On the beach with Badger sunscreen (sport)

Getting Savage On The Beach With Badger’s Broad Spectrum Sport Sunscreen (SPF 35)

July 2, 2013

[ Edits made Nov. 05, 2013 ]

Finding the perfect sunscreen is NOT easy.

Especially if you are a person with extraordinary expectations.

A sunscreen must be able to protect the skin from burning in the sun for a sufficient amount of time. That much is obvious.

And also, it should be made from good quality ingredients. It should be safe to use. In other words, it should not cause the skin to break out with pimples. Or react in any other negative way.

For most people, these are just a few reasonable things to ask for in a sunscreen product.
Badger's Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (SPORT)

But for me, I have a few other things on my list of demands.

I want a sunscreen that does all of the above. But in addition, I want one that does not give off a ghostly white cast.

And it certainly should not cause collateral damage!

So today, we’ll have a look at a natural sunscreen product that I’ve been using: Badger’s Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (For Surfing & Other Performance Sports).

While this sunscreen meets several of my essential criteria, ultimately it falls far far from being that perfect one…

Badger Natural Sunscreen

Badger is an American natural and organic cosmetics company based in New Hampshire.

This particular sunscreen that I got is specifically formulated for Surfing and Other Performance Sports.

It is a thick moisturizing cream that’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Badger cut down on all the nonsense by creating this sunscreen with only a total of 5 ingredients!

Someday I’ll have to explain to you why short ingredients lists are really impressive.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 22.5%)

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

*= Certified Organic

Badger Sunscreen Sport

Zinc oxide is a natural physical sunscreen.

It is made from a powdered mineral that sits on top of the skin, scattering and absorbing UVA and UVB rays. As such, physical sunblocks like zinc oxide tend to give off a whitish cast.

Specifically, all Badger sunscreens are formulated with non-nano uncoated zinc oxide.

Non-nano means that zinc oxide particles are not small enough to be absorbed by the skin and into the bloodstream. And uncoated means that the zinc oxide will not react as much to UV rays nor generate cell-damaging free radicals.

Badger’s website gives a more detailed explanation of Zinc Oxide Sunscreens & Nanoparticles.

On the beach with badger sunscreen (sport)

I’m going to be brief.

When it came to my experience with using Badger’s Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream (Sport), this is what I discovered:

The Good

+ Heavy duty protection from the sun.
+ Long lasting protection.
+ Moisturizing for the skin.
+ Does not cause my skin to react in any negative way.
+ Made from safe ingredients.
+ The ingredients list is short and packed with natural & organic ingredients.
+ Incredibly water resistant.

On the beach with Badger sunscreen (sport)

The Bad

– This particular sunscreen will make you look paler than a ghost.
– When you put on it on, it’s like putting on war paint.
– Incredibly difficult to spread and distribute evenly along the skin.
– It is soo thick and heavy!
– It even glows.
– The label says unscented, but there is a strong peculiar smell to it.
– I know this was made for outdoor sports, but there’s a difference between playing beach volleyball and going on a savage war path.
– It stains clothes.

My mistake was going for the one labeled “Sport.” Badger carries several different kinds of sunscreen, and I should have probably gone for the one made for “Daily” or “Active” use.

For me, the worst part about this sunscreen is that it stains clothes. Two of my summer shorts have been stained with white streaks, which I’m still dutifully trying to remove. What kind of sunscreen stains clothes?? This one, apparently.

I wanted this particular sunscreen because I knew I was going to the beach and so I wanted heavy duty protection.

But this sunscreen turned out to be a little too heavy for my needs. Even for running and splashing around in the beach.

Still, it’s not a complete dud because it’s still great for one important thing

Protecting the skin from the sun!

suncream, badger, sunscreen,[Wearing Badger Sport Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 – way to protect yourself!]

Closing Thoughts

I will continue to use this sunscreen!

I think Badger’s Sport Sunscreen with SPF 35 is still great for doing the most important thing of all… protecting the skin from the sun!

Also, it’s made from safe ingredients that do not cause my skin to break out.

I am just going to have to take extra precautions not to get this cream on my or anyone else’s clothing.

And if that unfortunate event were to arrive… I will make sure to point out that…

One good way to remove sunscreen stains (and grease stains and other oily based things) from clothes is with the help of dish detergent! *

When I’m through with this tube, I suppose I’ll be back again on the market for that perfect sunscreen.

One that provides effective protection, made of safe and natural ingredients but does not make me look like a frolicking ghoul and does not stain my clothes!

* thanks to the friendly advice of Jentri, the Badger representative… whose kindly response can be found in the comments section! 🙂


How Much: $15.50 for 87 ml / 2.9 fl oz

Would I Purchase This Sunscreen Again? Actually, it’s not as bad as I originally thought.  No, not this particular one. But I’m interested in trying the “Daily” version of this sunscreen.

 What about you? Which sunscreen product are you using this summer?



20 thoughts on “Getting Savage On The Beach With Badger’s Broad Spectrum Sport Sunscreen (SPF 35)

  1. Ila

    I love this review, seriously it is just great! informative, clear, easy, complete, you can’t ask for more 🙂
    Well I like Badger and i would be interesting in trying something different from their lip balms and a sunscreen sounds like a good product to try but as you probably will opt for the Daily option instead!

    Ila x

    1. Kareen

      Hi Ila, thanks for the good cheer! I think Badger makes other good kinds of skincare products. And actually, this product is not THAT bad. I’ve been using it for my hands and arms when I’m doing stuff around the yard, or just out in the sun for a while. So it has its good uses.

  2. Sunshine

    Great post. I myself have been on the search for sunscreen products. I never used to care about sunscreen but I’ve been freckling really easily lately.

    It’s so hard to find a good sunscreen lotion. I’ve never come across spf lotion that stains clothes. It’s a shame because despite the white cast it gives it seems like there’s a lot going or this product.

    At the moment I’m using lotion from a company called ‘The Cancer Council’. Not sure if they sell that in the US but you should give it a go. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and they sell small tubes so you can trial the product before buying a bigger bottle.

    1. Kareen

      Hey Sun,

      Freckles can be cute too 😉 But yeah, better to cover up now & be safe rather than be sorry later.

      Yup, never ran into a sunscreen that stains clothes either. But I tried using Badger’s tips on removing the sunscreen stains & it helped a lot. Hint: I used dish soap.

      Haven’t heard of sunscreens by ‘The Cancer Council’ but it sounds good. Would love to read your review on it to learn more!

  3. Badger Jentri

    Agh! We’re so sorry that you didn’t have a 100% good experience with our sunscreen! 🙁 We do appreciate the honest & forthright review, though!

    There’s not a whole lot we can do about the whitening aspect of the zinc oxide, but I can offer some tips to remove the sunscreen from your clothes. When applying, it helps to let the product soak into the skin for a few minutes before letting fabric touch it directly – in this way you can reduce the chance of stains. It is best to rub the product onto the skin well and let sit for a moment to allow the mineral particles to spread out evenly over the skin. The best way to remove a zinc oxide and oil stain is by applying watered down rubbing alcohol (50/50) directly to the stain then dabbing gently to lift the stain.

    If you do not have alcohol on hand, stains resulting from natural oils may be removed that same way you would remove a salad dressing stain: apply a dish soap directly to the stain (because regular laundry detergent does not contain oil-removing properties), then launder as normal. It usually does the trick!

    You might find the application and consistency easier and more pleasant with one of our “Daily” formulations, however it’s important to note that those are not water resistant.

    Feel free to drop me a line anytime if you have any questions or concerns – we’re always here for you!


    Badger Product Expert & Educator

    1. Kareen

      Hi Jentri,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to address my concerns! Gosh, I feel honored that you even took the time to read my blog. Haha.

      As for your tips regarding how to remove the white sunscreen stains, I tried your dish soap tip and am relieved that the marks have faded! So thank you for that.

      I’ll certainly reach out to you if I have any further questions or concerns. Can’t wait to try the “Daily” version of the Badger sunscreen!

      1. Badger Jentri

        Glad the stain removal worked for you! I had to follow my own advice following this holiday weekend, though zinc oxide on my clothes is not an uncommon sight. 🙂
        If you’d like, shoot me an email and I’m happy to send you one of the Daily lotions to try as our way of saying “thanks for giving us another shot.” We have 3 – I’m partial to the Kids version because it smells like creamsicles, but we also have an unscented and a Baby version too. Let me know which you prefer, and I’ll ship it out.
        Again, thanks for the honest review – it was a pleasure to read, even if it wasn’t totally rave. 😉
        Happy Summer!

        1. Kareen

          Gasp! Thank you Jentri, that’s a very kind offer 🙂

          I’d love to try one of Badger’s Daily lotions! Even just a small sample size would be more than appreciated, so that I can… well, sample it! I certainly will be in touch with you in the next couple of days.

          As for the Sports sunscreen, you know what? I keep finding creative ways to use it! I think it’s actually quite nice as a hand sunscreen especially because it’s water-resistant. So if you do a lot of yard work, it’s perfect! In light of this recent discovery, I might have to give the Sports sunscreen another second look.

  4. Helene @healthyfrenchie

    Thank you for the honest review. I do wonder if their daily formulas are lighter… I would love to find a natural sunscreen I can trust.
    And I love the war paint on you! New trend for the beach 😉
    Lastly, I think it’s great that Badger took the time to answer your concerns and I appreciate the tips on removing oil stains

    1. Kareen

      Hi Helene! How have you been? 😀

      I have this feeling that the Daily formula will be much better for me. It’s next on my sunscreen purchase list so I’ll let you know what I think of it!

      Haha, yes… at least you can use the thick sunscreen as war paint! My bf & I had fun drawing different designs on each others’ faces.

      And yeah me too, I really appreciate Badger’s respectful and informative response to my concerns. I tried the dish soap tip, then threw my shorts in the wash. The stains have faded!

  5. Mitzie Mee

    We don’t have that brand in Denmark, but I’ll look out for it when I go to Vegas. The fact that it makes you look pale might not be a bad idea, -then you’ll easy see if you’ve missed a spot:)

    1. Kareen

      Hey Mitzie, that’s good that you point that out about the cream. It’s thick and white enough so that it would be hard to miss spots. Hey, another point for safety!

  6. Amy

    Hi I just wanted to say that I found with this sunscreen a little goes a long way. The first time I used this, I too put on too much and had a whitish tinge to my skin. (I was used to the runny sunscreens that fly out of the bottle) But I realized that if I use a little less (little dots spread out where I need it) and smooth it over my skin for a little bit longer, it becomes transparent. Also I liked that although it might feel a bit sticky at first, it leaves quite a nice mat look on my face. Hope you have a better experience next time, or in the end find the perfect sunscreen you can tell us all about. 😉

    ps.. I wouldn’t use a sunscreen with much less than 23% zinc oxide (if that’s the only ingredient), because that is about the bare minimum you should have to protect you from the sun’s rays. (Check your sunscreen’s protection here. Input the ingredients into the website and it will tell you the actual protection you are getting… European and North American standards. http://www.sunscreensimulator.basf.com/Sunscreen_Simulator/Login_show.action) Cheers!

  7. Kareen

    Hi Amy! Thanks for your thoughts. I have tried applying this sunscreen a little bit at a time and still have problems spreading it evenly on my skin and avoiding getting a whitish cast. While it’s important to get a sunscreen with a high level of active ingredient, I also suspect that the higher the zinc oxide concentration, the thicker/more reflective/whitish the cream will look. So for my face and neck, I have to say this is not the sunscreen I want for my daily needs. But it’s really good for the rest of my body! Also, thanks a lot for the link suggestion. I’ll go ahead and check it out now 🙂

    1. Kareen

      Hi Rae, I guess so. Although honestly, this is the first time I’ve had this experience.

      I love Andalou Naturals! I’ve been using their Daily Defense Facial Lotion for almost three years now. It is by far my favorite daily moisturizer with SPF. The tinted beauty balm must be a new Andalou Naturals product. I’ll keep my eye out for it the next time I go to Whole Foods.

  8. Sarah

    You should try Juice Beauty’s sport sunscreen. It has a tint to it that counteracts the white cast. I wear it while running and it doesn’t sweat off or end up leaving white streaks like other’s I’ve used.


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