Just Charlie G

We love Childs Farm in our house. With two kids that suffer eczema, one of them quite badly, it’s really important that products we use on them don’t aggravate their skin. It’s been great to try out a few more products from the range. This time the Childs Farm 50+ SPF Sun Cream and After Sun Lotion.

Childs Farm 50 SPF Sun CreamChilds Farm are a Hampshire based company who specialise in natural “free-from” ingredients and essential oils to create toiletries that are gentle and beautifully scented, suitable for the hair and skin of even the most sensitive of children. All of their problems are extensively tested to make sure they are suitable for everyone, even those with sensitive and eczema prone skin.

My kids both have a little tube of the sun screen in their school bags. With an SPF of 67 this cream acts as a barrier, using titanium dioxide, protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays. It’s not only protecting their skin but hydrates too, and both of the girls have found there’s been no adverse reaction to their skin when using it which is fantastic, particularly as we’ve had some issues with sun screens in the past. It is quite thick, but my tip is to rub it between your hands first, it spreads more easily and sinks in leaving little to no greasy residue.

The After Sun Lotion contains soothing aloe vera, and moisturising shea and cocoa butters. It moisturises beautifully and I can’t tell you how gorgeous it smells, all of the coconut! It’s so soothing and moisturising, I could be tempted to use this every day on my own skin, not just my kids after the sun!

I’d recommend these products to anyone, but particularly children who have sensitive or eczema prone skin. They have caused Chloe no reaction whatsoever and she does suffer really quite badly.

The Childs Farm SPF Sun Cream is £10.99 for 100ml and the Childs Farm After Sun Lotion is £4.99 for 100ml.

Purchase yours from Boots and Waitrose stores or online from http://www.childsfarm.com/

*Products received free of charge for review purposes

I know I’m cutting it fine, but did you know this last week has been Sun Care Awareness week? I think by now, most of us are aware of the damage the sun can do to the skin, but also in terms of our health and premature ageing. Thankfully Insitut Esthederm have got us covered with their sun care range, designed to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, while letting you build a long-lasting tan and with anti ageing at the forefront of their products.

The range is pretty extensive, including everything from products to prepare your skin for the sun, such as the Osmoclean range,  through to Moderate Sun formulas and up to No Sun formulas (total sun blocks)  and everything between.

OSMO Pure Cleansing Foam

SUN CARE OIL STRONG SUN

Also available are skin and body care items such as the Micellar After Sun Shower Gel, designed to remove sunscreens, sand, salt and chlorine from your skin whilst offering a moisturising formula.GeleeDeDoucheMicellaireYou’ll also find ranges for sun intolerance and sensitive skin, as well as a range of formulas including lotions and oils. Seriously, the selection is so huge, it’d be impossible to cover them all here, but whatever you need this Summer you’re sure to find something that suits you on offer from Insitut Esthederm.

Do head over to the website, to check out the range and find your nearest stockist.

I was a bit worried that I’d left this review a bit late but the sun is still shining here in Devon and there’s still a very definite need for sunscreen for me and the kids!

I’ve blogged about lots of Badger products before but for some reason it escaped my notice that they did sunscreens.

I received three for review purposes.

Badger Sunscreen The three I received are the Tangerine and Vanilla Kids Sunscreen, the Chamomile and Calendula Baby Sunscreen as well as Unscented Sunscreen. As they are all SPF 30, we’ve made use of all of them over the Summer, especially while we were on holiday in Cornwall.

As you would expect, all of these Badger Sunscreens are organic and natural. I think these are all basically the same, with the child and baby versions having the addition of essential oils. They offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB using Zinc Oxide and they are water and sweat resistant for at least 40 minutes. Thanks to sunflower oil, beeswax, seabuckthorn and vitamin E, these are beautifully moisturising. It’s also worth mentioning that the tubes are made from recyclable plastic.

The unscented sunscreen, doesn’t have any scent added to it but it does have a very subtle scent of beeswax. The Baby sunscreen, has the addition of Chamomile and calendula which is a very delicate scent, but the kids sunscreen with tangerine and vanilla is to die for. It smells absolutely sublime!

The downside of these beautiful natural sunscreens is that they are a little harder to rub in than some of the more modern formulas today, not impossible though and they don’t feel uncomfortable on the skin, as I recall sunscreens from my childhood being. Its a worthwhile trade off in my opinion, especially for the glorious tangerine and vanilla!

These Badger sunscreens have served us well this Summer and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for something more natural to protect themselves and their families from the sun.

They retail at £14.99 each and are available from Graftons Beauty.

*products received free of charge for review purposes.

I love Badger Balms! Their little Headache Stick is a great product for headache sufferers. It doesn’t get rid of migraines but it feels great on the skin and really helps. Their whole ethos and range of products are great, simple, natural, high quality and effective. The range is extensive, with skin care, baby products, health products, stress relief products and so on, it’s a really great brand.

I just received this fab Badger Summer Essentials Collection* in the post and wanted to share it with you.

Badger Balms Ideal for festivals, days out, and Summer life in general the kit includes cute re-usable bag and four full sized products.

The Badger Foot Balm is perfect for tired hot feet, it soothes, smoothes and has anti-bacterial properties thanks to the peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, tea tree and cardamom.

The Badger After Sun Balm cools and soothes skin after a day in the sun with shea, olive and jojoba while lavender, ylang ylang, orange and lime not only smell lovely (and it smells incredible) but cools and moisturises.

Badger Lip Care Stick Unscented contains Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, castor oil, aloe vera, sea buckthorn and rose hip to makes lips perfectly soft, for those who dislike scented lip balms.

Finally there’s the Lip Care Stick Tangerine Breeze which smells divine and and does all the same good work as the Unscented version.

Amazing quality products, and you get them all, and the bag for an amazing £12.00. Fantastic.

Available from Graftons Beauty.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.