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I am very fortunate in that my husband and myself are able to travel around throughout the course of the year, and we enjoy taking trips abroad, as well as within the UK. It is because of our frequent holiday-taking that I tend to stock up on various sun protection and sun care items throughout the year, often taking advantage of any 'multi-buy' deals and promotional offers that I see available. During springtime of this year, I took advantage of some great bargains in a local branch of Savers, the discounted drugstore, and opted to stock up on various Sun Care items from a variety of brands. One item that I purchased at this time was from the well-known Malibu range, namely the "Soothing After Sun Lotion", with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
This particular After Sun Lotion is provided in a tube rather than a bottle, and this white-coloured tube is a rather nifty 75ml in size; it kind of resembles your average toothpaste product in terms of weight/size. At the time of purchase, it struck me that this little item would be ideal for popping in a bag or more petite carry-on holdall due to its convenient size and weight, which is part of the reason I purchased it. I paid in the region of £1.50, I believe, for the tube of Malibu After Sun earlier this year. (Please note that my bottle differs from that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here).
Stockists of the product include www.amazon.co.uk, where the current price is around £3, and there are occasional listings on www.ebay.co.uk where prices tend to fluctuate between £2 - £6, with postage charges applying on occasion. I do find that the Malibu range of Sun Care products will often crop up in various discount stores such as TJ Hughes and Home Bargains, so it is worth keeping an eye out when browsing in such stores, I find. (Info correct as @ September 2013).
The first point to note, I think, is how convenient and handy I find the packaging of this particular product; there is no cumbersome, bulky bottle to pack in my suitcase when travelling, nor does the product take up a lot of room on the bathroom shelf. Instead, the neat tube is light and easy to carry and store. Another thing I like about the packaging is that I find the plastic tube is a dream when it comes to dispensing the lotion; it is so easy to squeeze the plastic tube when compared to some of the heavy bottles that I have from other brands - these are often rather difficult for me to use as their materials are heavy and robust, and as I suffer with limited mobility that affects the strength in my hands, the easy-peasy dispensing of the Malibu Lotion from it's handy tube was instantly noticeable by me.
The lotion itself is white in colour, with a glossy appearance and I find it is quite thin in its consistency, although it doesn't drip from the skin or run all over the place when it is squeezed from the tube. I find it's thin consistency allows it to spread over the skin's surface easily and quickly, which is ideal as far as I am concerned; I can't be bothered rubbing creams and lotions repeatedly over my skin to get them to spread around, particularly when I am on holiday and have little time - or patience - for anything that feels fussy or too much like hard work!
I find there is a pleasant scent noticeable as the Malibu Lotion is spread over my skin, which I think is faintly reminiscent of baby lotion as it makes its first appearance. This 'powdery' element to the lotion's scent quickly subsides, however, and is overtaken by something more 'perfumed', with a more robust fragrance being noticeable as the lotion begins to absorb into the skin. I find that this second scent is not as pleasant as the first one, and although I think it is a slightly 'cheap' scent, I couldn't say it is off-putting or unpleasant. To be quite truthful, I find that the lotion's scent doesn't hang around too long; as soon as it begins to sink into the skin, it starts to subside, with it fading altogether a short time afterwards. I do find that other scented products such as body sprays and perfumes will easily 'swamp' the Malibu Lotion's fragrance too, so even if the lotion's scent DID feel a bit over-bearing, I could take some assurance that it wouldn't be overly invasive or particularly long-lasting, at least.
I find there is a pleasant cooling sensation present on the skin from this lotion, which I can only presume is down to the inclusion of Aloe Vera in its ingredients; this is listed on the front of the white tube along with Vitamin E. I have found in the past that the inclusion of Aloe Vera in 'aftercare' Sun Products is often helpful, particularly when the skin has been over-exposed to the sun's harmful rays. I have found in the past that After Sun products containing Aloe Vera have helped to take the 'sting' out of sunburned skin too, so I did like the fact that the Malibu Lotion contained this helpful addition. I did wonder too whether this addition related to the "Soothing" claim in the product's appealing name.
Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the Malibu Lotion's ability to cope with sunburn, as I have been even more vigilant than usual this summer when taking steps to protect my skin from the sun's rays; our weather was much hotter than usual and whilst this was glorious and enjoyable, I found myself slapping on a high-factor sun cream most days to ensure I didn't burn. My careful approach paid off and I was rewarded with burn-free skin throughout most of the summer. I did, however, use the Malibu Soothing After Sun Lotion most evenings, in a bid to maintain the little colour I managed to obtain from repeated outings in the sun. I found this was very pleasant to use after my evening bath most evenings, and the product felt like it slotted into this skincare routine quite easily, which I liked.
I did feel that the Malibu product's ability to become fully absorbed into the skin had a part to play in me reaching this conclusion; this is a significant complaint I have where other After Sun products are concerned, as many of these will take an absolute age to become fully absorbed. This really annoys me, and I do find that said products are rather inconvenient to take on holidays abroad, particularly as I favour easy-to-use, 'fuss-free' products when on holiday. The Malibu Lotion, on the other hand, becomes absorbed rather quickly, which I assume is down to it's thin, light texture and consistency... perfect!
Another definite plus point for me personally is that I find the Malibu After Sun Lotion is without any tackiness or greasiness during or after use; after absorption too, there is no annoying residue or 'clamminess' left behind that makes my skin feel uncomfortable. Instead, I find that my skin is completely soft and moisturised, dry and free from grease.
In terms of the product's ability to cope with my dry/sensitive skin, I can confirm that I have suffered nothing in the way of aggravation or irritation to my sensitive skin, which WILL flare aggressively if inferior products are used. My troublesome skin has remained largely 'untouched' by the product, with my dry skin still requiring adequate moisturisation each day to combat the dry skin present, but without further dryness being experienced that would see me discarding the product altogether whilst branding it as being completely useless. These results are pretty much on a par with most other good quality After Sun products that I have used over the course of the last 12 months or so, so I have no cause for complaint.
Based on the impressive results obtained from my first purchase of this product, it was the first After Sun Lotion of choice when, during a visit to a local branch of Savers, I was recently selecting such products for a forthcoming trip to Spain next month. I purchased another of the 75ml tubes for this trip, paying only £1 which is excellent value, especially when I have so little in the way of negative comments to report within this review.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, I do really recommend the Malibu Soothing After Sun Lotion AND it's convenient packaging, and I will certainly seek out the product for future trips and holidays. Nothing but full marks in the product rating score feels justified on this occasion.
Earlier in the summer I picked up a travel pack of Malibu lotions, which included their After Sun. It now comes in a pale blue bottle, not the picture on dooyoo, but the Malibu logo is still prominent on the front. I paid £4.99 for 100ml of this lotion and a sun cream, presented in a travel bag, so this isn't an expensive product.
Fortunately this summer I haven't had to call on this very often, but it's important I have some decent aftersun to hand because I do burn easily, so a "missed bit" will be pretty sore!
The lotion is dispensed in a usual manner through a hole underneath the flip-cap, but you don't really need to squeeze the bottle to do this because the lotion is very runny. Its liquid consistency brings good and bad points - I find that a runny lotion is better for bad burn, because the rubbing in can be done super-gently, and it's a more soothing operation than rubbing a thicker cream into sore skin. On the down side it makes it difficult to gauge how much is coming out of the bottle, how much you need, and it seems to take longer to fully absorb.
Rubbing the lotion is a very pleasant sensation on hot skin, and there's immediate cooling relief. The last few times I've used it I haven't been badly burned, but even so, I've had a slight stinging hanging around after applying. This would definitely be a problem if the burn was already painful, but in truth I think there is always going to be an element of this after rubbing recently damaged skin.
After rubbing in, my skin does feel tacky for a short time but this isn't noticeable after a few minutes, and I did find that the relief from this lotion was actually quite long lasting. The sunburn I used it on didn't need a second application, but if you need to reapply, it's nice to know that there is immediate lasting relief to hand, and you can reapply as often as you like.
I don't regularly use a body moisturiser but I'm conscious of the drying effects of the sun, and this aftersun served a purpose as a moisturiser, I didn't feel any dryness afterwards and I didn't peel.
The lotion includes aloe vera, vitamin E and B5, Menthyl lactate and allantoin, which have various properties between them in terms of cooling, soothing and nourishing burnt and damaged skin.
I recommend this product because it's a handy size for travelling, and cheap yet effective. The immediate soothing is exactly what you need if/when burned, and that is certainly provided by this Malibu lotion.
I always choose Malibu sun cream products for when going on holiday or even here in the UK when it's hot. I have very versatile skin and never burn which is quite a good thing but I always apply after sun regardless of whether I have burnt or not. I bought my last bottle of this from Home Bargains where it cost me £2.99 for a 400ml bottle of the Malibu after sun.
For me, the smell of the lotions are always the most pivotal thing for me. I cannot stand the smell of Nivea sun creams or the cheap ones you find for £1 a bottle. I always go for this range ever since I took my first holiday to Turkey when I was 7 years old.
I am a sucker for coconut!. The smell is so exotic and fresh and the light hints of coconut really linger on your skin. It's not too sweet and the perfect amount of fragrance to let you not need to wear perfume whilst abroad or here.
The bottle has changed now from the photo to a light blue bottle whereas the sun creams are in a white bottle with an orange lid.
I usually apply it to the places that were bare to the sun. I only use small amounts as a little goes a long way. The cream rubs in very well and absorbs into your skin without leaving you feeling sticky or irritated.
I always find rubbing after sun into my now tanned areas, is good for keeping the areas moisturised and free from peeling.
I have never burnt before so I cannot tell you the benefits of it if your sore and burnt, but I remember my brother being burnt badly on our Turkey holiday and he was using the after sun a lot and it cooled his hot boiling skin.
I do however find it cools down my own skin as your skin can become very warm/hot after catching some rays from the sun. I would suggest if you burn easy definitely take after sun with you. Don't get caught short and feel on fire and in pain.
The after sun is sensitive for skin which has been burnt so the fragrance in the lotion is not going to irritate or sting your sore burnt skin. If you are weary, just try a small bit on the affected area and it will let you know you're ok to carry on.
I prefer this after sun and the other Malibu products over any other sun protection manufacturer.
The scent of them is what draws me in the most and it will continue to do so for a long time.
If you're a fan on coconut scents then this is definitely the after sun you want to be purchasing.
You can often find this brand in discount stores and some supermarkets too.
I paid £2.99 for the after sun, £2.99 for the sun lotion at factor 30 and 99p for a tube of factor 15 for my face. That's a great buy for your holidays as they can usually start mounting up pretty steeply.
I give this 5/5 stars for being my all time favourite brand of sun lotions. the consistency is just right for giving your skin some moisture after a day of baking in the sun.
Thanks for reading my review!
I'm kind of reluctant to spend a fortune on expensive aftersun lotions because I tend to find that moisturiser will do just as good a job, but when I saw this Malibu one for such a reasonable price, I thought I'd give it a go.
I'm not usually one for describing the packaging of a product because I don't think a review really warrants it, but in this case, the picture that dooyoo have is wrong so I will. The bottles look very similar to the one that is shown above except that they are a light blue colour with a dark blue lid. The ones above are the sun cream rather than the after cream.
The bottle is 400ml, which is a decent sized bottle and I find that one bottle lasts at least a week for myself and occasionally my husband when he decides to use it. It would probably last for a two week holiday because it is quite thick and you don't need to much of it in one go.
The cream goes on really well and absorbs nicely. I often find with cheaper products that you can spend absolutely ages trying to rub it in properly, but that is not the case with this one at all. I also found that it made my skin feel really soft, which is quite something after a day in the sun drying my skin out. I didn't peel whilst I was using the aftersun and I think that is probably because it is so thick and moisturising. I'm not saying that it is a miracle cream, but it is pretty good at it's job. It really soothes your skin and I tend to put mine in the fridge during the day so that it is extra cold and it cools my skin down perfectly.
I bought the lotion from Matalan for around £4, but I have seen it in other places for a couple of pence less than that. Either way it is extremely good value for money especially when you compare it to other brands. But the best thing about it in my opinion is the smell. It smells like coconut and summer - in fact a bit like its alcoholic drink namesake.
Overall I'd definitely recommend the lotion as it does just as good a job as any other lotion and it is much cheaper than most - what's not to like?!
Well I couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled across some aftersun that was only 3 .89 WOW what a bargin . I thought i'd try it even though I was a bit wary of how good it would be . I had been out for the day was wearing a fleece and still got sunburn !!! That's Scotland for you !!! I mainly had sunburn on my cheeks nose and the top of my ears ( which was really quite sore ). I was pleasently surprised when i tried the aftersun it smelt quite nice and took the sting out of my sunburn almost straight away and didn't make my face too greasy . Unfortunately I did peel so I don't think it was that good at rehydrating my skin as much as others i've tried . In my opinion Witch after sun gel is the best aftersun on the market( see my opinion in other suggested products ) , but Malibu aftersun is probably the best for value for money , i'd certainly buy it again if I was caught short without any but i'd get the moisturiser when I get home !!!!
In Oz I believe they have a slogan about skincare and the sun, Slip, Slap, Slop all has something to do with slipping a tshirt on, slapping a hat on and slopping the sun cream on. Well slopping sun protection cream on in this country sets you back 20 quid for the basics, (ok so what price on health?) The fact is that an average family holiday requires at least this much, even though Boots are doing their two - for- one promotion. A decent sized bottle of factor 10 plus will see you part with at least a fiver. How can they justify these prices? Surely the healthcare powers that be should step in and demand reduced prices for these products. These creams are now a necessity, not a cosmetic luxury. However my tip for the day is buy your kids sun protection at Poundland £1 for green monster coloured (yes it does fade!) SPF 30 in a good sized squeezy tube.
This is surprisingly effective, and cooling. I bought it doubtfully, as it was cheaper than you normally pay for aftersun (£4), and so I was worried it might not work. Quite the opposite, it has aloe vera, allanton, and vitamin e, and is, as promised, fast acting and non greasy.It did get used quicker than other after sun I have previously bought, so may not have been as thick, but it certainly did the job, helping 2 of us with burnt skin. When we applied it, the effect was immediately cooling, and it sank straight in, so you could wear clothes on top , without leaving grease marks, or feeling sticky. It is pleasant to use, and does the job, what more can you ask of a product!