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Over the summer, we were caught out by a rather unexpectedly sunny day and my son was desperate to play outside in the garden with his cousins. Having neglected to pack any sun cream I was grateful that my sister in law had a bottle to hand - a small 'pocket size' bottle of Nivea Children's cream. She actually ended up letting us keep it as her children have sensitive skin and didn't react well to the cream and I used it quite regularly over the summer. In the end, once used up, I ended up replacing it with another bottle of the same as I had found it so convenient. The bottle is very small - containing 50ml of suncream - and about 9cm tall by 6cm wide. Therefore, it really is pocket sized. It fits nicely into the pocket of my changing bag or in my handbag without taking up too much space or weighing too much so it is great for taking out and about. The bottle is a white plastic and quite flat in shape. The lid is bright yellow and unscrews to reveal the bottle neck which has a small hole pierced in to squeeze the sun cream through. The lotion itself is fairly runny and cream in colour. It has a distinctive sun cream smell that is fairly strong but this disappears rapidly upon application. The lotion is said to have a 'non-sticky formula' and it certainly absorbs quickly into the skin and left the skin feeling non-greasy. It spreads easily and a small amount does cover quite a large area of skin. It has a high sun protection factor of 50 + and enhanced UVA and UVB filter system which works to protect skin from the sun's harmful rays immediately. The sun cream is quick and easy to apply and protects the skin well. I found it to be reliable and to last very well. It is water resistant so I am happy for him to play with his water table etc without having to top it up - although I do reapply if he has been in a padding or swimming pool etc. It seems gentle on my son's skin too and he has certainly not shown any sign of reaction to it. At around £4 for a bottle, it does seem pricey for a pocket size bottle - I have purchased much bigger bottles for around this price so it seems that you are really paying for the convenience of having a handy sized bottle. It is definitely worth having though for those times that you don't think to specifically pack sun cream - it is lightweight so you don't mind carrying it around with you all the time.
Despite the weather being on the rubbish side of late, especially when you have children I have discovered you need to have to hand some form of sun protection for them just in case. I bought this pocket sized Nivea for kids spf30 late summer last year for £3.00 ( it was on offer ) from one of the supermarkets. Why did I buy this? I bought this last year because despite having two small children, I wasn't going to be fooled in buying a huge whacking bottle of suncream because the year previous I did that ( and this was for just one child ! ) and it got wasted, hardly used. The weather was rubbish and the majority of suncreams have a short shelf life, and once that's expired it gets thrown in the bin. I thought this size was perfect, at the time this product was on special offer and discounted and I found that this was perfect to travel with because of size and how the product is contained e.g no spilliages. How is it packaged? The product comes in a small 50ml plastic tube. Screw top bright orange lid. The rest of the tube is white. To get product out simply squeeze and pour. On the front the ' Nivea ' logo is at the top, underneath the words ' sun kids pocket size 30 high '. A picture/drawing of kids next to it and beneath that who and where its suitable and the fact its water resistant. On the back to get to ingredients list, you have to pull back a flap on the label, theres instructions for use, what is good about the product and once opened it has a 12 month shelf life. Ingredients Aqua,Alcohol Denat. ,C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate ,Octyldodecanol ,Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane ,Octocrylene ,Titanium Dioxide ,Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine ,Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate ,Cetyl Alcohol ,Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate ,Cetearyl Alcohol ,Myristyl Myristate ,Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone ,Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate ,Tocopheryl Acetate ,Glycerin ,Tapioca Starch ,PEG-40 Castor Oil ,Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate ,Glyceryl Stearate SE ,Xanthan Gum ,Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer ,Trimethoxycaprylylsilane ,Trisodium EDTA ,Phenoxyethanol ,Methylparaben ,Limonene ,Linalool ,Benzyl Alcohol ,Geraniol ,Butylphenyl Methylpropional ,Citronellol ,Benzyl Salicylate ,Cinnamyl Alcohol ,Benzyl Benzoate ,Citral ,Parfum How to apply Apply before sun exposure enough to leave a visible layer before rubbing in, wait til it dries and then reapply to ensure no areas have been missed. Reapply after swimming and towelling. Avoid direct contact with textiles and hard surfaces. What do we think? Firstly, as much as I love the fragrance of this product ( it's the same fragrance as the normal Nivea facial creams, not sure about body products as I have never used them ) and it's a very recognisable smell, I don't know whether I like the idea of my children smelling of this. It is a fragrance that lingers a little although not too strong on the skin. So Im very much on the fence on that one. Texture wise, its not thick very fluid and liquid. This makes it quite easy to rub into the skin, but I found that because of this it was tricky running after the kids trying to slap it because half off it would run off my hands by the time I caught them! Colour is a very pale almost white so pretty easy to see where its being applied. I found that I did have to really work this into the childrens skin quite abit because I could see a definite layer on childrens faces. My children have a mixed ethnic background and are gorgeous naturally tanned and rich colouring and this product stuck out like a sore thumb hence why I needed to work it in. Once it was, it was ok, although I still could see not necessarily a layer of colour but a sheen to the skin. The most important things are did this work? And is it suitable for childrens sensitive skin? Yes-it worked. My kids were protected well and were never burnt. They didn't mind having it on as soon as I grabbed hold of them so they weren't bothered. In regards to sensitivity, absolutely fine and gentle for both children. Now, at the time my little girl had a very mild case of eczema and this had no effect on it. Now she has a severe case of eczema so whether it would be ok on her now or not I have no idea, but for normal children skin its good. Would I buy this again? Not sure. The perfume bit is alittle too much for me on my kids, and also I don't know how this would react on my daughters skin. The product is good and does what its supposed to do, but may need something else for my family.
I spotted this little bottle of Nivea Sun Children's pocket size in the reduced to clear bay in my local Superdrug. My face burns at the faintest hint of sun - well, the sun being behind a cloud will even do it, no trouble at all - so factor 50 is essential for my face and ears whenever I'm in sunny climes abroad. As we always try to travel cheaply and wherever possible go with only hand luggage, the other thing to consider is the size of bottles - the usual size of 200ml being too big for airlines of course. So at £1.50, this was an instant purchase for me two weeks before my last holiday last September. (This was half price). ~Packaging/Marketing~ I don't know why they market this product as "Children's", they say in the information that it's specially formulated for childrens' skin, but surely anyone like me who regularly needs and uses factor 50 will have pretty similar requirements in terms of their skin's sensitivity to the sun? Oh well, maybe just me not understanding the science bit... Anyway, if you DO understand the science bit, this product is "UVA and UVB protection system, EU compliant". The size of the bottle is a really cute 2 inch x 3 inch approx, less than an inch wide. The only problem with the bottle is that it being "for children" it has a babyish design on the bottle. Again, I don't understand why they market it this way but I guess they have done their market research. It's not the coolest thing to be seen with, but that's a minor point, not worth knocking a star off! ~The Product~ Onto the product itself, well the consistency of the lotion is thick enough to give you a perception of putting something protective on your skin, whilst being not SO thick that its hard to apply...it's easy to rub in and quickly absorbed. The smell of the lotion is inoffensive - a generic "sun cream" smell as far as I'm concerned, and as it says on the bottle, it doesn't leave any feeling of stickiness. The other added bonus is that on the lid it informs you that it gives "immediate protection". Being the "Nivea" brand with its reputation, that gives you confidence and I've no reason to doubt it. I used the cream for my face every day for a week, every few hours, and I didn't empty the bottle, so whilst you wouldn't be taking any chances with little ones, it does seem that a little goes a long way. It does also say on the bottle that it's water resistant, although that's not something I had a cause to check, and I'm sure again with little ones you would reapply after being in water as a matter of course. Good product, handy size, perfect for short holidays as well as short people
The sun cream With four children aged five and under I am always on the lookout for sun cream for the warmer months. We manage to go through bottles of sun scream each year, and so normally I go for larger bottles to last us all. This is only a small bottle but makes it perfect for being used out ad about so I can always keep my children protected, even if the sunshine is unexpected. I do tend to use this as a top up while we are out , and use a larger bottle to cover them before we leave the house. The easy to use bottle makes it convenient for applying to little one easily. The quick release of the cream is perfect for catching young toddlers for the small time they are still. It does not release too much of the cream so that it is wasted, and with one large squeeze I have enough to coat my children's skin completely. Once the cream is on the skin I find it rubs in very easily. I do not have to sit all day making sure it is rubbed in correctly as it spreads easily. It also dries very quickly so there is no need to worry about my children running around straight after application. It seems to last well so I do not need to top it back up every five minutes, but it is important to reapply regularly to keep your child protected. The SPF 50+ is perfect for young children and helps keep them safe while they are enjoying the sun. What I like is that the children do not look overly white like a ghost, but there is a tint to the sun cream so you can see where you have applied it. This means I am able to see that my children are fully protected without them having to run around with white cream showing. It claims to be water resistant but I am not sure how true this is. The small amount of colour fades away after my children have been in the water so I usually just reapply to be safe. It could still be working fine but I tend to reapply as soon as the slightly milky colour fades away. I do find it works well. My children have never been burnt while using this cream even when we are at the local beach and they are in and out of the water. My children tend to catch the sun very quickly and this has prevented them from any discomfort, and I am happy knowing they are protected while playing. My little girl has eczema so I have to be careful with what I use on her skin. This worked perfectly without drying out her skin at all. There were no bad reactions and I have found this to be the case with all children's sun tans lotions from Nivea. There is a scent to this sun lotion but it fades very quickly. It is not a sweet smell so that it attracts all of the summer bugs, but it is still pleasant enough so that my children do not mind wearing it. You can purchase larger bottles of this sun cream which works out better for a family. We find these are perfect to go into my children's school bags for the warmer days at school. That way even when it looks like it may not be warm they can still have it added later in the day if needs be. It is also the perfect size for my handbag, so I can take this one out with me to top up their protection while we are out and about without having to worry. Summary I am not loyal to one brand of sun cream and tend to shop around for those on offer. I purchased these on a two for one offer at boots so ended up with two bottles for £6 which I think is a fair price. The smaller bottle is perfect for taking out with you but it still provides all of the protection larger bottles do. It is very easy to apply, dries quickly and lasts really well so you do not need to keep reapplying every five minutes. I am not sure about the resistant to water claims as the small trace that is left behind seems to be washed away, but other than that I would highly recommend it. As I live in Sunny Scotland this tub actually lasted for a whole summer last year as there was hardly any sun. As you only need a large 2 p amount for small toddlers it really lasts a long time.
What with all the fantastic weather we have been having recently, I then frantically worried about getting sun lotion for my daughters skin. Since childhood I have always used Nivea on myself so just continuing tradition meant she was going to get the same treatment. I already use this cream as she has the bigger bottle which is in a spray formation which permanently stays at nursery for when they go to the garden, so as expensive as sun tan lotion is these days I didn't want to buy a big bottle again, just a small one that stays in my bag for when we go to the park which would be cheap and cheerful. It is is a little white bottle with a bright orange-yellowish lid which looks very colourful and attractive and entices my daughter to want to cream herself with this sun lotion constantly! The lid unscrews very easily so is not child proof and has a teeny hole which the sun cream comes out of. This teeny hole is ideal as the sun lotion itself is actually extremely runny and so would seep everywhere in seconds in the hands of my "independent" 2 (3 in 2 weeks!) year old. The cream is white with a glint of a silvery shine to it, and when applied to the skin it makes the skin have quite a nice glow, which makes me feel at ease as I know when she has applied it! It doesn't require a huge amount to be seen on the skin to be honest, and so although it is a 50ml little pot it will last quite a while and I give it about 2 weeks before I will need to run out and buy some more. In terms of protection I feel this children's sun lotion is amazing. She does not suffer any heat rash, or burns, and although still English weather so not the mediterranean or anything she seems to brown slightly and nicely which means the cream is doing it's job well in my eyes! I feel at ease knowing it gives excellent protection from harmful UV rays, even though we are not out in the blazing direct sun, and I know at nursery they don't go out between 11-3 at peak sunshine hours, but you honestly can never be too careful! The bottle says it is water resistant, and although we are not fortunate to go on holiday (yet!) this year we have not tested this, but I can vouch for Nivea sun lotions in the past as I have applied it and then gone in the pool with it on, and it has been fantastic. Overall I would definitely recommend this product for any parents wanting a nice, handy little sun cream to pop in the bag or in the car, which works well and offers great protection. I advise shopping around as I originally went to Boots where this small 50ml bottle is selling for £5.99!!! What a rip off! I had already seen it in superdrug cheaper, and so being very money conscious I went the 2 minute walk to Superdrug where it costs a mere £2.49 - this price sounds much more reasonable!
When we went to Spain back in May I knew I'd be reapplying sun cream to my daughter a lot so needed to take some sun cream in the bag with us when we left the hotel. For that reason I was looking for a smallish bottle of sun cream so that it wouldn't take up too much room, I hadn't looked for something so small before so didn't know if it would be easy to find or not but I came across this tub of SPF 50+ Nivea sun cream in my local Tesco. The sun cream comes in a small white tub with a yellow lid. It has a colourful design on the front and all the normal information you would expect on the back of the tub. The lid to the sun cream is yellow and it secures nicely on top so you don't have to worry about it leaking all over your belongings in your bag. The cream itself is white in colour and has a normal sun cream consistency by not being overly runny but not thick in the slightest. It doesn't have any kind of scent to it which is nice, nothing worse than foul smelling sun cream stuck all over your body! After rubbing it onto my daughter it doesn't take a lot of rubbing it in, this is definitely a plus as she doesn't like me applying any sun cream so it's essential to find something that is quick to apply. Nivea recommend that you apply this sun cream to children every half an hour, I personally feel this is a bit excessive. I tend to reapply sun cream on my daughter every hour, sometimes it's a little long between applications. Even though we don't apply this every half an hour, my daughter doesn't catch the sun in any way and still has the same colour skin as parts of her body that get covered up with clothes. There is no way she would let me reapply this every 30 minutes! Of course, with all sun creams it needs to be reapplied after being in water. As this is a pocket size sun cream, it is easy to take out for the day without taking up too much valuable room space in a bag. I used my beach bag everyday on holiday and it fit into one of the small pockets well, it was easy to leave in there and just take out as and when we needed to use it. Although we didn't have the nicest weather on holiday, I still applied this liberally just to be on the safe side and despite it only being 50ml, there was still some sun cream left at the end of the holiday. I bought this sun cream when it was on special offer from Tesco and it cost me £3. I'd definitely recommend this sun cream if you are after something to slip into a bag, the small tub makes it a perfect sun cream for out and about!
When we had a burst of sunshine and hot weather back in March time I knew I had to buy in some suncream. I wasn't overjoyed at the thought of spending almost £12 on a bottle that would end up as every other summer being barely used and having to be thrown out as it had been open more than 12 months and so while browsing the options available I came across this mini option and I thought it was worth a try. *~* Price and Availability *~* I bought it from my local Tesco which is a medium sized store and after having a look online it seems this is available in majority of supermarkets and chemist type stores so wide availability. I paid £3 for this on offer but the regular selling price is £5.99 which personally I think is outrageous but then branded suncream is overall really expensive however it is a necessity. The bottle holds just 50ml which is small but is the perfect size for a variety of situations. *~* Packaging *~* I really like the bottle for this suncream, it's around palm sized and flat with a white body and a yellow top that is bright and colourful and fits snuggly atop the body protecting from any leakages in the bottom of a bag. The white body of the bottle has some colourful squiggles and is aimed perfectly at children I think. The rear of the packaging tells you everything you would need to know about application, safety information, ingredients and contact information. Despite being a small bottle it still manages to hold all the relevant information you would need. *~* Applying The Product *~* On removing the cap and squeezing out some of the cream it is very thick and very white, my son goes pink very quickly even with suncream applied, I worried endlessly about him being burnt but I soon found out this is just what happens and once in the shade the pink disappears and despite having cream on he ends up tanned! I liberally apply some of the suncream onto his skin and it rubs in extremely easily without leaving too much of a sticky, greasy residue. After covering all visible skin he goes off to play after just 5 minutes of applying the cream, the only problem I find with this is that they recommend re-applying every 30 minutes and after swimming which when you have a boisterous 3 year old running around having fun he isn't too happy about having to be called back so regularly. *~* Does It Work? *~* As this is SPF50 it is a very high factor protecting my sons skin well. He has never been burned as yet which reassures me the cream is doing it's job. I do reapply as necessary but while in nursery they are apparently not allowed to apply suncream so during the hot spell it was applied and he was outside playing for 2 and a half hours and the cream still lasted well on his skin and protected him from the sun so I do think there is some flexibility allowed in the reapplication. His skin didn't dry out or become affected in any way by using this brand which I was pleased about. So in my opinion yes this does in fact work. *~* My Opinion *~* I really like this cream, not only does it work but it has enough cream in it to last a good amount of applications with the cream being so thick and spreading over his skin well. I also like the fact that this is small enough to carry around in a bag and not having to worry about excessive weight or leakages due to the tightness of the cap. I also like that this is small enough and relatively cheap in comparison to the larger and more expensive bottles that if it doesn't make it's way back it's not too much of a problem than shelling out £13 for something that doesn't come back. I also like that with being small and the unreliable weather here that if it isn't all used then I'm not throwing too much money away without it being used. Overall I think this is the perfect size for use in the unpredictable weather and I would recommend it especially as it does work well.
THE BASICS: This Children's Pocket Size SPF 50 retails at £5.99 RRP (although as with other suncream it's frequently on BOGOF offers) for a handy 50ml bottle. Pop it in your handbag, your childrens' nursery or school bags, or even your pocket to ensure you have sun protection all of the time. This bottle is the SPF 50, though it's also available in an SPF 30 version (though for any child, and especially our pale little one, I'd always use the 50). Our family all have very sensitive pale skin that burns within 30 minutes in the sun. Often we've had issues in the past with 'forgetting' to taken sun cream with us when it was overcast (actually not wanting to be bothered carting around a large leaky bottle of cream) and then ending up scrabbling around to find some. This solves that problem, and we have numerous bottles secreted away for use at any point. PACKAGING: Compact, rather dumpy white bottle with the usual colourful Nivea branding and a yellow cap. The cap fits very securely meaning that there's no need to worry about leakages. APPLICATION: Rubs in very easily, providing you don't slather it on too liberally, avoiding white marks on skin and clothes. The only issue is that to maximise sun protection it's recommended that you reapply every thirty minutes - and after swimming - which is quite a long time to expect a small child to keep still and also means that you have to be very diligent about keep calling them back. However, it's useful that these instructions are given as it's particularly easy to be complacent with high factor SPFs. Nivea also provide advice against letting your children go out in the sun between 12-3 and keeping babies in the shade at all times. All very sensible. We all have very sensitive skin, with a tendency toward blocked pores and allergic reactions with other suncreams - however this has never created an issue. FUNCTIONALITY: When following the instructions given we haven't ever experienced problems with sunburn. I tend to use this lotion even when it's relatively dull in Summer: as a result we're all fairly pale, but don't ever burn! INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Titanium Dioxide, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopheryl Acetate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Trimethoxycaprylysilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Parfum
I bought this product not for a child but for myself because of the small size. I was going to Spain for 3 days and didn't want to lug a great big bottle of sun cream with me; also I wasn't taking check in luggage, only carry on and was therefore restricted to liquids being 100mls or less. This bottle is 50mls and cost just under a fiver from Boots. The one I bought is high protection - factor 50 but I think they also do it in factor 30. It's called pocket size as it's meant to be a back up for use during the day, i.e. you smother yourself in stuff from the big bottles before you go out and take this one with you in case you need a top up later, and as it's for kids they probably will need to be re-smothered in sun cream. The front of the bottle states "immediate protection" and "water resistant" so it should be protective even in the pool or the sea. Like most of Nivea's products, I have found this to be very good - it certainly goes on well and has a nice thick consistency but seems less greasy than other sun cream brands I've tried. I would recommend this product obviously for children as that is its target market but it's also excellent for adults who are going away for just a few days as I did and only need a little bit of sun stuff. You can probably re-use the bottle when it's empty and top it up with whatever sun cream you'd normally use.
High UV protection for delicate skin.