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Eco Friendly Sunscreen Round Up

eco friendly sunscreen

 eco-friendly sunscreen

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.

Available with free delivery from Green People for £22*  for 200 ml, 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 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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Babies, Families, Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Weleda Calendula Baby Range

weleda calendula baby

weleda calendula baby

Bath-time is not a fun time in our house.  Between that oh-so terrible hair wash and that nasty face wash, bath-time really is the worst part of the day for my daughter.  I sincerely doubt there is any product out there that would make bath-time more harmonious.  However, by choosing the right products I can at least ensure I’m not putting any harsh chemicals in her bath or in her hair, making bath-time a happier time for me and for my daughter’s delicate skin.

Weleda, who I’m already a fan of (see my Skin Food review), recently sent me some of their Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash from their baby range to try out, which combines soothing calendula with nourishing almond oil:

weleda calendula shampoo

First things first, I was delighted to see that it doesn’t contain any palm oil (I think), which is worth about 100 gold stars in my opinion.  It’s also 100% natural – free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colourants – as well as being free of raw material derived from mineral oils.   It’s also packed full of organic ingredients and vegan friendly.    All good things.

I’ve been using it now for a couple of weeks in my daughter’s bath, and it’s such a lovely product.  Yes, we still get the tears and the tantrums, but her hair is soft and shiny, and her skin is soft, with no irritation or dryness.  The scent is delicate and fresh, not harsh or overpowering; and the formulation is gentle on her eyes.  These things, coupled with the fact that it’s palm oil free, mean I can’t think of anything I’d rather use in her bath.  I’ve also been known to use some in the shower for me – my skin and hair are beautifully soft!

At £6.95 for 200ml it’s not the cheapest bath-time product, however it’s certainly not as expensive as some of the other comparable brands out there, and a little does goes a long way.  Definitely a favourite in our house!

You can pick it up online at Weleda’s website; in selected health food stores; or in Boots or Waitrose.

Disclosure: I was sent some products from the Weleda Calendula Baby Range to try out, but all words and opinions are my own.