Another Natural, Chemical-Free, Gluten-Free Sunscreen!

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Sunscreen is probably the most difficult thing to find a decent natural alternative for.
I’ve written a review of Invisible Zink previously, and now it’s time for another alternative.

Most sunscreens, although totally necessary, contain a cocktail of chemicals, parabens, perfumes and preservatives. The big question is as always: how can I get broad spectrum high protection without all the gunk?

I just can’t get comfortable with the idea of covering my body in chemicals and synthetic substances. I always knew it wasn’t a great thing, but after the RPAH Elimination Diet  I have learned first hand how much of what we cover our bodies with actually really does impact our health. It does in fact get absorbed, and those who are sensitive can experience symptoms like stomach problems and headaches even if it is “only on the skin”.  I’ve gone chemical-free, and I’m never going back!

It’s really hard to find the right products. Even the so-called “sensitive skin”, “kid-friendly” and “hypo-allergenic” options can be full of nasties.

Sun protection is very important to me, and I find myself constantly running around after my Aussie better half who surely should know better after a whole life in the sun. Because I care a lot about my skin, but also my over-all health, I want sun protection that gives me the best of both worlds: Quality protection AND free of nasties!

I was recently made aware of a brand called WOTNOT, and I agreed to try some of their products. My favourite was their sunscreen, and it’s a relevant product with summer fast approaching down-under.

I was actually quite excited to be told of this brand. I love to learn about exciting new products that I can share with you! I also depend on good products that I personally don’t have reactions to, and any new addition is a bonus!

One of the little elements that got my attention with this brand was they way they have angled their marketing approach towards educating their customers. I believe in that approach, and I like their little pamphlets which illustrate cleverly what’s good and what’s not. Hence the name WOTNOT.

Just take a look at this:

Reviewing WOTNOT sunscreenwotnot

This is what the product looks like:

Reviewing WOTNOT chemical-Free sunscreen

The Pros:

  • Chemical-Free 
  • Baby safe
  • Broad spectrum protection
  • Certain ingredients are certified organic
  • Gentle on skin, high SPF (30+)
  • Recyclable packaging
  • An added philanthropic angle
  • GMO-free 
  • No synthetic ingredients
  • Rubs on very smoothly, thin consistency
  • Washes off easily
  • Leaves skin feeling moisturised
  • Light and pleasant smell

The Cons:

  • Quite oily. I don’t know how good it would be for oily skin? When I opened it quite bit of oil spilled out. It does say to shake it before use, but I’ve found that actually “kneading” the tube is more effective.  It has a good consistency and it rubs on really well, but you will be shiny. Shiny helps for the tanned look though, more than normal zink anyway (read the review of invisible zink), but yes, really rather oily.
  • It isn’t water proof. This means I have to use an other cream for when I’m in the water. It also means I have to apply cream a bit more often, making me run out a bit sooner. Then again, the zink is thicker so it doesn’t go as far.. I guess it’s just about all the same. I suppose it depends if you like to apply it less often or you don’t mind.
  • I noticed that although it gave me great protection everywhere else, it wasn’t quite enough for my decolletage.
  • Expensive stuff.. But that seems to be the way with niche products unfortunately.

To compare this product with Invisible Zinc, I’d say I’ll keep using the zink for my face and decolletage, and in the water. But I’d happily use WOTNOT for the rest of my body, as well as on the days where I don’t need my sunscreen to last through a storm. Although Invisible Zink is fantastic for things like water sports and has an amazing durability, it doesn’t make me look very attractive. I can use WOTNOT for those days I want to look a bit nicer by the pool, and when I have plenty of opportunities to re-apply.

I checked out their stockists and it looks like they’re everywhere! Here’s the link to their stockist list

All in all I really like this product, happy to recommend it and I will definitely keep using it!  

What’s YOUR favourite brand?

6 Comments on “Another Natural, Chemical-Free, Gluten-Free Sunscreen!

  1. I think all these companies that market “chemical free” need to start telling the truth. Minerals like zinc & titanium need a chemical process to make them small enough to go into a cream or lotion.

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    • I think you are bringing up a good point. I don’t know about WOTNOT but invisible zinc states that they are “nano-free” I will look into it further. Either way I think it is better to choose natural ingredients wherever possible, and of course many things (like foods) sometimes require “chemical processes” for the purpose of gaining a certain quality without that meaning it is necessarily an ingredient. Also, “chemical process” might be a relative term: if I mix baking soda into my cake to make it rise, that’s also a chemical process. It’s what remains in the product rather than the process that is most important. But your statement is not without importance, and I will certainly listen to your concern and check! Thank you for your input, it’s an interesting angle!

      -Kristine

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  2. Great post about all-natural sunblock. In the past year and a half, I know I’ve become a lot more conscious of what I put on and in my body!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I gave you a shout-out regarding your chicken tenders recipe on my newest post! I haven’t been able to try out your version yet (I still am trying to find places to get certain GF friendly ingredients locally), but I did do a chicken tenders recipe and I thought I’d share a link to yours as well because yours looked so great! I hope you don’t mind! 🙂

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  3. Natural sunscreen is also important because there are a growing number of people who are intolerant or even allergic to the chemicals inside of it. I only use natural sunscreens around my sister to prevent my skin from burning and her lungs from seizing like they normally would. Yay natural sunscreen!

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    • You’re right! The more chemicals we surround ourselves with, the more allergies and intolerances we are potentially creating.. Let’s not rub it all over our skin if we can help it 🙂

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