Review, Ingredients, Photos: Soleil Organique Sun Care Line – Mineral Vs. Chemical Sunscreens, Which Is Better?
Soleil Organique is a premium and non-toxic skin care line that provides the most effective and safest products for the purpose of protecting the skin’s DNA from harmful UV rays and other environmental aggressors and toxins. I was happy to receive some of the products from the sunscreen range (4 products) this summer, just before my trip to Hawaii. Soleil Organique products utilize 100% mineral and marine based actives with no chemical actives, even for sunscreen products. I have tan-prone skin and can’t go out anywhere without sunscreen.
And girls, guess what? I was really surprised with the performance of the range – I was hardly tanned after all those beach activities. I mostly use avobenzone based products for effective sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays, but, in this sun care range, it is boosted with an EcoSun Complex — a non-penetrating mineral filter boosted with sunscreen actives like titanium oxide and zinc oxide, which deliver natural and superior protection against harmful UVA rays that cause long-term cell damage, and UVB rays that cause sunburn. Now, let’s take a look at the comparison between chemical and mineral sunscreens:
Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreens – A Comparison
- Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays before they hit the skin. Studies show that chemical actives have proven to penetrate the skin in large amounts and penetrate into the bloodstream. These chemicals may disrupt the body’s hormonal system causing strong estrogenic actions that may result in serious problems in sexual development and adult sexual function, and may further increase cancer risks. Mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin reflecting and scattering UV rays without penetrating healthy skin
- Mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) provide the most effective and stable broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Only a few chemicals block UVA rays – concerning since UVA rays also cause long-term skin damage, premature aging and potential cancer. Mineral actives provide the best UVA protection
- Chemical actives produce free radicals that react with other molecules and produce damage to the fats, proteins, and DNA of the cells – the types of damage that produce skin aging and the development of cancer
- Chemical actives have questionable stability; some break down in the sun
- Mineral actives are stable in sunlight
The sun care range is empowered with EcoSun Complex — power-packed natural formulation composed of red algae, vitamin C ester, vitamin E and bisabolol — acts as a natural SPF booster, reduces UV-induced DNA damage, prevents loss of firmness, increases skin smoothness and decreases depth. SymHelios — an award-winning anti-aging active — neutralizes the toxins in wrinkles before they can attack healthy skin cells and work as an advanced cellular shield while providing superior UVB protection. These products are hypoallergenic, vegan and gluten-free; contain certified organic ingredients, 100% natural, fragrance-free and also contain no parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, propylene glycol, animal ingredients or testing with no synthetic fragrances or colors.
1. Environmental Defense Eye Therapy SPF 15 ($70.00)
This light eye cream contains high amounts of oil apt for using in morning and evening to protect delicate skin around eyes against UV damage; smooth fine lines and crow’s feet, help firm skin’s appearance, correct dark circles and discoloration and hydrate to prevent future wrinkles. The hydrolyzed soy fiber (Pro-Coll-One+®) boosts collagen synthesis and helps reduce crow’s feet. Peptides (Pentapeptide-8 and Pentapeptide-11) help stimulate collagen synthesis, minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity where as sodium hyaluronate, squaline and shea butter provide deep cell hydration. It also contains highly concentrated organic aloe vera juice, which hydrates and promotes anti-inflammatory activity.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: TiO2 at 4.48%
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: AQUA (water),CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN,CYCLOPENTASILOXANE , BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER),SQUALANE,CYCLOHEXASILOXANE ,GLYCERYL STEARATE,POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, CETYL ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE,TOCOPHEROL, SIMMONDSIA CHINESIS (JOJOBA) ORGANIC SEED OIL ,HYDROLYZEDSOY FIBER, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN/PVP CROSSPOLYMER,ALOEBARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER*, SODIUM HYALURONATE,MYRISTOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-8, MYRISTOYL PENTAPEPTIDE- 11,BENZYLIDENE DIMETHOXYDIMETHYLINADANONE , PANTHENOL, ALLANTOIN, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), BISABOLOL, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, UBIQUINONE, SORBITAN STEARATE, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, XANTHAN GUM,MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, CELLULOSE GUM, GLUCOSE, SODIUMSTEAROYL GLUTAMATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, DISODIUMEDTA, CITRIC ACID
2. 100% Mineral Sunblock for Face SPF 45 ($55.00)
This naturally based sunscreen can be used during more intense sun exposure for superior protection of your skin’s DNA against UV damage. It helps to smooth fine lines and hydrate to further prevent premature aging. A part from sodium hyaluronate, peptide and ubiquinone, like the eye cream, this product contains green tea leaf extract, which has demonstrated an ability to help guard against UV-induced immunosuppression and cancer-causing skin damage. Due to this, a slight cooling effect is left over the face post application. And guess what? No sweat at all like many problematic sunscreens — you can wear this under your makeup as well for a day out. Organic shea butter, sunflower and jojoba oils, and highly concentrated organic aloe vera juice, maintain skin’s suppleness and promote anti- inflammatory activity. Also available in as a moisturizer with SPF 20.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: TiO2 at 8% & ZNO at 5.2%
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: AQUA (water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Methylpropandiol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Zinc Stearate, Butyrospermum ParkII (Shea Butter)*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-11, Panthenol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Ubiquinone, Bisabolol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamonum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Viola Odorata Flower/Leaf Extract, Glucose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Citric Acid.
3. 100% Mineral Sunblock for Body SPF 15 ($45.00)
Use this naturally based sunscreen as a daily moisturizer for your body to shield your skin’s DNA from the damaging effects of UV rays and other environmental aggressors. The product is lightweight and has a very non-greasy feel. Like the other sun care products in the range, this one also contains green tea leaf extract, aloe vera juice, organic shea butter, sunflower, almond and jojoba oils to provide protection so your body doesn’t appear more tanned than your face. Also available with a higher protection of SPF45.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: TiO2 at 3.84 %
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Aqua (water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum ParkII (Shea Butter)*, Tocopherol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Organic Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sorbitan Stearate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamonum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Viola Odorata Flower/Leaf Extract, Cellulose Gum, Glucose, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid.
4. 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 15 ($42.00)
This easy, non-aerosol mist sunscreen goes on smoothly — perfect for hard-to-reach areas. This my favorite item in the Soleil Organique sunscreen range. Very handy and easy-to-use. Just spray on the areas you want protected and go! Enjoy your sunny day at the beach being worry-free. No tan, no sunburn. Boosted with the power of EcoSun Complex, this product contains green tea leaf extract, which has demonstrated an ability to help guard against UV-induced immunosuppression and cancer-causing skin damage. The mist is very refreshing and has a slight cooling effect. This convenient, non-aerosol mist makes for an easy application. The mist is also available in SPF45 and a children version with 100% Natural Fruitilicious Fragrance.
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: TiO2 at 8.48%
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Methicone, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamonum Camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Viola Odorata Flower/Leaf Extract, Glucose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Polyhydroxystearic Acid
I have strictly followed the application protocol of this sun care range which mentions that products need to applied 30 -minutes before sun/UV exposure, and to be reapplied to dry skin after towel-drying, swimming or as needed. The most luxurious, eco-conscious, truly modern skin and sun care brand Soleil Organique proudly brings you the most progressive, naturally based skin and sun care collection .Be assured that all Soleil Organique products use the safest, most effective ingredients found on the market today. The range is sold in select fine resorts and spas, but now the complete Soleil Organique range is now available to you online at www.soleilorganique.com. I loved the range. Girls, I think you will love them, too. Enjoy your summer days without worry.
-Rinki Pramanik, biotechnologist & cosmetic researcher
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