Review: Human Nature Safe Protect (100% Natural)

A year ago I posted a review of Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block, the first ever sunblock I’ve encountered that didn’t leave me with sun burnt skin, skin discoloration, and acne breakouts. This time, Human Nature Safe Protect, also 100% natural, is a new innovation by Human Nature, which I feel most sun lovers and beach goers would love to and should keep whenever they’re out and about.

Fast Facts

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Price/Size:
Php 299.75 / 50g
Php 649.75 / 200g

Ingredients:
Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, hydrogenated castor oil, zinc oxide, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dicaprylyl ether, Cera alba (beeswax), Glycine soja (soybean) oil, fragrance (all-natural), glyceryl caprylate, tocopherol (vitamin E), p-anisic acid

Product Description: ABCs
ARMORS against skin-aging UVA rays.
BLOCKS skin-burning UVB rays with SPF 30 deflecting 97% of UVB rays.
CARES for coral reefs. SafeProtect is free from parabens, oxybenzone, benzophenone and ethylhexylmethoxycinnemate that cause the bleaching of corals when washed off.

♥ No White Cast ♥
White Away! You’ve asked for it, so we’ve formulated a sunscreen with all the protection you need – and none of the white film. Don your daily sun protection today!

Source: Human Nature

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Impressions

SPF 15 vs. SPF 30

Honestly, I was confused at first why Human Nature (HN) would introduce a new sun block with an SPF that is double than its previous. HN Safe Block has SPF 15 while HN Safe Protect has SPF 30. I distinctly remember during one of the magalogue turnovers introducing HN Safe Block that you don’t need a high SPF.

SPF 15 already blocks 93% of the harmful UVB rays while SPF 30 will block 97%, which does not really make much of a difference.

But now, Human Nature introduced one that has exactly that—SPF 30 to block an extra 4%. So initially, I was a bit disappoint thinking that Human Nature will stick with the SPF 15.

Quality

I love the texture of Human Nature Safe Protect and scent is as heavenly as HN Safe Block. It feels like I’m just applying regular lotion but with extra protection from the sun.

In my review of Human Nature Safe Block, I said:

The application is smooth, leaving a white film of protection just like any sunblock.

With Human Nature Safe Protect, there’s no white film but the protection is there. If you love taking pictures of yourself with beautiful beach views or while in the sea, it can be quite frustrating to have that white film all over your skin. I find that Human Nature Safe Protect, with its “No White Cast” formula, gets rid of this problem. Who would want to look like a clown?

Strength

The lack of white cast does not lessen the strength of Human Nature Safe Protect. After applying the product, you’d see a dewy shine left on your skin. That’s the protection. It’s also water resistant so if you take a dip in the pool or the sea, you’ll see the water form beads on your skin. This is very helpful against swimming pools that have a more chlorine than the others. Human Nature Safe Protect keeps the chemical at bay.

I used Human Nature Safe Protect on three different occasions—my trip to Boracay, to Pagudpud, and to a day in Amana Water Park—and I enjoyed every minute of my time under the sun.

Value

Human Nature Safe Protect is more expensive that Human Nature Safe Block, but I guess that comes with the “No White Cast” formulation and the higher SPF level. I think it’s a reasonable price, especially if you think about protecting not just your skin but the environment as well. My time in the sea has always been more enjoyable knowing that I am not doing any harm to the environment and I feel much closer to nature this way.

My comment, however, as with the previous one, I wish the sizes were more diverse. Human Nature Safe Protect has only 50g and 200g sizes that are too small and too big, respectively, for any one person to use.

Verdict: 10/10

I love Human Nature Safe Protect. Yes, I was initially disappointed and confused because Human Nature seemed to detract from what it said before about SPF levels but that’s business. What I care more about is the fact that Human Nature Safe Protect has better formulation—“No White Cast”—and I think it improved from its predecessor, which is expected. And if you noticed, the packaging is much better and I like the stencil pakiwan.

So yes, it’s a 10/10 and I recommend, because I’m sure you’re still squeezing one more beach outing before summer ends officially, that you buy one and see and feel the difference for yourself. I will definitely buy this again.

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.

Fab Five Beach Must-Haves

Do you love summer—the sun, sand, and sea? If you do and you always have at least one beach outing a year, then you’re already a veteran when it comes to surviving the summer heat and enjoy your time under the sun. If not, then you should at least have these Fab Five things with you. Forget about everything else. These are your basic necessities.

Fab Five Beach Must-haves

Fab Five Summer Survival Kit

String Backpack | Shades | Flip-flops | Beach Blanket | Skin Survival Kit


1. String BackPack

I cannot stress the importance of having this item. Not only does a backpack free up your hands, a string backpack keeps your items safe from thieving hands. String backpacks are also travel light so you can put them in your luggage and just use them when you’re going to the beach.

There are different kinds of string backpacks out there, some are waterproof. Personally, I love this one, which I got from a yoga retreat I participated in last year. It’s made of hard cloth but very durable and washable when it gets dirty. Even though it’s not waterproof, I have waterproof pouches I use to protect my gadgets.


2. Shades

The eyes need as much protection from the sun as our skin. The eyelids are not enough to shield your eyes from the sun’s rays. For those with lighter eyes, sensitivity to and the risks of sunlight damages are higher. You can get eyelid cancer or cataracts, among others, if you leave your eyes unprotected.

So when you’re going outdoors, make sure to have your trusty shades with you. Better if it has UV protection. I got mine from Eye Channel (not Chanel), which I really love as it’s perfect for the beach. I call it my Sepia shades. You can guess why.

For more information about eye protection from sunlight, I got my source here.


3. FLip-FLops (or Slippers)

Flip Flops

But don’t let a pair of destroyed flip-flops from letting you enjoy a night of partying.

The sandy beach can become a desert in no time and harsh on your feet as the sun’s rays. So make sure to have soft and durable flip-flops with you to protect your soles. Rubber is not the only option but if you plan to run along the shore, I’d advise to use rubber slippers because it resists salt water better.

Mine’s from Salvatos, a prize I won from BDJ Box (thanks again!). It’s durable and ideal for traveling as it folds in the middle and has a pouch to separate it from my other items. I’ve walked miles along the beach and on concrete with this. I’ve tested this as well, walking knee deep in the sea and on rocky sand. I couldn’t recommend a more fitting brand to use and bring along with me in my travels than this.


4. Beach Blanket

If you like lounging by the beach whether to get a tan or read a good book, then you’d want to invest on beach blankets. Lounge chairs are not enough if you want to be able to lie close to someone or if you just want to play board or card games with your friends on the beach. A beach blanket is necessary.

Mine is not a beach blanket really but a bath towel—an ultra absorbent one. But I find that Towelite can double as a beach blanket and better than using the bath towels from the resort you’re staying at. It’s also travel friendly—you can fold or roll it to the size to want.


5. Skin Survival Kit

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. According to National Geographic, an adult carries about 8 pounds of it and covers about 22 square feet. So normally, it’s the first thing you’d think of protecting when going to the beach.

It’s your choice what products you use. For a kikay like me, I turn to these items:

♥ Sunflower oil. It’s my first line of defense. Applied after taking a shower and before going out of the hotel. Contrary to what you might think, sunflower oil is not greasy and is easily absorbed by the skin so you won’t get that icky feeling.

If you’re sensitive to most sunblocks, consider using sunflower oil as your sunblock as it has qualities that help shield the skin from the sun’s rays. (You can find other ways to use sunflower oil here.)

♥ Sunblock. The most common protection you can give your skin. I have two fail-safe sunblocks, both without chemicals that harm the seas. It doesn’t matter what level of SPF your sunblock has. Just make sure to re-apply when you’ve been in the water or have been sweating for too long as the SPF may drop.

(I’ve reviewed Human Nature Safe Block here if you’re interested. I’ll be posting my review of Human Nature Safe Protect soon so be sure to come back or follow along with me on my social media accounts at the bottom of this page.)

♥ Citronella oil. This one I use on a case to case basis. If you’re the type to lounge at night or do some partying outside, then I advise you to protect your skin from insects, especially if you’re going to a tropical beach. Citronella oil is a natural insect repellent but you can use citronella lotion if the scent is too much for you.

♥ Balms. Another I use on a case to case basis. What happens if you forgot to apply sunscreen or been under the sun for too long and get sunburn? What if you get a headache from last night’s partying? I have two of the best balms I could get my hands on.

One has peppermint, eucalyptus, and bergamot extract that work magic to cool the skin and ease the senses. If you have motion sickness, this is your cure. (I’ve shared in a previous post fab five ways to use this balm.)

The other dispels any skin discomforts I have. In my last beach trip,  I was tested the product to see if it will ease the sunburn I got after staying too long under the sun. Overnight, the sting of the sunburn was gone. So if you have a balm like this, be sure to have one in your kit.


Next time you go to the beach, make sure you have these fab five items with you. What’s basic to bring to the beach for you may be different to another person. You may even have a different set altogether. If you do, I’d like to know what your fab five beach must-haves are.

Kawaii Must-Haves: Unboxing BDJ January-February Exclusive Box

Just when I began unboxing january-february kawaii must haves BDJ box exclusiveworrying whether my the BDJ box for January 2015 got lost during delivery, it turned out that for the first two months of 2015, BDJ would combine the two boxes into one exclusive box.

First thing I thought upon realizing this was: Oh no! I think I just wasted my money! I dislike paying for two things and then receive just one, which was my sentiment at the time. But considering the actual price of the items inside, the box is worth more than four boxes.

Items

300ml Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Bright Up worth Php 419
50ml Lucido-L Treatment Oil Straight worth Php 295
70ml Lucido-L Styling Milk Straight worth Php 295
2.8g Pixy Eye Shadow worth Php 315
3.5g Pixy Blush On worth Php 345
12.2g Pixy Two Way Cake Fit worth Php 275
10g Pixy Coverlast worth Php 325
30ml Sunkiller Perfect Strong A worth Php 495
5pcs Rock it and own it! sticker
BDJ Box Team message and product catalogue
Kawaii Must-Haves Magazine

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Thoughts

Price

The box is definitely more than I bargained for. Each BDJ box is worth Php 580, two boxes being Php 1,160. The total amount of the items in the January to February box is, as you may have already computed, Php 2,764. Since I’m the type to always make such computations, having a combined box isn’t such bad of a deal.

The consequence of this, however, is that the delivery becomes unpredictable. For the duration of my subscription to BDJ beauty boxes, this is the first time that they have combined two boxes. I do hope that they wouldn’t make this a habit.

Size

Another good thing about this box, which is almost always that case with BDJ boxes, is that all items are in full sizes. There are no deluxe or sample packs as what most beauty subscription boxes often fill their boxes with. So if I happen to like a product, then I’d have full use of it. On the flip size, if I don’t like a product, then I’d have to the remaining of the full size to either finish off or giveaway/sell.

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Contents

When it comes to the items themselves, I have mixed feelings. There are repeat items such as the Pixy Two Way Cake Fit and Blush On, which I got in last year’s BDJ April Box. There’s also the Sunkiller Perfect Strong A, which I got in one of the two BDJ Elite Boxes I bought in July.

As for the Pixy Eye Shadow, although this is a different shade from last year’s, I already have this particular shade having one the Stick It To Win It promo. I have no complaints for this one. I love this particular shade!

For the rest of the items… I’m especially excited with the Bifesta Cleansing Lotion Bright Up. Lately, I’ve been testing different makeup removers and this one I’ve always been curious about.

For the Lucido-L products, I’m not sure if I’ll use them as I have digitally permed (now just wavy) hair and these are for straight hair.

Lastly, with the Pixy Coverlast, I’m neither disappointed nor excited. My skin’s losing its oiliness lately, something I’m not too happy about, so I may or may not try it out. We’ll see.

All in all. I’m not entirely happy. Only the cleansing oil got me excited. I think it shows considering that it took me this long (weeks) before I really opened up the package for an unboxing. I do hope the March box will be an improvement in the sense that there’d be no repeat items.

If you’re interested for a review of any of the above items, just give me a shout out in the comments below so I can prioritize them. I hope you’re not as disappointed as I am when you got yours.

REVIEW: Human Nature’s 100% Natural Safe Block

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.