Can’t I Screen The Sun AND Toxins?

July 5, 2010

Last week my daughter and I were packing to go out of town for the 4th (woo hoo!), and I told her to grab our sunscreen. Then I thought “Sunscreen. That’s something I haven’t even though to swap out yet. Crap.” Sure enough, when she brought the sunscreen to me it contained propylene glycol, parabens, and synthetic fragrance. Super. So I ran out to our local ROSS (I know what you’re thinking – “Ross? For sunscreen?” Yes! I have written a post about how ROSS often contains great natural products, at a reduced price.) Well lucky for me, ROSS came through for me this time as well.

I was actually able to find 2 different sunscreens to try, and they were each marked down for only $1.99! Yah baby! Here’s what we used this past weekend:

  • Alba Botanica SUN Kids 30+ SPF: Active ingredients – octinoxate 7.5%, oxybenzone 6%, homosalate 5%, octisalate 5%, avobenzone 3%. Other ingredients include aloe vera, lavender extract, chamomile extract, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and calendula. The ingredients are 100% vegetarian. It is not tested on animals. It is water resistant, and offers both UVA and UVB protection. My daughter and I both like this sunscreen. It has a great consistency – not so thick that you can’t rub it in, but also not so thin that you feel like you’re not even getting any sun protection, and it was really effective.
  • Alba Botanica SUN Sport 32 SPF: Active ingredients – octinoxate 7.5%, oxybenzone 6%, homosalate 5%, octisalate 5%, avobenzone 3%. Other ingredients include aloe vera, lavender extract, chamomile extract, ginkgo biloba, calendula, and green tea extract. The ingredients are 100% vegetarian. It is not tested on animals. It is water resistant and provides both UVA and UVB protection. Uh… so how is it different from the Kids version? Good question. When I got them home and realized they were pretty much identical, I had to scan the ingredients lists again to find the difference, which is when I realized the Kids version has parfum (fragrance) and the Sport does not. Oink. Not sure why they put parfum (read ‘God knows how many unidentified chemicals’) in the Kids version, since their little bodies are even more susceptible as they’re still developing. If I had noticed that at the store, I only would have purchased the Sport kind, since otherwise they are essentially the same. The Sport sunscreen also has a great consistency, it is also very effective, and it also smells really good. So the parfum addition is really unnecessary in the other.

All in all, they are both good sunscreens. I recommend the Alba Botanica Sport over the Alba Botanica Kids, simply because the Kids contains fragrance. I was really impressed with the effectiveness of both though. But on a side note, I am realizing how difficult it is to find body products that do not contain synthetic fragrance – even in healthier, more natural brands!

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4 Responses to Can’t I Screen The Sun AND Toxins?

  1. Brendon M says:

    I’m interested in what you think about this list I saw today on Yahoo homepage:
    http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/sunscreens-to-avoid-2488130/

    • Katherine says:

      I think it’s a great list! I typically trust the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In fact, they have a database called Skin Deep that I like, which is a Cosmetics Safety Database. It is a great tool for testing how toxic/clean your beauty products are. (Skin Deep)

  2. Brendon M says:

    I just learned about sunscreen detergent which is supposed to make your clothes (like your outdoor, workout clothes) more sun-protective and last for multiple washes. Do you know anything?
    https://sunguardsunprotection.com/?ccUser=

    • Katherine says:

      I haven’t heard of Sun Guard before, but checked it out and it sounds pretty good. Shoot, I’m all for things that aid in sun protection! It contains Tinosorb FD, which is a chemical suncreen that adheres to fabric, and absorbs UV rays. However, I read a review on Amazon where a guy was disappointed when he received his Sun Guard, because the package said it only works on cotton or cotton-blend clothing, which he didn’t know before ordering. He cycles, so spends a lot of time in the sun (which is why he wanted it), but couldn’t use it on his active gear because it’s mostly made of polyester, nylon, or lycra. I can’t confirm this though, because I haven’t seen a box in person.

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