Vivesana Organic Sunscreen

Posted on May 21, 2009 by Allie

I take my pastey appearance seriously, and I am a sunscreen fanatic.  But it’s hard to find a sunscreen that isn’t full of icky ingredients and doesn’t spread on like library glue, and even harder to find one that doesn’t come packaged in plastic.  That’s why Vivasana Sunscreen is so awesome.

Vivasana sent me some Solar to Polar Ultra and Solar to Polar Baby suncreen to try out.  I don’t have a baby, but I’ve been using the baby sunscreen on my face and I am seriously impressed.  It hasn’t caused any breakouts or clogged pores.  It leaves my skin super soft and well-moisturized. I love this sunscreen.

Solar to Polar not only protects against sun damage, it also fights chapped skin and wind burn, and it’s water-resistant.  So far, I’ve only tested it while gardening and running outside, so I can’t speak to it’s degree of water-resistance, but I have been impressed with the way it doesn’t run when I sweat.

Both sunscreens use a natural green tea fragrance.  There’s only a very light scent.  The baby sunscreen barely has a fragrance, and the Ultra smells faintly of dried apricots (which made no sense to me until I noticed Apricot Kernel Oil on the ingredients list).  It’s pleasant and in no way overpowering.

Vivasana is 100% natural and 70% organic.  The ingredients are simple and prounouncable.  There are no parabens, phthalates, BPA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or nanotechnology.  The tubes are smaller than the usual squirt bottles of sunscreen, but the product is concentrated, so little goes a very long way.  And I love that the tubes are BPA-free aluminum, since aluminum can be recycled over and over again.  The only plastic is the cap.

And, in addition to making a wonderful, eco-sensitive product, Vivesana supports the African Mother’s Health Initiative.

This is not an inexpensive product, but I think it’s well worth it.  I will be purchasing Vivasana in the future so I can maintain my pastey pallor safely.


  1. I haven’t seen this one! Sounds fabulous! I can’t remember the one I use for Lex, but it’s a lot like this too. I use one for my face too that is similar, but it’s only spf 28. I love natural products!

    May 21st, 2009 at 11:57 am
    Comment by Dianne
  2. Wow. I’ll have to try this… especially since the packaging contains less plastic.

    May 21st, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    Comment by Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish
  3. I take my sunscreen very seriously too, but have to admit, I’m about to run to the bathroom and check out what’s in my Neutrogenia SPF 85. I may have been using bad chemicals and not realizing it!

    May 21st, 2009 at 2:19 pm
    Comment by Vanessa
  4. I live in South Florida and have been using the products for myself and my 3 year old for the past couple of weeks. They are really wonderful.
    We even went to the waterpark for a few hours last weekend and they protected us from the Sun the whole time – we didnt’ reapply after swimming.

    May 21st, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    Comment by Marsha
  5. Thanks for the recommendation–I was hoping you’d have a sunscreen one soon!

    May 21st, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    Comment by Rachel
  6. Good timing. It was hot and sunny today. I’ve never heard of this sunscreen, but it looks good. Will check for it in our stores, and if not, will look online.

    May 21st, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    Comment by wendy
  7. This is the first year I’ve ever purchased mostly organic/chemical free sunblock. I just picked some up from Whole Foods (I don’t remember the brands yet) but am excited.

    May 22nd, 2009 at 10:06 am
    Comment by Charm City Kim
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