Vacation's Chardonnay Oil Has the Look and Feel of Tanning Oil, but the Protection of Sunscreen

We all know that we should wear sunscreen any time we go out in the sun, but that doesn't always mean that we do.

Whether you skip this crucial step because your sunblock feels too greasy or drying, makes your skin look chalky and dull or simply because it's a tedious process that takes too long, we get it. But what if there were a sunscreen that solves all of these problems all at once?

When I first heard of Vacation's new Chardonnay Oil SPF 30, I was immediately intrigued. It's designed to have the look and feel of old school tanning oil, but to offer all of the protection of a modern SPF. The brand was kind enough to send me a sample bottle, and it's quickly become my favorite sunscreen. Keeping reading to find out why.

The Sunscreen

Vacation is a new brand that's all about '80s nostalgia, making sunscreen that's just as fun as it is functional. The brand is best known for making their Classic Lotion SPF 30, which they call "the world's best-selling sunscreen," but their new offering, their Chardonnay Oil SPF 30 is touted as "the world's most indulgent sunscreen."

It had a waitlist of more than 1500 customers at launch earlier this month, and for good reason. It's designed with the look and feel of a lightweight tanning oil, but with the protection of an SPF 30 sunscreen. It's a broad spectrum SPF, meaning it saves your skin from both UVA and UVB rays while also having a sheer formula that leaves zero cast on any skintones, instead leaving skin with a summery, sparkly shine.

It does this thanks to the inclusion of chardonnay grape seed oil (a byproduct of the champagne industry), which feels amazing on the skin while imbuing it with an enviable shine and evoking a sense of celebration. The scent, playfully titled "Grand Cru '86" is similarly champagne-inspired. It's also ultra-hydrating with ingredients including marula, passion fruit, jojoba and shea oil, plus vitamin E and soothing bisabolol. It's also vegan and free of free of oxybenzone, octinoxate and parabens. It comes in a 3.4 oz. bottle for $22 for a 3.4 oz.

Vacation chardonnay oil against sunset

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The Experience

Getting a couple of brand new puppies a couple of weeks back has meant being outdoors and in the sun a lot more than I've typically been this summer, and more than ever, I've noticed how important good skin protection is. While I try to wear a hat and long sleeves and pant legs if I know the sun is going to be beating down on me, it's not always feasible to wear long clothes when it's sweltering out, and Vacation has saved me time and time again.

While I routinely use Cocokind Daily SPF for my face, I didn't have a go-to sunscreen for my body, abd with Vacation's Chardonnay Oil, I've found it. The first thing I noticed about this SPF is that, even though it's an oil, it goes on light, and doesn't feel super greasy, despite leaving my skin with a dewy, shiny glow that looks amazing. It's transparent, so it doesn't leave a white, dull cast on skin, and it has a delicious, delicate perfumey smell with a hint of grape.

Vacation Chardonnay oil sunscreen

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On most days, I only use it to protect my neck and arms (and legs, when they happen to be exposed) but because it's so easy to apply, it's become a simple part of my morning beauty routine. The formula makes it go on smooth while being pretty much as nourishing for my skin as a lotion, and it's just as easy to reapply on days where I feel like I've sweated it away. But, best of all, even with the extra time in the sun, I haven't yet had a single sunburn since receiving it.

It's especially amazing for beach or poolside days. Not only will it prevent sunburns if applied correctly, but the shine it leaves on skin is the perfect complement to any bathing suit. If you're headed to the water, you can't go wrong with it.

Vacation Chardonnay oil lifestyle

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Bottom Line

If you're looking for a sunscreen that smells amazing, is easy to apply and makes your skin look healthy and hydrated instead of streaky and pale, you can't do much better than Vacation's Chardonnay Oil. The formula is fantastic for skin, both in terms of hydration and protection, and it looks gorgeous, too. At $22 per bottle, it's a bit more expensive than typically grocery store sunscreens, but for what it does, I think it's fully worth the price tag.


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