Oh Tony Moly. How you lure me in with your packaging. There are two mango-shaped products from this brand, one being this sunscreen and the other a hand butter. I chose the sunscreen because I’m really bad about applying sunscreen on my hands, and I wanted something fun to carry in my bag that would encourage me to use it regularly.
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What is it?
Tony Moly Magic Food Mango Mild Sun Block is a mango-scented chemical sunscreen packaged in a mango-shaped squeeze bottle. On the face, it should be applied as the last step of your skincare routine. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after ~2 hours of continuous sun exposure.
- Size: 45g
- Price: $11.29 CAD +shipping
- SPF/PA: SPF 50+ / PA+++
- Texture: Thicker, creamy lotion
- Scent: Fresh mangoes, very delicious
- Packaging: Mango-shaped squeeze bottle
- Longevity: ~5 weeks at 1/4 tsp per day
Purified Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid (Ensulizole), Homosalate, Alcohol Denat., Octocrylene, Phenethylbenzoate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Mango Seed Butter, Lemon Extract, Banana Extract, Orange Extract, Mango Extract, Guava Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Coconut Extract, Kiwi Extract, Papaya Fruit Extract, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Glycol Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-2 Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
CosDNA breakdown. Butylene glycol scores a 1 for comedogenicity. Alcohol scores a 5 and carbomer scores a 1 for irritation. Triceteareth-4 phosphate is also flagged for safety.
This sunscreen contains several chemical UV filters, including the infamous tthylhexyl methoxycinnamate that many people are sensitive to. There are also a number of tropical fruit extracts (whose effects are going to be nebulous at best). Also present is alcohol, which I don’t mind in a sunscreen formulation but some people prefer to avoid it.
The packaging and scent are 100% of the reason I purchased this sunscreen, and I am happy to say that this product delivers on both fronts. The bottle is made of a nice, matte feeling plastic. The bottle fits in the palm of my hand, so it’s great to toss in my bag and take with me for the day. That makes it easier to be evangelical about K-Beauty when I can whip out an adorable fruit-shaped sunscreen to push on people.
The scent is perfect, it smells exactly like fresh mango with no artificial or plasticky undertones. Unfortunately it doesn’t taste as good as it smells (how shocking), so enjoy the juicy mango goodness well away from your mouth!
Due to the bottle, I was expecting a thinner milk-type sunscreen but this product is actually a thicker lotion-type sunscreen. It spreads easily and has no problem sinking in. When I use this on my hands, I prefer to just rub the backs of my hands together to avoid getting this on my palms because I find it does leave a bit of that over-moisturized, tacky feeling.
This sunscreen has no white cast, but holy jeez is it glossy. The pictures below might look like a slight white cast, but the whiter skin on the right side of my hand is due to that side becoming more reflective and shiny. I’ve worn this sunscreen on my face a couple of times and I just can’t do it because it makes my face SO shiny. I find that shininess exacerbates the appearance of redness of my face (which is why I usually prefer sunscreens with a tiny bit of white cast for facial use). On my hands, the glossiness doesn’t bother me at all.
Would I Repurchase?
I think I will repurchase this if I keep it as a dedicated hand sunscreen. It smells fantastic and looks adorable, and totally fulfills its purpose of encouraging me to use sunscreen on my hands. I’m still pretty bad at remembering to apply it actually, but at least I don’t find it a chore when I do remember!