Get Sun-Ready with L'Occitane Jenipapo Protecting Body Oil SPF 15!

Summer in the Philippines may have been over (welcome rainy days!), but it is still summer in some parts of the globe. So the need for effective sunscreen is still relevant for us bellas. 

I attended a Mario Badescu skin care workshop recently where I was enlightened on the importance of effective sunscreen. More importantly, I learned that there are different SPF needs for specific skin types. 

In fact, for most of us Filipinas, we don't need a higher-rated SPF. We need at most SPF 15 since we already have enough melanin in our skin to protect us from the sun! 

Having said that, I was also blessed (2nd blessing!) to have won thru an Instagram contest a sunscreen from L'Occitane called the Jenipapo Protecting Body Oil

I share this blessing with a college friend and sister, Jessie who also won the same contest! Such serendipitous winning warranted a reunion for the both of us, so we claimed the product together. 

Jessie (L), me and hubby collecting our prize at L'Occitane Shang branch.

Anyway, on to the product review:

Name: Jenipapo Protecting Body Oil, Broad Spectrum

Brand: L'Occitane

Overview: This light body oil with SPF 15 and vegetal ingredients is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving a non-greasy protective film to help prevent sunburns. Contains Jenipapo extract typical from the Cerrado.

Directions for Use: Spray all-over the body and apply with a circular massaging motion. Apply generously on body before sun exposure, avoiding face area.
  • Choose a level of protection suitable for your skin type.
  • Apply generously on dry skin 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours. 
  • If possible, avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Keep children under 3 years of age out of the sun.
  •  Protect children from direct UV exposure with a tee-shirt, a hat, and a high-protection sunscreen.
  • You should not over expose your skin to the sun despite the highest level of sunscreen protection. 
  • Warnings: Do not use on the face. This product does not offer protection against sunstroke. Do not ingest.

Active ingredients of the product.

Inactive ingredients.

Price: Php 1,350.00 (or about 31 USD)

The jenipapo (Genipa americana) is a fruit-bearing plant native to Southern America. The natives there have been using the plant's extracts for its astringent and skin-protecting effect. 
Good Points:
  • Fragrant floral scent that is not too strong nor offensive
  • Oil-based instead of the usual cream based
  • Comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle
  • No parabens
  • SPF perfect for the needs of the Filipino skin

Not-so-good points:
  • You may find alternative sun protecting oil at cheaper the price. Given that it is organically derived from the Brazilian jenipapo plant, then it should be more expensive.

My Rating: It may be on the higher end side, but I enjoyed using it everyday. It is oil-based but after you spray and spread it evenly on the skin, it does not feel greasy. Applying it also gives me that subtle floral scent on my skin that wears off after about 3 hours. Hence it is best to reapply it regularly. 

All things considered, I am happy with my Jenipapo find. I give it 4 exotic Brazilian fruits out of a possible 5!

Would I buy it again? If I have a few bucks to shell out, I'll likely buy me this protecting oil. The cost is worth the benefits of the product.

Love always, 



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