The Solmate Journal

Support Local: The Benefits of Choosing Australian-Made

Support Local: The Benefits of Choosing Australian-Made

In a world where you can buy just about anything from anywhere, it's worth considering where your purchases come from. Choosing Aussie-made products isn't just about waving the flag, so in case you...

Why Reusables Are The Future

Why Reusables Are The Future

Does it seem too extreme if we say reusables can stand as beacons of hope, illuminating a path towards a brighter, more sustainable future?! Ok, maybe a bit much! But let’s talk about how reusable...

Graphics of 4 sunscreen bottles in the Solmates Refillable Sunscreen Applicator colours (blue, orange, yellow and pink)

Solmates and Your Sunscreen

We always wanted our Solmate applicator to be sunscreen-agnostic because it meant that it would fit easily into your life. We get a lot of questions about what type of sunscreens work in our Solmat...

Meet the Solmates team ☀️ Mitchell Brown

Meet the Solmates team ☀️ Mitchell Brown

Meet the Solmates team – a tight-knit crew who are passionate about sun protection and sustainability. Curious about who created your favourite refillable sunscreen applicator? Get ready for a snea...

Explore With Solmates ☀️ Trancoso, Brazil

Explore With Solmates ☀️ Trancoso, Brazil

In our next instalment of Explore With Solmates, we thought we would shine the light on one of our favourite places - a bit further afield this time! You will find the beautiful 16th Century town ...

Solmates stars in the Good Weekend

Solmates stars in the Good Weekend

"Every so often, a product so blindingly simple and, at the same time, so fiendishly clever lands on our desk that we can't help but fall a little bit in love. And so it was with these gorgeous li...

A More Sustainable Back To School

A More Sustainable Back To School

School holidays are reaching their final weeks and many of you (like us!) might be starting on the back to school list of to dos!  And if you are anything like us, you might be trying to be more s...

And that's a wrap for 2023!

And that's a wrap for 2023!

2023 has been an amazing year for Solmates Australia and we really couldn’t have done it without you, our lovely customers and community. Your loyalty and support have allowed us to grow, learn and...

Sun Safety for Kids

Sun Safety for Kids

Protecting young children from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is important not only for avoiding immediate consequences like painful sunburns, but also for reducing the risk of skin cancer later in ...

A Co-Founder Chat with the Shape the System Podcast

A Co-Founder Chat with the Shape the System Podcast

Solmates co-founders, Caroline Farrer and Kelly Riley, recently sat down with Vincent Turner on the Shape the System podcast for a wide-ranging chat about building a sustainable business and tackli...

Explore with Solmates ☀️ Mallorca, Spain

Explore with Solmates ☀️ Mallorca, Spain

Next up on Explore with Solmates we thought a fabulous European destination might come in handy if you are chasing that sunshine!

Sunscreen in Winter

Sunscreen in Winter

As the chilly winter season approaches, it's time to break out the cosy sweaters, sip on hot cocoa, and plan for some winter fun. But wait a minute! Don't forget about an essential companion for yo...

10 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel

10 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel

Are you planning a trip soon to escape the Australian winter sun? Keen for the change of scene but worried about the broader impact of your travels? If so, we have some simple sustainable travel ti...

Solmates & The Circular Economy

Solmates & The Circular Economy

The circular economy is a way of thinking about how we use resources in a more sustainable and efficient manner. In a traditional linear economy, we take resources from the earth, make products ou...

Easy Ways To Be Eco Friendly

Easy Ways To Be Eco Friendly

Do you want to be more sustainable in your daily life but not sure where to start? At Solmates we believe little changes can have a big impact so we have pulled a few ideas together to get you on y...

A Solmate Tip: Cleaning Your Solmate

A Solmate Tip: Cleaning Your Solmate

We say this often because it is important …. your Solmate should be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis!! Luckily, it is very easy to clean! Just follow these simple steps .....

Sustainable in the Sun!

Sustainable in the Sun!

We started Solmates Australia because we wanted to be more sustainable with our sun care regime and there are a lot of things to consider when trying to be more sustainable in your sun care choices...

Explore with Solmates ☀️ Margaret River

Explore with Solmates ☀️ Margaret River

At Solmates, we love nothing better than exploring new places and revisiting old ones we love. So we thought we would take the time to share some of our favourites with you. And to kick it off is a...

The beach in sunshine with a large beach umbrella in the corner

Sun Care Basics

Sometimes all the sun care advice and products can seem overwhelming so we thought it was important to break down some basic need-to-know sun care info. Hopefully this will make it easier for you t...

So what exactly is Ocean Bound Plastic?

So what exactly is Ocean Bound Plastic?

Did you know our Solmate applicators are made of certified Ocean Bound Plastic? We probably shout about it enough but thought we should explain what Ocean Bound Plastic  (OBP) actually is!

Restoring forests and offsetting carbon

Restoring forests and offsetting carbon

When we started Solmates we were determined to consider the full cost to the planet of us doing business. And a big part of that is offsetting our carbon emissions. 

Less Plastic! More Fantastic!

Less Plastic! More Fantastic!

Less Plastic! More Fantastic! Who wouldn't want that? We have partnered with leading environmental organisation, Plastic Bank, to reduce the amount of plastic waste before it even hits our oceans. 

New Australian Design Exhibition sign at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum’s New Australian Design Exhibition

The Solmate refillable sunscreen applicator is now featured in the New Australian Design exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney.

Solmates wins Good Design Award

Solmates wins Good Design Award

We still can’t quite believe it - the Solmate refillable sunscreen applicator has won a Good Design Award - even before it has been officially released!