May 6, 2014

{review} living libations everybody loves the sunshine with zinc

life in blush review of living libations everybody loves the sunshine with zinc

Hello blushers! I hope everyone had a great weekend! As for me I moved this weekend (thanks again to all my friends who helped me move!), but still managed to sneak up to the Living Libations open house on Sunday. I eagerly scooped up their limited time Gardenia petal perfume (hollaaa!) and their sunscreen, Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc. 

Every summer protecting my skin from sunburn, premature wrinkles and skin cancer is always a huge concern of mine because my fair skin usually means I can’t stay out for very long without needing to lather on SPF 100 every 20 minutes. Summertime also means that I’m the first to jump at the mention of moving to any sort of shaded spot.


But just as I have to play it smart with timing my sun exposure to avoid sunburn I also have to be smart about what sunscreen I use.

Nadine Artemis of Living Libations gave a really informative lecture on commercial sunscreen use (click here to watch) and opened my eyes up to what sunscreens are actually doing my skin. In short, our skin absorbs the sunscreen ingredients that block the UVA/UVB rays to prevent the sun’s rays from turning into a sunburn. Why is that an issue? Well, for one it disables our skin’s early warning protection against sunburn; secondly it separates UVA from UVB rays and apparently it’s the isolated UVA rays that cause the most skin damage; and finally it blocks our skin’s production of vitamin D by blocking UVB rays.

Oh and oxybenzone, a common ingredient in most sunscreens is not carcinogenic until it’s exposed to sunlight.

Sunburns are easier for our DNA to process than the cell damage of being in the sun with sunscreen

Well sh*t. I might as well be entering the Hunger Games with no skills or weapons, praying I go unnoticed.

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Ok, so with all that knowledge we’re certainly not going to turn into vampires hiding from the sun so what’s the answer? Smart sun exposure and light clothing to start with, but also doing your homework on natural sunscreens.

And that’s where I come in.

happy endings jane and bradlibations ‘everybody loves the sunshine with zinc’ scorecard

ingredients: 20% uncoated zinc oxide and organic ingredients of: nourishing oils of the desert jojoba plant, virgin coconut crème, red raspberry seed, seabuckthorn berry, tamanu and regenerating essences of helichrysum, lavender, cape chamomile, ginger, geranium, palmarosa, rose otto, carrot, ginger, frankincense, turmeric, calendula, sandalwood and thyme linalool

product note: uncoated zinc has been proven to be anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and can reduce redness, rosacea, age spots and melasma. Made with ultra nourishing ingredients to carry the zinc oxide which provides blocking of UVA, UVB and UVC radiation. Zinc oxide reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorb them they way most commercial sunscreens do.

texture: milky white and slightly oily, but very light and spreads quite easily.

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performance: I was a bit nervous that, like a lot of other natural sunscreens, this one would leave me looking like ‘Morticia Adams’, but if you’re skin is well hydrated then there’s absolutely no white cast whatsoever. However, if you’re skin is dry (I tested it on my legs which are a bit on the *ahem* parched side. don’t judge.) then it will leave you looking white. But this issue is a non-starter if you keep your skin lovingly wrapped in moisture.

price: $40 for 50ml

where to buy: online here

for-the-win? this is the most expensive sunscreen I’ve ever bought, but the performance blew me away and that $40 will actually buy me worry-free summer days since you can’t pin a dollar value on your health.

So bring on the sun! (and fashionable summer wear…yeeeesssss)


  • Excellent review! And can’t get enough of your witty gifs! 😀
    I was planning to buy the ELTS without Zinc this past summer, but I was a bit late for the game and it quickly became sold out only to stock up again after the summer when I then didn’t need one (or could properly test it out for a review). So bummer. Next summer I will be better prepared…

    • Ahh thanks Isabel!! I still have about half of my ELTS bottle left and I plan to still use it in the winter. It contains so many skin nourishing ingredients and there are still sunny days, even when you’re knee deep in snow, so I figure why not? Plus my fair skin needs all the help it can get to help absorb the sun’s vit D 😉

      • Yes, I was actually wanting to go for the ELTS for treating scars before I bought the Dew Dab, because of its many skin nourishing ingredients.
        I live too far up north that any sun hitting my face during winter would potentially produce any vitamin D – the sun is just too low.
        But I try doing some sun gazing instead which Nadine Artemis has talked about being healthy haha (no I’m not looking into the sun to the point of blindness!)

        • How do you like the dew dab? I’ve been using it to treat some scars and outbreaks and have had pretty good luck so far (knock on wood!). With respects to the low winter sunshine, have you tried Nadine’s sun dew cream?

          • Funny you ask, just posted my review of the Dew Dab on the blog! 😀
            I haven’t tried the Sun Dew cream, but now that I’ve had a look at it I feel the need to have it. Just damn currencies making it quite expensive to buy at this moment. Maybe next winter…
            Luckily my skin seems to be very fond of cold and dry weather, but it’s getting a bit too dry, it’s back to high oleic oils.

  • Nina

    How did you like the Gardenia perfume? I can’t figure out if I should give it a go.

    • I loved it! But it has a very strong gardenia smell so if you’re not an absolute huge fan of this scent then I wouldn’t recommend it. If you are then you HAVE to try it 🙂 xx

  • Alicia

    This review was helpful, hilarious and honest! Loved it!

    • lifeinblush

      yaay! xo

  • Margie

    Can’t wait to try this product. Just in time for warm days that keep trying to appear!

    • lifeinblush

      yeeessss!! come on sunshine 😀