With summer finally here I decided to review a couple of new-to-me products that are now out in the majority of stores across the country. The first is for a new sunscreen and the other, a calorie-friendly frozen dessert.
Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunscreen
I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to good sunscreen. Having had skin cancer in the past (most recently on the bridge of my nose) it’s imperative that I keep my skin protected at all times. I have certain requirements before I’ll consider purchasing the same bottle twice: good coverage, non-greasy feel, pleasant but light scent and easy on sensitive skin. This Spring I found my new favorite – and its actually affordable!
Coppertone Clearly Sheer in SPF 30 exceeds all of my requirements – outstanding news for me! So far it’s the first sunscreen I’ve tried that I can add multiple times without having to worry about breakouts or skin irritation. The scent is very light with just a hint of citrus and coconut. The best part for me though, is the feel of it on my skin. It glides on but sinks in quickly, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth like a moisturizing lotion would. Another plus is that I can apply it under my makeup. In fact, this is the first sunscreen that I have used both on my face and my body, and even though I am rarely seen at the beach it’s waterproof up to 80 minutes. I truly love the stuff.
Arctic Zero frozen dessert
Next, Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert in Chocolate Peanut Butter. I have been wanting to try this ice cream substitute for some time but until recently it was only available by mail order, and anything that needs to remain frozen generally costs a fortune to deliver. While at my local supermarket the other day I was surprised to find it in the ice cream section so I bought a pint.
The first thing that you’ll notice about this dessert is the calorie count. You can eat the ENTIRE pint if you so desire, all for 150 calories. Arctic Zero products are Gluten friendly and Lactose-Intolerant friendly.
First, the ingredients: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (MILK), ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, SUGARCANE FIBER, DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA POWDER WITH ALKALI, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL PEANUT FLAVOR (PEANUTS), SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE
The taste: Not the worst frozen dessert I’ve tasted but if you’re looking for something that tastes just like ice cream, this isn’t it. It does have the faint hint of peanut butter and/or chocolate (I’m not sure which because the taste is very mild) and the consistency is more like ice milk than ice cream. To be fair however, if you want something that tastes just like ice cream you should just buy ice cream.
This stuff is not going to be your ‘sneaking spoonfuls right out of the carton every time you pass the freezer’ kind of dessert, but it could be a worthwhile purchase if you have limited options – and a good imagination.
It would be a good choice if you were to, say, want to save calories yet splurge on toppings. I could see this as a satisfying dessert with the right topping and/or nuts so that would be an option to try. Personally, however, I found that the best use for Arctic Zero was by scooping it into my Nutribullet and blending up a pretty darned good milkshake with the addition of pumpkin, a banana and a teaspoon of unsweetened coconut.
Bottom line – if you see this at your supermarket and want to give it a try I say go for it, but it’s salty at over $4 a pint so I suggest having a Plan B in the back of your mind so you’ll get your money’s worth if you don’t like the taste by itself.
That’s it for today. Have a great week!
**I purchased Arctic Zero with my own funds and was in no way compensated for my review.**
**I received a complimentary sample of Coppertone ClearlySheer from BzzAgent however my opinion about the product is entirely my own.**