Today it is time to share my opinion on the second sustainable and coral reef friendly sunscreen I have tested. This time I will review a duo which was part of Badgers Surf’s up kit. The duo consists out of Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sport sunscreen and the accompanying face stick.
Badger is an American company founded in 1995 by Bill Whyte. The principles Badger are build on include environmental responsibility, support of organic agriculture and generosity. With the help of these and some more pillars the company has achieved great things, such as winning the 2018 B Corp – Best for the world award.
I have been testing badger for a couple days in the scorching Georgian sun and the protection is good. I would like the SPF to be a bit higher because on my shoulders I need to rub in a lot more cream than I’m used to. The face stick works like a charm and makes sure my face is well protected.
I really had to get used to the smell of this unscented sunscreen. The smell is very earthy and rubbery which I did not really enjoy. The sun cream spreads out very nicely and life only a subtle white glow. The face stick is a bit tougher to spread on but it is very light on the face which prevents you from starting to sweat. It does not stain my clothes so that is a big plus.
Water Resistance 5/5
I have been swimming with badger for a couple of times, and it will not leave your skin. If you want to swim, horse around or canon ball in the water lot’s of times, it will not go off. Badger has an estimate time of 80 minutes for waterproofness which is ideal for good protection in the water.
3/5 Price and availability
The badger surf’s up pack costs 25.99 dollars with free shipping at the Badger website. These two items from the kit are sold for 15.99 dollars for the sun cream and 9.99 for the face stick which are 2.9 and 0.65 oz respectively. Badger unfortunately does not ship to the EU. It can however, be ordered on various webshops such as aHealthylife.nl for 19.95 euros. Since the protection from badger is really good I feel that the price is right for this product but a bit on the expensive side. It is good that the product is readily available in more countries in order to increase the availability of organic and natural products.
Badger balm sunscreen and face stick both come in recyclable packaging which is great. There is no cardboard boxes surrounding them and when you order online the package which they send to you is very lean. The only thing which I would like to see is that I can send my bottles somewhere for re-use instead of recycle.
Cream : ACTIVE: Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22.5% INACTIVE: *Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), *BeesWax (Cera Alba), *Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Sunflower Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
Stick: ACTIVE: Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22.5% INACTIVE: *Olive Oil, *BeesWax (Cera Alba), *Cocoa Butter, *Shea Butter, Sunflower Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
What I really like is the simplicity of the ingredients and that all is natural. There is no palm oil in this products which makes me very happy! It seems that this product is good for you, the forests and the see.
In my opinion Badger sunscreen is a good product which is following its companies ideals. It is simple and effective. I am thrilled to bits that it does not contain palm oil and is reef friendly. In further iterations they may and some smell to the sports edition, but other than that it is an amazing product.
Have fun in the sun!