Green People wins awards all the time and is one of the most recognisible organic cosmetic brands around. Its sun lotion (or suntan lotion as I always thought it was called) has been voted the best by Natural Health & Beauty magazine. But that means nothing, did we agree? As I’ve been locked indoors, I gave its Factor 22 Sun Lotion with no scent to my father, a well-known pale skinned person that likes to burn easily even in the British summer. Wanting to put it to the test he went and sat outside for a few hours watching some tennis or something. Here’s his prosaic review:
“It’s dark but the morning light is filtering through the net curtains, it’s hot, very hot but it’s only dawn in England, then there’s the pain, the one that seems to envelope my whole being and another of greater intensity that bites across the top of my shoulders. My eyes are so swollen I can’t open them for three days; my whole body is like a radiator on full blast; too late I had donned a t-shirt only to find the neck wore away at the already tenderised skin, first blistering then turning red raw.
“Welcome to sunstroke; being fair of skin, if not of face, this teenage folly forged a firm, longstanding love affair with… you guessed it, sunscreen.
“The good news is that this organic offering works, the not so good news is that it that you can look like an extra from Shaun of the Dead. It’s so thick and creamy it’s almost impossible to rub in. As I washed, a layer of white scum floated on the surface of the water, lovely.”
I think he liked it. It contains things like aloe vera and edelweiss extract but also titanium oxide which helps block the UVA and UVB rays for the fair skinned. It’s free from parabens, lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants and is vegetarian but not vegan due to the beeswax content.