Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreens

Summer is here! Well, kind of, if you go by the weather we’ve been having lately. But, we’ve had some beautiful days that required sun protection and I know we’ll have many more in the next couple of months. So today I’m sharing with you some natural sunscreens that will help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. I have Boo Bamboo‘s SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen ($19.99 CAD) and SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray Mini ($9.99 CAD).

Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreens SPF 30 40

Both these sunscreens are:

  • Non-whitening
  • Fast-absorbing
  • Water resistant
  • Unscented
  • Non-nano
  • Paraben & DEA free
  • Cruelty-Free & Vegan

Ingredients

The ingredients listed on my products do NOT match what is listed on the Boo Bamboo site. The ingredients listed below are what’s written on my products. The SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen has a sticker with new ingredients on it.

View ingredients for SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen.
Medicinal ingredients (w/w):
Zinc Oxide 20.5% – Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, lubricating, and sunscreen active ingredient in cosmetics. As a sunscreen, it is effective in providing protection against sun’s UVA rays in addition to UVB rays.

Inactive ingredients (w/w):
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer – A synthetic polymer and film-forming agent that also serves to thicken cosmetic formulas. It is used in low amounts in a variety of products due to its stabilizing abilities and esthetically pleasing feel.
Water / Aqua
Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract – A species of bamboo.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient.
Dilauryl Citrate – A diester of lauryl alcohol and citric acid. Function(s): Skin-Conditioning Agent – Emollient
Ethylhexylglycerin – A glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent.
Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract
Gluconolactone – A lactone of D-gluconic acid.
Glycerin
Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate – Obtained by the hydrogenation of methyl abietate. (can’t seem to find what methyl abietate is)
Isopropyl Palmitate – Texture enhancer and emollient used in cosmetics. May be synthetic or derived from plant and animal sources.
Lauryl Glucoside – A surfactant used in cosmetics. It is a glycoside produced from glucose and lauryl alcohol.
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate
Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
Methylcellulose – A chemical compound derived from cellulose.
Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer – ???
Phenoxyethanol – A preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.
Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate – An ester of lauric acid and Polyglycerin-4 (q.v.).
Polyhydroxystearic Acid – A suspending agent that is used to stabilize products. It is often used in formulas to suspend the SPF component. Can be natural or synthetic.
Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract – A deciduous tree native to cooler areas of North America, one of several species referred to by the common name aspen.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate – A gentle cleansing agent that may be derived from coconut or made synthetically.
Sodium Phytate – The salt form of the corn-derived plant component phytic acid, modified to become a synthetic ingredient and used as a chelating agent in cosmetics.
Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate – A natural amino acid – plant derived from palm fatty acid, a hypo-allergenic emulsifier. The PH is similar to that of the skin.
Sorbitan Laurate – PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is an ethoxylated sorbitan monoester of Lauric Acid (q.v.) with anaverage of 80 moles of ethylene oxide.
Tocopheryl Acetate – A chemical compound that consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E).
Xanthan Gum – Natural ingredient used as a thickening agent, texture enhancer, and to stabilize emulsions, which is a general term for mixtures of unlike substances such as oil and water.

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

View ingredients for SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray Mini.
Medicinal ingredients (w/w):
Zinc Oxide 16.5% – Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, lubricating, and sunscreen active ingredient in cosmetics. As a sunscreen, it is effective in providing protection against sun’s UVA rays in addition to UVB rays.

Inactive ingredients (w/w):
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Water / Aqua
Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder – A species of bamboo.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient.
Dilauryl Citrate – A diester of lauryl alcohol and citric acid. Function(s): Skin-Conditioning Agent – Emollient
Ethylhexylglycerin – A glyceryl ether used as a weak preservative and skin conditioning agent.
Gluconolactone – A lactone of D-gluconic acid.
Glycerol
Hydrogenated Methyl Abietate – Obtained by the hydrogenation of methyl abietate. (can’t seem to find what methyl abietate is)
Isopropyl Palmitate – Texture enhancer and emollient used in cosmetics. May be synthetic or derived from plant and animal sources.
Lauryl Glucoside – A surfactant used in cosmetics. It is a glycoside produced from glucose and lauryl alcohol.
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate
Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
Methylcellulose – A chemical compound derived from cellulose.
Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer – ???
Phenoxyethanol – A preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.
Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate – An ester of lauric acid and Polyglycerin-4 (q.v.).
Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract – A deciduous tree native to cooler areas of North America, one of several species referred to by the common name aspen.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate – A gentle cleansing agent that may be derived from coconut or made synthetically.
Sodium Phytate – The salt form of the corn-derived plant component phytic acid, modified to become a synthetic ingredient and used as a chelating agent in cosmetics.
Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate – A natural amino acid – plant derived from palm fatty acid, a hypo-allergenic emulsifier. The PH is similar to that of the skin.
Sorbitan Laurate – PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate is an ethoxylated sorbitan monoester of Lauric Acid (q.v.) with anaverage of 80 moles of ethylene oxide.
Tocopheryl Acetate – A chemical compound that consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E).
Xanthan Gum – Natural ingredient used as a thickening agent, texture enhancer, and to stabilize emulsions, which is a general term for mixtures of unlike substances such as oil and water.

View these ingredients on CosDNA.

SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen

I was browsing the beauty products in the natural product section at Loblaws when I saw this sunscreen standing all by itself in a display for another brand, so I decided to take it home with me. 😉 I hadn’t bought a natural sunscreen yet and it was something I wanted since all the ones I have at home are chemical sunscreens and I want to get away from those.

Broad Spectrum UVA / UVB Protection enriched with bamboo extract. Non-whitening, fast-absorbing, water resistant, naturally scented, paraben & DEA free.

Boo Bamboo SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen

This sunscreen smells like body lotion. It’s rather unscented, but if you take a deep sniff really up close you’ll get that unscented kind of scent, know what I mean? It doesn’t have that typical sunscreen scent; it’s really rather odourless. It feels like body lotion too; it spreads well and absorbs well. A little goes a long way though so start small!!

Boo Bamboo SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen

Boo Bamboo SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen

Boo Bamboo SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen

SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray Mini

I received this sunscreen to try out and it arrived shortly after I had bought the other one above. Talk about a coincidence that it’s the same brand I purchased, and also perfect cause now I have both the lotion and the spray versions. Okay so they have a 10 SFP difference between them, but they’re close enough. 🙂

Broad Spectrum UVA / UVB Protection enriched with bamboo extract using revolutionary spray technology that uses air pressure instead of propellants. Non-whitening, fast-absorbing, water resistant, naturally scented, paraben & DEA free, 360 degree continuous spray.

Boo Bamboo SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray Mini

I have to tell you a funny story about the first time I tried this one. We were doing yard work around the house and I was wearing a tank top so I asked my husband to spray my upper back. Well, he sprayed, and sprayed, and sprayed, and sprayed, and sprayed…! I thought to myself “Geez, he sure is putting a lot!” Then he starts to spread it around with his hand and I was white, and I mean WHITE, literally! He put SO MUCH!!! He said, “There, now you won’t burn.” LOL! We sure had a good laugh at that one! He knows I’m afraid to burn and I’m sunscreen-trigger happy. 🙂

This sunscreen does claim to be non-whitening, AND IT IS… as long as you don’t over-apply like my husband did, LOL! Just be careful though, just one little spray got all of this out, so it’s easy to over-spray if you only want a little bit.

Boo Bamboo SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray Mini

I won’t show you the back of this bottle because it’s too rounded and you can’t read all of it. But I will show you the top because you can lock it and not risk having it spray all over your items if you throw it in your bag or backpack.

Boo Bamboo SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray Mini

Final Thoughts

I’m really happy with both these sunscreens, they work great!

Although I’m not a fan of the fact that the ingredients listed on their site are not the same as what’s listed on the products, that’s VERY misleading. AND, the ingredients on their site sound way more natural than what’s listed on the products; those on the products sound way more scientific and scary. They all score very low on CosDNA and EWG, but still, it’s misleading.

Boo Bamboo is available at many online and physical retailers, you can browse the list on their website.

If you shop on Well.ca (they carry Boo Bamboo)…

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What natural sunscreens have you tried?

– Chantal 🙂

Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreens

Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

  • I’ve never heard of Boo Bamboo before! Sounds like a really good sunscreen option – though I would be hesitant to use the spray version as I’ve heard it’s not great to inhale (but it is super helpful on the go!) Will definitely have to check out this brand. Thanks for sharing!

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    • I use their shampoo and conditioner and really like them, I’ve even repurchased those a few times already! I’m liking these sunscreens, they work well. I definitely want to try more of their products. And they’re Canadian too! 🙂