Review: Green People Organic Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30

I was looking for a natural, organic facial SPF50 sun cream so why did I end up buying Green People Organic Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30? Read my review of this 78% organic and water-repellent sunscreen.

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Review Green People sun lotion

 

I use a facial sunscream virtually all year round and I think more people will be joining me now following the warning that there is no such thing as a safe tan. As I was coming to the end of my current buy, I spoke to a friend who started using Green People on her children after reading about the potentially harmful ingredients in standard sun creams. She highly recommended it so I decided to visit the Green People stand at the Love Natural Love Organic Show at Olympia, London in July, to see what options were available such as Green People Organic Scent Free Sun Lotion.

SPF50 or SPF30?

Orginally, I wanted an SPF50 facial suncream but the highest sun protection factor offered in Green People’s sun range is SPF30. Would that be good enough for my pale, freckle-prone skin? Karen, one of the Green People staff, explained to me that there is actually very little difference in the amount of protection offered by an SPF30 or and SPF50 sunscreen.

In fact an SPF30 lotion offers 97% protection against UVB rays, while SPF50 offers 98% protection – just 1% difference.

 

That put my mind at rest so I was quite happy to buy an SPF30 product. You can read more about the truth about SPF50 on the Green People blog.

 UVA and UVB rating

My next question concerned the UVA rating. The SPF number gives you the level of protection agains UVB rays but you also need to consider the UVA rating as UVA rays can cause longterm cell damage in the deeper layers of the skin. I’d used products before getting into natural and organic products which had a star rating for UVA protection. Instead Green People use a symbol designed by Cosmetics Europe (formerly known as COLIPA) to indicate whether products offer UVA protection in line with the Recommendations of the European Commission. Green People say: “Whilst we don’t use the star rating system on our products as it is owned by Boots the Chemist, when our sun lotions were tested for UVA protection they came in at three-star (Superior) protection under this system.” The star rating sytem’s highest rating is five stars.

Read: The truth about UVA protection in sun creams

Green People Facial Sun Cream SPF30

I asked what the difference was between the facial sun cream and the sun screen and it turned out to be just the size and the packaging. As I wanted to use the product at home and also take it on holiday with me, I decided to buy a large tube as it worked out cheaper. If you want something smaller to carry around then the facial sun cream would be better for you.

Expiry date

After opening you have 6 months to use up the product so bear that in mind when you’re deciding which size to buy.

Donation to the Marine Conservation Society

I’m obssessed with our oceans and their incredible wildlife so am really pleased to see that Green People are donating 30p from each sale of Green People Organic Scent Free Sun Lotion to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity protecting our seas, shores & wildlife.

Fragrance

Although this is a “scent-free” product, I think it does have a very subtle smell which reminds me of marzipan.

Results

I’m very impressed with this product and highly recommend it. When I tried it on the stand, I squirted far too much out and was told that a little goes a long way. So if you’re thinking that natural, organic suncare products are too expensive, I think you’ll find they will last a long time but, of course, you should never skimp on your suncream application. Unlike some of the other natural suncreams I’ve tried, this one hardly leaves a white cast on your skin which is real progress. Although it’s called a lotion, I think it’s more of a thick cream and I do need to rub it in but  it’s absorbed quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. I also found that the finish worked well as a make-up base. Green People say this is suitable for sensitive skin and those prone to prickly heat plus children who may be prone to eczema or psoriasis so I think it’s a great family sun cream.

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Green People Organic Scent Free Sun Lotion Ingredients

Aqua (Spring Water), Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate (Naturally Occurring UV-Filter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil^, Titanium Dioxide [Nano] (Mineral Uv-Filter), Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifying Plant Wax), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived Emulsifier), Cetearyl Glucoside (Plant Derived Emulsifier), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract*, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Leaf Extract*, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil^, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Plant Derived Emulsifier), Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phytic Acid. *78.6% Certified Organic Ingredients, ^Fairly Traded

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