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Green People sells natural Organic cosmetic and skincare products. Their products are all free from certain nasties present in most beauty products that can be incredibly bad for you. They're a very ethical company and their products are always top notch. Their Sun Lotions (which have won a load of awards) are no exception.
The SPF15 Organic Sun Lotion with Tan Accelerator 200ml costs £17.95 on the Green People website. Now this may seem a little more pricey than other sun creams, but it's definitely worth it. I got this cheap when it was on offer with the Green People After Sun. If you're not sure, there are trial sizes available for much less that you can try out before buying a bigger tube. Green People products tend to go further anyway - you don't have to put as much on for it to be effective so it lasts longer than conventional sun lotion.
Putting it on
Green People sun lotion comes in a little tube which you just squeeze the lotion out of. Some people might prefer sprays, but this worked for me. The only criticism I have of their sun lotion is that it does require a bit more rubbing in than some sun lotions, though a lot of sun lotions are like that anyway. A previous reviewer said that it didn't get absorbed by her skin and sat on top, but I think she was probably putting too much on. I use a little and rub it in until it's not visible anymore and haven't found it to offer any less protection than just slapping a load on and looking like an albino! It's very non greasy and I don't feel like I have to wash my hands after applying. The scent of the product is more to my taste than conventional sun creams. Green People tells you to reapply the sun lotion every 2 hours or after swimming, though I've found it lasts longer.
This is the best suncream I've ever tried. I used to suffer from prickly heat, which for those of you who are lucky enough not to know what it is, is a horrible itchy rash some people get after being out in the sun. But I've never had it since I started using this. I haven't really burnt whilst wearing it and it moisturises my skin so find that my skin doesn't peel after being out in the sun for a long time. Not that I care about getting tanned, but I've noticed that I tan more evenly with this sun lotion. It makes my skin feel and look moisturised. The sun lotion is water resistant and I've found it to be effective even whilst spending a lot of time swimming in the sea.
The best thing (apart from its effectiveness) about Green People sun lotion is that it's not full of nasty cancer causing chemicals and skin irritants like most sun lotions are. It even has cancer fighting antioxidants in it! It is made without Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants. I would recommend this sun lotion for children as it's even more important that products used on their skin are free from harsh chemicals with their skin being more absorbent at a young age. Green People also have a sun lotion especially for children and babies.
I've tried other 'natural' and organic sun lotions but in terms of effectiveness I would say this one is the best. Look forward to some more Green People reviews soon!
Yes, it may seem a wildly inappropriate time of year to be posting reviews on sun cream. But, this one's for any lucky Dooyooers who happen to be jetting off somewhere sunny and having a barbeque on the beach for their Christmas dinner!
** The product **
Green People produce a range of organic sun creams, suiting children to adults, faces to bodies, no-scent to lavender, and SPF 15 to SPF 25. This particular one is SPF 15, suitable for adults, and specifically for the body.
** Availability **
The cream comes in either a 200ml tube (retailing at £16) or a 10ml trial size tube. You'll find it in many online natural beauty stores (Naturismo, Look Fantastic - to name a couple) as well as in health shops and from Waitrose.
** Effectiveness **
So onto the most important aspect - does it actually work? I've found this to be the most effective sun cream I've ever used when it comes to preventing me burning. I'm fair skinned and burn easily (and quite spectacularly!), so I really test sun creams to their limits. Of all the ones I've tried (mostly big, expensive, well regarded brands), this has to be the most protective of them all. As long as I apply this a good 15 minutes before setting off into the sun I can guarantee I won't burn. I can sit out in the midday sun, on the equator, for a good couple of hours and not even turn remotely pink.
The main UVA and UVB (93%) protecting ingredients are titanium dioxide, natural cinnamon and edelweiss. It also has ingredients containing anti-oxidants, for anti-ageing and increased collagen benefits.
** Waterproofing **
Green People SPF 15 is water resistant by the lovely sounding virtue of 'berry wax'. I'm not sure what makes non-organic sun creams water resistant but I certainly have no qualms about coating myself in such a delightful sounding ingredient. And yes it is extremely effective. I apply this sun cream generally only once a day in the morning. Constantly going in and out of the sea does not seem to wear any of it off, which I find quite remarkable.
** Application **
This is the one downside I have found to Green Peoples sun creams. They are fairly thick in consistency. This means that when you apply it, instead of sinking into my skin it stays on the surface. It is not remotely greasy or shiny so it doesn't feel in any way bad. However it does mean I am left with a fairly obvious white tinge to my skin. It's quite obvious, especially on any areas that have any semblance of downy hair (my arms start to take on the appearance of an albino gorilla once I've slapped this on - needless to say that's not a good look!). I don't need to apply this thickly however, and being a bit haphazard in application doesn't leave me with burnt patches, which is pretty good going.
I find a 200ml tube does about 20 complete coverage applications. being natural, this sun cream definately doesn't have as long a shelf life as many others. If it is kept in a hot environment (and it's a bit hard not to do that really!) for more than a month or so, then I find it starts to thicken in consistency. This makes the white film even more noticable upon application.
** Added benefits **
This sun cream incorporates a tan accelerator. I'm not sure what the magic ingredient is for this promise, as I couldn't find out from their website, but I imagine it is natural like the rest of the ingredients. From my experience I definitely build up a tan faster when I'm using this. I'm not sure if it's just because I can tolerate more time in the sun without burning, or if it's something else. But, either way it does indeed seem to be the case.
** Other things worth mentioning: **
* 30p of each sale of a 200ml tube goes to the Penny Brohn Cancer Help Centre.
* The sun cream is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
* It is also free from parabens, lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants
** Recommendations **
This sun cream is one of the most gentle I've come across. I'd recommend it specifically for anyone who has sensitive skin and burns easily.
I'm dropping a star because it does make me look a little ghostly, and that's not a good look. Apart from that I've been really impressed with this sun cream and it is always the first thing I pack in my rucksack when the promise of sunshine awaits.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it proved useful.
This review also appears on Ciao under my username sbeach000