Summer is Coming! Rakuten Sunscreen Haul!

It’s a bit ironic that I received this package just in time for the rainiest Saturday LA has seen in some time but I’m pretty excited about it nonetheless! Also, this is a great opportunity to remind everyone that visible light ≠ UV light and, per the American Academy of Dermatology, use sunscreen everyday, even when cloudy because up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin. Last summer, Neutrogena even launched Cloudscreen, which is regular sunscreen sold in a tube labelled “Cloudscreen,” to raise awareness that cloudiness does not protect you from UV Rays.

Edit: Read here for everything you want / need to know about UV Rays!

Rakuten vs Amazon

Prior to this order (my first with Rakuten), I had been happily purchasing all of my Japanese sunscreens from Amazon, which has a surprisingly good selection and even a few options available with prime shipping. However, while browsing Rakuten for Binchotan body soaps one day, I did a quick search for sunscreen, just to see what was available, and was surprised to see sunscreen prices were considerably less than what amazon was charging, even with shipping figured in. I purchased everything from the Master of Life store. Here’s the breakdown of the cost differences:

Rakuten Cost Breakdown

Rakuten Cost Breakdown

Basically, buying the same amount of sunscreen on amazon is 49% more costly than Rakuten. There are a few caveats that make this comparison imperfect:

  1. Shipping costs on Rakuten are dependent on weight so they’re highly variable, depending on what / how much you order
  2. The Amazon listing for the Nivea Sun Protect Water Gel Super (spf 50, in a pump) was $44 or something ridiculously marked up so for the sake of this comparison I used the Amazon listing for the same product but with spf 35 instead of 50. Amazon also does not have the refill pack, so that has been left off
  3. I also listed the Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap because it affects my shipping costs (and also because it’s another good example of products that are way cheaper on Rakuten) but I’ve taken out the item cost from the total
  4. I specifically asked for small air package / SAL shipping, instead of the default EMS. SAL is a lot slower than EMS and does not come with tracking, but it is considerably cheaper

Overall, the takeaway here is to order sunscreen from Rakuten. If you are using the recommended guideline of two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin, you should be using up these bottles in no time. Amazon is still great, however, in case you run out and need a replacement in a jiffy because a good number of Japanese sunscreens have prime shipping.

The Goods!

Not a ton of padding in this box, but none of the sunscreens are in fragile bottles so no big deal.

DSC01162-01 DSC01164-01In order from left to right, top to bottom.

Mommy! UV Mild Gel SPF 30 PA+++

DSC01166-01Master of Life conveniently lists all the ingredients for their sunscreens on the product pages in Japanese, which is awesome, even though I can’t read Japanese, because google translate can! Even still, not all the translated ingredients show up on cosdna so the translations probably aren’t perfect, but it’s better than not having anything. The ingredients for Mommy! UV Mild Gel are below with cosdna acne triggers and irritants indicated. If you’re interested / concerned about using non-FDA approved sunscreen ingredients, read more here.

Water, propylene glycol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), macadamia nut oil, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (aka Uvinul A Plus), aloe vera leaf extract, apple extract, raspberry extract, (acrylates / alkyl acrylic acid (C10-30)) cross polymer, hydroxide K, EDTA- 2Na, BHT, butylene glycol

Available on Rakuten and Amazon.

This is the sunscreen I purchased with the lowest sun protection factor but it comes in a bottle shaped like a teddy bear so I obviously had to have it.

Edit: Full review here.

Nivea Sun Protect Aqua Gel Super SPF 50 PA+++

76128-01This is the cheapest sunscreen (per ml) I purchased. I’m currently finishing off a bottle of this that I got through amazon previously, and it sinks in like a dream, leaves no cast, and does not sting my eyes. The formulations for all three are the same. Only the non-pump version is available on Amazon. Ingredients are below. Cosdna here. If you’re interested / concerned about using non-FDA approved sunscreen ingredients, read more here.

Water, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), ethanol, Propylene Glycol, dimethicone, ethylhexyl triazone (aka Uvinul T 150), diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (aka Uvinul A Plus), sodium hyaluronate, phellodendron amurense bark extract, quince seed extract, tocopheryl acetate, acrylates / acrylic acid (C10-30) Crosspolymer, carbomer, ceteth-10, sodium hydroxide, BHT, methylparaben

Available on Rakuten (1, 2, 3) and Amazon.

Edit: Full review here.

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel and Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

DSC01169-01I’ve used an older version of the watery essence and really liked it. Ingredients are below. Ingredients of the Watery Gel are below. Cosdna here. If you’re interested / concerned about using non-FDA approved sunscreen ingredients, read more here.

Water, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), ethanol, lauryl methacrylate / sodium methacrylic cross polymer, alkyl benzoic acid (C12-15), bis-ethylhexyl methoxyphenyl triazine (aka Tinosorb S), diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (aka Uvinul A Plus), dimethicone, ethylhexyl triazone (aka Uvinul T150), polymethylsilsesquioxane, titanium oxide, xylitol, dextrin palmitate, hydroxyethyl cellulose, glyceryl stearate, acrylates / alkyl acrylate (C10-30) crosspolymer, cetyl alcohol, aluminum hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, stearyl alcohol, stearic acid, agar, polyvinyl alcohol, isoceteth -20, sodium stearoyl methyl taurine, aminomethyl propanol, sodium stearoxy PG-hydroxyethyl cellulose sulfonic acid, glutamic acid, locust bean gum, maltose, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, orange fruit extract, grapefruit fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA, BHT, fragrance

Available on Rakuten and Amazon.

Watery Essence Ingredients and cosdna. If you’re interested / concerned about using non-FDA approved sunscreen ingredients, read more here.

Water, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), ethanol, lauryl methacrylate / sodium methacrylic acid cross polymer, alkyl benzoic acid (C12-15), bis-ethylhexyl methoxyphenyl triazine (aka Tinosorb S), diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (aka Uvinul A Plus), ethylhexyl triazone (aka uvinul T 150), dimethicone , xylitol, trisiloxane, acrylates / alkyl acrylic acid (C10-30) cross polymer, dextrin palmitate, glyceryl stearate, alkyl (C30-45) Methicone, agar, olefin (C30-45), potassium hydroxide, carbomer, polyvinyl alcohol, PEG-400, triisostearate PEG-50 hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-3 castor oil, sodium hydroxide, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract, orange fruit extract, grapefruit fruit extract, lemon fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, disodium EDTA, BHT, fragrance

Available on Rakuten and Amazon.

Edit: Full review and comparison of the two Biore sunsreens here.

Menturm Sun Bears Strong Super Plus SPF 50+ PA++++

DSC01172-01I’m a little annoyed that judging from where the liquid ends, this already tiny bottle only looks 75% full. I purchased this because it’s supposed to be an outdoor / sport-friendly sunscreen. I play tennis outdoors twice a week and currently use this Skinceuticals sunscreen, which is super sweat-resistant but leaves an awful white cast. Keeping my fingers crossed that Sun Bears is cast-free. Ingredients are below. Cosdna here. If you’re interested / concerned about using non-FDA approved sunscreen ingredients, read more here.

Cyclopentasiloxane, water, zinc oxide, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), cetyl ethylhexanoate, dipropylene glycol, silica, dimethicone, titanium dioxide, cetyl dimethicone copolyol, polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (aka Uvinul A Plus), dimethicone hydrogenphosphite, acetate tocopherol, glycyrrhetinic acid, Ougonekisu, (dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone) cross polymer, aluminum hydroxide, butylene glycol, BHT, methyl paraben, propyl paraben, fragrance

Available on Rakuten and Amazon.

Sunkiller Perfect Water Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

76126-01

Last but not least is this sunkiller sunscreen. Look at this tube! It’s so shiny! Ingredients below. Cosdna here. If you’re interested / concerned about using non-FDA approved sunscreen ingredients, read more here.

Water, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (aka octinoxate), ethanol, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (aka Uvinul A Plus), pentylene glycol, tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, hesperidin, sodium acetyl hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid hydrolysis, isononyl isononanoate, bis ethylhexyl methoxyphenyl triazine (aka Tinosorb S), sodium acrylic acid / sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, titanium oxide, isohexadecane, aluminum octenylsuccinate starch, ethylhexyl glycerin, polysorbate 80, dilauroyl glutamate lysine Na, hydroxide Al, stearic acid, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, sorbitan oleate, perfumes, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate / VP copolymers, BHT, t- butanol, methyl paraben

Available on Rakuten and Amazon.

I go through sunscreen really quickly, so proper reviews of all the sunscreens from this haul will be coming soon!

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10 thoughts on “Summer is Coming! Rakuten Sunscreen Haul!

  1. angelanrenee says:

    I can’t believe how cheap good sunscreen is in Japan! I think I’ll have to put together a big sunscreen order as well to make sure I don’t run out in the middle of summer. –Angela

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    • Vanity Rex says:

      Interestingly, the watery essence is more gel-like than the gel. The gel is more watery, which makes it little bit easier to apply but takes maybe 5 more seconds to absorb. It comes out of the bottle looking like there are clumps in it but they dissolve immediately and, like the essence, leaves no cast at all. I’m a big fan of both!

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      • efadea says:

        Sounds like something I should give a try. I sometimes feel like the watery essence version can be a little drying in the colder months. Hopefully the gel provides better moisturisation.

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  2. jdsouza says:

    Oooh I’m excited for the reviews! Is it weird that I like trying sunscreens more than other skincare products? I’ll definitely look forward to your sunkiller review.

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