Astaberry Papaya Sunscreen Creme SPF 18 Review

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well. I am back with yet another sunscreen review because you know summer?

So I received Astaberry  Papaya Sunscreen Cream SPF 18 as a PR sample and as soon as I went through the ingredient list I knew that it contains both Chemical Suncreen (in the form of Benzophenon) as well as physical sunscreen ( in the form of Titanium Dioxide). Now if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve a super sensitive skin that reacts terribly to chemical sunscreens. However, I still decided to do a patch test and the skin on my elbow started stinging bad in just a matter of time. So the sunscreens went straight to my mom whose skin survives almost everything.

I really think that SPF 18 isn’t enough for Indian Skin especially if you tend to spend long hours in the sun, it can be a good option for people who usually stays indoors during the daytime. My mother if you ask me stays out in the sun for 2-3 days a week and stays in the rest of the days. She’s also got some stubborn blemishes that become worse if exposed to sun a little too much.

The sunscreen comes in a yellow coloured tube with a flip cap and is travel-friendly. The consistency of the sunscreen is runny, just like a typical chemical sunscreen and blends really well. Even though it behaves really well on my mom’s skin, I have a feeling that it might turn a little greasy on oily skin. If you already didn’t know, chemical sunscreens sometimes double as a primer, and this one’s one of those chemical sunscreens. It doubles as a moisturizer too in case you don’t have a very dry skin. About the dark spot removal claim, I’m not very sure because my mom’s blemishes are really very stubborn.


90 rupees for 100 ml

Where to buy:

Official Website, Flipkart, Paytm


  • Pocket friendly
  • Travel friendly
  • Blends really well
  • Can be a very good option for people that don’t have a sensitive skin.
  • Paraben free


  • Not suitable for sensitive skin
  • SPF 18 is not enough for people that stays long hours under the sun(but they have options to choose from the Astaberry Sunscreen range).



NOTE: Press samples received for review purpose but the opinions are completely honest.

Blossom Kochhar – Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion spf 30 PA ++ Review


So I’ve got a super-sensitive skin which gets tanned like nuts. Everyday I’m under the sun for like only 20 mins, but that’s enough for me to turn like 2 tones darker by the time I reach my office.

Also, my super-sensitive skin allows me to only apply physical sunscreen, which means I have to be super choosy about sunscreens. Now if you don’t already know the difference between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen,let me briefly discuss that with you guys first.

A physical sunscreen, also known as organic sunscreen/sunblock protects your skin by blocking the sun rays while Chemical sunscreens absorbs them. Physical sunscreens contains Titanium Oxide and Zinc Oxide, while chemical sunscreens contain stuffs like Octylcrylene , Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, Helioplex, 4-MBC, Mexoryl SX and XL,Tinosorb S and M, Uvinul T 150, Uvinul A Plus. Physical sunscreen is suitable for all skin types while chemical sunscreen can irritate sensitive skin. Also, if you apply a physical sunscreen you can step out in sun immediately, but if you apply a chemical sunscreen you will have to wait for around 20 minutes. One draw back for a physical sunscreen is that it’s a little thick  in texture and hard  to blend while leaving a white cast on the skin, whereas a chemical sunscreen is runny in texture, blends easily and doubles as a primer. This is one reason some people opt for chemical sunscreens instead of sunblocks. But one must know that unlike physical sunscreen, chemical sunscreens can cause skin irritation, damage and aging. In fact,many chemical UV filters have not been FDA approved in the States, but are in sunscreens sold in Europe and Asia.


So back to the review… As you guys can already guess, Blossom Kochhar-Aroma Magic sunscreen is a physical sunscreen.  I’ve used a lot other products of this beloved brand and loved every single one of them. My quest for searching and listing all the paraben, sulfate and fragrance free products available in India is how I got introduced to this brand and fell in love almost immediately.

After using the face wash and toner I thought to try out the Sunscreen as well. The packaging is really attractive. A yellow-coloured tube with tiny art works on it.




I’ve used many sunblocks and this one is comparatively easier to apply than other sunblocks. Though sometimes people think that I’ve applied a foundation which doesn’t match my skin tone. But on a plus point it hides my blemishes like a pro and gives the a matt effect. The sunblock is really good and doesn’t cause any irritation or break out.  However, I’m not sure how much it protects my skin from the sun, as I have been using this sunscreen religiously and I was still left with a tan so bad that I had to visit the saloon to get a de-tanning done. May be it will work on people with less sensitive skin but for me this product was a failure.

I will still recommend it as I am the only person who knows my own skin condition. It takes only a few seconds for my skin to react if anything goes wrong. Ingredients like oxybenzone (see chemical sunscreen ingredients) makes my skin swell so bad that I can hardly breathe (thanks to my swelled lips). So I am pretty sure that this product will work on people with less-sensitive skin. After all, all Blossom Kochhar products are worth a try. 🙂

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