Tested on animals:Yes
This is a standard, but very good, sunscreen stick that provides reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection via stabilized avobenzone. Although the hypoallergenic claim is dubious (see More Info to find out why) the formula is fragrance-free, which is always a plus.
The wax-based stick is best used to protect smaller areas (hands, the part in your hair, bridge of the nose) from sun exposure. It is too thick and, well, waxy to apply all over the face. Coppertone added a nice range of antioxidant vitamins proven to boost skin's environmental defenses.
The waxes and film-forming agent this contains supports Coppertone's water-resistant claims (technically, it should be labeled "very water-resistant" because they're claiming 80 minutes of protection in water; the "water-resistant" claim indicates 40 minutes of protection—we know, confusing, but those are the FDA's regulations).
- Portable stick provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a fragrance-free formula.
- Very water-resistant.
- Antioxidants boost skin's environmental defenses.
- Too heavy and waxy to apply over large areas.
- The hypoallergenic claim is meaningless, as all of the active ingredients this contains have sensitizing potential.
"Hypoallergenic" is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product "hypoallergenic" because there is no regulation that says they can't, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled "hypoallergenic" that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word "hypoallergenic" gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren't putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).