Green People asked me if my little clan would like to road test something from its certified organic toiletries ranges – Organic Babies and Organic Children. I said yes!
The company produces an extensive range of natural products for all ages. It originally became known for its blackhead removal products and sunscreen but now is one of the biggest names in organic beauty in the UK. It was started by a mum that wanted to alleviate the symptoms her 2-year old was suffering from eczema and skin allergies.
As my daughter Sofia (aged 4) suffers from eczema in Spring and Summer I was sent their Soothing Baby Salve (£10.50 for 100ml), which is specifically for dry or irritated skin and suitable for those prone to eczema. It is marketed for babies – it can also be used to treat nappy rash – and can be used all over the body as a general moisturiser. However, it is perfect for toddlers and beyond (I’ve even slapped on a bit of it myself). It has a gorgeous lavender smell and the texture looks like it’d be really oily but if used sparingly rubs in wonderfully. If you do use too much it will sit on the skin though.
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It doesn’t claim to clear up eczema, but we found that it really did soothe it, taking the inflammation and redness down. Sofia reported that it stopped the itching, so we’ve ditched the steroid cream she was using for now as neither of us are concerned about the patches on her skin, just the soreness and itchiness, which the salve has gone a way to combatting.
I’ve used it on a few dry patches on one of my twins (21 months) and there was an almost immediate improvement. I suffer with very dry hands so I used it as a hand cream. I applied rather too liberally, so it was a bit greasy. However, it worked a treat and my hands, that usually resemble gnarled twigs, were super soft.
The second item we were sent was their Sun lotion medium 25 SPF (now SPF 30, £18.50 for 150ml) from the Organic Children range. It is formulated with organic aloe vera, edelweiss, avocado and chamomile, is free from Parabens, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals or colourants and is environmentally friendly.
I have to say my immediate thought on seeing it was: ‘why is it only factor 25?’ I have actually learnt something: properly applied, an SPF25 provides a 96% protection against UVB rays, whilst an SPF50 offers just 2% more protection.
The natural UVA filter that’s used in the sun lotion lasts for a minimum of two hours up to a maximum of four hours, but it’s advised that you re-apply every two hours (here is also the similar Revitol Skin Brightening Cream Review).
The sun lotion definitely did the job for us. It was very kind to sensitive skins and there was no sign whatsoever of irritation on application. I really liked its consistency, as it wasn’t all runny like many we have tried yet it rubbed in really well, very quickly and left no trace on the skin. I also liked that it was fragrance free as I do find some lotions a bit sickly.
My children don’t tend to spend prolonged periods outside, so two hours protection was ample for us (we then re-apply when we’re about to go back in the sun). For those intending to stay out all day, having to re-apply more frequently than with the more standard SPF50 may be a bit tiresome. However, higher SPFs can lull you into a false sense of security prompting less re-application than what is actually required. For me personally, having an SPF25 that offers just 2% less UVB protection but promotes more frequent application is no bad thing.
Green People produces a number of ranges including adult skincare products, hair care products, make-up and men’s products.