Over the summer I was in need of another sunscreen, as I accidentally packed mine away and placed it in storage. I refused to drive twenty minutes and spend another hour screen through totes and bins.So inside I carried on about my day, wearing my last little bit of sample sunscreen from Origins, praying it didn’t make me look like a smurf. While living my life, picking up vitamins to stay healthy, I stumbled upon Trader Joe’s Mineral Sunscreen Stick for $6. I immediately tossed the product into my basket, because it was the cheapest I’d seen any mineral sunscreen and figured Trader Joe’s had never done me wrong.
It is not Dark Skin Girl Friendly
When testing it out, I discovered it has a white cast. Almost ashy white. I’d guess as the day progresses it seeps into your skin, but I can’t go outside our two hours looking like winter came, and no one was kind enough to pass me some shea butter. If you’re of a lighter hue, this may not be an issue, but for me, this was a huge turnoff.
If You Have Oily Skin, Don’t Bother
This product has coconut oil in it. If you have oily skin, combo-oily skin, or acne prone skin that is one ingredient you want to steer clear of. Coconut oil is very comedogenic(pore-clogging) and will cause all sorts of breakouts. If you’re on the journey to clear skin that is the last thing you need in your life.
The Final Straw for Me
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m allergic to cocoa butter. I’m the only black person I’ve met who cannot use cocoa butter. The stuff makes me itch. The ancestors betrayed me yall! In addition to all the other faults, this was the nail in the coffin for me. The last thing I need to be doing all year is picking at my face because it itches half the day. I learnt a valuable lesson of taking the 45 seconds to skim the ingredients labels.
If you have a lighter skin tone, Rashida Jones or lighter, I don’t think the white cast will be much of an issue for you. If you have dry skin, this is the definitely something to look into. The coconut oil, avocado oil and argan oil are perfect for your skin. If you have combo oily skin, paper bag or darker skin tone this product is not for you. Despite all my struggles, I had no problems returning this product to Trader Joe’s. It was hassle free, so shoutout to their customer service.
What sunscreen have you been wearing? Do you have any mineral sunscreen suggestions for me? Are you going to try out the Trader Joe’s Mineral Sunscreen Stick? Let me know below.
Until Next Time,