Green People Factor 22 Sun Lotion Eco Product Review

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:

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“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.

The 200ml tub is £15.99 while the travel size 50ml tub is £9.50. Or for a limited time, Male Organics has 25% off Green People sun care, so it’s £11.99 for the large size.

3 thoughts on “Green People Factor 22 Sun Lotion Eco Product Review

  1. It’s strange that Green People products don’t show up on the most respected consumer’s advocate site; that is, on the Environmental Working Group’s safe cosmetic web site, where all kinds of cosmetics are evaluated for toxicity and effectiveness. It’s at:

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    Here’s the EWG’s top 5 and worst 5 sun screens:

    HERE’S A LIST of the five best and worst sunscreens among the 50 top-selling sun protection products, as ranked by the advocacy group Environmental Working Group:

    BEST
    Mustela Bebe High Protection Sun Lotion SPF 50
    Blue Lizard Australian Sun Cream SPF 30
    Fallene Cotz Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 58
    Coppertone Spectra 3 Sunblock Lotion SPF 50
    California Baby Water Hypoallergenic Sunscreen SPF 30-plus

    WORST
    Lubriderm Daily Moisturizer Lotion SPF 15
    No Ad Sunblock Lotion SPF 15
    Coppertone Continuous Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 15
    Teeka Tan Moisturizing Sun Spray SPF 30
    Coppertone Sport Ultra Sunblock Lotion SPF 30

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  2. Hi Harry, I was just looking at the website and it’s very interesting. It freely admits not all products are in their database (that would be a massive task) and end users can add missing products. A lot of products are country specific too (especially US), and only companies that have signed up for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics can be listed in the live database. The site is a fantastic resource though and we’ll be encouraging Green People to join.

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