What is it? COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint is a tinted, light rose scented broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. The formula is titanium dioxide based and is made with 97.4% natural ingredients. These include, Organic Acai Oil, Vitamins B1/2/3 and antioxidants Vitamins C and E to deliver defence against ageing. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract to promote elasticity, with organic Linseed Oil (containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids) to reduce redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates and organic Cucumber Extract calms the skin. The product is ultra sheer so is perfect for under your makeup, it’s water resistant (40 minutes) and contains no nano-sized particles.
COOLA organic sunscreen products are “up to 70% certified organic, packed full of botanical ingredients and exclude the chemical sunscreen oxybenzone, parabens, petroleum, and phthalates, while also being free from nano-sized particles”.
Who is it for? Recommended for all skin types and tones, it’s paraben-free and uses titanium dioxide instead of zinc, so it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skins. The formula is water resistant and leaves a subtle beige tint, it works best for light to medium complexions. It’s vegan friendly; see list of ingredients below for any allergens.
How do you use it? Apply evenly over face in upward strokes, you’ll have SPF protection immediately after application. Re-apply approximately every 2 hours while in direct sun, or after swimming/sweating.
What’s the damage? £29.95 for 50ml
I didn’t know much about COOLA before using this product so I looked them up: they are a California based Company producing an eco-conscious suncare product range which has been developed using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, they have a “Farm to Face® sourcing philosophy”. All sounds good!
I’m not a great user of tinted moisturisers, I always feel like they don’t give enough coverage to even out my skin tone. I received the COOLA Mineral Face Rose Essence Tint as a gift for my birthday in February and I’ve been waiting for my normally extremely pale face to get a bit more colour so that I can use it. A massive positive is that it has an SPF of 20, so if I forget to put my sunscreen on one morning at least I’ve still got some protection. (I tend to use an SPF of 50 on my face as I use retinol regularly in my skincare regime.)
My first thought on using the product was that it was very dark, however, when I put it on it seemed to become lighter and did give a lot of glow to my face but didn’t give me an even skin tone. Let’s bear in mind though, that I am in my 50s so obviously my skin has developed “uneveness” that I didn’t have in my 20s and 30s, especially around my nose and chin. I think it would be great on holiday if you want to put some tinted moisturiser over a tanned face on an evening.
I tried putting it under my make up, which just lost the glow the product was giving me, so I tried mixing it in with my normal foundation and I really like it. The foundation gives me the coverage I want and the COOLA tint gives me a more sun kissed looking face for the summer months ahead. It’s also moisturising and helps my skin to feel less dry as the day goes on.
I’m not sure whether I would re-purchase. I need to try out some more tinted moisturisers first.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen) 4.2%;
Inactive Ingredients: Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylohydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (ORGANIC Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (ORGANIC Orange) Fruit Water, Cocoglycerides, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (ORGANIC Acai) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (ORGANIC Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Iron Oxides, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Lauryl Glucoside, Linum Usitatissimum (ORGANIC Linseed) Seed Oil, Mica, Plankton Extract, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Propanediol, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Synthetic Wax, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Organic Ingredients: Cucumber Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Linseed Seed Oil, Orange Fruit Water, Safflower Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Extract.