Jun 12 2014

Supergoop Sunscreen Oil – Sun-Defying SPF 50 (Summer Essential SPF)


Another installment of the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen series. For just under a month now, I’ve been testing out the new Supergoop Sunscreen Oil (Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50) that came in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit. This particularly sunscreen is marketed for the body so I’ve been using it on my arms, legs, back of the next and chest, but not my face.

Supergoop sunscreen oil

According to the Supergoop website this “sun-defying” “sunscreen oil “protects and nourishes skin with a lightweight, non-greasy feel. Formulated with reinforcing meadowfoam seed oil, potent tocotrienols, and nourishing argan oil, [it] prevents moisture loss, neutralizes UV-induced free radical damage, and leaves skin soft and supple”. Key ingredients are: meadowfoam seed oil, tocotrienols, argan oil, and other essential oils (pomegranate, citrus, and calendula).

Upon application, the first thing I noticed was the citrus-like smell (there is very slight “suncreen” smell as well but the citrus almost over powers it). The second thing, was of course, the oily texture. Let me be clear: this is an oil but its nothing like rubbing baby oil all over your body. It’s more like a “dry-oil”, meaning that because it comes out as a mist it helps the product absorb into the skin faster. I have to say that one of the best things about this product is the spray applicator. I’ve been keeping this by my front door so I don’t forget to apply it to my hands on my way out (yes, I know you should apply sunscreen on at least 15-20 minutes before sun exposure, but give a girl a break). The thing I am most concerned about (as I spend most of my day in an office) is the exposure of my hands sitting in the car. You’ll be able to see my freckles in the photo below where I try to capture the texture of the product (freckles which, BTW, have been getting worse since I’ve moved back home, sigh).

Supergoop Sunscreen Oil Consistency

This photo makes the oil look pretty scary but I’ve found that by the time I get to my car (about 3 minutes), its almost undetectable and fully absorbs within 15 minutes max. Bonus, because its an oil it can help with the look of dry patches on the skin.

It should be noted that Supergoop Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil is a chemical sunscreen (uses UV filters/synthetic sunscreen agents) and contains: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5% and Octocrylene 7%, the combination of which aims to protect against UVA, UVB, and IRA (Infrared Radiation) rays. It’s actually quite an impressive cocktail and worth a look based on that fact alone. For those not sensitive to chemical sunscreens or anyone who wants to test it out, it comes in a travel 1 oz size for $10.00 USD.

Supergoop suncreen oil also claims to be an “anti-aging” product (no doubt due the tocotrienols which are a source of vitamin E), as well as free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. It is cruelty-free.

This newest edition to the Supergoop line is available in 1 fl oz ($10.00 USD) and 5 fl oz ($26.00 USD).


  • White/Grey Cast: None
  • Consistency: Oil (Fully absorbs within 10-15 minutes)
  • No adverse skin reactions
  • Best for: All Skin Types (if used on body alone)
  • Good for: A range of activities. Water-resist///ant for up to 80 minutes (after which you MUST reapply)
  • Cost: Average
  • Available Locally: No (Check Sephora.com or Supergoop.com)


For perspective on skincare product reviews, it’s always useful to know a little something about the reviewer’s skin type. Rather than repeating the information in every post, I have a summary on the “My Skin States” page.



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  1. i just got some supergoop sunscreen in my birchbox this month! now i just need a reason to use it! 🙂

  2. Definitely give it a try, if you get the chance, lol. I kinda miss Birchbox, how have they new lately?

  3. Sounds like a product I should give a try especially if it doesn’t have the grey cast and because its broad-spectrum. Thanks.

    1. Yeah, I liked it more than I expected to. I haven’t used it on the face but I’ve heard some people do with no problems. 🙂

  4. I’ve never tried an oil like this as a sunscreen usually just get those spray kind of creams from Nivea or the likes. Will have to try something like this in the summer when the sun decides to come out of hiding lol x

    Beauty with charm

  5. I got this product a little while ago in my Birchbox, just started using it the other day and am in love! Plus, it doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin!

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