Seville is a city where the sun shines pretty much all year (apart from today where it has in fact been raining cats and dogs). And if you’re not careful, just by being out and about, you could end up with skin like a pair of dried-up leather boots. Particularly if you are blessed with a northern European complexion, as I am.
So being a sensible and sensitive lass, I tend to cream up every day, slathering my pale guiri face in SPF30. But more often than not, by the afternoon I find that most of the suncream has ended up in my eyeballs, bringing on a serious case of ‘panda eyes’, as I spend the next half an hour with tears streaming down my face.
It was clear my Captain Jack Sparrow black eyed look was down to a serious case of chemicals in my sun cream. So it seemed either I had to risk having a face like an old crone, or put up with eyes permeated with harsh chemicals. Neither of which particularly tickled my fancy.
So off I trotted in search of something more natural, and found myself at ‘Bien y Bio’ on Calle Regina. In spitting distance from the Setas (which to the uninitiated Seville visitor are the controversial modern architectural construction shaped like the bastard child of a mushroom and a waffle), this little emporium dedicated to organic cosmetic products seemed to promise a solution to my stingy eyed problem.
And they were not to disappoint as I left shortly after clutching a small tube of BioSolis, an Organic certified facial sun cream, which 5 months later is still going strong and I’m pleased to say, I’ve been panda-eye free ever since.
The shop itself is the baby of Leslie and Arturo who are true fonts of knowledge on all things related to organic beauty products. As well as the usual fodder of shampoos, body lotions and the like, they also stock natural make-up and organic baby products.
So if you’re concerned about what you’re putting on your skin (after all it is the body’s largest organ), go check them out!
Bien y Bio, Calle Regina 18