Badger SPF 30+ Lightly Scented Sunscreen gets good reviews from environmental and natural-product enthusiasts because it contains organic and mineral-based ingredients, rather than chemical ones. It contains 20.5 percent zinc oxide, which provides excellent UVA and UVB protection but does not penetrate skin the way other sunscreens do (making it difficult to apply, some consumers say).
Users at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and MakeupAlley.com give Badger sunscreen high ratings for preventing sunburns, even during long periods of sun exposure and contact with water. Many like that the formula gets a "safe" rating from the Environmental Working Group (it's one of the EWG's 10 recommended sunscreens) and doesn't contain any harsh chemicals. Reviewers say this natural sunscreen is suitable for people with sensitive skin, but the thick consistency can make it difficult to apply thoroughly. Several users, however, say that the extra work is worth it for the amount of protection that you get. Plus, a little goes a long way, say many reviewers. Like most zinc-based sunscreens, Badger can leave a white cast on skin, but applying smaller amounts and taking your time to rub it in thoroughly minimize this, users say.
A few reviewers who are prone to sunburns say that Badger does a better job of protecting their skin than other sunscreens -- even those with a high SPF. The formula does contain some natural fragrance from essential oils, which can be a bit off-putting to some.
Consumer Reports provides the most thorough analysis of Badger SPF 30. In a roundup, 12 sunscreens are tested for protection levels, then rated and compared. TheDailyGreen.com includes Badger in its list of 21 natural and effective sunscreens. User reviews at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com provide insight into consumer opinion and discuss the aesthetics of the formula.
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The Environment Working Group looks at products from a hazard level: low, moderate or high. Badger SPF 30 Lightly Scented Sunscreen receives low health and hazard ratings and scores highly for UVA protection and sunscreen stability.
Review: Environmental Working Group, May 15, 2012
Badger SPF 30 Lightly Scented Sunscreen is included in Consumer Reports' latest roundup of sunscreens. It is tested for protection levels and compared to 21 other sunscreens.
Review: Tests Reveal Top Performing Sunscreens, Editors of Consumer Reports, July 2011
TheDailyGreen.com recommends Badger SPF 30 as a safe and natural sunscreen. It uses FDA-certified organic ingredients and contains ingredients that keep skin moisturized. It doesn't have any preservatives, dyes or artificial fragrances.
Review: 21 of the Best Natural Sunscreens, Julie Gerstein, May 2010
Reviewers recommend Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen because it uses organic ingredients and protects extremely well against sunburn. The anonymous author of this review warns that it takes a lot of work to both rub it in and wash it off, but it is worth the effort.
Review: Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen, "Jimmy", June 5, 2011
Badger SPF 30 earns a high overall rating from more than 100 reviewers at Amazon.com. Users say that a little goes a long way and that the formula protects skin for hours. A few say that it can be hard to rub in, though.
Review: Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen for Face & Body 2.9 ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com
Consumers at Drugstore.com are pleased with the natural ingredients in Badger SPF 30 and say that it provides good overall protection from the sun. Several say that although it is thick, it rubs in better than most zinc oxide formulas. Many don't like the smell, however.
Review: Badger Lightly Scented Suncreen SPF 30, Lavender, Contributors to Drugstore.com