Mineral Whipped Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Bare Republic’s Mineral Whipped Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an interesting, lightweight sunscreen, but falls short when it comes to other aspects that would put it over the top.
This sunscreen comes in a pressurized metal container with a press-down dispenser. While this should be easy to use, it takes quite a bit of pressure to get the mousse to come out. This difficulty also means there’s the potential to dispense more than you intended, although that could be a good thing if you tend to under-apply sunscreen.
The sunscreen itself is a lightweight mousse as described, and blends into skin easily. The sunscreen active is mineral zinc oxide, which has the potential to create a white cast; however, when blended in thoroughly its minimal. It sets to a matte, non-drying finish that doesn’t rub off easily onto other surfaces (including your clothes).
Along with the mineral sunscreen, there are some skin-conditioning ingredients and antioxidants present in this formula.
Problematically, though, this contains fragrance, and not all of it is of the “natural” variety Bare Republic claims it is. We should note that fragrance of any kind, even natural, can trigger skin irritation, which is an issue for all skin types. On its website, Bare Republic says that its products are “free of synthetic fragrances” but most of the fragrance ingredients here— gamma decalactone, gamma-nonalactone, and gamma octalactone—are lab-created and thus, synthetic. There’s also some drying alcohol in the formula, which isn’t the best for skin.
While we like the concept behind this sunscreen, its execution leaves much to be desired, unlike the options you’ll find on our list of best sunscreens.
Note: Because this sunscreen is an over-the-counter drug in the United States, the brand has opted to list 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 for consumers to see these ingredients in order of predominance.
- Provides mineral-based broad-spectrum SPF 30.
- Doesn’t leave a visible white cast once blended.
- Matte but not drying finish is comfortable on skin.
- Dispensing this mousse is a bit tricky.
- Contains fragrance, which can trigger skin irritation.
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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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