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SUNBLOCK WINS ENDORSEMENT FROM TESTERS

The King of Cream, Howard Stevens, concocted a new sunblock that doesn't feel like "greasy kid stuff" and smell like a hospital. Too bad he couldn't get the packaging for it until Sept. 1. Our testers hoped for sun and gave this new SPF-15, 4-ounce cream a test. It retails for about $4.59.

Don Russell: "This easy-to-use cream has a scent that is much more inviting than most sunscreens. Stevens seems to work as well as any other similar product."Our only wish would be for a sun-protection factor higher than 15."

Judy Slack Wilson: "I've got to tell the truth, I didn't get out in the sun to try this sunblock. But I did put some on to feel it and I like the texture, and the fragrance was light and pleasant."

Edyth Jensen: "I did try this as best I could - it's been cloudy. I do like the scent and it didn't seem to wash off in the water. I think it'll be good when we get to use it in the summer sun or this winter when my son goes skiing."

Linda C. Tingey: "I don't use sun block so I don't know how to judge this. This is creamy and since Stevens' other products are pretty good I'm sure this sunblock is, too. It's too bad it didn't come out a little sooner when my kids were in the swimming pool or at Lake Powell."

Rich Firmage: "It was so hot and sunny this last week we had this Stevens sunblock cream plastered all over us - just kidding. According to the label this stuff is simply amazing, but then again we must take Mr. Stevens' word on that. It is greaseless, waterproof, PABA-free, won't spot clothes and has an SPF rating of 15 and that's great. The only real test I could give it was for the aroma and it stinks. Sorry, Mr. Stevens."

Conclusion: Our testers liked the creaminess of this sunblock - all but one liked the scent. We'd recommend hanging on to a tube for when snow flies or the sun is brighter. The Deseret News testing panel independently tests products purchased by the Deseret News. Readers with suggestions for products to be tested should contact the Today Section, Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.