When I was researching my Sustainable Summer post I spotted this product at half-price on the Holland and Barrett website. We already had sunscreen at home but I needed something that was less sticky, suitable for putting on the face and small enough to fit in my handbag. At its reduce price I figured this was worth giving a go.
I bought this via the Holland and Barrett website and having picked the ‘delivery to store’ option I stupidly thought that this might mean I could pick it off their shelves package free. No such luck. The item was delivered to the store in a cardboard box filled with compostable packing peanuts.
The makers of this product, Beauty Kitchen, are based in Scotland and aim to make 100% effective, natural and affordable products with naturally derived ingredients and 100% pure essential oils. Their products are cruelty-free and some are labelled ‘vegan friendly’ including something they call ‘seahorse plankton’ face cream. You can buy directly from their website or, as I mentioned above, Holland and Barrett stores.
This 5-star broad-spectrum sunscreen uses the inorganic chemical zinc oxide to provide a physical block to UVA and UVB rays on the skin, similar to how white paint reflects light that hits it. The manufacturers say that it is 100% natural, fragrance free, non-nano, biodegradable and safe for coral reefs and other ecosystems. I’ve read mixed opinions on the risk of nano minerals in sunscreen products but in a preliminary study last year, large quantities of nano-particles of titanium dioxide was shown to cause genetic damage in mice and some environmental organisations are linking it to coral reef damage. If you want to read more about sustainable sunscreen, both chemical and physical, check out my Sustainable Summer post.
Does it work? Well, yes. It is very pleasant to use, but it may not suit everyone so here’s the pros and cons on it.
- Spreads very easily
- A little goes a long way meaning that the small tube you get will last much longer than you think.
- Has a mild pleasant smell.
- Suitable for sensitive skin, i.e. none of my family have had reactions to it when they would have reacted to others.
- Made nearby, in Scotland
- Easily available, via Holland and Barrett stores nationwide.
- It is in no way invisible and leaves a white-ish hue to the skin after application. I counteracted this with some powder foundation over it but my kids looked positively ghostly with it on.
- It’s packaging is not currently recyclable in Ireland.
- The price. I bought my tube for €7, which was very reasonable. I’m not sure I’d pay the €14.99 that it’s at currently.
All in all this is a decent product for use under foundation but I wouldn’t use it as a standalone product unless you’re going for the Goth look, which is fair enough given the fact that it’s advertised as a primer for under foundation.
I don’t do paid product reviews and I don’t get free products to test so I bought this product and the opinion expressed here is entirely my own.