REVIEW: Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block

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As the rainy season draws near, sun lovers continue to bask with what remains of the summer heat. Beach resorts are still packed and thriving. Those who missed out on the hottest days try to cram their vacation into what’s left of May or even try to extend their summer well into June. But whichever month we please, be it March, April, May, or June, the fact is that the summer heat can be as harsh as the rolling waves of the sea. Protection against the sun’s rays is not a question but a necessity and with all the sunblock varieties that may be found in department stores, how does one even get to choose?

I am a lover of Human Nature products. I have been using almost all of their products from skin care, feminine care, cosmetics, to even their detergents, etc. You can just imagine my happiness when Human Nature finally introduced Safe Block, a water resistant sunblock that blocks 93% of the sun’s harmful rays.

Prior to Safe Block, I have been reluctantly using other sunblocks in the market. Reluctantly because I have sensitive skin and there is no sunblock that has left me without any breakout. Without naming them, for I have tried quite a lot, these sunblocks, despite their spf levels, never quite protected me from the sun. I get sunburn and uneven tanning even though I don’t try to tan.

One reason I can think of would be the ingredients in these other sunblocks that, though they claim to protect me from the sun, are unfortunately harsh on my skin, let alone the environment when the sunblock is washed away by the water.

Human Nature’s Safe Block is 100% natural as with almost all of Human Nature’s products. Meaning to say, Human Nature avoided adding chemicals and artificial ingredients that most often cause skin irritation or lead to other illnesses as such ingredients are easily absorbed by the skin.

Fast Facts

HN Safeblock

Price/Size: 
Php 249.75 / 50g
Php 549.75 / 200g

Instructions:
Apply 20 minutes before exposure to the sun.
Reapply every 80 minutes or after sweating, swimming, or toweling.

Product Description: ABCs
100% natural, broad-spectrum, reef-friendly family sunscreen.
Armors skin against aging UVA rays with PA+++ rated protection.
Blocks 93% of skin-burning UVB rays.
Cares for our coral reefs with only all-good, sea-safe natural ingredients.

Ingredients:
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, zinc oxide, hydrogenated castor oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut-derived), dicaprylyl ether (vegetable-derived), beeswax, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, oryzanol (rice-derived), fragrance (all-natural), glyceryl caprylate (coconut, palm and glycerin-derived), tocopherol, anisic acid (anise seed-derived)

Source: Human Nature

Impressions

as applied on my left hand (the lighting is different on the left most pane)

as applied on my left hand (the lighting is different on the left most pane)

Quality

Human Nature’s Safe Block did not disappoint. From the moment I smelled it, I fell in love for it smelled like the lotion that you would want to wear everyday. If you’re a user of Human Nature products like me, you’d know that Safe Block has the same scent as Human Nature’s 100% Natural Healthy Lotion (Blossom Beauty)heavenly. When I was in Zambales with my family, I can’t help but apply and re-apply Safe Block. Even my cousins joined in on my excitement and tried it out.

The application is smooth, leaving a white film of protection just like any sunblock. I should emphasize that it is water resistant. After I did several laps and underwater handstands, the protective film’s still on my skin when I came back to shore. Even as I showered, I saw the water form into beads on my skin like a newly waxed car. But despite being water resistant, Human Nature’s Safe Block can easily be washed off with soap and water.

Strength

Suffice it to say, after 3 days and 2 nights in Zambales, swimming in the sea, playing beach volleyball, and walking along the shorelines, I did not get sunburn. I did not tan severely. There were no visible tan lines. There was no uneven skin tone. Happy!

In the website, it says that Safe Block is a physical sunscreen that stays on the skin’s surface to deflect the sun’s UV rays. Most sunblocks, however, are chemical sunscreens that absorb UV rays and convert them to heat. Maybe this is why with other sunblocks I’ve tried, I’ve been getting uneven tan lines and patches of sunburn. With Safe Block, I suffered nothing of the sort. The sun’s harmful rays were the last of my problems.

You can also try Human Nature’s 100% Natural Sunflower Oil. Sunflower has essential elements that protect you from the sun’s rays, which is fitting considering its name. It also has other properties that make it work as an all purpose skin care product good for everyone.

Value

My only comment would be the size of the Safe Block, which is available in 50g and 200g only, as with most of Human Nature products. 50g is too little if you’re going for a 3D2N summer vacation. 200g is too large for the same duration, unless you’re sharing it with the whole family. Considering budget and time constraints, we don’t go on many summer vacations in a year. It usually ranges between 1-3 (I think).

There’s also the factor that since most Human Nature products are 100% natural, their shelf life are shorter, usually good for only a year. So for me who’s just bought a 200g Safe Block and used it for myself, my Mom and Dad, and for the last stretch of summer, I still have half of my Safe Block unspent. It expires on 12 April 2015.

Verdict: 9/10

It’s only due to the size that Safe Block didn’t make a 10/10. Other than that, it’s Safe Block hands down compared to other sunscreens out there. It’s affordable and it delivers. Did I mention I didn’t burn under the sun?

Plus, it’s safe on our seas. When we swim, there are no chemical compounds washed away to destroy our coral reefs. I feel safe and good knowing that I’m safely protected under the sun but at the same time I don’t cause damage to the environment. It’s a two-for-two deal that I wouldn’t dare pass up.

Disclaimer: I am a Human Nature Dealer but I strive to give a fair and objective opinion on Human Nature products. After all, I am a consumer of the products myself.

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How do you protect yourself against summer heat? Let me know what you think.

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