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Neals Yard Lemongrass SPF15 spray

June 30, 2008

A fresh smelling and easily absorbed suncream (SPF15) that includes organic and natural ingredients.

  • 27% organic
  • Protection from both UVA and UVB sun damage
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate is the sun protecting ingredient, absorbing the rays
  • Non-waterproof
  • Reapply at least every 2 hours and after swimming/heavy perspiration
  • Apply 15-30 minutes before going outdoors
  • Suitable for children over 2

The main thing that struck me about this suncream was how easily my skin absorbed it. Even the person who was rubbing onto my back for me commented! The texture is more of a thin lotion than a cream so it could be used as an everyday SPF moisturiser. It didn’t leave me feeling at all greasy or sticky and if anything didn’t really feel like I was wearing sun cream.

Another thing I love about this sun cream is that I didn’t get any yellow marks on my white clothing and no white marks on my dark clothing or my skin.

The lotion smells amazing and although it contains some other essential oils, lemongrass is still the strongest smelling ingredient. The scent lasted for quite a while once I had applied it and although it’s quite strong, it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or irritated. When it’s Summer, I don’t like plastering my skin in things that smell rich and creamy as they can become a bit sickly in the heat. I feel Summer is about lighter, more floaty fragrance and that is exactly what this products scent is.

This product is lovely to use but my skin burns very easily, so ideally I need an SPF higher than 15 for long periods of sun exposure.

The bottle looks rather posh and is the perfect size for carrying around in a handbag. I found the cap came off quite easily but even so, I didn’t get any leakage.


  • Pros: Made in England and very easily absorbed
  • Cons: I wish this scent came in a higher SPF and a bigger bottle.


Water, octyl methoxycinnamate, soya oil*, wheatgerm oil*, grape seed oil, horse chestnut extract, propolis extract, alcohol denat, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, sesame oil*, shea nut butter, green tea extract, aloe vera, allantoin, corn starch*, lavender oil*, orange oil*, lemon grass oil*, patchouli oil*, xanthan gum, esculin, phenoxyethanol, benzoin extract. * Organically produced ingredient

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