Sunday, July 15, 2012

Product Shoutout/Review : Tavarua Face Stick Sunscreen SPF 30

Hello lovlies!
(If you see a * next to something, there will be extra information at the bottom of the post)

I am here to talk to you about an Indie product (Independant) This is actually my first ever product from an independant company so I am super stoked about that!!
Now, the story about how I got this product is that about 2+ months ago I went to Adventure Island and took my SPF 75 sunscreen and reapplied it about 4 or 5 times throughout the day and STILL got burned pretty bad. It was horrid, I whined so much about it on twitter. How lame! LOL, I was just more upset that the SPF 75 sunscreen didn't do anything! It was like I wasnt wearing sunscreen at all! How disappointing! Now yes, I do know that SPF 30 is actually better to get because it shields the skin from 97%, which is pretty impressive.

Anyways, so within me venting about the sunscreen the lovely Stephanie who I had been following since she found my first BeautyArmy blog post ages ago. She has her own company that she named Tavarua Skin. (How cute is that name?!) Anyhoo, she told me that she was coming out with an "All Natural Face Stick SPF 30" and she was curious if I would like to try it. In complete honesty, I am so honored that she asked me and sent me it! I literally was over the moon for days after she asked! She sent another product, but that is another blog post! But as a slight preview ITS AMAZING!!!!!!
This product is .6 oz and retails for $12 which is not bad. It is in a solid form, so if you think about it, it will last you a long while. I have not even made a dent in it and I've used it quite a few times and I apply a lot of it to make sure my face is protected! So, its really a good value!

This is a Zinc Sunscreen that goes on clear, is Coral Reef Safe*, Great for kids* and is coconut scented. The Active ingredient is Zinc Oxide 20% which is the sunscreen aspect of it. This also has a TON of other goodies that are good for your skin. It is also certified organic to the USDA/NOP standards. So that is one of the amazing aspects of this product and Tavarua Skin in general. The tube can also be recycled as its made from a minimum of 40% post industrial content and is made in the USA. All good aspects as well!

Now my personal experience with this product has been very good. I really have been enjoying this, especially living in Florida! To me this actually smells more like oatmeal then it does coconut, but it does have a slight undertone of coconut. I really LOVE the smell of this, I am not going to lie. When I first apply it, all I do is smell it and try and concentrate on my face so that I can continue to smell it. (Im weird, I know.) But the scent doesn't linger for long, which is good for some people who do not like scents to linger on their skin. This will not interfere with a perfume or anything. So no worries there.
I love that it is a twist up product as well. its very easy to just throw in your purse, backpack or beach bag, which ever you take that that day. Applying wise it feels a little gritty at first, but its nothing harsh or nasty, it feels really nice. It does feel a little waxy as well, considering it has two different types of wax in it. But in reality, the feeling doesn't stay long, when it sinks into your skin you don't feel it on anymore at all. The first time I put it on, my face was like woah woah woah woman, that are you putting on me?! And it became itchy, but that feeling didn't last long at all. In reality, all sunscreens do that to me when I put it on for the first time. So don't be alarmed by me saying that, its just my skin.
Now, I do have Combination, oily, acne prone, slightly sensitive skin. (crazy huh?!) and this does not make my face extra oily and its not clogged my pores. Now, this does leave a bit of a shine on your face, even though it goes on clear. At the same time, you are going outside, its not a huge deal if your face is shiny from the sunscreen. All sunscreens do it anyways, at least for me they do. So thats not a really big issue for me. If it is for you, just apply a little powder and be on your way, thats what I did today. (The day I am typing this)

As for wear time, that really depends if you are going to be in the water or sweating. Personally for me, I am a big sweater. Gross I know, but its just how my body always has been that way. I wore this to Busch Gardens the other day for my "ultimate test" because I knew I was going to be outside and in the sun for a long period of time. From around 11am to 4pm, I only applied this once because I honestly didn't have time to reapply I was chasing my Nephew around. I didn't get burned at all! I was super surprised about it! My face was a little bit red, but it subsided after a couple hours and turned into nice tan. Where I should have applied it was on the back of my neck. I had a fail moment and didn't put sunscreen on the rest of me, but hey. That is another story.

Even with me sweating like a dog because it was so humid and hot outside (That's Florida for you) my face only tanned. How awesome is that?! I really do love this face stick, its really an amazing product.

You can purchase this on their website (link goes to the sunscreen)






Stephanie's Twitter

I really want to give a personal thank you to Stephanie for being so kind and sending me this product. I really have fallen in love with it and I am forever grateful that you gave me the chance to try your product out!  It was very kind of you to do! Definitely go check her out on Twitter and facebook! She is such a kind woman and her son is super cute!


In the slideshow it will go through all of the pictures I have of this product. There is a picture of me at the end holding the tube. I had just applied it and this is how it makes your skin look. I have no foundation or anything on, except this sunscreen.

*In a scientific study done in 2008 showed that some commonly used chemical sunscreens can cause coral bleaching.
*For Children under 6 months, please consult a doctor before using.

(p.s. I do plan on purchasing quite a few things from them soon, when I get the extra money and doing a giveaway. So be on the lookout for that!)

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the company for review purposes. I am not being paid or compensated to do this review. All opinions are my own and will not change just because the product was sent to me. I have it in the interest of my readers to be 100% honest and I would never try to deceive them with a product I did not like. 


  1. Thank you for the awesome review!!! And the super sweet kind words!

  2. It was my pleasure to do it! <3