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Why use Brush On Block mineral powder sunscreen?

Brush On Block® is a natural mineral powder sunscreen that offers SPF 30 protection from the sun's harmful rays. It was created to be an all-natural, non-irritating, easy-to-use alternative to normal sunscreen lotions, without the drawbacks. It can b

What are the Brush On Block formulas?

Brush On Block® mineral formulas were designed to provide a better way to protect skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Our products are easy-to-use and effective, without the greasy residue or skin irritation other sunscreens can cause. Brush On Block min

Are your brushes refillable or reusable?

Our brushes are made from high quality materials, and will last though many, many uses if you take care of them. (See how to clean your brush.) We have refills available for our SPF 30 Translucent and Touch of Tan powders. Pour in a refill (or attach

Are your products waterproof?

No sunscreen is truly waterproof, and that is why the FDA only allows three claims for water resistance. These are:. If your sunscreen does not say either Water Resistant 40 Minutes or 80 Minutes, you should assume that it is not water resistant. Sev

Do I need to reapply?

All sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours when outdoors and water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied every 80 minutes if swimming or sweating. Non water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied immediately after swimming or sweating, an

What color is your powder?

Three of our powder sunscreens are translucent, meaning that they can be worn by nearly every skin color, from lightest to darkest. On darker skins, they may look light at first, but as they combine with the oils in the skin, they become nearly invis

How do I get the powder into the brush bristles?

All of our brushes have an open/close mechanism that prevents unwanted movement of powder into the cap. In order to use your brush, you must first twist your brush into the open position to allow the powder to flow. To open, twist the part of the bru

Are your products Peanut/Peanut Oil/Tree Nut/Sesame Free?

Our products contain no peanuts, peanut oil or sesame. However, all of our products are produced on equipment that may occasionally be used for products that contain these substances. Every piece of machinery is cleaned entirely between production ba

Is the BOB KIDS brush refillable?

Unfortunately, our BOB KIDS brush is not refillable. We wanted children to see it as their own, and that means that it might get played with. We did not want to create a product that a child could accidentally unscrew, spilling powder sunscreen in th

That tiny spot of powder isn’t enough!

Don’t worry. The powder that you apply to your skin is inside the bristles, not on the tip of them. When you buff the powder on, the bristles apply the powder directly to the skin, and it keeps flowing into the brush while you use it. (Pro Tip: Give

How do I know if I’m applying any/enough?

When you first start using a powder sunscreen, it can be tricky to be sure you are putting enough on. The first thing we recommend is to get your brush started, and then to buff some powder on the back of one of your hands. Do it like you mean it! Bu

Can't my kids use the “adult” version?

Absolutely they can! But we wanted to make a sunscreen that kids would like, and take ownership of, helping them to develop good sunscreen habits early in life. We have kids of our own, so we understand the struggle of getting slick, sometimes stinky

Can adults use the BOB KIDS brush?

We get it…that purple brush is cute! And while the protection is great, we really recommend that adults use the adult brushes so that they can take advantage of the refillable nature of those brushes. They cost a little more to begin with, but also c

Are your products gluten free?

Our products contain no gluten, nor ingredients derived from gluten. However, all of our products are produced on equipment that may occasionally be used for products that contain gluten. Every piece of machinery is cleaned entirely between productio

Are your boxes recyclable?

Yes! We use no foils or coatings that would keep our boxes from being able to be put into the recycling bin with your other paper products. We use SFI certified paper, which promotes responsible forestry practices and ensures that the timber used to

Is the powder easy to apply?

We think so! Once you have your brush primed and flowing (see How do I get the powder into the bristles of the brush?) give the brush a nice flick of the wrist and then apply generously by buffing onto the skin in a circular motion for at least 15 se

Can I wear your products with makeup?

Yes! Our Sheer Genius can go under your makeup, and our powder sunscreens can be applied over makeup. In fact, one of the best things about our powder formulas is that they can easily be reapplied over your makeup without disturbing it, so that you c

Can I wear my powder sunscreen on my whole body?

Our powder sunscreens were made especially for face, neck, arms and hands. With daily use on these areas, your brush or refill should last 2 ½ to 3 months. If you are reapplying throughout the day, it will last a shorter period of time. The powder ma

Should I wash or clean my brush?

Since you are buffing your brush on your skin, it is very important to keep it clean. Clean your brush frequently with a brush cleaner and tissue or paper towel. When it is time for a refill, take the time to wash your brush thoroughly with a gentle

Is Touch of Tan made for darker skin?

No. While it may work for some darker skin tones (especially those with a very warm undertone), Touch of Tan was made to give a hint of warmth to the skin of people with light to medium skin tones. It is not meant to be a bronzer, but more of a subtl

Do powder sunscreens really provide protection?

We aren’t sure where people get this idea. Our sunscreen has had to go through multiple FDA-required tests to prove that it provides at least the protection on the label. And every batch is tested several times to be sure that it meets the standards

Does Sheer Genius work for all skin tones?

Some people wonder how Sheer Genius works for all skin tones when it appears so white. Take a look at our website. Every model for Sheer Genius is wearing Sheer Genius. It comes out of the tube white, but as you rub it in, it disappears, leaving behi

Do I need a separate moisturizer with Sheer Genius?

That depends on your skin, but for most people, the answer is no! Sheer Genius provides excellent moisturization from ingredients squalene, jojoba, aloe and glycerin, so for many people, it is an excellent daily moisturizer. If you skin is very dry (

Can men and children use Sheer Genius?

Yes! It is good for anyone over the age of six months.

What’s That Smell?

Sheer Genius SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen + Moisture - Most people don’t even notice a smell with Sheer Genius, but if you are one of those that do, relax. What you are smelling is the scent of the Zinc Oxide (which provides the sun protection). Many com

How much Sheer Genius should I apply?

Apply a dollop about the size of a black bean to your face and neck. Blend well, then add pea-sized dollops to arms and hands, or anywhere else that you want sun protection and moisture. Although Sheer Genius is formulated for use on the face, you ca

Why do I need sunscreen on my lips?

The skin on your lips is thinner and more delicate than the other skin on your face. If you’ve ever spent time in the sun and ended up with lips that are cracked and dry or stinging, you’ll realize how important it is to protect this area from UV ray

Are Sun Shine Protective Lip Oils a sunscreen or a lip color?

Sun Shine SPF 30 Protective Lip Oils are a Triple Threat--lip sunscreens, lip color and lip moisturizer all rolled into one tiny package. We set out to create a pleasant lip protection product that didn’t contain chemical sunscreen actives, which mos

How often should I reapply the lip oil?

Being a Lip Oil, you might find that the slippery (never sticky!) feel doesn’t last as long as you’d expect your sunscreen to last. But not to worry, Sun Shine Protective Lip Oils have been found to protect from the sun for 2 hours. The sun protectio

How do I pick the right shade of lip oil?

Sun Shine Protective Lip Oil comes in three shades that look great on everyone, you really can’t go wrong. Nude Tint is a barely-there nude shade. Coral is the brightest shade, a fresh, warm pink. And Fig is a deeper nude with a hint of mauve. All th

Can I use the lip oil with my lipstick?

Because Sun Shine Protective Lip Oils are sheer washes of color, you can wear them over your favorite lip colors and products. Nude Tint will just slightly mellow most colors, or look like a clear gloss, depending on the color tone. Now you can wear

Do you offer a lip sunscreen for men?

Because Sun Shine Protective Lip Oil in Nude Tint is such a subtle shade, we know quite a few men who enjoy wearing it for outdoor activities. If you have someone in your life who wants to protect their lips from sun and wind, Nude Tint is a great ch

Are the Lip Oils SPF 30…or SPF 32?

If you’ve worn our Lip Oils for a while, you may have noticed that they used to say SPF 32, and now that we have added the name Sun Shine, they only say SPF 30. What did we change? Nothing except the SPF claim. Because the lip oils tested out at SPF

What protection do the Lip Oils provide?

Sun Shine Protective Lip Oils provide SPF 30 protection from UVB rays, PA+++ (very high) protection from UVA rays, and also protect from HEV Light (High Energy Visibile Light, also known as Blue Light). Most of the HEV we encounter comes from the sun

Does your Nobody’s Perfect Daily Face Oil have SPF?

No, it does not. We developed Nobody’s Perfect to be an after-sun treatment, to help restore your skin back to “normal” after you spend time outdoors. But along the way, we discovered that it is just fantastic for your face in general. But it won’t g

When should I apply the Daily Face Oil?

Over moisturizer, under moisturizer, instead of moisturizer! For your skin to receive the most value from Nobody’s Perfect, we recommend that you apply it to clean, dry (or slightly damp) skin. This will allow for maximum absorption of all the ingred

Why do I need Nobody’s Perfect? What does it do, exactly?

When we set out to create an after-sun product, we wanted to add only ingredients with a purpose. Every ingredient in the bottle is there because of the great benefits it can bring to your skin. We wanted ingredients that would hydrate, moisturize an

I have oily skin, should I use Nobody’s Perfect Daily Face Oil?

While we can’t speak to your individual skin needs, in many cases, it could be just what your oily skin needs! In some many cases, skin has become oily because it needs moisture, and sebum is the only way it can moisturize itself, which means it make

My skin is acne-prone, should I use Nobody’s Perfect?

Acne-prone skin need not fear--all of the oils in Nobody’s Perfect are great for acne-prone skin, from helping to regulate sebum production to providing anti-bacterial benefits, and helping to heal scarring. It may seem scary to apply an oil to acne-

What is the purpose of BOB KIDS SPF 40 Mineral Sun Balm? Why do we need it?

BOB KIDS SPF 40 Mineral Sun Balm was created to complement our BOB KIDS Brush On Sunscreen. The thick, creamy texture is great for places that need a little extra sun protection. You can put it on the backs of ears, back of neck, tops of feet…all the

How do you apply BOB KIDS SPF 40 Mineral Sun Balm?

Apply with warmth and love! The tin for this product is wide and flat--run your fingers over the surface, to warm the product, then apply to your child with those warm fingertips. If you keep the tin in a pocket when not in use, the warming process w

Is the BOB KIDS Sun Balm only for children?

Certainly not! BOB KIDS SPF 40 Mineral Sun Balm is great for snow and water sports, as well as for children! The ingredients help keep moisture in, so when you are doing active sports, it will protect your skin from cold, wind and water, as well as f

Is the BOB KIDS Sun Balm tin recyclable?

It is, you can recycle with your cans or with mixed recycling, depending on what your service provider offers. But we think our tin is great to reuse! It is handy to store small things—jewelry, vitamins, loose change. If you don’t agree, please recyc