Sunscreen is not a luxury item, but a necessity, especially for children with sensitive skin getting ready for summer holidays in the sun. Green People manufacturers a mineral based, organic lotion that is fragrance-free and easy to apply. It comes in a 150ml tube, it’s quite a thick lotion but applies well.
Retailer: Amazon +
Price: ± £ 12 -17
Delivery costs: Free Delivery with Amazon Prime
About Green People
Green People is an award-winning, well-known UK-based organic, ethical brand that was founded in 1997 by a mom whose daughter had eczema and multiple skin allergies who couldn’t find helpful skin care products on the market.
Green People’s sunscreen uses minerals and plant extracts to create effective protection against the sun. It does contain palm oil – sustainably sourced – it does not contain parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants. It does contain Titanium Oxide as nanoparticles, but we feel that the potential challenges of nanoparticles of titanium oxide is something to be aware of, but mineral sunscreens are generally safer than non-mineral sunscreens and provide excellent protection. Read more about nanoparticles in sunscreens at the Environmental Working Group’s website.
- Target audience: Families with young children
- Range: Eco-friendly beauty product
- Target age range: Children
- Target gender: Unisex/gender neutral design
Safe sunscreen use: Don’t rely on sunscreen, cover up as well. Apply well, thorough and thick, about two tablespoons (30ml) worth per application 30 minutes before exposure. Reapply every 2 hours no matter what the label says. Avoid sun exposure 11am – 3pm. Water dilutes all sunscreen, reapply after swimming even if the label says its waterproof. Store in a cool place, replace if sunscreen has been exposed to heat on a regular basis.
Environment & People
Sunscreen isn’t cheap and usually priced around £8-12 per 200ml bottle. Green People’s sunscreen has a higher price tag, but it is an eco-friendly, ethical, fragrance-free, organic option and paying a higher price means that everyone in the supply chain is paid a fair price and all ingredients are sustainable and ethically sourced. A cost-effective choice, particularly as it usually sells on Amazon for around £9-12.
Green People also supports the Marine Conservation Society, a UK charity protecting seas, shores & wildlife and 30p from each sale is donated to the Marine Conservation Society.
Dimensions: 15 cm (height)
Sun factor: SPF30
Made in U.K.
Aqua (Spring water), Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate (naturally occurring UV-filter), Olea Europaea (olive) fruit oil*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil*^, Titanium dioxide [nano] (mineral UV-filter), Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, Cetearyl alcohol (emulsifying plant wax), Glyceryl stereate (plant derived emulsifier), cetearyl glucoside (plant derived emulsifier), cera alba (beeswax)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice powder*, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, Leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) leaf extract*, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) oil^, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract*, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium dehydroacetate, Phytic acid. *78.9% Certified organic ingredients. ^ Fairly traded.
Green People’s Children Sun Lotion has worked out well for us. It is easy to apply, rubs in well and offers good sun protection when applied every two hours. We have used it on sunny, summer days in England to great effect. On the beach, at the pool or park, on the playground or trampolining in the back garden, it has held up well to protect delicate skin without any rashes, itching or other unpleasant reactions.
Recommended for children and adults with sensitive skin or who is susceptible to prickly heat.
The review is based on the using Green People Children’s Sun Lotion SPF 30 in a range of conditions. Read more about Ergohacks’ eco and access icons used in reviews. This article was first published on 26 July 2016.