By Hadassah Agbaps - March 10, 2018

Hi people, what's been on?
I've got good news for you....
I've found THE sunscreen!!!!


You remember my post about sunscreens?

For new readers (hello guys🙋 ), here's a summary:
Sunscreens protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun...read ...
💣sunburns which I'm sure most dark skinned people can't relate to
💣 skin cancer 😱
💣 hyperpigmentation..now here's where we can relate
💣wrinkling and
💣aging beyond your years for those of us in preservation mode...

Helpful Read: Do Africans, Black People Need Sunscreen?

Anyways, like the vain woman I am, I sought out sunscreens and discovered that I was allergic to oxybenzone (developed tiny blisters all over the areas applied) and good luck finding sunscreens in Nigeria without this ingredient.
In fact, in my experience, I'm willing to bet that 99.19999% products with sunscreens available in Nigeria are filled with this ingredient....
.....and most people are unaware that there are people who are allergic to oxybenzone!!!

Let me rant a bit...

I was in Lagos sometime ago and decided to pop into Essenza store in Ikeja City Mall yes I'm being petty by actually saying the name of the place that sold Lancome products.
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll already know I'm in love with Lancome Teint Idole Foundation 24H.
I was like a kid in a candy shop seeing a lot of this foundation until I noticed on the display that it contained SPF.
It was just a tester sample without the ingredients list so I asked the saleswoman if she could let me have the pack so I could know which SPF was included in it. I explained that I reacted negatively to oxybenzone in sunscreens.
She looked at me and rudely said 'No one reacts to sunscreen"!
I lost all shred of politeness then...like 'if you're ignorant, the least you can do is listen and learn'.
I asked if she was wearing my skin somehow among other things said...
The manager came over and asked what the ruckus was about...
I explained my predicament and she also said "No one reacts to sunscreen"....ignorant and proud...
Finally, they did what they should have quietly done in beginning to avoid a scene and gave me the packaging to look at and thankfully, oxybenzone wasn't in the sunscreen list.....but I was too pissed off to make a purchase.
Moral of the story:
Money over consumer welfare is the name of the game for some businesses, so please make the effort to be a 'woke' consumer to avoid stories that touch.
Plus, we really should do something about the poor customer service in Nigeria!!!

Anyway, back to the sunscreen I'm raving about!

SunBum Signature Clear Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Spf 50

but I was lucky and got a discount to buy at N2696


Sun Bum Signature SPF 50 Sunscreen (formerly SPF 50 Premium Endurance Sunscreen) is formulated to protect the skin from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays. The non-greasy lotion goes on smooth and won't wear off even during the most strenuous outdoor activities in water, wind or hot conditions. Vitamin E provides antioxidants to combat free-radical damage. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. 
Mbah, I did not type it from scratch o...see my Source

Zinc Oxide 10.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octocrylene 7.00%, Octisalate 5.00%. Aloe Barbandesis Leaf Juice, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Plamitate, Beeswax, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter ), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower ) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Acrylates /Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Lecithin, Methylisothiazolinone, Oleic Acid, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipds, Polyester -8, Polyglyceryl -10 Stearate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Oleate, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Trimethylpentadnediol/Adipic Acid Copolymer, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Mbah, I did not type it from scratch o...see my Source


I feel like I've already said it all with my title but I'll try give you the deets...lol.
As a sunscreen veteran I claim I am, this product delivers in terms of the different things I want from a sunscreen...

As a health conscious consumer, I'd like to know that products I put on my skin are as safe and gentle as possible. I can't be 100% careful but I can control what I can. For a sunscreen, this product gives me peace of mind.

Need I say more???

Sun Protection: 
As a scientist, I would like to perform a proper laboratory test using UV light and statistically compare and contrast sunscreen before and after but as a beauty blogger who wants to just take a break from all that, I'll just give the evidence of my even toned skin from head to toe in the 6 months I've been using this product.
NO FILTER....I know I've got some makeup  (who dash me perfect eyebrows) but my makeup is 'girl next door' barely there so my skin is peeking through.

All other variables remain constant. 
I'm not using any brightening or toning cream that would gradually lead to visible lightening of hyperpigmented parts of my body usually exposed to the sun.

Skin Allergies
 Virtually none! 
I've not had any rashes on my lips, face, neck or hands when using this product. In fact, I'm using this sunscreen as my moisturiser soon after cleansing and toning my skin. 
If you've used sunscreen on your face, you'll know that sometimes when you sweat, it gets into your eyes and causes it to water and thus mess up your eye makeup slay! This one doesn't do that.

 It has a pleasant mild scent that I can't really place. 
You'd forget it almost immediately. 
Almost borders on fragrance free.

It's a bit greasy and white on application. I was really about to be disappointed if it gave me the white cast and flash back that the SebaMed one gives me but it disappears quickly when rubbed in and I forget I have sunscreen on. 
It also does not allow my makeup to shift....a very good primer if you ask me.

So what didn't I like???

For starters, when I got this product, I was shocked by how little the bottle was! I was like, how will this shinkini bottle last me?
It did though....I've been using it for 6 months now and I still have some way to go.

The next wahala was dispensing the product. It's quite thick and I had to inhale and exhale to squeeze it out.
You see the tiny hole they were testing me with??

Other than these, I'm pretty satisfied!

Hadassah, oya where can I buy this biko???

You can get it online here (though not all products are already listed on the site)

Address: 12 Daramola Street,Lagos (For Pick-up Only)

Phone: (+234) 803 577 4492, (+234) 909 330 2033, (+234) 703 323 9149

Email: sales@houseofoge.com

Worktime: Mon - Fri, 9AM - 4PM

If you're based outside Lagos, email or call. They ship nationwide!

For readers not based in Nigeria, you can get it on Amazon.

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  1. This is interesting. I’m allergic to most sunscreens too and this seems interesting. I’m allergic to shea butter too though and that’s a little concerning but maybe it’s far enough down in the ingredients list that it might be worth a try.

  2. When you say even skin tone, I'm guessing you mean that the sunscreen protected your skin from the sun so you didn't have pigmentation issues. So if there you already had uneven skin the cream does nothing to sort that yes?

    1. Sunscreen simply prevents the already dark areas from getting even darker and with regular use, as your skin sheds, the hyperpigmented areas will fade away. It will take a longer time than if you try to lighten the dark areas while using a sunscreen. Hope this helps.

  3. I just found your blog doing a random google search about black soap and I'm so grateful! It's been rough out here in these streets trying to find a sunscreen without oxybenzone or white cast since I can no longer afford to keep shipping my Korean sunscreens. Saw this sunscreen on Konga and I've been looking for a review from a black person. Daalu so!

  4. Thanks for writing a review. How does this sunscreen do when you re-apply it? You know how you're supposed to re-apply sunscreen every 2-3 hours? I'm still trying to find a sunscreen that motivates me to re-apply it lol.

    1. Well,that reapplying thing is a bit iffy....because, do they really expect me to clean off my makeup just to reapply sunscreen? I use an umbrella for the rest of the day. I'm on the look out for a spray on sunscreen. I think it'll be useful for those of us that enjoy make-up...lol


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