I’m really excited to share yet another Living Libations product with you all. If you’ve read my previous posts on them, you’ll know about how wonderfully clean, green, sustainable, and all natural their products are. If not, you can learn more about their brand – here – in my original post. Alternatively, you can also check out another review I did – .
Today’s review features yet another wonderful product from LL, but the function of it is a bit unique in the sense that it’s meant to help your body/skin enjoy the sun and soak up the full benefits naturally.
The Everybody Loves Sunshine Oil is rich in plant oils, essential oils, and herbs and spices which work to help your skin naturally soak up the goodness of sunshine, including vitamin D, which is essential to all the cell functions in your body. The belief behind this is that SPF blocks these sunshine rays which, yes, can do damage to your skin, but also blocks your absorption of nourishing vitamin D that we get from sunlight. The oil works to nourish skin in a way that protects it from damage, free radicals, and burning while allowing your skin to soak up vitamin D as nature intended. The oil is also a fantastic face and body oil and can enhance and prolong any existing tan.
“…rich oils of the desert jojoba plant, virgin coco-creme, red raspberry seed oil, seabuckthorn berry oil, tamanu berry and essential oils of schizandra berry, immortelle, carrot seed, rose otto, cape-chamomile, frankincense, sandalwood, ginger, lavender, turmeric, calendula and palmarosa…”
While I don’t think this is a good replacement for SPF as the UV rays really can age and damage skin, I do think that it’s wonderful for use with your sunscreen or maybe on days when you don’t want to wear sunscreen. Living here in California, we get a LOT of sunshine. Something like 320 days out of the year are all sunny days here. That’s a LOT of sun to take in. Personally, I’m quite fair and I tend to burn before I tan which is why I try to avoid both and wear sunscreen. That being said, on days when I’m not directly in the sunshine or when it’s cloudy out, I think using this oil instead of sunscreen is okay. As long as I’m not directly in the sunshine for an extended period of time or if it’s cloudy out, I’m happy with using this alone. The oil feel thick, but soft and nourishing, and soaks into the skin quickly. It smells pleasantly herbal, but not overpowering and I think many of the ingredients are beneficial to the skin.
It’s recommended that you get at least 15 minutes of exposed sunshine a day to get your daily vitamin D absorption (this is by doctors not me!). This means sitting out in the sunlight for 10-15 minutes every day with no sunscreen on so you can absorb the vitamin D into your body.I think when it comes to that time of day, I’m also happy just using this oil. Natural oils have a natural SPF level of protection to them so you protect your skin AND you are still able to absorb vitamins and enjoy the sunshine all at once. So, for that use, I love this oil.
As a standalone body oil, it’s brilliant. It smells lovely, but subtle, and its very hydrating and softening on the skin. I enjoy using this in combination with my SPF, as I said, but I would still also use it alone. If you’re someone who rarely (if never) burns or suffers from any kind of sun intolerance, this might be something to look into, but if you’re concerned with age spots, sun damage, premature aging, skin cancer, etc., then I would still stick to wearing sunscreen most of the time, especially if you’re outdoors, at the beach or pool or lake, and if you tend to burn easily.