26.7.14

Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 (scent free)


Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 (scent free)
I am often asked for sunscreen recommendations but it’s a difficult one for me because I react to natural and "chemical" based brands. I face an uphill battle every summer because the one brand that does not irritate my skin is full of ingredients I advocate avoiding. I face a moral dilemma between the need to protect against sun damage and the desire to rid myself of manmade toxic ingredients. In the past I used Lavera, last year I trialled Badger but for my trip to Lisbon I took with me Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 which is scent free (50ml is a travel size). 

Green People are a reliable brand for anyone with sensitivities or if you wish to cut out certain ingredients. This sun lotion is free from parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants (vegetarian approved but not suitable for vegans as contains beeswax). It offers natural broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection. 

I have found over the years that formulations of natural sunscreen are improving. In the past, I found some were very heavy and definitely caused me heat rash. I trialled Green People on my décolletage because it’s the one area of my body which instantly react to products and always catches the sun (the joy of having ample lady lumps!). I was comfortable with the formulation; it didn’t feel sticky or heavy. I was able to rub into my skin quickly and I did not notice a whiteness which is often associated with natural sunscreen. That being said Mr Sugarpuffish used on his face a couple of times and I noticed he was looking a bit grey! He had not shave whilst we were on holiday and the sun lotion was not disappearing into his skin in quite the same way it had done for mine. 

Overall, I think Green People Sun Lotion is a good product in comparison to other I have tried. I would consider purchasing for my next holiday but I think Mr Sugarpuffish would need to use a different sun lotion. Unfortunately, I think mineral sunscreen and hairy men are not always compatible.

Have you tried Green People Sun Lotion? Do you like it?

Sarah x

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15 comments:

  1. This is my SPF of choice it does contain ISOAMYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE which I am not thrilled about even though it is natural, but I haven't come across any other SPF that I like better consistency and ingredients wise, plus this is the only natural option hubs approves off (and yeah is pretty hairy too ;) xx

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    1. Natural sunscreens are a tricky one, I don't think anything is ever perfect, there is always one ingredient that you decide to question. I personally feel skin cancer is my main concern so I have to weigh up the pros and cons.

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  2. I really like this sun cream. Even when I am running it doesn't make me breakout.

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    1. That's a great endorsement for this cream :)

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  3. Just left a comment but I'm not sure it went thru so just in case....

    I was saying that choosing natural sunscreen with sensitive skin is SO hard. I don't use Green People as they use nano-particles, a big no no for me.
    I ended up going with Original Sprout, it hasn't caused a reaction and I'm very happy with it. As with most sunscreens you'll need to re-apply after 3 hrs and I'm not a sunbather so I haven't tested it while baking myself red 😊
    It does leave a white cast which takes a few mins to fade, but if the alternative is nano then I'm okay with that.
    For my face I rely on my moisturiser which is Kimberly Sayers Light Spf 30 from Lovelula. I thought no way will this be okay, I'm too sensitive, but they have 3 samples per order so I was able to test it and I'm amazed that it's fine for my super sensitive skin!

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    1. The issue of nano particles is a topic I have previously covered on my blog and I am happy with Green People's explanation on their FAQ page http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/blog/faq/nanoparticles-green-people-sun-lotions/
      I am pleased to hear you have found suitable products for your skin, unfortunately Kimberly Sayers is not an option for me because of the citrus ingredients.

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  4. I love Green People's Sun Cream and have used it since I had Sophia 8 years ago. I suffered badly with prickly heat and it was the only one I could use which didn't react to my skin. I'm fair skinned too and have never burned using their creams even the SPF 15. I've used other sun creams but still come back to Green People as my "tried and trusted" brand. I'm just trying out Lovea which has a milkier consistency which may suit Mr Sugarpuffish better. And Original Sprout is very good too as Arcadia NailArt mentioned. Glad you had a lovely break away xx

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    1. I always find it curious that people will judge sunscreen by the fact that they did not burn. If you burn that's down to human error not the sun lotion you are using. If you don't reapply as directed or stay out in sun longer than you should, a sun lotion can't be the blame of sun burn. Rachel (All Natural Aspirations) is a fan of Lovea, I may consider trialling it next summer.

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  5. I really like Green People as a brand in terms of formulation and ingredients, so I would definitely consider them for SPF xx

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    1. The travel size is a handy option as you don't have to fork out for the full size so if it didn't suit you then you haven't got lots of unwanted product :)

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  6. I love this sunscreen it's one of my little black book finds for 2014 it made it into a few of my blog posts - which focused on natural products

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  7. The part about ample lady parts really made me chuckle! But on a serious note, it's good to hear recommendations for SPF as it's a product I think a lot of us struggle to find a good fit with. :) x

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    1. there always seems to be a big difference between brands in terms of thickness, ingredients etc so like you I'm always interested to hear about SPF. I shall be taking this one away with me again :)

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  8. Hi Sarah, thank you for your usefu blogpost about suncreen. I'm looking for a sunscreen that doesn't contain any of the following ingredients: ethoxycinnamate, oxybenzone, avobenzone, PABA

    Do you know if Green People's sunscreen is one of them?

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    1. I no longer have this tube to hand but Green People list all their ingredients on their website

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