It’s so pure… smells like a tropical vacation, and it absorbs so cleanly into your skin, and then afterwards it creates a very diffused, veil-like effect. I have gone many, many days this summer without any foundation because it just gives me enough of a perfecting effect.
– Juhea Kim of PeacefulDumpling.com
Farizad's Veil is Ava's take on a sun shield formula for the contemporary woman: luxurious, non-pore-clogging, light, breathable, flexible, and with a beautiful, sophisticated natural scent.
It is a liberation of sunscreen itself from its typically oily carrier medium. Since most of us have a carefully researched and tested skin care ritual for our skin type, we don't want to add a layer of sunscreen cream into the mix, which could clog the pores or feel unbreathable or heavy.
With Farizad's Veil, you use your beloved daytime facial oil and add just a bit of Farizad's Veil powder to it. It mixes right in and offers a range of protection options depending on how much of the powder you use, without inadvertently adding anything undesirable.
The fragrance, product name, and label design were inspired by Farizad, a heroine from Arabian Nights. Determined, a believer in destiny and in her intuition's voice, Farizad had the smile of the rose and cried real pearls!
The sun protective ingredient here is highest-grade, minimally processed non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide (particle size 325 nm), which is the healthiest, safest, and most reliable sunscreen ingredient available today (the only other nontoxic option is titanium dioxide, another mineral sunscreen, but it does not offer full-spectrum UV protection; all other sunscreen options are chemical compounds). Nano particles are controversial and it remains to be proven whether they are safe for our health, and we specifically used uncoated zinc oxide as the most unrefined, most natural version (coated zinc oxide means that the particles have been coated with another substance). Go here to read in depth about our careful selection of zinc oxide for this product.
Zinc oxide has so many advantages as a sun shield: it can be safely used around the eyes, and it is a physical sun reflector, so it works immediately after application and makes one feel (a little) cooler when in the sun. It is biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other marine life (it settles on the sea floor without causing any harm or entering into chemical reactions).
There are several skin care benefits from zinc oxide itself, from anti-acne and anti-inflammatory action to protective and soothing properties. The anti-acne benefits only shine if you use zinc oxide in a noncomedogenic, acne-skin-appropriate facial oil or serum.
The second ingredient in Farizad's Veil is pure powdered aloe leaves, which perform many functions here, from moisturizing, skin damage preventing, and skin damage correcting to cooling, repairing, and soothing. With how many skin care products do you get to wear the actual powdered herbs on your skin all day? That is a mask session in itself. The aloe also softens the stark white color of the zinc oxide, making it less-than-typically skin whitening.
The scent of Farizad's Veil is very feminine yet assertive (reminiscent of a woman with confidence and trust in her inner guidance): Moroccan roses, precious and rare pink Indian champaca flower (with a tea and honey element), rose geranium, Madagascar geranium leaves, and a delicate frankincense from Oman that has an orange undertone and is not the masculine type, yet has an amber-like resin component.
As with all our products, all the aroma components are fully disclosed in the ingredients list and are artisan-distilled, small-batch, therapeutic-grade essential oils and absolutes, organic or responsibly wildcrafted.
The fragrance will preserve well in the glass container for at least six months. If for any reason you would rather have an unscented sunscreen, leave the jar for a few days with the lid off, just lightly covered with fabric or a paper towel to protect the product from dust.
Protect the potency and freshness of the botanicals by storing the jar away from light and from excessive heat exposure.
Certified cruelty free, vegan, cold process, all natural, handcrafted, fair trade.
For all skin types, including acne, combination, sensitive, and mature.
Active ingredient: non-nano uncoated zinc oxide 94% (Canada); others: Aloe barbadensis leaf powder*, hexane-free Rosa centifolia (rose) absolute (Morocco; organic whenever available), wildcrafted hexane-free pink champaca absolute (India), organic Pelargonium graveolens (geranium bourbon) oil (Madagascar), Pelargonium roseum (rose geranium) oil*, wildcrafted Boswellia sacra frankincense oil.
Measure out a single-use amount of the powder (1/32 to 1/16 teaspoon) into a ceramic mixing bowl and add several drops up to half a dropper of your daytime facial oil or oil-based serum. Mix with your fingertips to create a thin, smooth lotion. Apply onto the skin, rubbing in gently with your fingertips to minimize the whitening effect and to distribute evenly. Add a few extra drops of your oil directly onto your face if needed. We especially recommend using our Ruby Facial Oil to mix with Farizad's Veil, as that oil is lightweight, sun-protective, fast-absorbing, and highly appropriate for daytime use in the summer.
A barely whitened skin will give an SPF of 20–25, skin whitened by one shade will give an SPF of 30–35, and slightly more whitened skin will provide an SPF of 50, but these numbers are approximate, since it all depends how much powder you use and how sensitive your skin is to the sun's rays, and something as variable as whether you wore a large-brim hat and made an effort to stay in the shade when possible.
The approximations are based on our thorough testing and experience, including testing side by side with well-regarded brands of mineral sunscreen products, from creams and sticks to dusting powders. We have found that when using "as much as possible," resulting in a slight white cast, yet not a white enough shade to raise eyebrows in public, we were less likely to get a tan with Farizad's Veil than with a few SPF 30+ products we tested; this could be due to the fact that Farizad's Veil dispersed in our own oils and serums was much more pleasurable to use so we used more.
If you want a light-feel, "second skin" type of sun shield, mix Farizad's Veil with a moisturizing, light facial oil or oil-based serum. Zinc oxide disperses in oils, allowing you to instantly create a protective lotion. We find that when preparing this sunscreen mixture, we use a few more drops of oil or serum than if we were using the oil or serum alone (otherwise you end up with a paste that is hard to spread evenly).
Farizad's Veil will work well mixed with any of our facial oils and with Ferns and Moss Face Serum. It does not work with our aloe-based moisturizers and gels. It will very likely work with other brands' moisturizers that are emulsions containing some oils, but not with gels or gel-creams. Test a few different additions and their amounts to determine what works best for you. You may even try mixing Farizad's Veil with your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. For a simple, noncomedogenic, and very pleasing result, try pure organic cold-press unrefined jojoba or argan oil.
Since Farizad's Veil is a physical barrier, protecting the skin from external factors including the sun's rays, it doesn't matter whether you implement it in your moisturizer or makeup layer. Zinc oxide offers nice coverage and mattifying properties, so you may find you don't even need to use a foundation with Farizad's Veil.
There is a lot of controversy and often confusing information out there about the effectiveness of different types of sunscreen ingredients. We take your health and safety very seriously, and an extensive amount of research went into the making of our Farizad’s Veil formula. You can learn more about the uncoated, non-nano zinc oxide we chose to use for our active sunscreen ingredient here.
Filled to the brim. Freshness guaranteed for 6 months. Full size 0.9 oz. (25.5 g)/1.2 fl. oz. size glass jar or 0.42 oz. Sample 0.1 oz. (2.8 g)/0.25 fl. oz. glass jar.
Assuming you use 1/16 teaspoon of Farizad's Veil at a time, the 1 fl. oz. glass jar will be enough for 96 applications and the sample jar will be enough for 9 uses.
Due to the very high cost of our ingredients and the labor-intensive (highly time consuming) small-batch production process, we are unable to accept returns of opened or unopened products at this time. But most products have a sample size option for purchase, so we encourage you to buy a sample first to ensure that the product suits your skin's needs and that you enjoy the texture, fragrance, and healing properties.