Let’s talk about Natural sunscreens.
When I was pregnant for the very first time (and then again when my son was born) finding the BEST NATURAL SUNSCREEN was a main focus.
I had to find the perfect sunscreen for me and my kids – something I could stand by and support and feel good about.
I researched and learned what I needed to avoid but I had no idea which brands were ACTUALLY good and not just all talk.
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So over the years I have tried a bunch. As expected, each brand comes with it’s own pros and cons — and I’m here to share them with you!
Let’s jump in….
Each product I will break down the pros and cons as well as rating it 0-5 stars. (5 being the best) I hope you find this helpful!
1. BALM! Baby
This is the first sunscreen I bought when my son was born. It seemed like the perfect product being in a convenient stick (and cardboard container at that!) but it was less than desirable.
PROS: Non-nano zinc oxide, no crazy smell, works well as a physical sunscreen, vegan
CONS: SUPER difficult to apply (it’s a very sticky and thick sunscreen), not budget friendly, not easy to find, kids fight me when applying.
PRICE: $11.99 – $15.99 depending on store
FINAL OPINION: ☆☆
2. BADGER KIDS
We used this for a full summer and felt it was a better option than BALM! Baby but here is how it breaks down.
PROS: Non-nano zinc oxide, smells nice, works well as a physical sunscreen, easy to apply, easy to find, kids don’t mind it.
CONS: Thick product, leaves a white cast on your skin, contains beeswax (so not vegan)
FINAL OPINION: ☆☆☆☆
PROS: Great to apply, lightweight, great for sensitive skin, easy to find in store
CONS: Not perfectly clean but scores a 2 on ewg.org.
PRICE: around $14.99 for the baby version, regular version is around $23 on Amazon for a two pack.
FINAL OPINION: ☆☆☆☆
4. Blue Lizard ☆TOP CHOICE☆
This is a newer to us product and so far it’s been great!
PROS: Easy to apply, great packaging (changes color when UV rays hit it), scores 1 on ewg.org, easy for kids to help rub it in.
CONS: not vegan (contains beeswax), pricey compared to chemical main stream sunscreen.
PRICE: around $14.99 for 5oz
LINK: https://amzn.to/2Itsrmb <- sensitive skin 5oz bottle
https://amzn.to/2MBB03P <- face sunscreen 3oz tube
FINAL OPINION: ☆☆☆☆☆
5. Goddess garden organics (SPRAY)
This product was one that we tried because we had an Ibotta rebate. I was excited to try a natural spray sunscreen and this one was available at our local grocery store so I bought it. Here’s how it played out….
PROS: Active ingredients that I approve of, non-aerosol can, works well as a sunscreen
CONS: Stained everything. (maybe the new formula is different) I made the mistake of spraying this on my son while he was in his (black) stroller and it left a white stain on his stroller for months. It was impossible to wash out. This makes the spray function a little silly. You still need to rub it in vigorously so it’s quite time consuming.
PRICE: around $17.99
FINAL OPINION: ☆☆☆☆
5 BRANDs I would like to try
Hellobello mineral sunscreen – 2020 UPDATE – I tried this for the kids and it was awesome. We would definitely buy it again.
I hope this list helps you make a decision on a sunscreen for summer 2019! All are available on Amazon and are linked above. Thanks for reading!
Be sure to share with a friend who might need some extra sunscreen guidance.
PS: For a list of the cleanest sunscreens, check out EWG.org.
What (natural preferred) sunscreen do you use? Share and leave a link in the comments!
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2 thoughts on “Natural & Kid-Safe Sunscreens Reviewed”
I also love Blue Lizard – but this year I decided to try the new Hello Bello sunscreen and I LOVE IT! It’s a little cheaper than Blue Lizard and works phenomenally (plus it smells really good too). I rarely change sunscreens because I am very allergic to most generic sunscreens, but I am so glad I stepped out of my usual because Hello Bello is my new fav (for our whole family, not just Elle)!
I haven’t had a chance to try anything from Hello Bello yet! I’m gonna have to go find some! (is it still only available at walmart? Looks like I have a road trip coming soon! ha)