If you've been following my blog for awhile, you've seen Pacifica products mentioned and reviewed several times over, even from the beginning. Today I have a review for one, and I'm gonna tell you ahead of time and take away all the guess work, it's not a good one.
I was over the moon excited that Pacifica started offering sun care. It's hard to find vegan sun care, and considering it came from a brand I respect as much as Pacifica, I didn't hesitate buying it.
My husband and I were taking a beach trip, and I convinced him to try this one with me, since we could both use it together instead of having to buy two different ones.
I got the SPF 50, which is the strongest one I saw, and considering my husband is so pale and he burns almost instantly, I thought this would be the best option. I was wrong, and my husband paid for it.
My husband is a little self conscious about his body, but I wanted to post these photos just so you can see how bad his sunburn truly is. Also, it's the strangest sun burn pattern I've ever seen. He's like a paint by numbers picture, except with only red and white.
This sunblock, as you can read for yourself, is supposed to be 80 minutes water resistant. My husband didn't even go in the water! Sweatproof? Not even close. You can see the spots he didn't burn from where he was bending and sitting. I know how to apply sunblock. My husband is probably the most pale man on the planet. Even though I don't particularly burn, I've really gotten used to it by applying it on him. I applied so much he was actually annoyed. Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure? ✔️ Apply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating? We weren't there long enough to apply it a second time, so ✔️
Also it says it's supposed to apply more transparently? Inaccurate. My legs looked chalky when I applied it. Also, it's SO OILY and it stays that way so it doesn't really absorb in. Did it deliver hydration? That I can agree with, since my legs felt slimy the whole time and not dry. My legs were like a slip and slide, even with the sand sticking to them.
I greatly appreciate that Pacifica offers sun care that's vegan, and I appreciate that they're trying to infuse skin care and sun care, but this one is a giant failure. They need to redo this formula, and figure out what went wrong. I used it on my (already tanned) legs and didn't really burn, but like I said, I don't really burn.
I emailed Pacifica as soon as I got home, asking for a refund, despite the fact that I bought it at Target. I think a manufacturer's refund is absolutely fair considering how faulty the product is. I sent them the same photos you see here, because they should know that they're selling a product that isn't good. They responded promptly and are sending me a check to cover the costs of two products, so I thought that was great customer service.
There is a silver lining though. As you can see in the first photo, I also bought their Sun and Lip Care Mineral Balm in Peach, it offers skin care and sun protection with a pop of peach color. The color was really pretty, and my lips didn't get burned, so that's a bonus. I don't feel like it was very moisturizing overall, but it did protect lips from getting a sun burn.
This is what the color looks like:
The color was pretty too. I think this was somewhere around $5-$6 dollars. At least I didn't feel like that was a waste!
I've rarely had to write a bad review about a Pacifica product and truly it hurts to write, but I can't let what happened to my husband happen to anyone else if I can avoid it.
I still remain a loyal and dedicated Pacifica fan. I told them that in the email. Things happen, and products don't always work as advertised, I just wish my husband didn't have to learn that the hard way. But, I'm happy with their response. I actually have some good Pacifica reviews coming your way, so stay tuned!