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The After Sun Round Up

So most of you will know by now that I spent a few weeks of July basking in the beautiful (and hot) country of Croatia. Therefore, in the run up to my trip, I knew that I had to hunt down two things: a good SPF and a good after sun. I've already done a round up of the SPFs I took with me, and today I'll be going through the latter. If you want to hear more about the trip in general, then make sure you check out the fabulous first digital issue of The Peridot Mag as I did a write up for them going over things like what we got up to and where we stayed (there's also lots of sea pics).

Green People Hydrating After Sun*
Green People were kind enough to send me this product to try some time ago and and so I was happy to finally give it a fair trial on our trip. I will say now that this was my favourite of the two I took with me. The cooling mint element was saviour in the super hot heat and although I didn't really burn, I did find myself slathering this on every evening as a calming ritual following a day in the sun. I like that it is a tad thicker than your usual cooling after sun and so it is very moisturising. I also really appreciated the soothing ingredients as I'd actually gone for my first wax a few days before jetting off and my skin was feeling a bit sensitive. My boyfriend also really enjoyed this one and the small-ish lasted well considering we were away for just over ten days.

Organii Everyday Organics After Sun Cream
This after sun actually comes free when you buy the full size Organii SPF 50 (see SPF post). Although I didn't enjoy this one as much as the Green People, I did still really like it. The consistency is a lot thicker and it almost felt like a light balm rather than an after sun. This was especially welcome before my trip, as I'd naughtily managed to burn my neck quite badly while still in the UK. I needed as much hydration as I could get because the patch was quick to peel. The small tube was handy to take in my bag to work and keep on my desk, making it easy to remember reapplication throughout the day. I feel like this thicker formula and consistent application definitely led to quicker healing time for my sunburn. I will say though that I didn't really use this one when in Croatia!

Unfortunately, I don't think I will repurchase the Organii as I cannot see that you can buy this independently to the sun cream. The Green People definitely seems to be more accessible. This is a big factor when it comes to sun care as everywhere seems to suddenly sell out as soon as it hits June!

What SPFs and after suns have you been using this summer?


The Peridot 'Sun & Sea' Issue Out Now!
[image credit - the peridot mag]

[image credit - the peridot mag]

If you hadn't already heard the news, Peridot Mag just published their first shiny new digital issue! It's called 'Sun & Sea' and of course it's filled to the brim with lots of lovely mermaid goodness. Be sure to support the girls (the lovely Tamara, Jana, Liz and Nic) and download it, and you may even come across something from me! I put together a little article about my recent trip to Croatia so be sure to check that out if you want to see some dreamy pics of the Adriatic sea... I'm missing it already.


Green and Vegan Sunscreens That Actually Work

Okay, I will admit it. I really have been dragging my feet when it comes to getting back into blogging. I've been struggling with getting back in to a productive routine that involves working full time, blogging, exercising regularly, and staying sane. But here I am. Finally. And what better way to launch myself back into blogging after a nice long lazy holiday in Croatia? A sunscreen round-up; what worked and what didn't so much. Let's go!

Organii SPF 50 High Protection Sun Milk
Okay, so let's start with the one that didn't work so much. In the run up to Croatia, I was freaking out a little because I needed a second bottle of sunscreen and I couldn't find my normal Lovea anywhere. Absolutely everywhere was sold out. So, in panic, I decided to try something new. Enter Organii. Unfortunately, I didn't really get on with it. Unlike what you would expect from such a high factor, the formula is super runny and so it was absolute pain to apply. The upside-down squeeze bottle packaging totally didn't work with the formula and it was so messy. It was also really hard to apply and I felt like I needed a ridiculous amount just to cover a single limb. I also found it really greasy which wasn't pleasant in the 35 degree Croatia heat. Therefore, I found that I could only use it before leaving for the beach, when I had a good amount of time to let it soak in and the time to apply it carefully. I don't think I will be repurchasing, especially at such a high price point (although the SPF50 does come with a free mini aftersun which I do like).

Lovea SPF 30 Moisturising Spray
And, on to my favourite! I've been using Lovea since last year and I really do love it. It does use only use titanium dioxide (inferior to zinc oxide in terms of sun protection), I have never burned while using it and while in Croatia, I actually got a hint of a tan... which is a first. I will point out that it does use nano titanium dioxide, which also has less UVA protection but the sunscreen does conform to strict EU standards and does state that it provides such protection. I will be doing some digging into its other ingredients to find out where this is from. The formula is amazing. It spreads easily, doesn't have too much of a white cast, and dries to almost a matte finish. It also smells delicious which is thanks to the inclusion of monoi de tahiti. 

Andalou Naturals Untinted Beauty Balm with SPF30
Come on now, do I really need to explain? Just look here.

What natural SPFs have you tried this summer?