Bobbi BrownProtective Face Lotion SPF 15
1.7 fl. oz. for $48
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Protective Face Lotion SPF 15 wins points for its in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen and a silky lotion base laced with soothing chamomile, several antioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients. The problem is the inclusion of fragrance components of linalool, limonene, and cinnamyl alcohol, the latter of which is a known skin sensitizer and inappropriate for use in a product meant to protect skin from sun damage (Source: Chemical Research in Toxicology, March 2004, pages 301–310). It’s interesting that cinammyl alcohol and its aldehyde form are part of a standard fragrance mix used by dermatologists to determine whether a patient is suffering allergic contact dermatitis from fragrance (Source: www.dermatologytimes.com/dermatologytimes/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=396332).

Last Updated:05.10.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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This lightweight, moisturizing lotion with SPF 15 hydrates as it helps protect against the damaging rays of the sun. Protective Face Lotion SPF 15 is formulated to absorb quickly, and leave skin smooth and prepared for even, long-lasting makeup application.


Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (1.2%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Beta-Carotene, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Pantethine, Oryzanol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Steareth-21, Nylon-12, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-100 Stearate, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium-10, Isohexadecane, Cholesterol, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Sucrose, Polydecene, Aluminum Stearate, Linalool, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Limonene, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol

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Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.

Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone’s makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point—but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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