Friday, July 05, 2013

Pure+Simple All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 for Oily/Impure Skin Review

It's no secret that I love Pure+Simple. I think that they have fantastic products and they're Canadian! I always get super patriotic when it comes to Canadian companies. When they had a 5o% off swap sale for some long weekend here in Canada (can't remember which one now), where you brought in (up to 5) empty skin care containers from any brand in exchange for half off any Pure+Simple skin care replacement, it only made sense for me to dive into their sunscreen selection.

Description: Natural sun protection that purifies and balances the skin’s natural oil production using sage.
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) Free
  • SPF 30
  • Broad spectrum UVA&UVB protection
  • Purifies and balances the skin’s natural oil production using sage
  • Non-greasy formula
  • Can be used with a moisturizer or alone
  • Great makeup base
  • Does not leave a white residue
Warning: life story ahead. When I had gone into one of their locations, I immediately started smelling the different sunscreens. I know that sometimes P+S products can be a little too fragrant due to the EO in their products. Having heard great things about the Oily/Impure Skin SPF, I took a whiff and wasn't entirely put off by the strong sage fragrance (definitely lingers for most of the day) that tickled my nose. Here's where the confusion started, I put some on my hand and rubbed it in. It was fantastic! Not greasy, no white cast, and felt as though it would be enough moisture for the warm months ahead. The girl working there began telling me that the formula has changed and that any of the bottles with the little pink circle saying "new water resistant formula" was the new one. Apparently, only the 100ml was the old formulation. Not wanting to invest, in case I had a reaction to it, I started reading the ingredients of both sizes to see the difference. There was no difference. Odd. I asked her about it and she wasn't really sure. I took the, low $10, risk and bought it. How disappointing! It is thick, greasy, leaves a white cast, and isn't a great base for makeup because of the fact that it doesn't blend well on the skin. I've tried applying it in sections and building it up, doesn't seem to help. After weeks of playing with this sunscreen, I can't figure out how to best apply it. I now use it on my arms, even though it leaves a white cast, just to use it up. I am super disappointed in this product and wouldn't recommend, but my love for Pure+Simple remains strong.

Retails for $18.95 CAN for 50ml, however, it is now discontinued.

Have you tried any Pure+Simple sunscreens?

You can see the white cast along my wrist and where my finger and hand connect. 
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (6%), Zinc Oxide (6%) Inactive Ingredients: Deionized Water (Eau), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Xantham Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea Extract), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil.


  1. So weird that the tester would be different from the actual product you bought! At least you didn't spend too much :)

    1. Right?! It's pretty inexpensive in general, luckily.

  2. Well blech! At least you didn't drop a lot of cash on it. Very strange though.


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