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Firstly the bottle colour has changed since the above photo, the one I have is a cream colour with light blue lid.
My sister recommended this to me this year, she went to Alton towers early on in the summer on a boiling hot and sunny day and decided to try this out, it says apply once so they did and whilst they passed many people who were going very pink! they stayed their natural colours! My sister was chuffed!
So when I went to buy it from boots and found it was on offer half price what a bargain, it was the same price as I would pay for a normal lotion! So normally it's around £15 to £16 for a 200ml bottle (Aug 2013) I was pleased with my bargain at £8. I also bought a small baby sized one for the handbag and car, for emergencies - ie when you're out and the sun suddenly decides to put in an appearance and you weren't expecting it!
Well what a summer we've had to try it out in! I bought the kids one as it had some extra water resistance but that is only for an hr (not the all day) personally in future I will buy the ordinary one for all day and then buy a 2nd one for kids to use in the sun that's not all day because clearly they're not advanced enough yet to do a water resistant all day one yet so it doesn't seem worth the expense to use this when another cheaper type would suffice.
My other brilliant thought is that it will be great for kids at school as you will only have to apply it in the morning and won't have to send your child in with suncream bottles and hope they've reapplied their own to your satisfaction. The first few days last week my daughter went covered in this - brilliant idea. I don't know about your kids but mine also hate having to put the stuff on so to only do it once is great!!
So this says it's gives 8hr sun protection. I can vouch for that, we used it many times and not once did we get burnt and how nice not to have to keep reapplying and getting all sticky and covered in cream. It also means you can put it on at home (if you are at home of course! if you are on holiday it may be a caravan or hotel room!) then wash your hands before going out and enjoying yourself.
The cream is fairly thick but I found it easy to apply, it says apply generously which I think is wise advice. I was worried in case it didn't spread well and we missed a bit, but that didn't happen as it was quite easy to apply. There is a spray version.
I also think that if you are going to spend the money on a cheaper 2 hour protection and have to keep reapplying it, then you are in a way spending the same amount of money as this is only applied once and therefore the bottle lasts a lot longer!
8hr sun protection
UVA protection high rating
available in 15, 30, 40 and 50 rating
note - it does say do not get in eyes! I must say twice I must have not quite washed it off my hands properly and I touched my eyes and it was horrendous, it really did sting. It must be quite strong so make sure you don't get it in your eyes or rub your eyes after using. It went off after a day but it did spoil the day a bit, the 2nd time I did it, I realised and washed my hands and tried not to itch my eyes but my eye did continue to weep a bit.
I have a typical English complexion and get through a lot of sun cream and aftersun. I use it whenever the sun is out even if it is overcast as the rays of the sun do penetrate through the clouds and can burn without you realising it. I like the Soltan range and have used quite a few different creams in their range but I do prefer the ones with the higher SPF as this obviously protects my skin more than ones with a lower SPF and prevents me from burning.
I bought this Soltan Once SPF 40 last year and think I would have paid around £8 for it, as it is very rare that I would pay full price for sun cream. The full prices for the Once range is around £16 but to be fair it does work very well and if I had no cream and I felt my skin getting burnt I would probably pay it as once your skin is damaged it can take a long time to repair and if you are extremely burnt the damage can sometimes be permanent.
This cream claims to provide you with up to 8 hours of protection and also contains an ultra UV-aging defence formula. It offers you 5 star UVA protection which as the stars range 0 to 5 which are set by the British Association of Dermatologists this is the highest protection available and I like the thought that I am giving my skin the best possible care and defence against burning.
I will apply the cream about half an hour before leaving the house if possible to allow it to soak into my skin. It is water resistant but I do sometimes put a thin layer on if I have been swimming especially on the areas where I burn most which are my chest, face and feet. I am not sure really if I need to do this but I just like to make extra sure that I am protected. One application is supposed to last you for 8 hours with 40 minutes water exposure so it is long lasting.
The skin is quite creamy in consistency and to be honest does take a bit of rubbing in but I think it is worth it for the protection it provides. It is firm enough to squeeze an amount onto my hand and then apply to my body without it dripping off. My skin does feel moisturised and soft straight away but doesn't feel sticky or slippery. I would describe the smell as fresh and a bit sweet however not overly feminine so would be suitable for men and women. The bottle is 250ml and I have taken it away on two holidays and there is still a little bit left in the bottle. It has a flip top which clicks back into place and like all flip tops you just have to make sure that you close it firmly before putting it in your bag.
For some reason Boots are not currently selling this SPF 40 however all the other ranges are available, from SPF 4 to SPF 50 but it is widely available on line, with the cheapest currently on ebay for one tube for £5.99 and 6 tubes for £16.99. I would definitely recommend this sun cream as it does exactly what it claims to do and protects your skin for up to 8 hours. I can say that when I have used this cream I have not burnt and due to the moisture in the cream my skin also feels soft and moisturised.
I normally try to buy ethical/chemical-free brands as much as possible, but when the hot weather began it caught me off guard and I found myself with a very light-skinned two year old out on the beach in the blaring sunshine, without any sunscreen to hand.
Luckily there was a Boots store near the beach so I rushed there to see what I could find, and I was pleased to find a large selection of the sunscreens there on sale. I chose Boots' Soltan Once Kids 8 Hour Play sunscreen because I didn't want to have to keep reapplying it while we were out, because it was half price at£7.99 for a 200ml tube, and because the tube said it would offer an hour's worth of protection from the sun even in water, and my daughter was paddling a little in the sea. The label also states that the sunscreen is hypoallergenic and I bought the SPF50 cream for maximum protection from the sun.
Soltan Once does seem to last quite a long time. It is a very thick and creamy mixture that requires some effort to get it rubbed in properly and to avoid those embarrassing white streaks in the skin. In fact even after it has been rubbed in, your skin still looks a lot paler than it normally is, and this takes a while to wear off. It's a little greasy, but no more than other sunscreens in my experience. It is a bit on the liquidy side too so it can easily drip onto clothes etc, so you have to be careful while applying it if you don't want white stains on your clothes. It seems quite moisturising too although I don't think this is a rare thing to find in a sunscreen. The cream has quite a strong smell too, which is not unpleasant but it does stay on your skin for hours. It is also quite a sickly smell, which doesn't bother me personally but my husband finds it annoying to smell that way when he uses the cream.
As with many sunscreens, Soltan Once is meant to be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure, so in the beach instance this didn't apply to us but I usually apply it well before I know we are going to leave the house. It is meant to last all day and I expect that the fact that we seldom get 8 straight hours of sunshine makes this an efficient product in that regard. It also offers protection while you are swimming, but needs to be reapplied once you towel off the water and cream.
Although the product is of good quality, unfortunately the tube it comes in is not. After only a day of using it, ie shortly after I had purchased it, I found that it had leaked in my bag. The flip lid doesn't look overly secure and I should have noticed this when I bought it, but being quite a gloopy mixture also added to the problem, and a lot of the things in my bag got covered in this sticky white mess. I was not impressed. On closer inspection I think it is a problem with the tube itself, which doesn't click closed properly, and is clearly not designed for taking out and about with you, which I suppose is fair enough as it is meant to last 8 hours, so you can always leave it at home after applying it. Because of the mess in my bag though I am knocking off a star for poor tube design, and also a star for how much effort it takes to rub the cream in. When the tube runs out I will buy a different sunscreen.
Having long been a fan of Riemann P20, I was really pleased to see that other sun cream brands were following in their footsteps by coming out with products that only need to be applied once. Riemann P20 worked really well for me but my god, it's expensive! It also never seems to be included in the sun cream offers whereas most other brands are.
It was while perusing the very limited sun cream selection in February 2011 that I first came across Soltan Once sun creams and sprays. I read the back of the bottle and was very impressed to hear that it offers protection for up to 8 hours and you don't have to reapply it after going in the water (as long as you don't stay in for hours!). Sun protection is very important to me - I am extremely pale and burn really easily so I always choose to stay protected at the expense of not getting a tan... Ever. I'm sure my skin will thank me in 20 years though, we all know that sun exposure isn't good for the complexion!
So I normally choose a factor 30 for body and 50 for face, but I do get really annoyed at having to reapply throughout the day. Because I'm so fair skinned, I must admit to getting a bit paranoid about burning, especially on my face, so to have a product that I can apply once with confidence is a dream come true. As mentioned earlier, I have tried P20 previously but at over £20 a bottle, don't want to be buying many of them!
This was around £13 for a bottle but was also included in the 2 for 1 offer they had on which I think makes it fantastic value for money. You have to remember that you won't use as much of this as you would of normal sun cream because you don't have to keep applying it.
The cream itself is a nice texture, it's just like a normal sun cream and not a runny, clear liquid like the Riemann P20. I liked this about it because it is easier to control when you apply, doesn't get all over the place or drip on the floor, and you can also see which bits you have done. It blends into the skin nicely and has that yummy sun lotion smell about it which reminds you of sunshine and holidays!
You have to wait 15 minutes or so before you actually go out in the sun, so I would tend to apply before breakfast and then would be all sorted and ready to go afterwards.
So the big question is... Does it work? Yes!! It absolutely does. We were on a cruise in South East Asia on our holidays and many days we spent around 8 hours outside, wandering around Thai temples in 30 degrees plus temperatures, and I didn't burn once! I have since used this on holiday in the Maldives where I spent literally 3-4 hours a day in the sea and I still didn't burn. I wouldn't neccessarily recommend this as you aren't supposed to use it for prolonged time in the water but hey, it worked for me!
Anyway, I am a complete convert to this now and would always choose it over regular sun cream that needs to be reapplied. They do an invisible spray version now too which I think is even better than the cream as it's so light on your skin and so easy to apply. I'd reccommend this to anyone going to sunnier climes.
I spent a lot of time looking for a suitable suncream to take to Spain with us and that would be suitable for adults and children and for those with sensitve skin prone to Eczema!!
After reading various reviews i opted for the Boots Soltan Once SPF40 and very pleased we did too! We brought full size bottles and a couple of the travel/handbag size sachets.
We took numerous bottles for us and i probably have enough bottles left over from our hols for another 2 holidays. It rubs into your skin very well and a little goes a long way hence the surplus we had left! It also doesnt have much of a smell and doesnt leave your skin clammy or sticky like other products.
None of us got burned and for the 1st time ever we actually tanned slightly which is a first we either come back white or burned!
None of us had any reactions to the cream not even my daughter who has extremly sensitive skin and Eczema.
One application does last for several hours even when you do go for a swim and its was nice not to be spending most my time apply suncream to the children every hour or so.
This is def our 1st choice for suncream now we cannot recommend it enough. We brought when it was buy one get one free but i would happily pay full price for it. Well worth the money.
When I went on holiday this summer to the Dominican Republic I made the mistake of putting some sun tan lotion in my hand luggage. I was aware that there were regulations for taking liquids on planes but I though if you put them in a plastic bag it would be ok. However you are only allowed to take 100ml and the bottle I had was 250ml, I was devasted at having to throw away a £10 bottle of suncream.
After that I was unsure of whether it would be cheaper to buy some more at the airport or wait until I got abroad. I decided to have a look in Boots and came across Boots Soltan Once. I would normally buy Nivea but loved the idea of only applying sun cream once every six hours. It was also on buy one get one free, so at £12.99 I purchased two 150ml bottles of Soltan Once.
I am really glad I did buy it at Boots as well because at the resort where we were staying they charged £20 a bottle, scandalous, but when there are no shops anywhere you have to pay what the shop charges or burn.
I have quite pale skin and burn easily, even in this country so, I was very wary of being in such a hot country, it was well over 30 degrees every day. It was so hot even sun bathing was hard work.
The lotion claims you only have to reapply every six hours or more frequently when in water. To begin with I probably did it a little more often than this, I didn't trust it to keep me protected for six hours and the thought of sunburn ruining my holiday was too much to risk. As the holiday went I became a lot more trusting of the product.
The lotion is of a very thick consistency and when we applied it first thing in the morning it was very hard to apply, it took a lot of rubbing in. However once it had been in the hot sun for a few hours it was very melted and runny, and easy to apply.
Two bottles lasted two of us nearly the whole week and neither of us got sunburnt in the slightest. We both came away with nice tans, although my husband was so much browner than me and I was so jealous.
Next time I go abroad I will be buying Soltan Once again, I think next time though I will buy it in a spray bottle if you can. A great sun cream, would recommend.
I bought this on buy one get one free deal from boots so worked out a really good deal. It claims you only need to apply it once and it works for 6 hours and is sweat and waterproof. The cream is quite thick and I bought the spray version of this. The lower the factor the thinner it seems to be and so the factor 40 was quite difficult to get a continuous spray from. The cream does take time to rub in and like any other cream it is difficult to make sure you have covered every area. I am very fair skinned and found that after sunbathing in Crete for pretty much the whole day and swimming I did have some small red badly burned patches where I must have missed which shows that where the cream had been applied correctly it did work effectively. I would use again but be more careful when applying.
I bought Boots Soltan Once SPF40 for about £9 in Boots a couple of weeks ago- I got a great deal as it was on buy one get one free- at the time of writing that offer is still on. When I went to buy sun protection there was a lot of choice- but Boots was the cheapest and I like millions of others, feel it is a brand I can trust-so why pay more?
ONCE claims to offer triple protection against long term skin damage.
Yesterday, was a scorcher and a friend and I went shopping and then to sit in a pub garden for a drink and a chat-when we got back home, I couldn't help but notice that her arms were bright red and mine were still feeling and looking fine. She had applied a sun cream as well - I had used ONCE- so it gets my vote.
One application will last for up to 6 hours as long as you haven't had a bath or shower in that time or spent longer in the water than forty minutes, or If you opt not to dry naturally when you come out of the water i.e by towel drying. In all those cases you need to reapply. That to me is a real selling point as how many of us remember that we should be reapplying, don't, and suffer the consequences- I know I have in the past.
You only need 3 tablespoons of the product to cover the entire body- and bearing in mind we are not often exposing that much- I think my 2 tubes of 150ml will see last me for ages.
It takes a little while to rub in as opposed to the more liquid applications, personally I don't have an issue with that as I would rather spend longer every 6 hours than have to remember to spend a short time frequently. Let's face it unless you are on holiday, ut is unlikely that you would be exposed for longer than 6 hours.
Having rubbed it in you should allow it to dry for fifteen minutes before you expose yourself to the sun's rays.
I think I made a good choice and even after this short time, it will take a very very special product or offer to make me switch from the protection.
For the last 3 summer holidays I have used the SPF 30 and 15 versions of Soltan Once. I have very fair skin and usually burn very easily, but since using the SPF 30 I have found that I can sit out all day in the sun (for the recommended time of no more than 6 hours), take a swim in the sea and not need to reapply at all. The cream is quite thick (like cement according to my husband!) but worth the extra effort required to rub it in so as not to have to worry for the rest of the day. I have also used the SPF 25 and 15 Face versions, the SPF 15 comes in a variety with a small amount of fake tan in to give you a gradual tan effect. Would recommend all of this range to anyone who hates the hassle of trying to reapply suntan cream every couple of hours.
For years my pale skin has burned very easily and I have been caught out on numerous occassions between applications of sunscreen. When I saw this product I thought it too good to be true, but it really does provide great protection for 6 hours! I am amazed and unless Soltan bring out a new and improved version I will never buy any other sunscreen product. I use it on my 2 year old also, and he has had no burns or problems whatsoever, except that he has to sit still twice a day (which is better than 6 times a day for both of us!)
For the last few years I have also suffered prickly heat, which is even more unsightly than sunburn. I first tried Soltan a few years ago and I have not looked back since, for me their products are the best. My only disappointment was that they would 'run' with sweat which would sting my eyes. Thankfully Soltan Once does not do that and ticks all other boxes for me which are:
It stays put
I can use it on my face without clogging up my skin or looking like a ghost
It provides hours of protection in one application
It isnt greasy, shiny or sticky
It doesnt smell
It prevents allergic reactions in my skin
I can see it wash off at the end of the day (strangely this is important to me)
It wipes off fabric very easily
I have recommended this to a friend of mine and she has also said she will never use anything else. All in all Soltan Once is a little pricely but it is well worth every penny to us.
Boots Soltan Once Lotion is fantastic for anyone who, like me, has pale skin and so burns very easily at the mere suggestion of sunlight. Last summer I got badly sunburnt on one side of my face from only spending 20 minutes standing outside in July, and was left peeling bits of my face off for about three weeks. Since I was going away to Europe for a month this summer and knew that a lot of the places I was going to were likely to be sunny and hot, I decided to go for the best sun protection that I could get, and so headed off to Boots. At the time they had a buy one get one free offer on their own brand Soltan suncream, so I got one 'normal' suncream at factor 25, and one 'once lotion' which was factor 40. I used the SPF 25 just for everyday use, and this SPF 40 when the sun was hot enough to threaten making me look like I'd been in an industrial accident again.
So, the good news is that although I went to some places where it was hot enough to make me sweat on just leaving the hotel (sexy I know), thanks to this suncream, I did not burn at all. Of course, I would've been surprised to have burnt with a factor 40 suncream, but I fear that if it hadn't have been the 'once' variety, then I would have done. The great thing about 'once' is in the name: you apply it once before you go out, and it lasts for 6 hours, which is fantastic when you compare that to regular Soltan suncream, which lasts 1-2 hours. Having 6 hours of protection means that you don't have to worry about reapplying it all the time, and you'll never lose track of time and forget about putting some more on, and burn as a result. You can also spend 40 minutes in water during this time without losing sun protection, which is handy if you're holidaying by a pool or beach.
Another great thing about 'once' is that it's more conveniant for us women who like to wear makeup when we go out - if you have to reapply suncream every 2 hours, then that means ruining or removing your foundation et cetera every 2 hours, which is annoying and a waste of good makeup and time. However, with 6 hours of protection, you can put makeup on over the top without worrying about it at all!
Now to the bad points, though I am so impressed with this suncream that there aren't many. Firstly, a 150ml container of this will cost you £13, which does sound like a lot for suncream, but when you consider the fact that you need to use it less often than other suncreams, you will therefore end up using less of it in general, and it will last longer. However, the packet recommends using 3 tablespoons for the whole body, and since the amount you get isn't huge, it will only allow for a few whole body applicatioins before running out. Secondly, I usually find that normal soltan 'moisturising suncare lotion' works well at moisturising my skin, so I don't use a traditional moisturiser as well when I am using it, though the 'once' cream didn't moisturise particularly well, so I had to use a moisturiser too. That probably won't be a bad thing for most people, but it did annoy me slightly.
In conclusion, two small problems won't stop me from giving this product 5 stars, as it stopped me burning in the height of summer (though of course stopped me from getting any sort of tan either, but I suit being pale). If you're not like me, ie you're not so pale that you seem to 'shine' in photos with a strange white glow, then you can go for a lower SPF than 40, but I would still recommend getting something in the 'once' range, as it takes the hassle out of skincare. It also boasts 5 star UVA protection, so could also prevent you from developing skin cancer from sun exposure, which has got to be a good thing.
Boots Soltan Once is a very high suntan lotion, I used the SPF 30 version which is rated as 5 star ultra UVB protection and is recommeded for skin tones that burn easily.
The lotion comes in both 150ml and 250 ml sizes both presented in a large squeezy plastic tune not dissimilr to an overly large toothpaste tube. Handily the lid is hinged to that it can be easily opened and closed with one hand, it also makes ir easier when you are stick from the lotion and you don't end up putting a detachable lid down to get dirty.
This lotion is designed to be applied once to give upto 6 hours protection, because of this it is quite a thick consistency abit like gloss paint. As it is thick you need to apply in small amounts to each part of the body as it is quite difficult to spread the lotion once applied. The lotion dried quite quickly, actually faster than other once lotions I have used, it is stick to start but that soon disappears.
Overall I found that this lotion did the job and did seem to last for the quoted 6 hours, but this is of course pretty difficult to judge exactly.
Soltan Once is availbale from boots at the following prices:
SPF 30/40 250ml £18.99
SPF 30/40 150 ml £12.99
Manufacturers directions for use:
Apply generously using approxiamately 3 tablespoons of the product for the entire body.
Rub in and allow to dry for 15 minutes before exposure to the sun.
One application allows for 40 minutes of water exposure in 6 hours.
I love going on holiday although sitting in the sun for hours on end is not my idea of fun. Don't get me wrong, I love warm weather but in the direct glare of the sun I get far too hot and in any case I unfortunately have the sort of skin that doesn't instantly adopt that all over coffee colour with which others seem blessed. I burn if I don't take protection and so I tend to find myself sitting in the shade more often than not.
But, you can't stay there for ever. At some time you have to venture out into the sun. No matter how long for, to do so without protection against the harmful effects of sunlight would be foolish. In my case it is my head that needs to be most protected as I most of my hair, at least on my head that is, seems these days to be in retreat! Elsewhere it seems to be doing the opposite. Just my luck!
This year, in celebration of finally being entitled to a free bus pass and a winter fuel allowance, my wife and I agreed to indulge in another cruise, this time a fortnight aboard one of Royal Caribbean ships, starting and ending at Southampton and taking in many Mediterranean destinations that would be new to us. Much time would be spent on board as we made our way down to the Med and we would definitely be making use of the pleasures at hand, including sitting out on deck and swimming in one of the several pools.
My wife had chosen the sun protection, as usual, and had chosen from Boots own brand range, Soltan, one we have used in the past and have found very reliable. This year she picked from the Soltan Once range. This is advertised as being a lotion that need only be applied once, as the name implies, in order to give protection for a full six hours. She bought two versions, one at factor 15 for herself and the higher protection factor 40 for me. I usually use a factor 40 protection at first and then swap to her factor 15 when I finally start to get a bit of a tan. This often takes me as much as a week or even more.
Soltan Once Lotion is, in my opinion, incorrectly described. I would consider it more a cream than a lotion. It comes in a squeezy tube and comes out much more in the constituency of toothpaste than than a liquid. The factor 40 version seems a little thicker than the factor 15 but both have more or less the same feel.
And the problem with Soltan Once is directly related to this. Applying Soltan Once is a bit like trying to smear yourself with toothpaste; it simply doesn't go on smoothly or evenly. Not just that but it is difficult to determine where it has been applied and where it hasn't. This I found to my cost the first time I tried to use it. Although it seemed that I had applied it all over, the subsequent evidence of patches of red skin clearly showed that hadn't been.
It seems that the cream dries out quite quickly when applied and so although you may rub your hands across all of your skin the cream may already have ceased to travel with your hands, so leaving places that you think you have covered but which in fact you haven't.
Don't get me wrong, where it is applied it does protect well, that is clear. How to ensure that you are fully protected though, is the challenge. I have tried all sorts of approaches to applying it but none give me the assurance that I need. Maybe in my case the problem is exacerbated by my hirsute physiology. Soltan Once may possibly work better on the smooth skin of a female body.
However, I shall be resorting to a proper lotion in future as that is the only way that I can be sure that I am protected from sunburn. Soltan Once was, for me, an unsuccessful experiment and one that I shall not be repeating.
150ml / Contains Optisol an innovative new ingredient that provides double sun protection / It reduces the amount of UVA & UVB light entering the skin and also counteracts immediate damage from the free radicals that contribute to skin ageing / One application will last for up to six hours of normal use /