Save the coral reefs and your skin with Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions

Australian GoldOnly six more days until the official start of summer! That means it is time to find some excellent sunscreen, stat. However, did you know that the EWG says between 25 and 60 million bottles of chemicals from sunscreens are contaminating our coral reef areas every year?  And this issue is continuing to get worse.  On January 20, 2017, Hawaii state senator Will Espero introduced a bill which would ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in Hawaii (except under medical prescription) to the state Congress. Espero argues that a ban is important to preserve the state’s tourism industry, because Hawaii relies heavily on tourists attracted by its coral reefs.

So, how can you help? Make sure your UVA/UVB sunscreen does not use oxybenzone. Look for the words ‘reef safe’ on the label.

Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions

Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions

I have two great recommendations for you for excellent sunscreens that are reef-friendly, non-chemical, and have no Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes or Oils. They feel wonderfully soft and clean on the skin and protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun. What are these skin saving wonders? Australian Gold’s New Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions.               samples

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 50

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 50

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Mineral Lotions SPF 30 & SPF 50 ($14.99; SPF30 – Ulta.com, SPF 50-Ulta.com, Ulta, CVS, Walmart)  I recommend this for the body. Australian Gold has a tinted version specifically for the face. Because this is a zinc oxide sunscreen, it does have a light white cast that some people love, some people hate. I actually like it – I know when it’s time to reapply, especially in sensitive areas like around the bikini line. You really don’t need a ton to get excellent sun protection. It has a very pleasant, slightly citrus scent, and the texture is soft and powdery, not greasy.  Here’s what Australian Gold says:

Non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula that provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. The formula uses Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide a non-chemical sun protection option, with a powder-like matte-finish that’s never greasy.

  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVA Protection
  • Water resistant for up to 80 minutes
  • Eucalyptus to calm, reinvigorate and oxygenate skin
  • Protein packed Red Algae to nourish with Vitamin A and Amino Acids
  • Kakadu Plum which contains exceptional levels of Vitamin C which is known to help protect against free radical damage
  • Vitamin E to maintain moisturized, healthy looking skin
  • Eco conscious formulations:
    • Packaging is designed to use as few materials as possible in a recyclable container to reduce any potential waste.
    • Reef Friendly Formulas are free of Oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, Petrolatum, PABA, SLS, Dyes and Oils
  • Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist and Pediatrician Tested, Not tested on animals
  • Citrus Oasis fragrance with notes of Pineapple and Pomegranate
    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 30

    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 30

    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 50

    Australian Mineral Sunscreen 50

I really like this mineral sunscreen for the body and I love the fact that it doesn’t damage our fragile ecosystem. I can’t wait to try the tinted version for my face. Whatever sunscreen you use this summer, make sure it is reef safe – and be sure to give Australian Gold a look!  – Lisa

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3 sunscreens you don’t want to miss from Hint, Murad, and NIA24

Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention, Hint Sunscreen Sprays, Murad City Skin Age Defense

Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention, Hint Sunscreen Sprays, Murad City Skin Age Defense

It’s really truly the season that you can’t go without sun protection. We talk about it all year but many of us are bundled up with our fall and winter clothes so only our faces seem to need protection. But now that it’s summer I won’t let you get away with that. You need to protect yourself everywhere and that’s what this week’s Makeup Wars is all about. You’ll learn from me and the others what our favorites are. I’m thrilled with my trio of sunscreens and hope these become choices of yours too.  —  Marcia

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Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Starting with my face since I never go without sunscreen protection on my face! I’m currently using Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen and truly enjoying it. I started using this Murad SPF the day I received it and haven’t stopped at all. This lightweight, fragrance free sunscreen has a pearlescent look to it that leaves my skin looking dewy.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

I’ve used it with half a dozen foundations and it always plays nicely. No balling up which can be a problem with other sunscreens I’ve used. This has a slightly peachy tone to it that brightens skin if you don’t want to apply foundation over it.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Prior to this I was using Supergoop but I always winced a little with the texture and smell. Not happening with Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen. It’s perfect for my skin and I’m so happy to have discovered it.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen may have a very long name but that’s okay once you learn all the benefits of this one.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

While I’ve used this NIA24 Sunscreen on my face I don’t use it on the days I’m applying foundation. It’s a thick white cream that I need to blend especially well so that it doesn’t appear white on my face. This one is perfect for my grandkid playdates when I’m out and about with them. Even though the SPF is 30 compared to Murad’s 50, it just feels like it’s protecting me especially well.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

What makes the NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen unique is the 5% Niacin it contains. Other key ingredients are 7.5% Homosalate, 5% Octisalate, 3% Avobenzone, 2.6% Octocrylene, Mango Butter, Ceramides, and Antioxidants.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen active ingredients

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen active ingredients

I love this on my arms too since they finally have become uncovered and need extra protection. I’ve developed some sunspots and feel this is really helping protect me from gaining more.

HINT SUNSCREEN SPRAY is a new product created by the people who make Hint Water. It’s so innovative and smells so delicious!

Hint Sunscreen Spray

Hint Sunscreen Spray

Hint Sunscreen Spray comes in 3 fragrances and are a delight to use. I was sent this in Pineapple and Grapefruit and as soon as these are finished I’ll be ordering the Pear. That’s how great these are. While it can be used on your face by spraying it into your hands and applying it that way, I like it on my body. And then I like to smell my arms all day long.

Hint Sunscreen Spray Pineapple

Hint Sunscreen Spray Pineapple

With broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection and easy 360° spray-on application, our hydrating, skin-quenching sunscreen is water resistant for 80 minutes. Employing Bag-on-Valve (BOV) technology, our innovative spray uses only compressed air, eliminating propellant chemicals, providing uniform coverage, and offering extra-fast drying time. Plus, it’s oxybenzone- and paraben-free—a delicious, radiant glow, delivered with only the good stuff.

Hint Sunscreen Spray Grapefruit

Hint Sunscreen Spray Grapefruit

These are made with the essence of the fragrances. You’ll forget about that “sunscreen smell” that we often complain about. Even your kids won’t complain about the smell of Hint. The fragrance isn’t strong and it’s very true to life plus the spray isn’t sticky in the least. In my experience they haven’t attracted bugs but they do attract people.

I’m so happy to have the chance to share these with you but even more to be using them myself. All are living up to my expectations and I’m sure yours too.


I insist you use these 2 products from G.M. Collin and Scalisi. I’m making it easier with a giveaway

G.M. Collin Sunscreens and Scalisi Eye Cream

G.M. Collin Sunscreens and Scalisi Eye Cream

With age comes wisdom and sadly this wisdom came to me after a long life of errors. In my opinion the most important products for you to use are sunscreen and eye cream. I reiterate this over and over because I didn’t know the benefits until I was older and I want you to learn from my mistakes. Two of the products that I received for review are ones I think you should consider for your life: G.M. COLLIN sunscreen and SCALISI eye cream.

G.M. COLLIN Sunscreens

G.M. COLLIN Sunscreens

G.M. COLLIN has two new launches this summer with their SPF 50+ Dry Touch Sun Protection Cream and SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream. These sunscreens are different because the SPF 50+ Dry Touch contains chemical filters while SPF 60 is a Mineral Sunscreen without any chemicals. I had a very hard time deciding which to keep and which to give to one of our readers but the deciding factor for me is that the SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream is labeled as fragrance free. Therefore one lucky winner will be able to try out the G.M. COLLIN SPR 50+ DRY TOUCH SUN PROTECTION CREAM for themselves.

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

I’ve been using G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60  ($32) for several weeks now. I’m not the ideal candidate to test a sunscreen since I try not to be in direct sunlight often but that doesn’t mean I don’t need protection, especially for my face. This is a very lightweight sunscreen that doesn’t ball up under my foundation. It’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes before you have to reapply. This is also PABA-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free and color-free formula. It contains 100% natural Titanium Dioxide (4.9%) and Zinc Oxide (4.7%) mineral sunscreens.

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

Other reasons I’m enjoying this is that it’s meant for people who are ultra sensitive to the sun. While I don’t mind my freckles, I do mind my sunspots from years of inadvertently going without protection. Having both UVA and UVB protection is great plus it’s safe for children so I keep it in my bag when I’m with the cutie pies.

G.M. Collin Dry Touch Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

G.M. Collin Dry Touch Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Today’s giveaway is for the G.M. Collin Dry Touch Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($34). This too has broad spectrum protection with both UVA and UVB. According to the brand it’s easy to apply, has a light and dry finish, there’s no white residue, and it’s paraben-free. G.M. Collin Dry Touch is water resistant up to $80 minutes so it’s great for more outdoorsy people than I am. The sunscreen ingredients are Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 15.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, and Octocrylene 10.0% which are chemical filters.

Both of these sunscreens, along with other G.M. Collin products are available at Skin1.com and Beauty Bridge which currently have 20% off.

Scalisi Eye Cream

Scalisi Eye Cream

I’ve reviewed Scalisi before so I was more than happy to review their eye cream. As a certified eye cream fanatic I rue the years I ignored it. Now I don’t go a day without. I have no desire to let my eyes show my age and neither should you. Therefore you need a great eye cream and Scalisi Eye Cream is one you should consider.

Scalisi Eye Cream

Scalisi Eye Cream

This pump top container is long and slim. It can fit in a cosmetic bag, barely taking up any room, so that you can refresh during the day if you want. Here’s what Scalisi tells us about this:

  1. Diminishes the look of fine lines and crows feet
  2. Reduces the look of under eye puffiness
  3. Creates a brighter appearance for beautiful skin.  No Retinol – great for sensitive skin
  4. Moisturizes and Hydrates
  5. Paraben free
Scalisi Eye Cream swatch

Scalisi Eye Cream swatch

I love that this is fragrance free since not all brands are. It glides on and never irritates my sensitive skin. It’s very soft and that’s how it leaves my undereye area. My only complaint at first was that I got more out of the pump than I needed for both eyes. BUT now I know to massage this over my top lip. Scalisi Eye Cream helps with fine lines and wrinkles and I have those there too. Double score!

Key ingredients include

  • Jojoba, Macadamia, Hazelnut & Squalane: to hydrate
  • White Tea Extract for skin rejuvenation for a radiant, fresh and youthful appearance
  • Soy Proteins: rich in essential amino acids to regenerate
  • Ash Tree Bark Extract: reduces the appearance of under eye puffiness
  • Ubiquinone: antioxidant to fight environmental aggressors
  • Yeast Polysaccharides: strengthens skin’s immune system, provides natural anti-irritants
  • Peptide Pal-GHK and Peptide Pal-GQPR: combined helps to make skin appear firmer, more plump and tone.
  • Perfection Peptide P3: for a brighter, smoother, radiant skin

Scalisi Eye Cream is also available on Amazon for $53.35 and free Prime shipping.

Don’t you want all that? I sure do and Scalisi is giving me hydrated skin and saving the truth of my age coming out. — Marcia

Now for the GIVEAWAY. This is open for US and Canada through 8/22 @11:59 p.m. ET. We wish we could do more international giveaways but we pay for the postage ourselves. The winner will receive G.M. COLLIN Dry Touch SPF 50+ Sun Protection Cream. The sunscreen expires 5/19 so you’ll have plenty of time to use it. As usual you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. After those two requirements you can continue on. We do have a problem with comments closing before  the giveaways are over but that’s easy to overcome. Just email me at [email protected] and label your message either GM Collin or Sunscreen. Give your comment in the email, click Enter, and continue on.

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Top Ten Sunscreens for 2015 – eyes, lips, body and face

Welcome to the 2015 version of favorite sunscreens. I’ve done both a Makeup Wars in 2013 on favorites and a Top Ten Tuesday in 2014. You’ll see some products that remain the same and some new ones. We can’t forget any part of our body and I didn’t want to forget children since I go through more sunscreen for them than I do for myself. — Marcia
1435625486_1115290AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50  A lot of Aveeno products have fragrance so when I am sent one that is fragrance free I’m over the moon. I find myself using this for my body all the time. It’s $10.99 but I often find coupons or specials for it. This has become a staple for both my husband and myself.
1435625420_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP CITY SERUM is the one I want for my face. I buy this every summer. This is fragrance free and gentle on my skin. It wears really well under foundation and provides anti-aging benefits and SPF 30.
1435625218_eyecream_510x600SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* is another product that was on last year’s list. This SPF 37 sunscreen is a great undereye protectant. The applicator makes it easy to apply and is cooling at the same time. Supergoop is really a top notch brand.
1435625098_murad-invisiblur-300x259MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD* isn’t a sunscreen per se but with SPF 30 it’s great under foundation. It gives a totally clear sunscreen protection while also blurring imperfections. There are many days I use this and not an additional SPF protect.
1435625029_algenist-tmALGENIST REPAIRING TINT RADIANCE MOISTURIZER with SPF 30* is one of the foundations that I’ve been using a lot lately. Recently a friend blogged about it and how it totally changed her skin so out it came again. I’d forgotten just how wonderful it was. It comes in 4 shades and I wear it in Light. I love getting amazing skincare benefits along with hiding my redness and sunspots.
1435624971_6062_lg_1LATHER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 LIP BALM is what I discovered after I started using the Lather Tinted Lip Balms. I like the spearmint the best but it’s great to try the 3 pack with citrus, spearmint and unscented since I need lip balm in every purse or pocket.
1435624891_balmfamily_510x6001SUPERGOOP FUSION LIP BALM SPF 30 is the one I like when I’m at the pool or splashpad with my babies. Even though I try not to be in direct sunlight, they love it. This squeeze tube comes in 2 flavors (mint and acai) with mint being my fave.
1435624812_1115092 AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50* is one of my main sunscreen for the kids. My granddaughter is 20 months old and she adores running around after her brother outside. I need sunscreen for them and this Aveeno is a pleasure to use. She doesn’t squirm when I apply it on her and it spreads easily. Bright sun or overcast days still need sunscreen and this is a great reasonably priced alternative.
1435624755_broad_spectrum_spf50_mineral_sunscreen_2015MUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SPF 50 SUNSCREEN* is new to me and from the minute it arrived I knew it was perfect for my two little loves. This has both UVA and UVB protection in a mineral base and no fragrance.
1435624704_broad_spectrum_spf50_sun_stick.jpg.pagespeed.ce.dats3hfv_sMUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SUNSCREEN STICK with SPF 50* is the one I let my grandson use. He loves rubbing the stick on himself and I finally have a way of applying sunscreen on him without a big struggle. Of course I sneak the Mustela lotion on the parts of his body he can’t reach. This is a win-win situation.


* denotes sent for editorial consideration, some products have been personal purchases and repurchases. I am an Aveeno ambassador.