Owner Review - Coppertone Sport Sunblock SPF30 - Brigid Shaw
- Owner Review: Coppertone Sport Sunblock SPF30
Name: Brigid Shaw
Height: 5'10" (1.8 m)
Weight: 145lb (66 kg)
Email address: surel3@...
City, State: Bethesda, MD
I'm fairly new to the backpacking scene, although I have done my share
of camping and day hikes. Although lightweight gear is nice, as a
recent college graduate my top priority is cheap gear that works. I
usually keep my pack under 25 lb (11 kg) not including food and water.
Year of manufacture: 2005
Size: 7 fl oz (207 ml) of spray, plus a bonus 1.5 fl oz (44.4 ml) of
This sunblock from Coppertone's sport line came in a 7 fl oz (207 ml)
spray bottle and also included a smaller "bonus" 1.5 fl oz (44.4 ml)
bottle of lotion. Both the spray and the lotion are "ultra sweatproof"
and "waterproof" with a "no slip grip ultra dry formula." They offer
SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB.
I do not have particularly fair skin. I don't burn easily, and when I
do I generally burn once per summer, it peels off, and then I tan.
However, I do use sunblock if I plan on being out in the sun for
extended periods of time and I have no wish to get skin cancer.
I bought the bottle of Coppertone Sport sunscreen in preparation for a
trip to Arizona during the summer. The temperature reached 90 F/26 C
and elevations around 8000 ft/2500 m, and I used this product for
around 4 days when I was in the direct sun 6 to 8 hours per day. The
spray was easy to apply, the only hands-on application being to my
face. The valve did not clog and neither of the bottles leaked. As I
was in the field, I reapplied sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, depending
on how much sun there was and how much I had been sweating.
After an hour in the sun, I could feel my skin burning. I reapplied as
often as I though could possibly be necessary, but all of my skin not
covered by clothing turned bright red. Unfortunately, we had no plans
to visit civilization for another week, so I figured I would stick
with it. I assumed, as usual, that after my first burn I would be
fine. Instead, my sunburn only got worse. By the end of the fourth day
the back of my neck and my shoulders had blistered and I finally gave
up and convinced a friend to lend me some sunscreen until I could buy
a different brand. I had no further problems with the new brand.
I would not recommend this sunscreen to anyone, under any
circumstances. It's possible that SPF 30 was too little, at least in
Coppertone's line, but two other brands of sunscreen of the same SPF
value worked fine for me in the same conditions. I tried both the
spray and the lotion, and neither one of them seemed to have any effect.
-easy to apply
-as far as I can tell, does not work
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- Hello Brigid,
Your edits follow. A pretty straightforward OR (and a damning one). A
curious business, this. I'd have suggested that the spray was
defective, except that the lotion failed to work, and it sounds as if
matters were worse than if you had used none.
Please correct as noted and post to the Owner Review test folder and
let me know when this is available for viewing. Thanks!
BGT OR EDITOR
> Owner Review: Coppertone Sport Sunblock SPF30### EDIT: To avoid confusion between US and UK dates, it's better to
spell this out: June 28, 2006
>### EDIT: 5' 10" (1.8 m) [space between feet and inches]
> Name: Brigid Shaw
> Age: 22
> Gender: Female
> Height: 5'10" (1.8 m)
> Weight: 145lb (66 kg)### EDIT 145 lb (66 kg) [space between integer and unit]
> Email address: surel3@...### EDIT: thought
> City, State: Bethesda, MD
> Backpacking Background:
> I'm fairly new to the backpacking scene, although I have done my share
> of camping and day hikes. Although lightweight gear is nice, as a
> recent college graduate my top priority is cheap gear that works. I
> usually keep my pack under 25 lb (11 kg) not including food and water.
> After an hour in the sun, I could feel my skin burning. I reapplied as
> often as I though
could possibly be necessary, but all of my skin not
> covered by clothing turned bright red. Unfortunately, we had no plans
> to visit civilization for another week, so I figured I would stick
> with it. I assumed, as usual, that after my first burn I would be
> fine. Instead, my sunburn only got worse. By the end of the fourth day
> the back of my neck and my shoulders had blistered and I finally gave
> up and convinced a friend to lend me some sunscreen until I could buy
> a different brand. I had no further problems with the new brand.
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "edwardripleyduggan"
>I found the failure of the sunscreen curious too, especially since I
> Hello Brigid,
> Your edits follow. A pretty straightforward OR (and a damning one). A
> curious business, this. I'd have suggested that the spray was
> defective, except that the lotion failed to work, and it sounds as if
> matters were worse than if you had used none.
have used both the spray and lotion of this brand extensively and
found it works very well for me. I have to wonder if the sunscreen
Brigid purchases was old stock and had deteriorated.
Thanks for the edits. This one was so much easier than my first OR!
I've posted the review on the test site for your approval.
- Hi Brigid,
There was some discussion on the editor list regarding your OR,
because one member uses the same brand and hasn't had a problem. A
little online research shows that sunscreen's ability to shield is
strongly influenced by
1. Age of sunscreen
2. Storage temperature (no hot cars where possible, it seems).
If you have the tube/spray still, could you check the date of expiry
versus your trip date? And do you recall if it was stored for any
considerable period of time in a hot car? If you no longer have the
materials, c'est la vie. It transpires that sunscreen deteriorates
quite fast, which was news to me.
I'll look over your HTML in due course (I'm going kayaking in a few
minutes), but I did want to see if you had this info.
Unfortunately, neither bottle lists an expiration date. I did buy the
sunscreen less than a week before my trip, but it's possible that it
had been sitting on the shelf in the store for a while.
- Hello Brigid,
I'm approving your OR for upload. I would like you to add a few words
to one section, to address certain concerns that were raised by the
### EDIT: Where you write
I bought the bottle of Coppertone Sport sunscreen in preparation for a
trip to Arizona during the summer.
I'd like you to reword as follows, or use wording to the same effect.
"I bought the bottle of Coppertone Sport sunscreen in preparation for
a trip to Arizona during the summer, less than a week beforehand. I
didn't check the date on the sunscreen packaging at the time. It
should have been current stock, but it's worth noting that sunscreen
products may deteriorate quite quickly after the recommended expiry
date (often found on the crimp of the tube or on the base of the bottle)."
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--- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "Brigid" <surel3@...> wrote:
> Unfortunately, neither bottle lists an expiration date. I did buy the
> sunscreen less than a week before my trip, but it's possible that it
> had been sitting on the shelf in the store for a while.