Sunumbra Sunscreen Review, Vitamin D and Sun Tips

Recently I bought Sunumbra Kids SPF40 Sunscreen from Faithful-to-Nature. I bought the Kids one and not the regular as it had more positive reviews, so I decided to try it out. First of all, I should say, I am not a fan of sunscreen….there I said it! It is sticky, makes me sweat more, and I am always afraid it damages my clothes. Now before you think I am one of those frying away in the sun, I actually prefer doing my few minutes of Vitamin D every day, and then covering up. But when I am on holiday, I do apply it, albeit reluctantly. Organic sunscreen is a bit more expensive than regular store-bought sunscreens, but if you take a look at the ingredient list of the ones you regularly buy, it is definitely worth it!

The first thing I noticed about Sunumbra is the smell. It does not have that “tropical” smell that all other sunscreens seem to have (you know the type of smell that immediately reminds you of your holiday when you apply it again!), it smells more like a type of clay. It is quite thick when you apply it, but it does not leave white marks at all. I used it when I spent the afternoon in the pool, and no sunburn! So far, I like the product very much! IT is a bit sticky, but not more than the normal sunscreen you are used to.

Sunumbra Sunkids is a dermatologically tested natural sunscreen containing organic ingredients.


    5 Star rating (UVA)


High protection full spectrum

40 Minute water resistance

Effective, stable, high level protection from free radical damage and atmospheric toxins

Active natural nutrients to reverse the effects of radiation damage

pH balanced; accommodates the higher alkalinity of children’s skin

Blocks UVA exposure to reduce melanoma risk

Maximises UVB, without burning, to maximise vitamin D

Dermatologically tested and approved.


It is currently on special at Faithful-to-Nature:

Remember that vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Here is how to make sure you get your Sunshine Vitamin!


  • The time of day – your skin produces more vitamin D if you expose it during the middle of the day.
  • Where you live – the closer to the equator you live, the easier it is for you to produce vitamin D from sunlight all year round.
  • The color of your skin – pale skins make vitamin D more quickly than darker skins.
  • The amount of skin you expose – the more skin your expose the more vitamin D your body will produce.
  • The amount of skin you expose. The more skin you expose, the more vitamin D you can produce.
  • How old you are. As you get older, your skin has a harder time producing vitamin D.
  • Whether you’re wearing sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks a lot of vitamin D production.
  • The altitude you’re at. The sun is more intense on top of a mountain than at the beach. This means you make more vitamin D the higher up you are (at higher altitudes).
  • Whether it is cloudy. Less UVB reaches your skin on a cloudy day and your skin makes less vitamin D.
  • Air pollution. Polluted air soaks up UVB or reflects it back into space. This means that if you live somewhere where there is lots of pollution, your skin makes less vitamin D.
  • Being behind glass. Glass blocks all UVB, so you can’t make vitamin D if you’re in sunlight, but behind glass.

After you have exposed your skin for half the time it takes for you to turn pink, cover up with clothing and go into the shade. Using sunscreen is not as recommended as using shade and clothing to protect your skin, because it hasn’t consistently been shown to prevent all types of skin cancers. But if you do want to use sunscreen, use a sunscreen that blocks both UVA light and UVB light.


More interesting info about Vitamin D:


Important note: Just because you applied sunscreen, does not make you safe for the rest of the day. Remember to reapply, and cover up. Like they say on alcohol adverts: Enjoy responsibly!


Victorian Garden’s new website

My favourite organic brand just revamped their website…and I am loving it!

Here is the new look:

VG New look

You can now shop online too!


And for some amazing reads, check out the resources tab:


If you are new to VG products, and were wondering which ones to try first, I can highly recommend the Mango & Vanilla Body Butter and Scrub as well as the Carrot & Elderflower Eye Gel (works wonders for dark circles!).





A Wildlife Sanctuary in urgent need of funds…

Hi everyone, this is just a quick note to tell you about SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary. They need our help! As you might imagine, the finances needed to feed lions are enormous, and this sanctuary really need your help with funds. Below are all the details (copied from their facebook page), so please let them know if you can help. These lions were saved from terrible circumstances, so let’s see if we can help these majestic cats!

It appears that our troubles with trying to raise sufficient funding to continue to provide a safe sanctuary for our large predators is getting worse. We have managed to arrange for our credit to be extended for another week with great difficulty as we have depleted every single cent we had available to feed the lions and our supplier made it very clear that NO further credit will be extended.
Our appeals for funding has had very little response and hardly any funding came in for our lions and no large charity has responded to our calls for help. We are faced with a very serious dilemma.
In reality I guess the very lives of the animals we have grown to love now depends solely on your generosity and goodwill as without your help we are simply not in a position to to keep them. There is no other way to put it.
We will be forced within days to evaluate our situation and make a decision about the lions future. We simply cannot compromise the rest of our operation and other wildlife in order to keep our lions. Basic economics (as much as we hate to say this) will determine otherwise. So I really would like to ask for your urgent assistance and donations failing which we will have no other option but to shut down our large predator facility. Please do respond asap.
You will find the background of our lions and how they were rescued from canned lion breeding and hunting on our LION RESCUE blog site
ON-LINE DONATIONS can be made with PayPal or PayFast or by means of a direct internet banking transfer into our SANWILD WILDLIFE TRUST Account no 9111221180 with ABSA, Danie Joubert Street, Tzaneen, 0850 South Africa. The branch code is 334349, the swift code ABSAZAJJ, the Iban code ZA632005.
For more information please email me on or phone +27 (0) 15-3839958.



{Book review} A Guide to Green Housekeeping

{Book review} A Guide to Green Housekeeping

Guide to green housekeeping

Author: Christina Strutt

Published By: Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd

Date Published: 2008


This is such a great book, I don’t even know where to start! It is full of advice on how to use lemons, baking powder and vinegar as natural cleaning products and also brings back old-fashioned methods that have been used for generations. Cleaning, decorating, restoring old furniture and cooking, are just a few things that you can expect.

Although the book can be used as a reference book, I found myself easily reading it from front to back. The ideas in the book are presented in such a way, that I couldn’t wait getting my hands on a few ingredients and making my own household cleaners!

If you love antique shops, then you will love the chapter on “Antique Fairs” which gives you tips on shopping and caring for antiques, and also antique gift ideas for the whole family.

So whether it is organic gardening, green house cleaning or making your own beauty products, this book has something for everyone.

The 2012 updated version of this book, A Guide to Natural Housekeeping, is available at Exclusive books for about R252

Green (and some quirky) Stocking Fillers to suit your budget!

I went a small window shopping spree to bring you the best online deals that won’t break the bank!


From Greenlove:

from Greenlove




From Yuppiechef:

from Yuppiechef


Twitter: @yuppiechef


From Faithful to Nature



What I want for Christmas #bloggersecretsanta

If you are on Twitter, I am sure you have already heard about the #bloggersecretsanta. The idea is simple. You get a blogger to buy a gift for. And another blogger buys something for you. And the gift must be under R100 (postage excluded). So the avoid getting something you absolutely hate, Charlotte from asked us to do a post on what we would like to get as a gift. So any blogger who landed my name, listen up!


Awesome Goodies under R100!

So these are the things I am totally into:

Anything green/organic from Faithful-to-Nature or Greenlove.

I only use organic/green products so any things in that line would be so much appreciated!

Anything from The Victorian Garden,their stuff is awesome!

Bee Natural have lots of new flavour lip balms which I would love to try! And at R13.50, they are so affordable! (This might be helpful: I’d LOVE any organic lip balm!)

Spiezia, Oh Lief,Tranquil Beauty Treats and Balm Balm are also some of my favourites.

I also have my eye on Tip Top Nail polish. This is my favourite brand of nail polish, as it is so long lasting and free of nasties. My current “wants” includes Pot ‘O Berries, Cha Cha Cha and Fairy Dust.


I also love stationary and especially Magnetic Page Markers. They come in packs of 6 and are just so cute!! I usually alternate between reading about 3 books and magazines, so they are really useful!

 Favourite colours: All shades between blue and green (including teal and turquoise) and silver.

I don’t like over the top fashion accessories and flashy things. I’m quite a plain jane, so keep that in mind! Small, earthy accessories are really my thing!



Hope my #bloggersecretsanta finds this useful!





It’s that time again!

I am putting up the “Be Back Soon” sign again, because I don’t want you to think that I have disappeared. Things will be a bit busy for the following few weeks, so I won’t be posting reviews or long blog posts during this time. I will be posting a little something-something though, every now and then, just to let you know that I am still here! Thank you for reading my blog…stay tuned!


Celebrate Braai Day!

National Braai Day – 24 September

So I hope everyone has their braai thongs ready, because National Braai day is almost here!

In 2005, a media campaign sought to “re-brand” the holiday as National Braai Day, in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues, or braais. On 5 September 2007, Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his appointment as patron of South Africa’s Braai Day, affirming it to be a unifying force in a divided country (by donning an apron and tucking into a boerewors sausage). Organiser Jan Scannell announced that the aim is not to have a mass braai, but smaller ones with friends and family.

I think it’s such a great way to unite South Africans of all races, languages and ages. Whether you braai meat, fish or veggies, you have no excuse not to pull out the braaier on 24 September 2012. And if you think the braaier is only for steaks, think again! In Jan Braai’s new book, Fireworks, you will discover an array of things to throw on the grid. From known recipes like the Traditional Braaibroodjies to recipes from abroad like the German classic, Bratkartoffeln. The one thing they all have in common? They are made on the braai!

Fireworks, by Jan Braai

Usually cooking books have only a few useful recipes with a lot of unknown ingredients, but not this one! All ingredients are readily available and the recipes are so simple! What’s more, the book has a personal touch with tips and tricks from Jan Braai, as well as a fridge full of humour!

“A braaibroodjie is your chance in life to have your bread buttered on both sides – use it” – Jan Braai

If you don’t own a copy yet, you can get it from Exclusives or Loot. It retails for about R257 and is definitely worth every sent!!

You can like Jan Braai’s Facebook page here and National Braai Day’s page here.

You can visit their website at

I already have a few ideas as to what we will be braaiing…what’s on your menu?


Kamersvol “Awesomeness”

Just over a week ago, we visited the Kamersvol Geskenke event in Bloemfontein, and what a delight! It’s not often that an event like this comes to the Free State, and being an artsy-crafty type person myself, I was very appreciative of all the handmade goodies. Products ranged from clothing to ceramics and there was even a deli with dozens of deliciousness. Once we started tasting, there was no turning back and we left with bags full of ‘delicatessens’, of which come include dukkah, olive paste and the yummiest balsamic vinegar!

Kamersvol Geskenke Bloemfontein

The event was so much fun and so different than other expos or exhibitions I have attended in the past. I used to be an event organiser, so I have seen quite a lot before, but none like this. The atmosphere is just so different and I think it’s this that makes Kamersvol so unique. I couldn’t buy everything I wanted at the event, but luckily most of the products exhibited are on their online shop too! My “want” list is getting longer and longer…

Products from their online shop…

Make sure you don’t miss a Kamersvol event in your area!

Follow them on Twitter here and like them on Facebook here



Get you FREE Spekboom tomorrow!!

Arbour Week kicks off tomorrow, and Checkers is giving you the opportunity to change the environment for the better.

Giveaways start at 10am – make sure you get there early!



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