Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25
1.7 fl. oz. for $93
Last Updated:05.10.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 has avobenzone for UVA protection, but contains irritating bitter orange oil, grapefruit, and geranium oils, all of which cause irritation plus the citrus oils are photosensitizing (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). What are those ingredients doing in a product whose intention is to protect skin while outdoors? And even if it didn’t include these problem ingredients, how liberally are you going to apply a sunscreen with a price like this?

Without the problematic fragrant oils, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen remains a tough sell because it is packaged in a jar. That means the numerous antioxidants and other sensitive ingredients it contains will break down shortly after opening, leaving you with a very expensive product whose best attribute (daily sun protection) is easily found in countless less expensive products.


Since sun damage is a key factor in skin aging, this is as an everyday essential for broad-spectrum sun protection. Formulated with the same powerful ingredients as Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm, this multi-tasker also offers anti-aging benefits. Argireline Peptide helps to increase skin firmness, while Clary Sage Ferment boosts skin's ability to hold in moisture in the short and over time.


Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Homosalate (5%, Oxybenzone (3%), Avobenzone (2%) Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Sucrose, Polyethylene, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Laureth-7, Glucosamine HCL, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.

Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone’s makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point—but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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