Now, I favour sunscreen that provides me ample sun protection.
Ombrelle is one of my new favourite sunscreens. It would be nice if it could smell like coconuts, though.
What is it:
A chemical sunscreen for the body. Part of the Ombrelle line of sunscreens.
To be honest, when it comes to sun care, packaging ranks pretty low on my list.
I care more about whether the product works, than anything else. Whether I’ll burn, whether it’ll help prevent wrinkles – that sort of thing.
I do appreciate that the bottle comes in a pretty generous size. I can take this on, maybe, five beach days! Or a whole tropical vacation.
I like that it’s easy to squeeze and that the cover protects the nozzle (and the sunscreen) from dirt, sand and bugs.
As far as consistency goes, it’s a bit like the face cream I reviewed a while back – light and moisturizing.
I had to rub it in quite a lot, but I felt the protection I got was more than adequate.
In Canada, I love that not only does this have a seal from the Canadian Association of Dermatologists, but it also has a DIN (drug identification number).
The DIN really only affects Canadians and means the sunscreen is approved for sale and use by Health Canada.
There are only two things that I don’t enjoy about this sunscreen are pretty major.
Applying this sunscreen can leave me pretty greasy and shiny for a while.
The other issue is that I sweat a lot when I use this. Most of the time, I sweat right after application. I head outside and maybe, for the first 20 minutes, I sweat. Just doing nothing. After those 20 minutes outside, I reapply and I’m fine for the rest of the day. It’s weird and maybe this is a reaction that is just unique to me.
Despite those issues, I do like this sunscreen. It’s pretty moisturizing. In my experience, I’ve found some sunscreens to be a bit drying. Not so with this.
I like that I never break out with this sunscreen, despite all the sweating I do. Which is weird, but I’m not complaining.
I even like the white cast it leaves because, at least for me, it’s a visual reminder of where I’ve applied and where I have yet to apply sunscreen.
I haven’t gotten sunburned using this sunscreen, which is the most obvious and compelling reason to buy a sunscreen. I don’t even have much of a tan to speak of since I’ve used this. Odd, because I’ve spent way more time outside in the sun than most summers I can remember.
Would I repurchase?
Garnier Ombrelle SPF 60 can be found online and on the shelves at London Drugs, Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart.