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ALL TERRAIN COMPANY WINTERSPORT SKIN PROTECTANT / SUNSCREEN
TEST SERIES BY PAUL SCHILKE
January 15, 2010
NAME: Paul Schilke
EMAIL: paul schilke (at) msn (dot) com
LOCATION: Mogollon Rim, Arizona, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 165 lb (74.80 kg)
BOOT SIZE, MENS: US 9.5 (E.U. 42.5)
SHOE SIZE, MENS: US 9 (E.U. 42)
I have been a genuine backpacker since 2002 and enjoy lightweight camping. Nowadays, I prefer using water filters to chemical treatments. I have camped under a tarp, but have also spent several sleep-deprived nights buzz-bombed by rodents at popular backcountry campsites. Although I have spent up to 7 months backpacking, I am lucky to get out for 3 to 5 days. I have almost no use of my left arm. I snowshoe and cross-country ski in the winter. My wife and I have a two-year old daughter who enjoys hiking and camping with us.
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: All Terrain Company
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.allterrainco.com" LINK TEXT = "http://www.allterrainco.com">>
MSRP: US $12.99
Listed Volume: 3 oz (90 ml)
Listed Weight: N/A
Measured Weight: 3.7 oz (105 g)
1% Dimethicone - Skin Protectant
7.2% Octinate - Sunscreen
6% Oxybenzone - Sunscreen
3.5% Titanium Dioxide
3% Zinc Oxide (Z-Cote®) - Sunscreen
Aloe Vera Gel, Bladderwrack Extract, Borage Seed Oil, Calendula Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-21, Cucumber Extract, d-alpha Tocopherol, Glycerin, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Jojoba Pol, Lavender Oil, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sea Kelp Extract, Water, Xanthan Gum.
Front Side of Packaging
Paraben Free, Water / Sweat Resistant, Skin Protectant / Sun Screen with SPF 30, UVA / UVB Protectant, Helps Prevent Chafed, Chapped or Cracked Skin
Backside of Packaging - drug facts
Uses: Temporarily protects chapped skin; helps protect from the drying effects of the sun, wind and cold weather; helps prevent sunburn, higher SPF (sun protection factor) gives more sunburn protection, retains SPF after 40 minutes of activity
Warnings: For external use only, keep out of eyes - rinse with water to remove, stop use and ask a doctor if irritation or rash develops and lasts, keep out of reach of children - if swallowed get medical help or call poison control center right away.
Directions: Apply liberally 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure and as needed - children under 6 months: ask a doctor.
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The first thing I noticed about the packaging was that it was not sealed. That is not a big issue, however, I cannot remember the last time that I purchased a sunscreen without a seal.
Also mentioned on the packaging: the brand name of the zinc oxide sunscreen, company contact info and the parent company, Rosement Ventures. A brief web search indicates that Rosemount Ventures is also the parent company of Neostrata, another producer of skin care products. That was somewhat surprising because my first impression of the All Terrain Website left me with the impression that the All Terrain Company is a small "mom and pop shop".
The website gives a lot of good information about products which I might be interested to purchase. However, I would be more likely to buy some of these things at the last minute on my way to the trailhead than to order them from the website.
There is a lot of information listed on the tiny tube. The WinterSport Skin Protectant / Sunscreen contains a lot of interesting inactive ingredients which can be purchased for skin care from a homeopathic apothecary, herbalist or natural foods store . For example, calendula is the primary ingredient in one of my baby's diaper creams.
According to the packaging this product both prevents and protects chapped hands, which is a useful dual purpose use.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
My first thought when reading the packaging was to duration of desired effects. The product will last for 40 minutes of activity. To achieve maximum results, I should apply the WinterSport Skin Protectant / Sun Screen 20 to 30 minutes before I go begin my winter activity. In an average situation, I might not remember to put the product on that far in advance of my activity. I might skip the pre-activity wait, thinking that a little bit of unprotected time in the sun and wind is good for the soul.
TRYING IT OUT
The WinterSport Skin Protectant / Sunscreen smells like licorice. My wife claims that I smell the lavender. My skin was somewhat dry before I put the product on and the product was rapidly absorbed. My hands and face feel moisturized and not greasy.
I liked the product. It made my hands and face feel good and my nose happy and stimulated. If I were purchasing this in a store, I might think twice about buying it because there is no seal on either tube. I look forward to testing it in the snow this week, the desert next week and all points in between throughout the rest of the test period.
This concludes my Initial Report. The results of my field tests will be posted as a Field Report in approximately two months.
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