Gear and Clothing : Traveling the Globe
Monday, September 05, 2005
Suggested Retail:Daypack $1.50, Tube $32

Size: Daypack .13 fl. oz. tube or 3 oz./88.7 ml


Reviewer Info:

I’ve had a bout with skin cancer on my nose so have to keep it REALLY covered.

At first glance:

I was given a couple of these “daypack” samples at the Outdoor Retail show in January of 2005. Perfect to store in your pack, car, purse…all the places you need a shot of sunscreen and generally forgot to move a bigger tube around.

Details:

Light, non-greasy and fast absorbing moisturizers Safe for sensitive skin - we don’t add any irritants like fragrance and coloring .
Provides protection from UVB and UVA long and short rays with truly full-spectrum Avobenzone.

There are only three sunscreen ingredients approved for use in the US that block UVA long rays. Long wavelength UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays and can cause excessive dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, irregular skin pigmentation and even a weakening of the skin’s immune system, and cancer. They come through in overcast weather and they come through glass. You should make sure your sunscreen contains one of these three: Avobenzone (Parsol™ 1789), Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide.

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are topical, that is they work by forming a barrier to the sun penetrating your skin. They are white and can be wiped off easily. Avobenzone is absorbed into your skin.

Through the Ringer:

I used this product in the Dolomites hiking (summer 2005 and it was HOT)...as well as in the Baltics (Estonia/Lithuania/Lativia) and St. Petersburg, Russia for three weeks.  If I hadn’t run out it would be with me on my upcoming Peru Women’s Trek Oct. 2005.

Great absorbtion and stays on through the sweat and high altitude conditions…

What I Liked:

LOVED it.  Pefect size, as I said, and just creamy enough to feel like you have something between you and the sun without feeling like you have a paste on.  Great protection for adventure travelers as well as athletes.
Small “daypack” tube that lasts much longer for small areas than they quote.

Room for Improvement:

Nothing really…well, when the small daypack tube runs low it is a bit difficult to get the last drops out!

Ideal for:

Putting in every place you might need sunscreen without having to have a bigger tube.
Ideal for trail runs, first aid kit, glove compartment, bike underseat pack, adventure race pack, smallest purse.

Reviewed by Kathy Dragon

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Monday, September 05, 2005
Suggested Retail:$4.79

Size: 8 OZ


Color or Scent: Lavender

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Reviewer Info:

What does “Castile” mean? Is the bar soap also a castile soap like the liquid? What is the difference between the bar and liquid soaps? 
 
In earlier centuries, an all-vegetable based soap was made in the Castile region of Spain from local olive oil. By the turn of this century, “Castile” had come to mean any vegetable oil-based soap, versus animal (tallow) fat-based soap. “Pure-Castile” is now also your guarantee that what you are using is a real ecological and simple soap, not a complex blend of detergents with a higher ecological impact due to the waste stream during manufacture and slower biodegradability. Unfortunately, many synthetic detergent blends are deceptively labeled as “Liquid Soap” even when they contain absolutely no soap whatsoever.

At first glance:

Dr. Bronner’s Soap, our favorite all-in-one organic travel soap, now comes in a 8 fl oz. size in wonderful selections (we like the lavender) as well as
Almond
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Baby-Mild
Tea Tree

Details:

Ingredients of Lavendar Liquid Soap: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Olive oils (w/ retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lavandin & Lavender Oils, Citric Acid, Vitamin E

Through the Ringer:

On my recent 5 week active travel stint in Italy, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia I tried to use the soap sparingly.  Two bottles lasted me the 5 weeks. Best part was my clothes smelled GREAT…and when you are wearing the same items repeatedly that counts for a lot!

What I Liked:

The 8 oz size is PERFECT for traveling…larger sizes for home use or refill. No need to feel guilty disposing of the bottles as they are made of 100% post consumer recycled plastic. 

Ideal for:

Travel laundry and body washing

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