I know I've given Jack Black some recent love, but I have to give him more props: he saved my life this past week (sorta... read on). I finally made it to Biras Creek Resort in Virgin Gorda (after a quick stay in San Juan and an overnight, Fed-exed passport later). Needless to say: relief! It was not as humid as it was in San Juan and the scenery was quite extraordinary. Biras Creek is a Relais & Chateau property nestled on a small isthmus. What's cool about this is that there was a gorgeous harbor in the backyard, the amazingly scenic Atlantic Ocean in front and rolling, lush hills to the sides.
There was also a lot of laying around under a hot sun, and naturally I was prepared with protection. Most specifically Jack Black's Sun Guard Ultra-Light Spray Sunscreen (a mouthful, eh?). It's very thin (not goopy like other sunscreens), non-greasy and the spray factor was very practical and convenient. It only comes in SPF 25, which I think is a good medium (fifteen is a little light and 30+ is too much), and the main ingredient is Parsol (in addition to general sunscreen agents like octinoxate and octisalate), which provides strong protection from long-wavelength UVA-rays.
I tanned alone on my deck, loving the fact the resort was quite removed from civilization, exactly what I needed after the passport drama. But I wasn't exactly alone. Hurricane Omar, which swept through the Caribbean the previous week, also brought a little friend. Actually tons of them. Mosquitos were let loose like spawns of the devil himself (especially after mornings of brisk rain), ruining a perfectly tranquil escape. They were annoying and quite fierce, sneaking up on you like heartburn or, worse, a phone call from an ex. That's when Jack Black Sun Guard came swooping in as my personal hero.
The product is packed with natural citronella, lemongrass and spearmint, all of which—as you know—help repel insects. These suckers (no pun intended!) had no chance, and it's rare to find a good sunscreen agent that kills two birds (or 1,000 mosquitos) with one stone. Best of all, it actually worked! These ingredients are non-chemical and bring a pleasant scent to a product (sunscreen) that can be quite overbearing or too "tropical."
I love that it also contains Vitamin E and balm mint, anti-oxidants that help protect skin from damage. It definitely improved my vacation (especially because I did not have to use the Off! spray... the scent of that completely nauseates me) and gave me one less thing to worry about.
Ingredients in Jack Black Sun Guard Ultra-Light
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Oxybenzone 2%.
Other Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Phenylethyl Benzoate, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Polysorbate 20, Mentha Vilridis (Spearmint) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Tocopherol Acetat (vitamin E), Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA