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Bare Republic

Mineral Vanilla-Coco Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Bare Republic’s Mineral Vanilla-Coco Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 splits its positive and negative traits evenly, and although the good borders on great, the problematic aspects are big enough that this broad-spectrum, mineral-based spray-on sunscreen is a tough sell for all skin types.

On the plus side, as mentioned, this provides mineral sun protection. These mineral actives are gentle, but not “chemical-free” as claimed. ALL sunscreen actives (and in fact everything else in a sunscreen!) is a chemical. For the record, every natural ingredient counts as chemicals too, so there’s literally no such thing as a chemical-free skin care product.

We love that this formula is easy to spread and that it doesn’t leave a white cast once set. It’s also noticeably hydrating, but not in that uncomfortably slick, greasy way that can make a sunscreen intolerable and discourage reapplication.

Mineral Vanilla-Coco Sunscreen contains a good mix of antioxidants and a couple of soothing plant extracts. But then we get to the problematic parts…

This sunscreen is a frustrating problem because the contents are so pressurized, every spray results in a mess. Some spray-on products have their own learning curve, but this one is just too steep. Try as we might, we couldn’t get this to dispense smoothly, easily, and evenly.

The other issue is the inclusion of synthetic fragrance despite claims from the brand that they do not use such ingredients and that they only use natural fragrance. Natural sources of fragrance are present, but so are ingredients like gamma decalactone and heliotropine, both verified as synthetic on the Personal Care Product Council’s Ingredient Infobase (a huge database that tracks information for thousands of cosmetic ingredients).

Whether natural or synthetic, fragrance is a source of skin irritation. Its inclusion here means this mineral sunscreen isn’t truly gentle, nor is this formula “as clean and pure as it gets.” Such marketing claims are little more than misleading; after all, what’s a “dirty” and “impure” sunscreen anyway? No agreed-upon, enforceable standards exist, so any sunscreen can claim to be clean and pure. You can find our current list of best sunscreens here.

Note: The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although this is acceptable for sunscreens as sold in the United States, it’s more helpful to consumers to see these ingredients in order of predominance.

Pros:
  • Provides mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains an impressive mix of antioxidants.
  • Hydrating formula.
  • Doesn’t leave a visible white cast once blended.
Cons:
  • Highly pressurized component makes for a very messy, hard-to-control application.
  • Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
  • Contains synthetic fragrance despite claims of being free from “synthetic fragrances” and “chemical-free.”
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

An advanced mineral spray that is as clean and pure as it gets, but tough enough to keep up with all your eco-adventures! This light and non-greasy SPF 50 sunscreen spray offers a layer of physical protection, enhanced with antioxidant-rich skincare boosters including grape, raspberry and carrot seed oils. Natural vanilla and coconut scents refresh while non-nano minerals provide chemical active-free broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 8%, Zinc Oxide 12%; Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Allyl Heptoate, Aqua (Deionized Water), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Gamma Decalactone, Gamma-Nonalactone, Gamma Octalactone, Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Heliotropine, Jojoba Esters, Lecithin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Raspberry Ketone, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Stearic Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Triethyl Citrate, Vanillin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Zemea (Corn) Propanediol.

An offshoot of the popular (and more expensive) COOLA brand of sunscreens, Bare Republic focuses on mineral-only sun protection catering to the entire family of outdoor enthusiasts. Based in Southern California, the name is a pun on that state’s nickname (“The Bear Republic”) and reflects the ideology of a lifestyle focused on routinely spending time in the sun.

For the most part, Bare Republic gets its sunscreens right: all its offerings focus on SPF ratings that are at least 30, and in most cases even higher. Given SPF 30 and up is recommended by medical boards around the world, clearly Bear Republic did their SPF homework—you’ll be getting reliable broad-spectrum protection.

In most cases the products are also affordable, meaning you’ll be more likely to apply these sunscreens liberally to get the most from them.

A couple of missteps occur, like the inclusion of fragrance ingredients in some of the products that mean these mineral sunscreens aren’t ideal for those with sensitive skin (and sensitive skin usually responds best to mineral sunscreens).

Speaking of those fragrances, Bare Republic claims its sunscreens are free of synthetic fragrance ingredients in an effort to be eco-friendly. While the brand does use natural fragrance sources like coconut and vanilla, it also uses synthetic fragrance ingredients like heliotropine and gamma decalactone, making this claim disingenuous.

For more information about the brand, visit https://www.gobareoutside.com/.

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