Whipped Argan Oil Mineral SPF 45 Body Butter
Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Mineral SPF 45 Body Butter is a good, moisturizing option for an all-over sunscreen, but one that doesn’t live up to all its claims.
This comes in an opaque squeeze tube, which is appreciated since this packaging protects this sunscreen’s light- and air-sensitive ingredients from exposure to both. It’s fragrance-free (always a plus!), and as its name implies, has a creamy texture that’s very emollient, meaning it’s best for those with normal to dry skin (if you have any oiliness on your body, you’ll find this too moisturizing).
Though it sets quickly to a non-sticky finish, it does remain somewhat oily, but not super-greasy. The finish reinforces our recommendation for normal to dry skin.
Turning to the ingredients, as claimed this provides broad-spectrum sunscreen with mineral actives, meaning it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin. The hydrating action comes from safflower oil, the argan oil that’s the signature of Josie Maran products, emollient fatty alcohols, and shea butter.
There are also some antioxidants at play, among them green tea extract, pongamia extract, and vitamin E. Though they’re not present in abundance, they’re good to have in a sunscreen, and they have skin-soothing properties as well.
Josie Maran claims the mineral sunscreen ingredients won’t leave a white cast, and while that’s true for people with fair to medium skin tones, if your skin is deeper toned, it takes longer to blend out and might leave skin looking slightly ashen.
One ingredient we’d rather not see is comfrey extract (listed as Symphytum officinale leaf extract). Though it can have some skin-soothing properties, there’s also a risk of it sensitizing skin if used too frequently.
Those caveats aside, this is a good sunscreen, especially if you’re looking for an all-mineral formula and have dry skin.
- Emollient texture is hydrating for normal to dry skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum, mineral-based sun protection.
- Packaged to protect is light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Can cause deeper skin tones to look ashen.
- Contains a small amount of comfrey extract, which can sensitize skin.
Our whipped argan oil body butter now with mineral SPF protection for the moisture you love and the protection you need. The non-sticky, fast-absorbing, lightweight, broad-spectrum SPF formula leaves no white cast and gets to work immediately to protect you from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
Josie Maran At-A-Glance
Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.
The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities, some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.
Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.
Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredients in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, its less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.
We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing, it doesn't talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren't so natural. There isn't anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.
As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique, see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.
For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.
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