Introducing: Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen – Original & Sheer Tint

Badger Rose Face Sunscreen

Editors note 01/05/17: the information below pertains to an older formula (2015) that has since been changed. The new and improved formulas are SPF 25, and can be found here. We are currently working on an update to this post, but until then please visit the sunscreen lotion product pages for the most up-to-date information. If you have any questions, drop us a line in the comments below! 

Back by popular demand, we are thrilled to re-introduce our fabulous SPF 20 Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen in Original and Sheer Tint! Like all of Badger’s sunscreens it provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays using only non-nano zinc oxide – a safe and effective mineral. These sunscreens are organic and natural: certified by the NSF to contain organic ingredients, and certified natural by the Natural Product Association. But what makes Badger’s Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen so special? Read on to learn more!

Lotion v. Cream
Badger’s Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen is in a lotion base, whereas the Active and Sport sunscreens are based in a sunflower oil cream base. Since ‘lotion’ and ‘cream’ are sometimes used interchangeably I thought we’d take a moment to look at the difference.

Rose Face Sunscreen

Lotion is a term used to describe a mixture of oil and water. The consistency is often lighter than a cream, and it absorbs into the skin much more quickly. Creams can contain oil and water too, but tend to be thicker. Badger Sunscreen Creams are “anhydrous” meaning that they do not contain any water, which is why they are water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes. The Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen is not water resistant – so if you’re heading to the beach or the pool choose a cream. However, if you’re not anticipating swimming or sweating too much a lotion is a fine option.

Because lotions contain water they require a more robust preservative system than creams do. This is why the Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen contains more ingredients than the cream sunscreens. Ingredients such as Phenethyl Alcohol (from rose), Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate (from radish), and Denatured Alcohol (from lavender) are safe, effective, and meet the Badger Standard for natural preservatives. In addition, the formula contains Sodium Gluconate and Sodium Phytate, which are NSF certified organic preservative boosters. We rigorously test all of our sunscreens and these natural preservatives provide a 2 year shelf life for an unopened tube, and a 12 month shelf life after being opened.

Non-Comedogenic & Hypoallergenic
Speaking of rigorous testing… since Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen is designated for the sensitive face area we’ve had both versions third-party tested (and approved!) non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic means that these sunscreens will not clog pores nor contribute to breakouts. Hypoallergenic means that the sunscreens are non-allergy producing, and are suitable for the most sensitive skin.

Why did we do this? Because we want you to have peace of mind each time you apply this sunscreen that not only is it protecting your skin, but also not causing any undesirable outcomes such as pimples or irritation.

“Anti-Aging” – Is That For Real?
Fun fact: broad spectrum sunscreens are the only true anti-aging products out there. This is because broad spectrum sunscreens, such as our Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, block a substantial amount of UVB and UVA rays. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays are the same strength all year round, and penetrate deeper into the skin causing photo aging. This is why we chose to put “Anti-Aging” front and center on the product label, because with regular use you can slow the aging process caused by UVA exposure.

SPF 20
You might be thinking to yourself: “only an SPF 20?!” For most folks, an SPF 20 is all you might need for days of mild to moderate sun exposure.

SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) is not a linear scale – meaning that double the SPF does not offer double the protection. An SPF 15 sunscreen (when applied according to the directions) blocks 93% of UVB rays. When you move up to an SPF 30, you are getting 97% protection. Bump that up to an SPF 50 and you’re getting 98% protection. After that, the % increase is negligible.

There’s been a lot of hype, and a number of sunscreens that offer really high SPF numbers. But this can be misleading and contribute to a false sense of security, since no sunscreen will protect you 100% from UV exposure.

Badger’s Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen was developed for daily wear: days when you may be in the office, or in school, and not in direct sunlight during peak hours (between 10am and 2pm). Since shade and glass from windows filter UVB radiation, an SPF 20 is often all you really need! (Note: UVA rays are not deflected by clouds, shade, or windows – and all of Badger’s sunscreens, including our Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, offer outstanding UVA protection.)

Rose Face Sunscreen

Original & Sheer Tint
Since Badger uses a large-particle zinc oxide our sunscreens leave a little bit of a white cast after application. The whitening effect can be lessened by rubbing the sunscreen in really well, but this year we’re offering a sunscreen cream and a sunscreen lotion with iron oxide pigments added, to offset the whitening effect of the zinc oxide.

It doesn’t offer coverage like makeup, and it is not designed to match your skin exactly. Adding the iron oxides creates a really sheer pigment that simply minimizes the whitening effect of safe, mineral zinc oxide sunscreen, and should work for most skin types. While this isn’t a makeup, in my personal experience, it works wonderfully under makeup.

What do you think of the Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen? Check out our Facebook page Wednesday for your chance to win one!

Jentri Jollimore has been with Badger's marketing department since 2008, and active in the natural products industry for more than 10 years. When she's not handling PR and Social Media for Badger, she enjoys playing guitar, composing songs, and writing scores for short films. Jentri's Favorite Badger products: Damascus Rose Face Oil, Beard Oil, Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm, and Badger Balm.

37 comments on “Introducing: Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen – Original & Sheer Tint

  • I understand this product has been discontinued- is that true, please? If so, do you have a recommendation for a daily facial sunscreen, please?

  • Hello!You can ensure this Sunscreen Damascus Rose appy skin around eyes? because I saw alcohol in the ingredient list. I’m afraid the skin around the eyes get irritated.

    • Unfortunately I cannot guarantee that it will not irritate, because everybody’s skin reacts differently. I can say that it’s unlikely to irritate, as the percentage of alcohol is very low.

      If you buy from we guarantee our products 100% – so if it does irritate you can return it to us for a full refund.

      Hope this helps!


  • Just bought the tinted version for an every day sunscreen! I can’t wait to try it out!! I have pretty fair skin, but for day to day wear, I can’t stand the white cast, so I am really looking forward to the tint!

  • Hi!
    I’ve used other badger sunscreen creams before and really like them.
    I’m interested in trying one of the rose face sunscreens, but am undecided between the regular and tinted.
    Do you find the non tinted version is really white like the sunscreen creams, or does it blend in well?

    • Hi Mel!

      In my experience the non-tinted version blends really well – that being said, I have pretty fair skin. The tinted version is really sheer, so it doesn’t apply pigment so much as it prevents the sunscreen from being too white. Hope this helps! Remember that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee when you order from – so whichever one you choose you can always return it if you’re not completely delighted!

      Let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂


  • Hello, I would like to know if I can apply my regular moisturizer after Damascus Rose sunscreen, since I’ve got dry skin and I use specific moisturizer.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Nina!

      Best practice would be to apply your moisturizer before apply the sunscreen. Since zinc oxide is a physical barrier, anything liquid you apply on top of it has the potential to dilute the concentration of zinc oxide, which could alter the SPF.

      Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any more questions!


    • Hi Randy!

      Yes, original Badger Balm is the BEST stuff for cracked fingertips! It was our original product, developed by Badger Bill to heal his cracked carpenter’s fingers (a result of doing carpentry outside during winter here in New Hampshire). On a personal note, that product was how I discovered Badger – I used to be a baker, and used Badger Balm to heal my hands. It worked so well that when I closed my bakery I moved to New Hampshire in the hopes of working for the company! 🙂

      Thanks for reading – let us know if you have any more questions!


  • Thanks, Jentri 🙂

    I do use the cream, I was just hoping to be able to use the lotions too because they’re lighter for hot days & my acne-prone skin. Hopefully the Badger Team can find a way to make the Aloe lotion alcohol-free.

    • We totally understand, and we’re definitely aware that there are folks like you (and others!) who do not want alcohol in the lotion formulas. Hopefully we’ll be able to formulate without! We’ll keep you posted. 🙂


  • I must say I was a bit concerned to see alcohol on the ingredients list of the Rose lotions. I can’t use them due to the fragrance because my skin is sensitive, but I definitely can’t use anything with alcohol. I’ve been waiting for the reformulations of the Aloe lotions; I hope those don’t have alcohol too :

    • Hi Kris,

      Thanks for reading and commenting! We totally understand your concerns. Unfortunately in order to make a really good natural preservative system that works well and meets our in-house natural standard, we must use the alcohols in lieu of more mainstream preservatives (like parabens).

      We’re still working on reformulating the unscented Aloe lotion, and we will not be able to use either of the alcohols contained in the rose formula because they both have a fragrance. Phenethyl Alcohol is a constituent of rose oil itself, and as such still smells like roses. The denatured alcohol has lavender added to it. This is why we were able to reformulate and re-release the rose formulas and not the unscented. I’m not sure what the preservatives in the unscented formula will be, but I’ll certainly keep you posted! As always we will have a full-disclosure ingredient list, so you can check it out and make the best decision for you.

      For your information the alcohol concentration in the finished product is less than 3% – so it is very diluted. We understand that some folks will still choose not to use it, and that’s ok! 🙂 We’ll continue to make our sunscreen creams which have no alcohol because they do not contain any water. (When you add water to a product, like lotions, you need to add stronger preservatives.) Have you tried our Unscented SPF 30 Cream? It’s really great for extra sensitive skin. 🙂

      Thanks again for reading and commenting, and let us know if you have any more questions!

      -Jentri (& the Badgers)

  • Hi Badger-Team!

    I found this sunscreen on your website and am wondering if it is vegan? From the list of ingredients it seems to be, but I would love it if you could affirm it.Thanks!


  • Carlos Alvarez says:

    Great article Jentri – I love the details provide.

    I will be looking to purchase this product in the next few weeks to share with some of our own blog audience as well.

    Hopefully the sales will still be up by then!

    Have a blessed weekend.

      • Carlos Alvarez says:


        Thank you – I can’t wait and am looking forward to it.

        I think the sunscreen in particular will last a while and summer time is around the corner here in FL!

        Should be a lot of fun to use it outside.


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