Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 | A Daily Sunscreen Review

Green People SPF25 Sun Lotion

Green People SPF25 Sun Lotion

Overall Performance: 8/10

Price: £5 for 20ml;  £9.95 for 50ml

When it comes to SPF, there are two types of beauties out there. Those keen peepz who apply SPF every single day without fail, and those who prefer to skip on the sunscreen and let the skin produce Vit D naturally.

The clue is in the title of this post – I belong to the former category.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90% of preventable ageing is actually caused by UV exposure. For me, putting on my sun protection daily is probably the most important step in combating ageing. Although I am well aware that most people are Vitamin D deficient, I believe that this can be redeemed through oral supplements.

Since converting to all-natural, I decided to switch up my Ultrasun Once a Day chemical sunscreen to Green People’s mineral Sun Lotion SPF 25. So far, my skin has been loving this transition.

The Pros:

First off, the reason I chose Green People’s Sun Lotion was that it was the winner of the Natural Health and Beauty Awards 2011. It is made with 82% certified organic ingredients  (no nasties) and can offer up to 96% protection from UVB rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens, Green People’s Sun Lotion is also rich in antioxidents to protect the skin from free radicals produced by the sun. This sunscreen also contains green tea and aloe vera, which provides anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits.

The lotion has a thick consistency (photo), and when you first squeeze it out of the tube, it looks so white that you will at once imagine yourself running round town as a clown when you put it on. This is actually not true. The sunscreen takes some effort to rub in, but when it is, it does not leave you with a white cast. It does, however, give a slightly glossy finish, however, if dewiness is not your thing – there is nothing a little powdering won’t fix. I have had no white cast when taking photographs with this product on either.

The sun lotion smells faintly of herbs, not sun cream. Once you put it on, it leaves a fresh feeling and sits very comfortably on the skin without being too heavy. The ingredients are so natural that it does not cause irritation or blogged pores. In fact, I feel like I am wearing skincare instead of sunscreen with this product.

Green People Sun Lotion Swatch

Green People Sun Lotion Swatch. Thick consistency.

Another great thing about this sunscreen is that it doesn’t mix in with the other skincare layered underneath, which is a constant problem I had with chemical sunscreens. Compared to the Ultrasun sunscreens, the Green People’s sunscreen does not contain any nano-chemicals, which is absorbed in to the cells, and could make way for other harmful toxins to follow suit.

The Cons:

The only thing bad about this sunscreen is that, for me, the SPF is not high enough. With chemical sunscreens, I am used to wearing an SPF of 50 every single day. Perhaps this is slightly excessive (I’m OCD like that), but I feel slightly uncomfortable wearing so little SPF, especially when the recommended SPF level for daily uses is actually SPF 30. However, if this is not problem for you, then this sun lotion is practically perfect.

If I had to be very picky, I would say that another con for this sunscreen is that it doesn’t stay too long on the skin. However, this is the same as any other mineral sunscreens. If you are one of those lucky people who lives in somewhere sunny, you might need to reapply regularly. In this case, this sunscreen would not be great applied over makeup as it does take some effort to work this product in to the skin.


Would I repurchase this product? Not immediately – I would try out other brands with higher SPF first, but that is just a personal preference.

The Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 comes in three different sizes: 200ml, 50ml (for handbag) and 20ml (trail size). I definitely think this is a great product to try if you have photo-sensitive skin and want to use a daily sun screen that could give you a slight tan. Or if you don’t mind the medium SPF protection.

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Ingredients in the Green People’s Sun Lotion SPF 25:

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7 thoughts on “Green People Sun Lotion SPF 25 | A Daily Sunscreen Review

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  2. Can I be honest? To me, there is a bit of greenwashing going on with the Green People Sun Lotion. They use Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate. Even though this may occur naturally, it is a chemical filter. It is similar to other sunscreens ending in -cinnamate.
    I tried the lotion, too. When I looked into the ingredients a bit more, I was disappointed, to be honest.


    • You have a very valid point! I know what you mean, when I looked through the ingredients, I was very sceptical of the salicytic acid and alcohol, though I thought I will try it cause it claims to be 82% organic. Thank you for telling me about the Isoamyl! I probably won’t purchase this again too after I finish up.

      I have a new review on the Kimberly Sayer SPF30 moisturisers if you are in the market for daily sunscreens +moisturisers 🙂 They have much better ingredients.


    • Are Octyl methoxycinnamate and Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate (IMC) are they the same?
      Are Peter Smith and Paul Smith the same person?


      Whilst these compounds have similar names they are chemically quite different and possess very different properties – we hope you can agree that two people who carry the same surname are not the same person!

      Octyl methoxycinnamate has demonstrated oestrogenic activity and is also a known skin irritant, whereas Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate (IMC) does not have either of these effects.

      Isoamyl p-methoxycinnamate (IMC) occurs in the roots of the Indian Galangal plant, a relative of the Ginger family. It can be extracted from this natural source but is prohibitively expensive, and also results in the loss of a valuable foodstuff. For commercial purposes IMC is manufactured from Cinnamic acid that is derived from the leaves of the Cinnamon tree. IMC produced in this way is chemically the same as that which occurs in the Galangal plant and is classed as being ‘nature-identical’.

      Our reason for using Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate is to give the lotions adequate protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. Titanium dioxide is more effective against UVA light, and to give adequate protection against UVB we would have to use so much Titanium dioxide that the lotions would be pure white when applied to the skin. As this would make them aesthetically unappealing and impractical to use, we need to add a secondary filter to boost the effectiveness of the Titanium dioxide – hence our use of Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate which is particularly effective against UVB radiation.

      We hope this clears up any misconceptions about our use ingredients.

      Best Wishes,
      The Green People Team


  3. Hi All Natural Diary!

    Thank you for reviewing our SPF25 Sun Lotion! We’d like to respond to a your concerns about our Sun Lotions and the level of SPF protection they provide and your concerns over a couple of our ingredients.

    Sun factors – why not 50+?

    It is important to be aware that the SPF of a sun lotion only indicates the level of protection against UVB radiation. It does not tell you anything about the protection it offers against dangerous UVA light which causes ageing and cell damage.

    The problem with products offering very high SPF levels (30+) is that although they will give excellent protection against UVB radiation, it is unlikely that they will offer the same high levels of protection against UVA radiation.

    This means that whilst the skin will not show visible signs of UV damage and will not go red and burn, the UVA radiation can still be getting through and causing long-term damage to the living skin cells in the deeper underlying layers of the skin.

    It is more important to apply regularly and liberally than to opt for a high SPF sun cream.

    Do I get twice the protection by using a Sun Lotion SPF25 compared to a Sun Lotion with SPF50?

    NO – An SPF25 sun lotion, when applied properly, protects you against 96% of UVB. An SPF50 protects you against 97% of UVB, only 2% more!
    In reality there is actually not much difference between SPF15 and SPF50 – at least a lot less difference than the SPF figure appears to represent.
    The fact is that, as long as they are properly applied, most sun lotions offers quite a high level of protection and it just isn’t necessary for most of us to use an ultra-high SPF sun cream.
    SPF ratings higher than 30 are primarily used by sun care companies as a marketing tool, and take advantage of the public’s misconception of what the protection ratings mean.

    • SPF15 filters out 93% and 7% UVB gets through

    • SPF25 filters out 96% and 4% UVB gets through

    • SPF30 filters out 97% and 3% UVB gets through

    • SPF50 filters out 98% of UVB rays and SPF100 99%.

    Does applying half the recommended amount mean half the protection?

    You only get the protection of the square root of the SPF. The higher the SPF, the more rapidly the protection falls off with under-application.*

    Applying half the recommended amount of an;

    • SPF 50 will give a protection of SPF7
    • SPF25 will give a protection of SPF5
    • SPF15 will give a protection of SPF3.9

    Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is the type of alcohol we can consume. Applied to the skin it dissolves the fats that form the protective lipid layer on the surface of the skin.

    It is used by many companies at levels over 12-15% for its preservative effect. It is drying and irritating on the skin and can transport otherwise inert substances across the skin and blood barriers and into the body.

    Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol are fatty alcohols, they are plant derived and used as an emulsifier (binding oil/water in the product). They have a soothing and nourishing effect on skin.

    We hope this helps and we look forward to reading more reviews from you!

    Best Wishes,
    The Green People Team


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