Natural & KID SAFE Sunscreens Worth Buying (Or Not Buying)

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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All the sunscreens tested on my sons arm….

All the sunscreens tested on my sons arm….

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! (NOT ALL I TALK ABOUT ARE IN THE PHOTO BELOW)

Let’s jump in….

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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



badger sunscreen / realistic plant-based mama review


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)



cerave sunscreen / realistic plant based mama

3. CeraVe

PROS: Great to apply, lightweight, great for sensitive skin, easy to find in store

CONS: Not perfectly clean but scores a 2 on

PRICE: around $14.99 for the baby version, regular version is around $23 on Amazon for a two pack.



blue lizard sunscreen / realistic plant based mama review

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, 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: <- sensitive skin 5oz bottle <- face sunscreen 3oz tube


Goddess Garden Sunscreen Spray / realistic plant-based mama reviews

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



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BRANDs I would like to try


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

What (natural preferred) sunscreen do you use? Share and leave a link in the comments!