I was asked to try and review some organic sunscreen by Will of Block Island Organics. He sent me out a couple of free samples (SPF 15 and 40) to test out on myself, my kids, and anybody else who I thought might be getting too much sun.
There are a couple things that I look for in sunscreen: It has to be sweat proof. I am a sweaty bastard, even if I am not running. The last thing I need is sunscreen in my eyes. I also want something that goes on easy. I am a hairy guy, so some of the thicker sunscreens get stuck in my arm hair, and therefore it isn’t getting on my skin. If the sunscreen can prevent sunburn, that is a bonus as well.
The ingredients are organic and natural, and while it isn’t a spray, it goes on nice and thin and spreads easily. It doesn’t have any added scent in the sunblock (so you don’t smell like banana taffy or a pina colada), but the natural ingredients add an odor to it (eucalyptus mainly). This smell is pleasant, but it doesn’t linger (and get annoying).
Side note: (Please read in your best Jerry Seinfeld voice) It says to keep the product out of direct sunlight. What’s the deal with that? It’s sunblock, where else am I supposed to use this product? – it’s the excessive heat that is bad for the stuff, and direct sunlight causes excessive heat.
I have worn it on several occasions during my runs, the longest being 90 minutes long, and it didn’t get into my eyes. I also didn’t get sunburned. Okay, that isn’t entirely true. I forgot to put some on the front of my neck, and I got a tad sunburned there. However, that was due to my own ineptitude, not the sunscreen.
I also wore the sunscreen when I did some archaeology work, and when I went to the snow with the Dashing Son. Yes, we took a special trip to the snow. I had to drive 100 miles and get to about 7000 feet above sea level to find snow in Northern California. The weather may be fantastic here this winter (we hit 80 degrees this last weekend), but we are heading into a severe drought, and will probably be undergoing water rationing this summer. Anyway, I wore the Block Island Organics SPF40 sunscreen all day (I did not reapply because I am lazy and forgot) and didn’t get burned, and neither did Dashing Son.
The sunscreen is also water resistant, but I have not tried it in the pool yet. While the weather is nice right now, the local pools aren’t open and the rivers and lakes are still a bit chilly for swimming.
If I had one complain, it would be that the sunscreen did not fully absorb into my skin. It left me looking a bit pale. I am guessing this was the result of the zinc oxide. However, I did like this when I applied the sunscreen to the Dashing Son. I could easily tell the places I had missed and the places he managed to wipe off later on in the day. Also, it wasn’t like I could feel the sunscreen on my face, I just noticed it when I looked in the mirror, or at my son.
All in all, this was good stuff, and I like the fact it is organic with all natural ingredients, especially for my kids.
If you want to get some, check out www.blockislandorganics.com, or click on one of the amazon links below.