Review: Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm

By Kristie Turck •  Published 06/25/10 •  3 min read

I’ve been trying to review more sunscreens that have made it on to our 2010 Sunscreen Cheat Sheet this year and this is one of them.  There is a lot to choose from and even though we list only a handful – it’s still tricky to know which one is the best fit for you.  For me it’s more or less on a scenario basis.  I use one for the playground, one for the beach or pool and one on me vs the kids.  So when I had the chance to check out the Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm I was really psyched.

I’ll make a confession.  When I first learned about Miessence I was really reluctant to trust them.  When organizations set up their business so that people can resell it, I get weary about brainwashing and greenwashing.  I felt similarly about Shaklee for that reason (and still kind of do – don’t crawl up my butt Shaklee people).  But once I had a chance to really look at the ingredients and practices of Miessence my heart warmed for the entire product line and their products made their way to SafeMama approval. provided a sample of the Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm for me to check out and I am so glad she did.  Here’s what I think of it as a sunscreen.

It has an SPF marking of 15.  But according to third party testing OneGroup (Miessence) submitted, gave it a rating of SPF level 29.5.  Despite that I tested it on myself first to make sure it would provide adequate coverage and sun protection.

At first glance, the balm appears gray, which I’ll admit is a little off putting.  But after everything I’ve learned when it comes to truly natural products is to not judge it by how it looks and rather, how it works and feels.  So I slathered it on anyway and set out into the sun to see how my somewhat fair skin would do.  Like natural sunscreens it does apply a little on the thicker side at first but does spread quite easy.  You do get some of that “ghosting” that natural sunscreens give you but its not as prominent as other brands.  In fact after about 30 minutes you couldn’t see it at all.  So maybe there is something to the gray… less pale whiteness to deal with.

I wore it at the pool (apply every 2 hours as instructed) and came home with nary a burn mark on me. Success!  This is a great choice in sunscreens and I really love the ingredients list which is mostly organic and natural.  The sunscreening ingredient is zinc oxide which provide excellent broad spectrum protection.

Get It! You can purchase Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm from – Let her know SafeMama sent ya!