Have you ever almost passed out from dehydration? I have—it happened during a middle school field trip to the Renaissance Faire. I started seeing stars and feeling incredibly woozy. All sound was muffled and I couldn’t really hear anything, almost like I was underwater. All I remember is stumbling over to a tree so I could get some relief from the blazing hot sun. I don’t remember wearing sunscreen that day but it obviously would have been a good idea because the sun was so strong that day…and we were basically in the middle of a desert. So when I read the following passage in Jen DeLuca’s fun novel, Well Met (which also takes place at a Renaissance Faire), I couldn’t help but chuckle.
"Well met, good sir!” I dropped into a short curtsy as Mitch stepped forward to offer me a hand as I rose again. For all his obnoxiousness, when Mitch turned his attention to you it was like getting the full force of the sun. I was going to need a stronger SPF if I was going to make it through August.
—Well Met, by Jen DeLuca
SPF is a good idea whenever you’re going to be, but especially if you’re planning to spend a good chunk of time at the Renaissance Faire or any other outdoor venue. Now that summer’s just around the corner, I thought it was high time to try out yet another sunscreen. I decided on Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 because it’s affordable and fragrance-free. I recommend this sunscreen if you’re looking for a no-frills option to protect your skin from UV rays this summer. It’s also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ingredients
Active ingredients: zinc oxide (14.5%), titanium dioxide (2.0%)
Inactive Ingredients: water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitate, sorbitan sesquioleate, glycerin, glyceryl isostearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, polyglyceryl-3 ricinoleate, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, calendula officinalis flower extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, magnesium sulfate, silica, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, polyhydroxystearic acid
This sunscreen shares a lot in common with Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen, which is also SPF 30. Both sunscreens contain 14.5 percent zinc oxide and 2 percent titanium dioxide as the active ingredients. What are the odds? The inactive ingredients are also similar, including shea butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and aloe vera. But they’re in slightly different order. And Alba Botanica’s formula includes alcohol, while Jason’s doesn’t. That was the most noticeable difference. Here’s the Alba Botanica ingredient list, so you can compare for yourself.
Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Ingredients
Active Ingredients: zinc oxide (14.5%), titanium dioxide (2.0%)
Inactive ingredients: water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitate, sorbitan sesquioleate, glycerin, glyceryl isostearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, polyglyceryl-3 ricinoleate, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic calendula officinalis flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, tocopheryl acetate, alcohol, magnesium sulfate, polyhydroxystearic acid, silica, sodium chloride, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol
My Dad the Chemist’s review of Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Dear Emily, I like the formula and the consisting ingredients, should be a nice one. Just curious, do this product have any water resistance claims?
For the mineral sunscreens with water resistance, they’re much more difficult to make the sunscreens less white, because the film forming polymers used to build water resistance would make these formula base more white in color.
As my dad mentioned in the Pipette Mineral Sunscreen review, water-resistant sunscreens tend to leave more of a white cast than sunscreens that don’t make that claim. Indeed, Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 does leave more of a white cast than Pipette’s version. However, I think it’s worth it for the peace of mind that comes with the water resistance claim when you’re outdoors and sweating.
Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 review
Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is a solid option for you if you want something affordable and effective. It provides slightly less UVB protection than SPF 30 (blocks 97 percent of UVB rays vs. 98 percent), but if you use it correctly and reapply every two hours as recommended, it should provide pretty good protection, especially when you combine it with other protective measures like a hat and UPF clothing.
Though this sunscreen has a very similar ingredient list as Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen, the two sunscreens feel very different. Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 provides a more creamy consistency and is slightly more oily/dewy after application. I think it moisturizes your skin more than the Alba Botanica sunscreen. The Alba Botanica sunscreen is slightly more watery and feels slightly less pasty and more lightweight than the Jason sunscreen, so it could be a better choice for you if you have oily skin. If you have dry skin, you may like the Jason Mineral Sunscreen better.
Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 also leaves ever-so-slightly more of a white cast than Alba Botanica’s version, which is why I think it may be a no-go for people with darker skin tones. I would recommend using Alba Botanica instead if you’re worried about looking like a ghost. But Jason Mineral Sunscreen is great if you’re looking for something creamier and more hydrating/moisturizing. Both sunscreens are great.