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One of the perks of blogging is press boxes showing up on your front step. No matter how many times it happens, it never fails to be a pinch-me moment, and these little surprises were the source of inspiration for the Mantra Box®. A few years ago, it seemed like powdered mushrooms were the latest craze. Then it was collagen and now it seems like mineral sunscreen is the latest thing everyone’s buzzing about! I was fortunate enough to receive three different mineral sunscreens from three different brands, and I thought I’d share a little review about each.
First, what’s the deal with mineral sunscreen? Why is it such a thing these days? It seems like in the recent years, chemical sunscreens have been coming under scrutiny due to the ingredients and their safety in comparison to the mineral alternative. You can read all about it here.
The three I tried were all different, and I like each for different reasons, so while I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them, it depends on what you’re looking for in your mineral sunscreen.
Beauty Counter Mineral Sunscreen Mist, $38 - Pros: It goes on really evenly with the spray bottle, and offers a tint so your skin gets both protection and an even skin tone. Cons: It feels a little thick, but I think that’s true of all mineral sunscreens. The tint can be so pretty on the face and skin, but if you have tattoos like I do, it looks like your tattoos are faded AF haha.
Coola Mineral Sun Silk Creme, $42 - Pros: Goes on really lightweight and feels like it melts into the skin. Sun SILK is the perfect name for it because it truly does feel like silk on the skin. Cons: It can be laborious to apply because it’s a pump bottle, and I’m a little sad there’s no fragrance at all, although that was probably intentional.
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Diamond Dust, $14.99 - Pros: Won’t break the bank, and could look very cool at the right location (Vegas pool party, for example). Cons: Unless you’re super extra and cool with all the glitter vibes, I can’t see this being practical on a day to day basis. It also goes on a little thick and makes tattoos look funky.
Do you have a mineral sunscreen you like? Let us know in the comments section below! We’re putting together more natural, cruelty-free discoveries like these for the Summer Mantra Box®, which ships worldwide in late August, and the value of the products included always exceeds the price. If you haven’t already, pre-order your own doorstep surprises here.