As with everything in life, there is always a compromise. I preface this review by making that statement because, for the die-hard clean beauty aficionados out there, Sôvée might at first glance appear not to fall into the untainted beauty remit.
As a makeup artist, one of the hardest things to find in the untainted realm of beauty is a natural SPF that doesn't look white or become very shiny on the skin AND works well under makeup.
So here is why I was prepared to "compromise"...
Firstly, it's effective, matte and works well under makeup.
Secondly, it doesn't contain zinc oxide. While zinc oxide is a wondrous natural SPF, there is no getting away from the ghostly parlour it departs on our skin (which I might add is very effective when you need a white base medium to mix your pigments into when you're feeling creative) and over time, can enlarge pores. The other key thing to realise is, that even though it's natural and biodegradable when it is biodegrading in the ocean it is actually fragile marine organisms. This is not to say that SPF's containing zinc oxide don't have their place, they most certainly do... it's just NOT in the ocean!
Sôvée does indeed contain synthetic sun filters and even one with nanoparticles! It also contains synthetic fragrance. So why on earth am I allowing this on the pages of UNTAINTED? Because of the compromised Aethic took in creating this product.
At the end of the day, if you're going out into the sun for prolonged periods of time, you need to protect your skin. And that's what Sôvée does with its unique triple filter protection. And, if you're going to be in the ocean, you need to protect it too, which you are assured to be doing because of its proven ecocompatible formulation. When I questioned the founder on the fact that the ingredients list contained fragrance, he came right out and told me it was a synthetic fragrance and told me which two ingredients were used to create said fragrance. He was transparent and that's a big deal for me.
Also... I've seen the scientific data on the health risks of the synthetic filters and they are safe for us "land-animals" too.
Our beauty shouldn't taint the planet.
Let's face it, only Eva can look amazing covered in white sunscreen!
When applying Sôvée, it's best to pat it into the skin rather than rubbing it to avoid flaking (after all it is still mostly made up of untainted ingredients!)
Aqua, Cera Alba, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoateethylhexyl Triazone Nano, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Hybrida Abrialis Oil, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Edta.