There’s something undeniably exciting about getting ready for a holiday.  It’s an opportunity to explore new products and brands, have a good old preen and get ready to pamper yourself.  I searched high and low for cruelty free and eco-friendly products to take with me on holiday this year.  Determined from the outset, I’ve managed to find products I’m excited to use, and feel luxurious.  After all, an ethical/cruelty free/chemical free/guilt-free purchase doesn’t have to be boring… Oh no!  Since I eventually found a couple of amazing products that are now my go-to tropical travel essentials I had to share them!

After a few online research sessions, I decided to try the Neal’s Yard Suncare & Travel range. I went into the gorgeous Covent Garden store (first opened in 1981!) and got some great advice from the experts there who talked me through the products.  I bought on the Sun Lotion and Bug Spray – the essentials for a tropical holiday!

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Citronella Formula – Bug Spray

Having spent 3 months in the outback, I know the importance of a good bug spray cannot be underestimated.  Whilst I stayed at a beautiful farm,  it was right on a river so the midgies were savage – You soon learn what works and what doesn’t! I learnt the hard way and it wasn’t pretty!

Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.  The natural herbal products that use citronella or rosemary are far more effective and pleasant to use than the chemical deet sprays that plague the pharmacy shelves.  The Citronella Formula bug spray is toxin free, cruelty free, certified organic and vegan – as are all NYR products. To be honest it’s a gorgeous product to use, and has such a relaxing scent which is really luxurious. It contains lavender oil, thyme oil and eucalyptus oil to name a few – who knew there was such a thing as luxury bug spray?? This one’s a winner – Happy Days!

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Lemongrass Sun Lotion

Now as a fair-skinned ‘English rose’, the sun and I have a somewhat strained relationship. I’m careful to protect myself from burning as it’s so easily done with pale skin.  So for me, finding a good sun cream is a really important part of pre-holiday prep!

Even though I’ve tried out natural products before, I was still a bit dubious about whether chemical free lotion would work. This one does the trick, and doesn’t need reapplying that often unless you go for a swim. As with all NYR products, the Lemongrass Sun Lotion has an amazing smell. There are no parabens or synthetic fragrances added – which is a great bonus for those with sensitive skin. I bought spf 30 but you can also get spf 15 or spf 50.

So there you have it, two fantastic ethical products that are now firmly on my list of tropical travel essentials.

Happy Holidays!

Ruth x

I’ve recently noticed that Neal’s Yard Organic’s have just released a Travel Kit of miniature sized products too – perfect!

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