I’ve been reviewing facial SPF’s for an upcoming post, and in that exploration found this – Frankie Skincare Sunscreen.
Frankie Skincare is a New Zealand brand set up by the beautiful Michele who found that SPFs were exacerbating her daughter’s excema. What did she do? She went up north to Mangawhai, to her family land, and sourced Kawakawa in order to create something soothing and protective for her daughter.
Kawakawa is also known as ‘pharmacy of the forest’ and is a native plant in New Zealand. It’s used by Maori to treat skin conditions, one of which is excema. Michele sources the Kawakawa, harvesting by hand using traditional techniques and meticulously extracted to make this wonderful product. One of the other benefits is that it’s a natural bug repellant too!
This sunscreen also contains coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, hemp seen oil and beeswax. Get it? It’s super moisturizing and smells amazeballs.
I used this on my face because the ingredients were so natural and thought this would be the best place to test it. It worked amazingly well. Although I’m of medium skintone I do burn if I don’t have SPF on. On the daily I always wear at least SPF30 on my face and SPF50 at the most. If I’m at the beach it’s SPF70. The thing with natural sunscreens is they often don’t have that all powerful SPF number to categorise it. What I can tell you is that I used Frankie sunscreen on my face and decolletage, with one application, for over 5 hours in the Kiwi summer sun on the beach (that is in the water and then out of the water). I didn’t burn. I didn’t reapply and I didn’t burn. It’s bloody good.
This is now the sunscreen of choice to go on my children’s face – aged 2, 3 and 10.
Michele told me that because of the beeswax component of the ingredients that makeup adheres to it. That was like “whaaaaat???” to me. As a makeup lover if you tell me you have a sunscreen that works as a primer as well, then you pretty much complete me.
I have normal to oily skin at the moment and also work in an office without air conditioning and with windows painted shut. Basically I work in a greenhouse environment so am ideal to test stuff like this on.
In respect to it being a primer I will say that there is a slight white cast to the skin that fades away (my skin tone is currently NC40 so pretty brown biscuit). I really mean that it fades away – not like Clinique’s City Block that stays white. Because it’s super moisturising it is a good primer for long wear foundations like Estee Lauder Double Wear or Lancome Teint Idole and it’s great. For me, I can’t wear it for a full day in the office under something like MAC Studio Sculpt because it doesn’t hold, but remember unless you’re sitting in a greenhouse, that’s OK. If your skin tends to be a little drier than is is perfect for you as a primer with sunscreen in it.
I wear this daily in the weekends over a non-SPF moisturisier and it’s lovely.
Now, I feel compelled to tell you that Michele is a friend of mine. Her husband and my partner train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu together (that’s a whole other post lol) and this is how we met. She is also a lawyer by trade and a Mum of two. Basically she’s Superwoman for starting this company up and getting this product out there.
I wouldn’t recommend this product to you if I didn’t believe in it myself. I wouldn’t do that even for a friend. So, if you’re in the market, give this a go.
A little pottle as in the pic is $10 and you can buy from Michele by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Best of all she’s coming out with some new products soon. I’ve heard a rumour about face masks. Watch this space!!