* – ROSA RUBIGINOSA SEED OIL* – SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL – ROSA CANINA FLOWER EXTRACT* – ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL – YOGURT POWDER – INULIN – POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID – LAUROYL LYSINE – ALUMINA – MICA – POLYGLYCERYL-2 CAPRATE – LEVULINIC ACID – COCONUT ALCOHOL – SODIUM GLUCONATE – OLEIC/LINOLEIC/LINOLENIC POLYGLYCERIDES – SCLEROTIUM GUM – XANTHAN GUM – SODIUM LEVULINATE – STEARIC ACID – SUCROSE STEARATE – TOCOPHEROL – SQUALANE – GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE – BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1 – PARFUM/FRAGRANCE – SODIUM BENZOATE – POTASSIUM SORBATE – GERANIOL** – CITRONELLOL** – LINALOOL** – CITRAL**- LIMONENE** – CI 77492/IRON OXIDES – CI 77491/IRON OXIDES – CI 77499/IRON OXIDES.
*Ingredients from Organic Farming
**Natural components of fragrance
***Made using organic ingredients.
It was a close run thing and, while I enjoyed using both products, Balance Me just has the edge based on how compatible the tint was with my skin and the higher SPF.
Have you tried the natural BBs? Any other recommendations for me to try out?