Lavanila's Healthy Sunscreen Review


That'??s right, ladies. It'??s fun-in-the sun-time. Which also means sunburn time. With this yearly obsession with SPF safety, we'??re always on the lookout for sunscreen that won'??t:

1. Make us so sticky we get our own sand microdermabrasion every beach trip.
2. Make use smell like a pina colada (although we won'??t turn one down when lounging pool-side)
3. Make us white like a mime. Admit it, no one likes mimes.
4. Doesn'??t pump our body full of safety no-no ingredients.

Seems that no sunscreens ever capture all four request. Well, the clouds have finally parted and the sunscreen Powers That Be have shone their light upon us. Lavanila, a line we love for their vanilla scents, has launched its new Healthy Sun Screen essentials line of SPF for body and lips.

Forgoing the bad boys of summer sun safety (read: PABA, oxybenzone, parabens, nanoparticles), their sunscreen is 100% natural. It'??s made with a new generation of minerals for full spectrum UVA/UVB protection, even for your kids.

Even though Lavanila does fragrances the right way in their other products, the SPF line is fragrance-free so you and your sensitive little ones won'??t smell like coconuts. But this is the beach'?¦so feel free to act like a nut, if you so desire.

We tried The Healthy Sunscreen SPF30 for Body ($38). It'??s made with an ultra-nourishing blend of antioxidant-rich green tea, soothing cucumber and organic shea butter. The great news is that it'??s non-greasy and non-whitening. It disappears immediately, and almost has a dry feel to it as you apply.

Something else that brings a bright smile to your face'??through their partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Lavanila plants one tree for every purchase made on

So you'??re doing good for you, for your skin and for the Earth. Happy Spring!

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who has written beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own

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