VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block Lotion (SPF 30) Review

by Uzma on October 5, 2010 · 18 comments

VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block Lotion (SPF 30)

I wasn’t somebody who used to apply sunscreens or sunblock when going out, but after sometime I noticed, my legs were getting tanned & ugly, so that’s when I realised I should protect my face & hands as well .I decided to invest in a nice herbal sunblock & went to the nearest H&G store to check out various brands, the SA at the store insisted I buy the VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block Lotion (SPF 30) because it has natural ingredients like Sandalwood & Honey. I decided to buy this because I knew Sandalwood soothes the skin & is considered to be a natural antiseptic.

What does VLCC claim about this sunblock: This high strength sunblock lotion protects the skin from the harmful effects of the UV rays of the sun. The goodness of Sandalwood & Honey heals the skin & keeps it cool, helping it retain its natural moisture and protect the skin from getting tanned for a longer period of time.

VLCC Sunscreen

VLCC Sunscreen

Ingredients: Extracts of Aloe indica (Gritkumari) 5%, Triticum Vulgare (Gehun) 4%, Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) 3%, Mesua Ferrea (Nagkesar) 2%, and Pterocarpus Santalinus (Rakt Chandan) 2%, Symplocos Racemosa (Lodh) 1%, Santalum Album (Chandan) 0.35%, Apis Mellifica (Madhu) 2% & Lotion Base Q.S.

Directions to Use: After cleansing, apply appropriate quantity of this to the exposed parts of the body 10 minutes before going out in the sun.

VLCC sunscreen swatch

VLCC sunscreen swatch

Price: Rs 195(INR) for 100 M.L

What I like about VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block Lotion(SPF 30):

The ingredients are herbal/Ayurvedic

Gritkumari (Aloe Vera) is multi functional herb in Ayurveda, most of us are aware of its benefits.

Gehun (Wheat Germ Oil) is the richest source of Vitamin E, A and D.

Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) leaves are beneficial in treating several skin disorders.

Nagkesar (Ironwood tree) has astringent, , antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory activity.

Rakt Chandan (Red Sandal Wood) has the ability to protect against the harmful rays of the sun.

Lodh (Lodh Bark) is astringent and cold in action & heals wounds.

Chandan (Sandal Wood) has antiseptic qualities which help in treating rashes & spots.

Madhu (Honey)’s natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage caused by the sun’s rays.

  • It seems oily as soon as you apply but after sometime easily gets absorbed in.
  • A little amount is needed so will last for at least 2 months.
  • It moisturizes the skin well so you don’t feel the need to apply a moisturizer after using this.
  • It’s hygienically packed in the form of a tube.
VLCC Sunscreen

VLCC Sunscreen

What I dislike about VLCC Surya Sandal Sun Block Lotion (SPF 30):

  • It’s very watery, so in case you hold the tube upside down & then open it , a large amount of the lotions comes out & gets wasted.
  • It is heavily scented( Sandalwood fragrance)

Overall feedback: This sunblock really works for my combination/Sometimes sensitive skin so well that once I come back home I don’t see the ugly dark tan on my skin. Though this is SPF 30 & works well for me , I would like to try a product which is SPF 50. Once this gets finished I will purchase a different one.

Have you tried VLCC Sunscreen? Please rate in the box below.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrunmayee October 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Ooooh!!! A good VLCC review.. One of the very few i should say..

But a watery sunscreen is actually interesting.. Coz all the high SPF sunscreens are usually thick and difficult to spread.. Should really check this one out..

Thanks for the review Uzma!! :-)) :-))

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calicoaster October 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Nice review Uzma!! I once used Lakme Sunscreen and its viscosity largely depended on the outside temperature. Whenever it was hot or warm, it’d flow like water, and whenever kept under AC for sometime, it would become thick!! ?:-) ?:-) …Anyways I never bought it again!! Have been using Garnier Sunscreen since then!! Will check out VLCC now!! :D :D

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monika October 6, 2010 at 10:17 am

I had the same experience with Lakme & am wiating for the bottle to finish……..meamwhile I bought Himalaya which is a good one!!

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Sanjeev October 5, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Hi Uzma,

The percentage of ingredients are adding up to only 20%. What are the rest 80% of the ingredients?

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Sabrina October 6, 2010 at 2:38 am

Sanjeev, I guess the lotion base is 80% !!

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ik October 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

i was about to buy this today!!!.. but i chose to remain loyal to Lotus.

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Aarthi October 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

My sis got a sunscreen gel from VLCC and it didn’t work for me. From then I didn’t go for this brand :(

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Jas October 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

I have been using VLCC sunscreen now, but its not the same one though. Its SPF 30 too and its good.

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Nids October 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

nice review Uzma.. wud try this 1 as soon as i finish off my Lotus sunscream. :-) . BTW i like ur hands :-)) .. seems soo cute.. :-P

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Uzma October 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

Thanks Mrunmayee!

Cali, Thanks !I had the same experience with Lakme.

Ik! I haven’t tried Lotus but heard rave reviews about it, I’m planning to buy their LIP BALM after I finish my Jovees(Love it).

Thanks Nids, Is your real name Nida( I just guessed)! feeling :shy: after reading your comment about hands!

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Uzma October 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sanjeev & Sabrina! I think the remaining 80% is Lotion base( which I think is water coz the Sunscreen is so watery & thinner in consistency). :-)

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Noopur January 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

HEY UZMA, NICE REVIEW… I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED VLCC PRODUCTS.. I WANTED TO BUY DIS SUNSCREEN TOO BUT DIDNT KNEW WETHER IT WUD BE APT FOR PPL WITH OILY SKIN…

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