The Saem Eco Earth Power Green Sun Cream SPF50 PA++++ Review:
I’ve been using The Saem’s Pink sun cream for almost a year now, and you can say that while I’ve grown bored of it, it’s still the one sunscreen that I always reach for. Earlier this year when I went to order it, I noticed that The Saem had a couple of different sunscreens, ones that I had never seen before, namely this green sun cream. Naturally, I looked it up and found that the ingredients looked very similar to the pink one.
Because I find the pink one a bit drying in winter, I wondered whether the green version would be more moisturizing and better for winter than the pink version. I decided to try the green version out after noticing that titanium dioxide was higher up in the ingredients list than in the pink version. Mostly I just decided to try it out because I was feeling bored with the pink version of the sunscreen.
+ Created with natural plant power complex(fireweed, star fruits, maca, moringa) which sooth and moist your skin.
Skin stimuli test completed, giving sensitive skin delicate care and comfortable feeling.
+ Purifying moringa extract makes skin healthy, brighten complexion.
Water, Cyclomethcone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Epilobum Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Fruit Extract, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Madecassoside, Magnesium Sulfate Undecane, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Trehalose, Aluminium Hydroxide, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Tridecane, Stearic Acid, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pullulan, Octyldodecanol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Glycerin, Panthenol, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Alcohol, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Ceramide 3, Vitamin E, Phytospingosine, Pentylene Glycol, Hamamelia Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Maltodextrin
How to use:
1. After finishing your basic skin care routine, spread an appropriate amount over your face
2. Making sure to pat (not rub) it in lightly
3. Leave it to set for 5~10 minutes
My skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.
The Saem Eco Earth Power Green Sun Cream SPF50 PA++++ Review:
When this green sunscreen/cream arrived, I must admit that I had very high hopes for it. The pink sun cream is currently my favorite sun cream, and while it is a touch too drying in winter it still is the most convenient sun cream for me to use because of how fast it dries down.
Anyway, the green version has the same packaging and box as the pink version, only the color of the packaging is different. Like the pink sun cream it comes in a soft plastic tube, easy to squeeze out and easy to use.
The green sun cream has a rather unfortunate smell as far as I’m concerned. I’m not sure if it’s just me (being weird?) but somehow this sunscreen smells like vomit. I know that sounds weird, but if you’ve ever been on a plane (train, some form of transport) and someone has thrown up a few seats away, and you catch that whiff of vomit – that’s what this sunscreen smells like. If that makes any sense? Well, that whiff of vomit mixed with a slight citrus/lemon scent. So yes, the smell for me was very off putting and unpleasant, but thankfully it’s only really noticeable when it’s wet.
The second unpleasant factor (for me) was the formula of the sun cream. It’s hard to explain really, but the cream has a really peculiar consistency. I’m not sure if my bottle was a dud, or the cold (it’s winter here) made it go funny, but it goes weirdly clumpy when I try to apply the sun cream. So, it makes it really hard to apply it evenly.
I tried it on my bare skin and it still did the same thing. I included a photo of my fingers showing how it looks after I patted the sun cream in, you can see how it sticks to the lines in my fingers and isn’t spread across my fingers evenly. Which is kind of bad news for a physical sun screen/cream because you want it to be spread evenly to protect your skin properly. Luckily, I could get it to spread evenly on my neck and face, it just takes longer than the pink version (and other sunscreens).
I wondered why this sun cream was “green”, was it meant to be environmentally friendly, or was it because of the plant extracts. Looking at the ingredients I noticed that it has both centella asiatica and madecassoside which both come from the same plant. As well as many other plant extracts, these are all great but there are so many ingredients that I think the percentages aren’t that high. I also found out that this sun cream (and the pink one) contains 11.64% of Zinc Oxide and around 3.12% titanium dioxide (from DailyMed).
Which honestly, isn’t much, so the plant extracts must be less than a percent (or around a percent each). Also The Saem marks this as a SPF50+ PA++++ sunscreen, but once I entered the sunscreen amounts into BASF Sunscreen Simulator it indicates that in the real world the SPF is more like SPF10. This is quite disturbing; however, I noticed a lot of Asian sunscreens have similar results and don’t contain anymore of zinc or titanium.
I guess this is why the Asian sunscreens are so much more elegant to wear, and honestly, I think it’s fine for everyday use. After all, if I have a sunscreen with high protection (high SPF) but it’s so greasy and awful to wear, I’m never going to use it every day. However, it just makes me realize that with Asian sunscreens it is necessary to apply it more than once especially during summer.
Also this sun cream contains a lot of citrus extracts and oils, which also isn’t great because they can be photosensitive, which means they react to sunlight and can cause sunburn (and other reactions). The citrus oils which do this are orange and bergamot. I don’t know if the oils in this are photosensitive, because they can have those properties removed, but The Saem is unlikely to tell us. So that is another factor to be aware of and potentially another reason to avoid this sun cream.
Now my experiences with the green sun cream… I’ve been using it for around a month, admittedly not everyday but often enough to get a feel for it. As I previously mentioned, this sun cream is a little hard to apply, it gets clumpy and weird. So I always worry that I haven’t applied enough or spread it properly, which means it takes twice as long to apply.
It also seems to dry much slower than the pink sun cream (which dries in 10 minutes in winter), the green one on the other hand takes 20 to 30 minutes to dry for me. Which is insane – I mean who has that time to wait around for sun cream to dry? The good is that this sun cream dries completely matte – so once it is dry there is absolutely no stickiness or moistness. It almost resembles a powder once it’s dried, which is both weird but also convenient.
This is both good and bad for me – it’s great on my neck, because I hate having a sticky/moist sun cream on my neck. But it’s way too drying for my face, and it makes my face feel so incredibly tight and dry. Even with a routine heavy on moisture, this sun cream is too drying for my face. I can use it on my neck and it works perfectly there, although at the end of the day I noticed that the sun cream had started to lift away and peel off, which seemed weird to me.
In conclusion, I hoped this green sun cream would be a more moisturizing version of The Saem’s Eco Earth Power Pink Sun cream, but in reality, this sun cream is even more drying than the pink version. I also find it quite hard to apply, and it takes too long to dry, and there is the off-putting smell too.
For me this formula just does not work, but I think it would be okay for people with oily or normal skin. Maybe in summer it would be okay for dry skin, but I think it’s best for people with oily skin. At this point I would only repurchase this sun cream to try it out in summer, maybe for summer it would be okay for me, but honestly this sun cream made me appreciate The Saem’s Pink Eco Earth sun cream more, and makes me want to use that forever (and the green one never lol or very rarely).
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