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Tvål is a Canadian company, based in Newfoundland, that was started in 2003 by Dr. Anna Hellqvist, a Swedish-born chemist, biologist and esthetician, and her partner Dr. Jason Bailey, a also a biologist and a native Newfoundlander. In 2005 they were joined by Jason’s brother, Robert, who was a makeup artist and business manager for a very popular and successful makeup company. All three together developed a range of natural, affordable, simple beauty products that are made by hand in small batches. Their skin and hair care products are fun, simple and effective, and their line of mineral makeup, Smink (meaning makeup in Swedish) has great application and blendability, while being good for your skin.
In my pursuit for natural beauty products to replace my non-natural ones, I’ve learned that chemical sunscreen may be harmful, drying and irritating, especially for sensitive skin. Truly I do appreciate easy application and (usually) non-white finish of chemical sunscreens, but I was hoping to find a more natural alternative, i.e. a physical sunscreen that would work for me. One of the first physical sunscreens I got to try is the Tvål An Apple A Day Cream with Zinc Oxide.
According to Tvål, this day cream contains antioxidant-rich apple fruit essence and 10% zinc oxide to protect skin from harmful elements, rosehip oil because it is full of beneficial vitamin C, and jojoba oil to restore skin’s elasticity and smoothness.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Aqua, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit oil, Zinc Oxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Polowax NF, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa rubginosa (Rosehip Seed) Oil, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
The cream comes in a simple white, plastic jar. It is sealed both on the inside and on the outside. The packaging is not something special or the best one I’ve ever seen, but who cares about the packaging if the product inside is good. I mean, I love to see a nice glass bottle with a pump, but it’s more important what’s inside. The plastic packaging actually makes this cream lighter and more travel friendly.
The Apple A Day cream looks thick at first, but it actually had a fluffy, airy, whipped texture. The first thing that hit me when I opened the jar is the scent. The cream smells just like freshly sliced green apples, good enough to eat!
The biggest issue everyone has with physical sunscreens is the white cast. You have to be careful to evenly distribute the cream over your skin and not to miss any spots. Unlike chemical sunscreens that need about 30 minutes to start working, physical ones work as soon as you apply them, so you can go out right away.
This particular cream goes on white, just as I expected it. You really need to rub it in well, or you will have white areas, as it dries white on top of the skin. If rubbed in properly, gives me a bit blurred look, evens out redness and fills in most pores. It does leave a slight white cast on skin, especially visible on peach fuzz, and I have to use a foundation or tinted cream over it. If it was tinted, it would make a nice CC cream.
Once rubbed in, there is no wait time for it to sink in, it’s not greasy and you can continue with makeup immediately. I never reapplied it during the day, and didn’t get any burns or redness, even when the sun was very strong. I did find that although it doesn’t dry out my skin (it’s very rich), it does tend to cling to and accentuate any existing dry patches. I managed to get that under control by applying another, thinner, hydrating moisturizer to the dry areas before applying this cream.
This product definitely need more work than chemical sunscreens, but I like the overall finish and that it’s safe for my skin. The Tvål An Apple A Day Cream with Zinc Oxide comes in a 60 ml jar, which is slightly bigger than any other standard 50 ml day cream, and it retails for $22 CAD. With such great, natural ingredients, it’s definitely worth the price tag.
What is your favorite sunscreen? Do you use physical or chemical ones? Do you use separate sunscreens for face and body?