Josie Maran Cosmetics
Argan Sun Protection for the Body SPF 30+ (Discontinued)
4 fl. oz. for $24
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > After-Sun Care
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This sunscreen contains the mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for broad-spectrum protection. Interestingly, it also contains a synthetic sunscreen ingredient (butyloctyl salicylate) that is not listed as active. We mention this because the company maintains that this product is a natural sunblock, and it absolutely is not. Natural ingredients are present alongside synthetic ones; that’s not a bad thing for your skin, it just means you can’t trust the claims this company asserts.

This sunscreen helps protect skin from sun damage and has a texture that’s preferred for normal to dry skin, but the formula suffers from the inclusion of citrus extracts and fragrant rosewood oil. The citrus extracts (particularly lime) can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight, and the rosewood oil is a fragrant irritant that can damage healthy collagen production (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Without these fragrant extras, this would’ve been a great sunscreen option, assuming the price wouldn’t keep you from applying liberally!

Note: Please see More Info below for details on argan oil, the ingredient that makes up the first part of this sunscreen’s name.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains a few good antioxidants.
  • Thick texture is tricky to blend evenly.
  • Contains fragrant citrus extracts and rosewood oil, all of which pose a risk of irritation, which causes collagen to break down and hurts the skin’s healing process.
  • Is not a natural formula as the company claims.

More Info:

All of Josie Maran’s products contain argan oil. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn’t a cure-all or a must-have for your skin. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil that’s best for dry skin; it cannot reverse sun damage. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.

This daily-wear sunblock for the body protects sensitive skin from the sun. Natural sunblock ingredients provide protection levels superior to standard chemical-laden formulations. Infused with argan oil, this formula protects the skin as it repairs and reverses damage caused by the sun.
Active: Titanium Dioxide (10%), Zinc Oxide (4%), Other: Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Sclerotium Gum, Arachidyl Glucoside, Polysorbate-60, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5)
Brand Overview

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; smooth, natural-looking pressed powder; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the cleansers contain irritating citrus oil; malodorous lip gloss; lackluster to poor mascaras; the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is an epic fail.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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