12.17.2014
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All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF 30
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2 fl. oz. for $19.95
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF 30 is a slightly tinted mineral sunscreen formula that's best for those with normal to dry skin. It isn't exactly a "Beauty Balm" in the traditional sense, which we explain below.

There is a lot to like about this product due to its moisturizing formula because it contains an array of plant oils (jojoba, sunflower and pomegranate) as well as skin-repairing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and fatty acids. This may be a tricky formula for those battling breakouts, so proceed with caution if you count yourself among the acne-prone.

The sunscreen active in All-in-One Beauty Balm Sheer Tint with SPF 30 is 20% zinc oxide, which handily provides sufficient broad-spectrum protection. To avoid the white cast inherent with such a high amount of zinc oxide, Andalou Naturals added a tint, but as we mentioned above, don't expect this to fit the classic idea of a beauty balm or BB cream, which in the United States is akin to a tinted moisturizer and in most Asian countries is closer to a liquid foundation.

In contrast, this contribution from Andalou Naturals provides hardly any coverage. That's not a bad thing, of course, but it's better to think of this as a slightly tinted daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, not as a foundation or as a BB product.

Speaking of the tint—it's workable for most skin tones, but those with fair complexions likely will find the shade too dark. Due to the emollients, this has a slightly "buttery" feel on the skin, but it dries down to a satin finish. Note: The tint can rub off onto clothing, so be sure to opt for a non-tinted formula for your neck and elsewhere on the body.

Andalou Naturals seems consistent about adding antioxidants to as many of their products as possible, which is true of this formula as well. You'll find vitamin C (in the form of magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), tea extracts, and their standard "Berry 8" antioxidants (which is a blend of non-fragrant fruit juices that the company doesn't list correctly, which we explain in the summary for this brand).

The only reason this didn't earn a BEST rating is the inclusion of fragrant orange oil. While the amount is relatively minor, it is potentially irritating to some.

One last note: Please totally ignore the claims made about the fruit stem cell ingredients (see More Info if you wish to read the considerable details explaining why). While these ingredients aren't harmful or irritating to the skin (and can have antioxidant benefit), there is no research to support the claims of regenerating skin or functioning like your skin's own stem cells, which would push this product from its status as a cosmetic to a drug. The notion that plant stem cells can "renew dormant cells, repair damaged cells, or regenerate healthy cells" may be true for a plant, but it isn't for human skin.

Pros:
  • Contains moisturizing, non-fragrant plant oils that are good for normal to dry skin.
  • Provides gentle broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Includes an impressive array of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Contains a slight amount of fragrance from orange oil, which can be problematic for sensitive skin .
  • Plant stem cells don't renew or generate human cells of any kind.
More Info:

Stem Cells in Skin Care: Stem cells are cells in animals and plants that are capable of becoming any other type of cell in that organism and of producing more of those cells. Despite the fact that stem cell research is in its infancy, many cosmetics companies claim they are successfully using plant-based or human-derived stem cells in their anti-aging products. The claims run the gamut, from reducing wrinkles to elastin repair and cell regeneration, so the temptation for consumers to try these is intense.

The truth is that stem cells in skin-care products do not work as claimed. In fact, they likely have no effect at all because stem cells must be alive to function as stem cells. Once these delicate cells are added to skin-care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless.

Plant stem cells, such as those derived from apples, melons, flowers, and rice, cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin, but because they are from plants these ingredients likely have antioxidant

properties. Actually, it's a good thing plant stem cells can't work as stem cells in skin-care products; after all, you don't want your skin to absorb cells that can grow into apples or watermelons!

There are also claims that because a plant's stem cells allow a plant to repair itself or to survive in harsh climates, these benefits can be passed on to human skin. How a plant functions in nature is unrelated to human skin, and these claims are completely without substantiation.

Another twist on the issue is that cosmetics company's claim they have taken components (such as peptides) out of the plant stem cells and made them stable so they then can work as stem cells. This approach is not valid because stem cells must be complete to function normally. Even if you could isolate substances or extracts from these cells and make them stable, there is no published research showing they can affect stem cells in human skin.

Claims

Fruit Stem Cell Complex is the star of this multi-benefit BB, blending superfruit antioxidants, nourishing moisturizers, and broad spectrum protection with natural mineral-tint color for sheer, flawless coverage in one easy step.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20.0%;Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) and Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oils, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Algae and Cucumis Melo (Melon) Extracts, Magnesium Sulfate, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos), Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis and Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts, Iron Oxide, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil

Brand Overview

Strengths: Good options for well-formulated facial moisturizers and serums; many products contain multiple antioxidants; a few good toners; (mostly) refreshingly free of hyperbole that is common with many “natural-themed” brands; reasonably priced products; multiple broad-spectrum sunscreen options.

Weaknesses: A few moisturizers packaged in jars; some products contain potentially problematic amounts of fragrance ingredients; lacks research-proven treatments for acne; the body-care products tend to be overly fragrant; claims about plant stem cells are over the top as they don’t renew or generate human cells of any kind.

Andalou Naturals is a rare presence in the saturated market of natural-themed cosmetics lines because the brand manages to keep the focus on their products and ingredients without resorting to the silly “scary chemical” and fear-mongering marketing approach common to so many other natural lines.

Just as impressive as their marketing are many of their formulas, several of which include many antioxidants and multiple skin-repairing ingredients, and aren’t laden with natural fragrance ingredients, which may please your nose but can be very irritating to the skin, even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place.

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Andalou Naturals was founded by husband and wife Mark and Stacey Egide—both of whom also created the Avalon Organics line. The duo sold Avalon Organics in 2002, and started Andalou Naturals in 2011, where it’s sold at health food stores and online.

Visit their site and you’ll quickly find the brand is focused on the “feel-good” approach to skin care. Andalou Naturals brand philosophy is heavily steeped in philanthropy: Their “A Force of Nature” fund regularly donates to various nonprofit groups, and every order you place on their site adds $1 to this fund. How wonderful!

Andalou Naturals offers an extensive line of face-, body-, and hair-care products, themed around what they call, “Fruit Stem Cell Science,” which includes extracts from apple, grape, and argan. While these types of ingredients have antioxidant benefit, the idea that they work like your stem cells to turn back time isn’t supported by published research of any kind.

Stem cells work only if they are alive, and in a skin-care product, they are long dead. Not to mention that even if stem cells could survive the skin-care formulation process, an apple stem cell is helpful only to an apple—your skin cells wouldn’t have the first clue how to use stem cells from a plant. Stem-cell research is still in its infancy—science is just beginning to understand how stem cells work and/or how they can actually benefit our health; the cosmetics industry isn’t beating the medical industry in this regard!

The company also includes what they refer to as “BioActive 8 Berry Complex” in many of their products. This is really a blanket name for a mix of non-fragrant berry juice extracts (acai, aronia, bearberry, bilberry, black elderberry, goji berry, rosehips berry, and sea buckthorn berry). All of these ingredients have antioxidant function on the skin, but, again, they aren’t miracle ingredients by any stretch, nor is Andalou Naturals the only line using them.

We should note that Andalou Naturals, at the time of this review, doesn’t list all of the ingredients in their “BioActive 8 Berry Complex” on their product labels. While the individual berry extracts mentioned above are listed on their website as part of their marketing messaging, they omit them on their products, which violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements. This is an important oversight, because you have the right to know all of the ingredients in your skin-care products, without having to jump through extra hoops. We hope the company rectifies this in the near future.

On a more positive note, we found that many of the skin-care products Andalou Naturals offers were good—mostly for normal to dry skin, although there also are a few winners for those with oily to combination skin. Many contain some amount of fragrance (but to their credit, the facial formulas that did contain fragrance mostly had only a minimum amount, which is not typical of natural-themed lines).

We were especially impressed that they avoided the boring or basic formulas so common among natural skin-care brands. Several of their products contain the types of beneficial ingredients that have plenty of published research to back up their claims. What a great change of pace!

The missteps were the few instances of jar packaging (which marred what would’ve otherwise been well-rated products) that expose delicate ingredients to air and light, as well as their body-care formulas, which tended to include higher amounts of fragrance.

For more information, call (888) 898-6955, or visit www.andalou.com.

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05.20.2015
Very brightening

This product has a very nice scent, though it is strongly orange scented. I tried some on the back of my hand at the store and fell in love. That was a few months ago and now I can't squeeze any more out of my tube. The coverage isn't that high, and color is slightly orangish, but I usually mix it with a tiny bit of a foundation and get the perfect coverage for daily wear. I also wear alone with powder on top on lighter days. The orangish tint makes for very brightening/illuminating effects!

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Ali W
02.02.2015
Enbrightening

Agree it's a tinted moisturizer with a hint if color. The zinc oxide likely contributes to the illuminating, "glow". Consistency is a bit thick, often blend with Paula's Barely There Tint, moisturizer or sunscreen, and depending my skin or activities I either wear alone or finish with a loose powder. I enjoy the orange scent, without any irritation. I believe the ingredients are beneficial to my skin.

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Annette H
09.20.2014
Great tinted moisturizer with physical sunscreen

As the title of my review says, this is a great tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. Not a ton of coverage, but that's fine for me. I can easily put foundation on top of this. It can be thick so I usually mix a small amount of serum in with this before putting on. I haven't had any transfer of this product onto clothing. Easily found at Whole Foods, and the price is excellent.

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Dee
07.19.2014
One of the Best!

I like full coverage this is surprisingly great coverage. I use a powder foundation over to mattify & add coverage. Tend to have dry skin on days I wear this, I apply Dr Gross ferulic acid retinol brightening serum. Then use 1 of Paula's antioxidant serums. No moisturizer for me is needed. Product smooths on nicely, let it set (time permitting) about 2omins before powder. This really brightens also. Orange oil not a problem 4 me. Other citrus oils can be! Using this for @ 2yrs very happy !

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