I may or may not have mentioned it a few times, but I have adventuring on my mind this summer. It’s been a tough few months, in more ways than one, for us and the thought of kicking back outside in the sunshine without a care in the world is very very appealing.
Of course, you don’t need much, or rather, you don’t need anything, for adventuring outdoors, save for yourself and some wide-eyed enthusiasm, and, you know, a fully charged phone just in case, but there are some things that might be nice to have or might just be downright useful to have:
A handy tote bag from Millican, made from recycled polyester, that converts to a rucksack at the tug of a strap for however the day’s adventuring pans out.
A portable wood powered rocket stove for making cups of tea, or scran, out in the wild. Can’t be without your tea, not even in the woods. I have to confess, I am lusting after one of these bad boys so badly.
Speaking of tea, a handy flask to store said tea in. Let it be said, I take my tea very seriously, especially so when partaking in outdoor adventures. Or, if you don’t like tea (who even are you?!), then you could just fill it with ice cold water (also refreshing when outdoor adventuring).
Sunscreen*, because sunburn isn’t cool. And because I burn at even a hint of a ray of sun cracking through the clouds.
Sandals, vegan ones at that, because my pair of Birkenstocks are 12 years old and still going strong. I dare you to find a more durable pair of sandals. Bonus points for being made of super sustainable cork.
I’ve 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.
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 113 g, 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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