It’s been at least 4 years since Jeff and I went canoeing on the Ipswich River. It used to be something we did every year. Saturday was the perfect day to restart our tradition. It was warm but not hot, partly sunny, not humid, no bugs. We drove over to Foote Brothers in Ipswich MA to rent a canoe.
In November, MyChelle Dermaceuticals generously sent me three sun care products in a cute tote bag.
They must be based in California or Florida because in New England in November, there isn’t a lot of call for (body) sunscreen and cooling spray. I put them away for 6 months, and broke ’em out on Saturday. Before we got into the canoe, we both sprayed ourselves with MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF 30 Broad Spectrum.
The fine spray comes out clear if you keep the can moving or white if you stay in one place, but the spray instantly disappeared into my skin. It has a very light fresh scent that disappears instantly as well. The spray absorbs on contact and isn’t the least bit sticky. You don’t know you’re wearing it. I put it into the MyChelle tote bag that I brought along in the canoe so we could reapply as the afternoon went on.
Here’s some more detailed info on the spray: PABA Free, uses zinc oxide instead of chemical sunscreen ingredients, 80 minutes of water-resistant UVA & UVB full-spectrum sun protection. Also contains linoleic oil-rich safflower seed oil to offer anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and healing support, and bentonite to absorb excess oil and impurities from pores. Price $18 for 6 oz.
I also brought along MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50 that I used on my nose and cheeks. It glides on smoothly and dries clear almost immediately. I love this little slim stick dispenser. It’s so easy to apply and it easily fits into my purse makeup bag. Very handy! Everyone needs this! Plus it’s SPF 50. Like the spray, it’s zinc-based and gives 80 minutes of water-resistant UVA/UVB full-spectrum sun protection. It contains avocado, jojoba, and Vitamin E oils to moisturize and protect, and Cocoa Seed Butter to soothe skin and support elasticity. 0.5 oz. and priced at $12.
Heading out onto the river from Foote Brothers, you can only go one way: into the current. So you do the hardest work right from the get-go.
As I mentioned earlier, we hadn’t been on the river for several years, and kayaks have really become popular. We were amazed at how crowded the river was. It was a Saturday, after all, but before the kayak craze it was never that busy. In spite of some people who had to listen to music loudly in their kayak or talk loudly non-stop, we were able to get away from the river traffic at some points and listen to the sounds of nature. So peaceful!
Since it was early in the season, the river was quite high, but there were a lot of fallen trees and seagrass in the river that had to be negotiated. It required constant paddling especially when we were going up river. Although I had my iPhone with me, I couldn’t take a lot of photos unfortunately. But we saw yellow irises everywhere, water lilies that were not yet in bloom, 7 beaver huts, ducks, geese, and lots of redwing blackbirds. Jeff saw a small turtle swimming by. We both saw a graceful egret on our way back down river.
It was a great day. I’d love to go back but perhaps when there aren’t so many people around! Do you go canoeing or kayaking?
More MyChelle Sun Shield Product Info
Glad to report that MyChelle kept me from getting sunburned. Since it wasn’t very hot and our skin wasn’t sunburnt or irritated, we decided to save the Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray for a day when we’ll really need it. But it smells great, is lightweight, soothing and cooling on the skin. It’ll be great for hot days at or after the beach. Price $16.50 for 6 oz.
I’ve reviewed MyChelle lotion sunscreens on the blog (here), and I included a lot of sunscreen tips in that post so it’s worth checking it out if you missed it when I posted it last summer. I love MyChelle lotion sunscreens, but I’m glad to have the spray and stick versions this year to add to my arsenal. Because of the easy to use spray and stick forms, they’re handy to have around. Check out the entire line on MyChelle Dermaceuticals website. I’m also proud to display a MyChelle ad on my website. It’s a brand that I really believe in!
MyChelle makes natural/mineral sunscreens as well as skincare products (check out my MyChelle skincare reviews: the fabulous Pumpkin Cleanser and Renew Cream here as well as Sweetness & Light Refining Duo here). I love that they put their skincare expertise into the sun care products as well!
MyChelle is available at Whole Foods, Ulta Beauty and other natural retailers as well as through their website where there’s free shipping throughout the U.S. MyChelle is cruelty-free and reef safe/non-toxic to water and ocean life and made in the U.S. Currently (June 2016), MyChelle is giving a deluxe size Perfect C Serum with any sun care purchase.
MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Spray SPF 30 Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 12%
Inactive Ingredients: Bentonite, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol , Coco Glucoside, Glycerin, Heptyl Undecylenate, Jojoba Esters, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Triethyl Citrate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Water
MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50 Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 17%
Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Oryzanol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol
MyChelle Sun Shield Cucumber Cooler Soothing Spray Active Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Glycerin, Water