eco-friendly sunscreen

Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

 eco-friendly sunscreen

I’ve still got holidays on my mind over here, thanks to a weekend of glorious sunshine, so today I thought I’d share some skin-friendly paraben free eco-friendly sunscreen on the blog today.

Unfortunately, even in the eco-friendly market, not all sunscreens are equal.  Be wary of brands that say they offer “complete protection” without any further detail – this is  to get round marketing regulations.  Instead look for ones that specifically say that they give both UVA and UVB protection.  Also be wary of sunscreens saying they offer protection above SPF 50, as there is no evidence anything above SPF 50 offers increased protection.  This also fools you into thinking you can reapply less – you still have to reapply the cream every couple of hours regardless of the SPF.

To help you through this minefield I’ve done some research and came up with a few reliable eco-friendly sunscreen brands, offering a good SPF, and with both UVA and UVB protection, that are safe for all of the family to use:

Eco-Friendly Sunscreen Recommendations:

Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen

Badger Sunscreen is one of the best eco-friendly sunscreens on the market, offering a sun protection factor of 30, and protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s 100% chemical free, contains 87% certified organic ingredients, and is hypoallergenic – making it safe for every member of the family, even little ones.

If you’re planning on snorkeling or diving in coral reefs or other environmentally sensitive ecosystems, then it’s a great choice as it’s completely biodegradable and  won’t cause any harm to the reefs or waterways.  And for the final thumbs up, it’s not tested on animals, although it’s not vegan as it contains beeswax.

The downside is it is not readily available in the UK, however I’ve tracked it down on Amazon for £17.20* for a handbag sized 87 ml.

Green People SPF 30 Sunscreen

Free from parabens, alcohol, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants, Green People’s* 78% certified organic eco-friendly sunscreen packs great protection from UVA and UVB rays.  I’m not certain if it’s reef-safe however: it’s worth checking with Green People.

It’s suitable for the most sensitive of skin, even babies, and rubs in really well.  It’s not vegan however, due to inclusion of beeswax.

Available with free delivery from Green People for £22*  for 200ml, a great size for holidays.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen SPF 45

Free from parabens and SLS, the Jāsön eco-friendly sunscreen offers a hefty SPF45 protection from both UVA and UVB rays, making it great for all of the family.  It’s gentle and non-irritant and rubs in well.  It’s not tested on animals and vegan friendly, but not reef-safe.

It’s available from Holland & Barrett for £11.99* for 113g, making it budget friendly, and a handy size for carrying around in your bag.  It’s often on offer at Holland & Barrett: when I picked up my tube it was 25% off, but at time of writing it’s currently buy one get one half price, so it’s worth checking out what the current offers are.

 If you’re after a reef-safe sunscreen then try the Jāsön Mineral SPF30 sunblock, which is £11.80 from Look Fantastic.

Invisible Zinc SPF 30 Sunscreen

Invisible Zinc is apparently the eco-friendly sunscreen choice of celebrities, from Elle MacPherson, Nicole Kidman,  to Cate Blanchett – all fair-skinned beauties.

Invisible Zinc is a light and non-greasy eco-friendly natural sunscreen offering very high UVA and UVB protection.  Unlike other creams, Invisible Zinc provides a physical (not chemical) barrier between you and the sun using only one active ingredient: Zinc-Oxide.  Zinc Oxide is a mineral reflector found in nature, which creates a reflective barrier on the surface of your skin.

As it’s low on ingredients it’s suitable for use on all skin types, and the good news is Invisible Zinc is also vegan friendly, and not tested on animals.  I’m not sure how it fares in sensitive waterways.  I would imagine it would be ok but it’s best to contact the manufacturer for verification.

UPDATED May 2017 – Invisible Zinc was available in the UK through Cult Beauty but they have stopped stocking it.  Selfridges stock it, but isn’t available to purchase online.  It’s also available on Amazon* for £17.32 but shipping is quite pricey (£8!) 

Have you found any other eco-friendly sunscreen brands you love?  Do let me know in the comments!

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Scottish holiday ideas

Scottish Holiday Ideas

Growing up in Scotland, school holidays have historically always started in June and so every year, as June rolls round, invariably my mind wanders to thoughts of holidays, and specifically Scottish holiday ideas, as I love this country of mine!

After many years of holidaying in Scotland I can safely say Scotland has some amazing places to visit, and equally, some amazing places to stay.  I’ve been doing a search of Scottish holiday ideas for future holidays at home, and come up with some amazing eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas in various parts of Scotland:

Scottish Holiday Ideas

1.  Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty

achiltibuie

The Brochs of Coigach, at Achiltibuie, about 2 hours west from Inverness, are built externally from almost all recycled materials.  With wood from an old Victorian pier recovered from the sea, still with limpets on it; to the rocks from broken down walls on their land – the Brochs of Coigach has been thoughtfully and carefully constructed to the greatest detail.  You can find out more about it’s construction here – it’s a great read.

Ross and Cromarty is a rambler’s paradise, with lots of stunning walks – from hills, lochs and beaches – and nature a plenty, and make a great Scottish holiday idea.

There are two houses – a one bedroomed, and a three-bedroomed, and come equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic self-catering holiday.  Prices start from £780 a week.

2.  Inshriach, Aviemore

beermoth aviemore

For the second of my Scottish holiday ideas, I’ve found The Beer Moth!  Situated at Inshriach, a secluded estate not far from the Highland hotspot of Aviemore, it is one that appeals to me a lot.  Although isn’t family friendly – strictly couples only!

In a former life it was a fire truck, but it has been transformed into a unique and unforgettable hideaway for two.  Featuring an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, a hearth made from a salvaged snooker table slate, a wall from a doghouse, and stairs fashioned from a fire escape, the Beer Moth is the ultimate is reusing and recycling.

eco-friendly holidays scotland

It certainly looks cosy, and with the addition of a wood burner, you can be sure that you’ll be kept warm.  There’s no electricity, but surely that just adds to the romance?!

It comes complete with a little kitchen, and range cooker, for self-catering:

eco-friendly holiday ideas Scotland

Separate washing facilities are on hand, so you won’t have to forgo a nice hot shower after a day roaming the Highlands!

The Inshriach estate is somewhere I have visited a lot during one of our many holidays in the Highlands, and I can say from experience that it truly is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.  There are lots of activities in and around Aviemore for all ages, and fitness levels – whether you want gentle strolls around lochs, a gently cycle on the many cycle paths, or some vigorous climbing or skiing, Aviemore has it all.  On the Inshriach estate, you’ll also find my all-time favourite cake shop, the Potting Shed, which as well as selling the most amazing cake.  It’s also a fantastic spot to sit, drink tea, eat cake, and watch the red squirrels stocking up on nuts from the extensive feeding station that’s been set up outside the Potting Shed.

The Beer Moth costs from £60 a night, and the minimum stay is two nights.

3.  Stirling, Stirlingshire

Bramble Bield Stirling

For the third of my Scottish holiday ideas, try the Gypsy Caravans at Bramble Bield, near the historic city of Stirling.  These are another unusual eco-friendly find.  There are two caravans – one sleeps two if you fancy a romantic break, and the other sleeps four if you fancy a unique family holiday.

Every morning you’ll be delivered breakfast comprising of freshly baked bread, Croissants and Danish Pastries,  jams and eggs from their hens, which sounds like utter luxury.

afternoon tea

Each caravan is adorned with luxury bedding, fairy lights, and tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a heater. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided at each caravan for long summer drinks, and a communal camp fire allows you to toast marshmallows on starry nights.

In Stirling, you’ll find the stunning Stirling Castle and other sights such as the Wallace Monument, as well as lots of outdoor activities.

Prices start from £60 a night, and again, minimum stay is two nights.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Scottish holiday ideas!  All I can think is gosh, can I go on holiday now please?!