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When it comes to skincare, I can spent hours reading list of ingredients and reviews before I buy, as I definitely prefer organic cosmetics that won't do any long term damage on my skin. Pre-holiday shopping for this year's beach break was no different, and I ended up with Neal's Yard After Sun spray in my basket. At £9.25 for a 100ml bottle it's not the cheapest after sun you can get, but among organic skin care it wasn't too bad either.
comes in a dark blue, not pressurized spray bottle with yellow label as most of Neal's Yard remedies do. It simply says Aloe Vera After Sun, and promises to soothe and comfort over-heated skin. It has a certified organic mark, stated to be 99% organic, and on the bottom of the label it promises to contain no EDTA, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours, parabens, silicones or phtalates.
A size of 100ml can be considered rather small if you look at alternatives, but I hate packing a bag of big bottles for holidays, so I though it's actually perfect size to travel with. You need to use it up within 6 months, so not worth keeping for next year, anyway.
Aqua (Water), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf juice powder*, Urtica dioica (Nettle) leaf extract*, Alcohol denat.*, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan gum, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil*, Helichrysum angustifolium flower oil*, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool
*organically produced ingredient, product is suitable for vegans
I was very happy with this, as I cannot see any of these making any damage, although I think it is important to remind that herbal, organic cosmetics and skincare are not suitable for everyone, as they can quite easily cause irritation on sensitive skin, or even allergies. If you suffer from allergies or are sensitive to any herbal products, do check before you buy - apart from herbs themselves I'm aware of linalool being known to cause irritation, too (although it occurs naturally, it is not synthetic). On the other side, my husband is rather sensitive, and starts to sneeze when just smelling some herbs (especially lavender), but he was ok with this product.
As mentioned above this After Sun comes in a spray form. A spray dispenses small amount of clear, water-like fluid with mild herbal scent, that is very easily rubbed into the skin. It is a bit sticky at first, but this feeling goes away after just a few seconds. A little goes long way, 100ml bottle was more than enough for two of us for a week long holiday.
Very cooling and soothing indeed, however not with a long-lasting effect. After a while you can feel it absorbing the heat from your body, and that's it, you need to apply another coat if you want further cooling down - but honestly, that's how most After Suns work, it's hardly a bad point. I found the effect quite similar to pure Aloe Vera gel, but with much more pleasant application and feel to the skin.
If you are willing to spend a bit more on natural product, then this is great thing to invest to. It works just as good (if not better) than conventional After Suns, it's pleasant on skin, easy to apply and won't do any damage to your skin. Five stars from me!
Ingredients: Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) gel, Nettle (Urtica dioica) extract, Alcohol denat / , Aqua, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan gum, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil, Helichryse (Helichrysum angustifolium) oil, Benzyl cinnamate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool / Organically produced ingredient / These herbs and essential oils are known to cool and soothe hot or irritated skin / Aloe Vera After Sun helps to soothe skin that may be over-heated, tender or irritated / It can be used to cool the skin while in the sun or as a simple and effective after sun spray / It has a pleasant / albeit subtle / fragrance, and it is packaged in a plastic bottle with an atomiser for convenience and safety / Benefits: Cooling / Light, easily absorbed / With calming lavender / Directions for use: Shake well before use / Spray on and gently smooth into skin to cool and soothe / Recommended for sunburn, scalds, itching, insect bites, stings, heat rash, or simply to cool the skin / Safe to use on babies 6 months and over /