wonderful product i would still use if i had not decided to switch to physical sunblocks. smells like dreamsicles, absolutely light and not greasy, but gives a fair amount of moisture to the skin and sinks right in. works fine under makeup. no breakouts on my mildly break-out prone dry skin w/ eczema.
Sorry ladies, but I HATED this! I really don't like the scent. I feel like I'm putting a thick ice cream bar across my face. It felt sticky. It was thick. It gave me a horrible chemical burn. My face was red all day. It turned my foundation orange. My face was irritated a week after using it. It was the GROSSEST thing ever! Will NEVER look at Ocean Potion again!
Love the orange creamsicle scent. Feels light and creamy, not sticky like other sunscreens. I thought that Neutrogena felt comfortable on my skin, but this feels better. Plus, it has antioxidants and it moisturizes my dry skin well with clogging my pores.
I like the Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50. I found it in one of those "overstock" stores for $2.99 so I couldn't pass it up! I had used this in the past and really liked it. The lotion has a medium consistency, isn't greasy and absorbs fairly quickly. I didn't have any noticeable white cast to my skin, either. I use this on my face, and it didn't bother my sometimes sensitive skin. As other reviewers have mentioned, it has an orange creamsicle fragrance, which you'll either love or hate (I love it!).
The smell of this sunscreen had me ready to jump in the shower to get rid of it. But I waited to see if it got any better, but no luck. I had smelled it in the store and couldn't detect any foul odor. But once I put it on, I smelled chemicals and something really sour. Perhaps I purchased a bad bottle, if not, I urge you to run from this sunscreen.
I used this for an afternoon outside at a park or fair. I like the smell, I like that it goes into the skin and is unnoticable, and I like that I don't get a sunburn. I would also use this at the pool if I'm only going for an hour or two. I do not trust this product for the beach. I use the Hawaiian Tropic ozone sport spray that you can feel on your skin so I remember to reapply. I gave it 4 lippies because I don't think it's the best choice for the beach (by beach, I mean ocean). There is too much friction with the sand and everything is reflective. I have lived near the beach all my life, and I see too many people fried each summer. By the way, it's supposed to be coated on the skin and allowed to sink in. Don't massage it in (I see people do that all the time and cringe.)
This is my favorite everyday sunscreen. It can be a little shiny or oily-looking, but it absorbs pretty well and it feels very light! I am not a fan of the scent, but it is better than the "sunscreen scent". if i was going to be out in the sun for a long time i would use something with a physical block over it, though.
Edit: I don't use it anymore after a trip to the UK, and now the scent feels "dirty"
For a US sunscreen, this is pretty decent. It is broad spectrum and is photostable. As other reviewers have mentioned, this does give you a sheen but I use this s/s on my body in place of body lotion as a moisturizer and sunscreen. I actually like the orange creamsicle scent and I like that the price is reasonable compared to a lot of other sunscreens. For a 6 fl oz bottle, I paid $4.97 at Walmart, which was the only place that had this brand. (I use a European sunscreen for my face and neck, called La Roche Posay Anthelios Dermo pediatrics SPF 60 - too pricey to use it all over my body). I use this brand for my body in rotation with other US suncsreens (No AD SPF 45 and Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Faces SPF 30).
The only negative is that it contains oxybenzone and there are concerns regarding its absorption and toxicity. But most US drugstore sunscreens that I have seen contain oxybenzone.
In the meantime, I will continue to use this until I find something better.
This is a fine sunscreen for the body, but I wouldn't recommend it for use on the face.
I bought this for facial sunscreen, and it undoubtedly broke me out. Badly. I am pretty positive that this is what did it, since it was the only thing that changed in my skincare/makeup regimen. It also made me shiny and greasy, and my makeup wore off faster when I wore it. Obviously, it didn't get used very long.
I've been using it on my arms, and for that it works perfectly fine. It does give your skin a sheen, and the creamsicle smell lasts quite a while. It got 3 lippies despite my face's horrific reaction to it because: It has broad spectrum (UVA1, 2, and UVB) protection, and it is waterproof.
It's worth mentioning that my facial skin is so unhappy with this product that I have to wash my hands after I apply it to my arms, before I touch my face again. I suspect the Parsol 1789 is what is so bad, and have avoided sunscreens with it since.
I will not repurchase, even for use on the body, because there are better sunscreens at a better price, that won't require bizarre measures to avoid facial contact. But I will finish this bottle. continued >>