25 Jun 2017

Review: Nature Republic Provence Calendula Fresh Sun Gel SPF30 PA++

Nature Republic Malaysia closed shop! This news kinda shocked me because Nature Republic is one of the oldest Kbeauty stores in Malaysia and has many branches nationwide. This article may explain the reasons why Nature Republic is closing down for those of you who are like me, still in shock.

Actually, both my bf and I had anticipated this long time ago. As someone who doesn't really pay attention to beauty products, he also could not help to notice the serious lack of stock issue whenever we stepped into one of the Nature Republic stores nearby. You can't get customers if you don't have products to sell them right? I thought Nature Republic could survive for longer after it launched its official online store few months ago but alas there were also problems in its Korean HQ so you know things turned worse for them.

So this Provence  Calendula Fresh Sun Gel became one of the last things I bought from Nature Republic store. I bought mine from Leisure Mall outlet last year, but now I can't seem to find it in store although I have been there several times. For those who are interested, you can only get it from Korean-based retailers like Koreadepart, Testerkorea, Jolse, Sweet Corea and so on. Hermo is also carrying it but stock availability is not guaranteed.

Nature Republic uses sunflower in their last sunscreen lines. I tried the Sun Spray and First Care Sun Liquid but was not impressed. Then it came out with the Provence Calendula line. I was smart this time to test out all texture before buying so I ended up leaving the store with the Fresh Sun Gel.

The packaging and such are pretty standard. It comes in a squeezable tube like most other sunscreens. The product smells nice though, mildly floral but all Nature Republic products smell too so I won't be too surprised.

Consistency-wise, the sunscreen comes in the form of a lightweight watery gel cream. It is really light and will get absorbed quickly into your skin without leaving behind any residues. No white cast or stickiness whatsoever.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Triethanolamine, Dipropylene Glycol, Silica, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Ceteth-20, Behenxyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Arylate Crosspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol


This sunscreen doesn't offer broad spectrum protection, which means it doesn't protect your skin against UVA1, the biggest culprit behind fine lines and dark spots. Filters used are octisalate, octinoxate, amiloxate, and uvinul A plus. Most of these offer only UVB protection (against sun burn and sun cancer) and uvinul A plus only protects you against UVA2. You are recommended to stay away from the sun and only use it for indoor activities.

Skin-benefiting ingredients include balloon vine extract, sunflower seed oil, green purslane, centella asiatica, purple viper's bugloss seed oil, calendula flower extract, and so on. All of these are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants, pretty standard for a sunscreen because those are the two elements you need to fight off free radicals damage caused by sun exposure. Green purslane in here has additional skin brightening (dark spots reducing) and wrinkles-improving properties as well. It has the unique ability to regrow rapidly after rooted up and dried in the sun hence carries enormous rejuvenating energy in it. Purple viper's bugloss seed oil is rich in fatty acids to moisturize and nourish your skin. It also can enhance collagen synthesis of your skin. Sunflower seed oil, on the other hand, is an emollient with potent antioxidizing properties and the ability to fight against UV damage.


I really enjoy using this sunscreen. I like how lightweight, non-sticky, no white cast, and affordable it is. However, since it doesn't offer sufficient UVA1 protection, I need to top up another layer of sunscreen with better UVA1 ingredients to makeup for that. This has amazing texture that feels just like a moisturizing essence. However, many other sunscreen products now like Laneige Sun Screen SPF35 PA++, AMPM Sun Lotion SPF50 PA+++, Neogen sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ and so on are equally lightweight with broad spectrum protection, so I don't think I will repurchase after I finish using this. I think if you have combination to oily skin, loves Nature Republic products, and won't mind the lack of UVA1 protection, you can definitely give this a try. This will definitely make you feel like you are wearing an essence not a sunscreen.

- lightweight
- non-sticky, non-heavy
- smell nice
- reasonably priced

- lack of UVA1 protection

General  Impression: ★★★☆
Worth Trying: ★★★ (lightweight, great for oily skin)
Will I repurchase? ☆ (lack of UVA1 protection, better options out there)

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You can get this from: Hermo Malaysia | Koreadepart | Jolse etc.
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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