Summer is well and truly in full swing and at this time of the year we are out and about enjoying the beautiful sunshine, trips to the beach, swimming in the pool and BBQ’s with friends and family. So we have put together this useful guide on some of our favourite toxin free products that come in very handy at this time of year and tackle some of the common issues that these glorious summer days and nights bring with them.
With the heat and rain comes the little biting critters and nothing can ruin a BBQ quicker than swarms of mozzies and midges on the attack. Instead of reaching for the traditional bug spray that is full of the skin irritant Deet and can have everyone coughing and sneezing, try an all natural insect repellent that is just as effective. SHOO! from Lil Bit is one of our favourite all natural and toxin free bug sprays that not only banishes the bugs but smells amazing, you won’t ever dread putting on insect repellent again!
We all need sunscreen year round but in summer we’re constantly slathering it on, no one wants to end up like a lobster when they’re at the beach! But have you ever looked at the ingredients in many of the conventional sunscreens on the market? You may be surprised to learn that most sunscreens are full of harsh chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors, including Parabens and Methylbenzylidene Camphor. There are many great natural alternatives that use non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient to protect you against the suns UV rays. One of our favourite toxin free natural sunscreens is Emma Organics Sun Protect Hydration SPF15 and the Summer Skin Balm from Good Mood Food is fantastic as a skin moisturiser and it also offers natural protection from the sun. Be mindful though that natural sunscreens don’t contain harsh chemicals and fillers so they need to be reapplied regularly, especially after swimming.
After Sun Care
We’ve all been there before when we’ve gotten too much sun and are now paying the price. Don’t let sunburn ruin your day, try the toxin free Bush Mint After Sun Spray from Lil Bit. It’s perfect to spray on your whole body (including your face) to cool down your skin after being in the sun and it also helps sunburn to heal faster. Keep it in the refrigerator for an extra refreshing mist.
Our luscious locks really take a beating during the summer months with the hot sunny days at the beach or those spent in chlorinated pools. The all natural Feed Your Sunshine Serum from Yarok is one of our favourite summer hair treatments. It’s completely natural and toxin free and it protects all hair and scalp types from harsh pool chemicals and the damaging effects of the sun. This little beauty will make your hair feel soft, silky and hydrated, even after spending all day at the beach!
We know you need this all year round but these hot summer months can really put your deodorant to the test. No one wants sweat marks on their shirt when they’re at BBQ’s with friends and families and it can be difficult to find a natural deodorant that works just as well as the chemical laden options. This is where Mr Pitts steps in to save the day! This stuff is seriously good and one of our absolute favourite toxin free deodorants of all time. No matter how hot it is or how active you are, this stuff will never fail you!
Insect Bite Ointment
If you’ve ever forgotten to put insect repellent on you know the misery of the constant itching the next day and often even days later. The Tea Tree Remedy from Four Cow Farm is an amazing all natural and toxin free balm that’s great for soothing bites from mozzies and other pesky insects that are out in full force in summer. It can even be used to soothe heat rash, hives, scrapes and bruises; it’s the perfect summer emergency balm and a staple for camping trips or pretty much anywhere really.
Summer conjures up images of golden sunkissed skin but for some of us the reality is far from it. No need to despair! If you don’t like basking in the sun and also don’t want to use fake tans filled with harsh chemicals, the Gradual Tanning Moisturiser from La Mav will have you looking like a golden goddess in no time. It’s certified organic and its natural ingredients gradually build a glowing complexion whilst deeply hydrating your skin. You’ll also find that it doesn’t have the usual sticky residue and overpowering smell that most fake tans have. Perfect!
We often forget that our lips need love too and that they’re just as susceptible to sunburn as the rest of our body. The fantastic range of toxin free natural lip balms from Hurraw includes the SPF15 Sun Lip Balm that not only protects your luscious lips from the suns UV rays but it also keeps them super moisturised. Their range also includes some delectable summer scented lip balms and our favourites are the Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm and the Coconut Mint Lemongrass Lip Balm, they’ll have you dreaming of tropical islands and fruity summer cocktails on the beach!
We hope our guide helps you to enjoy these lovely sunny days with your family and friends without worrying about what toxins may be in the products you’re using. After all, summer is about relaxing, entertaining and getting outdoors to enjoy each day to the fullest and this guide will ensure no annoying bugs or prickly sunburn will get in the way of that!