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#28–Sunscreen without chemicals June 9, 2008

Filed under: healthy baby,healthy home — michelleodonoghue @ 3:26 pm
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I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while but worried about the controversial nature of this topic. There is widespread concern by many of us chemical-free people that regular sunscreens are causing more harm than good. Sunscreens are laden with chemicals that do protect us and our kids from the sun, but at the same time are toxic to our bloodstreams. Scary and startling statistics continue to show that cancer rates are rising in children–if we are all so religious about sun protection then why is this happening??

Parabens, fragrances, and dioxins are used as preservatives and softeners in the sunscreen but the negative side effects are not worth it, especially since there are now some great chemical free sunscreens. I’ve been a self designated “tester” for the last few years and have found a few I like. Recently a good friend sent a link to one that I absolutley LOVE! it goes on smooth and stays on in the water (and its adult friendly too):

  • Kiss My Face –this is the one I LOVE, it goes on as a spray( kids go crazy for this), it stays on, and it rubs in evenly (bottle made out of recycled plastic and can be recycled again), haven’t seen it in the stores yet, but I ordered three bottles online and they came within 3 days.
  • UV Baby — haven’t tried it, but all the right ingredients
  • California Baby— I really like their selection as well, and these can be found in whole foods and some other supermarkets

3 Responses to “#28–Sunscreen without chemicals”

  1. Alison Says:

    I’ve been using California Baby and have become a big fan…starts off pretty white and thick at first, but then blends in fairly quickly…and it has no sticky residue or annoying fragrance!

  2. kathryn dennett Says:

    hey! we use burts bees, which is pretty thick and hard to spread but works immediately once applied, and it was pretty pricy.
    also we use aubrey or alba. just throwing some other options out there.

  3. Heather Says:

    We switched to California Baby this Summer after we realized that most sunscreens, even many of the most natural, are not gluten free. I love California Baby for the depth of coverage, as well as the fact that a little bit goes a very long way. We researched all of the sunscreens available on the Environmental Working Group website (, and we found that to be a valuable source of research on the subject. This is an excellent site, and I applaud you for getting the word out on a variety of important subjects.

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