I’m not going to lie – my favourite aspect of all Nuxe products is their gorgeous fragrance. A mix of Sweet Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Vanilla, this would compel me to use their skincare even if it didn’t work well! (Thankfully, it does work well).
I love their Huile Prodigieuse dry oil for my face and chest. Ever since getting a sample in my Birchbox, I use it all the time. When I was recently in Paris, I saw a massive Nuxe display in a Monop’Beauty location. I was compelled to try some of their other products. I have been using the Sun Melting Spray for Face and Body SPF 50 all summer, and I love it.
Texture And Application
I find that the Nuxe spray is thick and creamy, but in some ways is almost too creamy. It does not sink into the skin very quickly, instead sitting atop the surface in a very dewy (and almost sticky) way. I must admit that I felt very greasy when using it on my arms, neck and chest.
That said, while Nuxe claims that this is good for both face and body, I think it is too thick and oily for facial skin. I worry that this would clog my pores. I use it on my chest, neck, arms and legs to a good effect, but I have other products for my face (I usually use La Roche Posay).
While it is a rich and lovely texture with a gorgeous scent, keep in mind that it is very oily. While it does not leave any white residue, it takes a long time to sink into the skin. It can feel a bit greasy and very dewy for hours. This has negatives and positives. Negative? It can feel sticky and clammy. However, the moisturising and hydrating effects are definite positives.
Purchase Experience And Price
I purchased this from Monop’Beauty in Paris, a lovely shop that combines luxury brands, cult brands and drug store favourites in one shop. Think of it as a combination of a Sephora and a Boots! I was hoping to buy more Nuxe products, and although most locations do carry them, the location I visited (Abbesses) did not.
This sunblock was actually the only Nuxe that they had, and this was why I bought it in the first place.
The transaction was smooth, and while the price is higher than drugstore sun cream, it is a luxury brand and works very well. I think that it is a good value.
Nuxe advertises this product as:
“Water-resistant and sweat-resistant. Alcohol free. Photostable. Non-comedogenic. No parabens.”
- Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate – This is an organic compound that is often used in sun creams and products in order to absorb the UVA radiation of the sun. It is photostable and combines well with other UV absorbers and cosmetics.
- Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate – Though it has an intimidating name, this ingredient (also known as octinoxate) is commonly found in sunscreens and shampoos. It is able to disperse UVB rays, the sun’s rays that cause burns. That said, it can harm reefs, and so it should be used with care when snorkeling or diving.
- Rosemary Leaf Extract – Rosemary Leaf Extract is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin against the effects of aging and environmental factors. It is toning and anti-microbial. It is also a natural preservative that can extend the shelf life of cosmetics.
- Fagraea Berteroana Flower Extract – This flower extract is also known as pua keni keni, pua kenikeni or perfume flower tree, and it grows in Samoa and other islands in eastern Polynesia. This gives Nuxe its signature fragrance.
- C12-15 alkyl benzoate
This is a synthetic ingredient that is often used as an emollient and texture enhancing agent in sun screens and other cosmetics. It is meant to give products a lightly conditioning, silky finish. As it has excellent solubility, it is commonly used to disperse the active ingredients throughout cosmetics formulas.
Health Hazard Scores
With all of my ratings, I run the ingredients through the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Skin Deep Cosmetics database. They rank all ingredients (and some products) on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as the most hazardous.
I suspected that the EWG would rate this poorly. Sun blocks and sun screens often contain ingredients that avid ‘health nuts’ deem dangerous. In order to receive an official EU SPF rating (sun protection factor), sun creams must include certain chemicals. While natural alternatives do exist, I have never found them to work well. I end up with a sunburn or a heat rash.
The following five ingredients are all perfumes, and they have a rating of 5 or higher. This means that the EWG has deemed them hazardous. It is interesting to note that these are the last five ingredients on the list. This signifies that they appear in the smallest quantities.
They are all on the list of the EU’s restricted fragrances because they are known to cause skin irritation in some people. While this might sound scary, when used in very small amounts they are not a problem for the majority. Seeing as I love the Nuxe fragrance, I am glad that they use this combination!
I should also note that one ingredient was not on the database: EICHHORNIA CRASSIPES EXTRACT. From my own Googling, I discovered that this is a water hyacinth extract. I could find no sign that this was hazardous in any way.
Packaging and Jar
My only real complaint with this product is its spray nozzle head. While I know that certain aerosols are not great for the environment, an aerosol works better for a sun cream spray.
That said, this is a thicker, creamier spray than most mists (which is why it gets clogged in the nozzle).
I suppose that it is a trade off. I am always a little dubious about the ‘quick dry’ mists and sprays.
While they spray easily and do not get clogged, they don’t seem to offer great protection or coverage. The Nuxe Sun Melting Spray is thick, rich and creamy, and covers my skin fully. This is precisely the reason why it clogs the nozzle. A catch 22!
I would recommend that they change the nozzle in the future. There must be a better way to apply this product. Perhaps a spray mechanism that has a higher capacity?
Other than that, I like the high quality plastic bottle. It is lightweight and attractive, and it’s easy to toss in my backpack or handbag. I haven’t had any problems with it leaking or spilling.
Overall Results And Daily Experience
Overall, the Nuxe sunblock is a solid buy that I would recommend to anyone who loves the Nuxe perfume and doesn’t mind a thick and oily feeling on his or her skin. Because of this texture and finish, I think it is better suited to lying by the pool or beach rather than traversing through the sweaty city. London is clammy in the summer at the best of times, and I admit that this exacerbated the problem.
The other problem is the erratic spray from the nozzle, but I didn’t find this a deal breaker. At £17 for a luxury sun cream, I think that this is a good value, but let’s all admit it: we buy it for the smell!