Hello sun balm

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Bring on summer I say. Swimming, picnics with friends and summer fruit here we come. 

It takes no time at all to burn between the hours of 11 and 3 here in NZ. We try and stay out of the sun and water in the middle of the day but a good sunscreen is still a vital summer item. Our kid crew (10 of them!) can stay out there (between the surf lifesaver flags) boogie boarding for hours. Super fun but not so fun for our skin. 
We’ve tried so many different kinds of natural sunscreen. Some are too greasy, others smelt awful or were chalky white with zinc and impossible to rub in.

I have been working with the lovely folks at Goodbye organising a giveaway for Do Good Jobs, NZ’s ethical job listing site. I’ve collaborated with Becky and Ramona from Goodbye before through my work with Organic NZ and they’re the nicest of people. We’re a big fan of their Goodbye Sandfly and Goodbye Ouch around here and I was thrilled to find some sun balm in our letterbox last week. Thanks, folks
Perfect timing as we had a camping trip planned at hot pools the next day. Me and the boy both tried our sun balm. Verdict? A big thumbs up. It smells delicious – very different to the usual. It worked a treat, especially obvious with the boy, who spent almost five hours in the water and on the waterslides. One thing. I wouldn’t take it to the beach. I’d apply before going down. I think sand would stick to it. It is absorbed into the skin pretty quick though – say 5 minutes. We’ll be applying it before we head down. Sunscreen needs to be applied 10-20 minutes before you hit the water anyways.
My skin felt great after using it too. The little pot is just the right size for the handbag so you never get caught out. 
Pop over to the Do Good Jobs facebook to enter the giveaway HERE – you could win one of a few packages of natural insect repellent, goodbye ouch and sun balm. Giveaway closes on the 12th December and is for those with NZ postal addresses. Good luck!

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