After getting sunburned in St Barths last weekend (yes, even after applying copious amounts of sunscreen for a few days, I ran out and the hot sun mixed with perspiration, the water, the shirt-free lifestyle didn't help) I've been a little more "aware" when I leave my apartment. Even going to the gym and back (the walk over is less than a song on my IPod) had me wondering if my face was going to burn off due to the extreme sun we had in the earlier part of the week. In the mornings, I generally apply an energizing cream before I go out but suddenly I was considering one with SPF.

The one that I found the best fit is Epicuren Man Recollect Sustaining Protectant. Epicuren is known for their competent sunscreens. In fact, the company's fundamental science began two years ago when they were treating severely scarred burn victims. The line actually is based on their technology and very own Enzyme Vitamin Protein Complexes. They're pretty big on organic ingredients to boot.

When I tried out the Recollect Sustaining Protectant (a mouthful, I know), it went on smooth and actually felt quite refreshing. It's packed with antioxidants and chockfull of vitamins (a, e, b5, c). It also wasn't greasy for a daily SPF (thanks to the low SPF content of 8). The sun protection is provided by bearberry, from which arbutin is extracted. This inhibits melanin precursors.

The only unusual thing was its scent. It was rather medicinal than something from the earth and after reviewing the ingredients, I think it's the combination of the pure extracts with little chemicals/emollients that makes it so rich. It's strong on the citrus-y side, and I would owe this to the lime extract and lemon extract (which is closest to the scent). The strong smell, however, after application, mitigates to a rather subtle citrus scent that's a little more bearable.


Purified water, aloe vera gel, starch, sorbitan oleate, tea-carbomer, panthenol, (provitamin b5) tocopheryl acetate, (vitamin e acetate), retinyl palmitate (vitamin a palmitate), ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin c palmitate), calendula extract, lime extract, grape seed extract, green tea extract, lemon extract, citris grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract.