Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Smell you later, Polar Vortex; the sun is finally out!  When the weather gets hotter, we depend on the following two products for sun and insect protection:

1.) Badger Baby's sunscreen cream with non-nano zinc oxide.  Since this is a natural sunscreen, part of its protection is based on it creating an actual barrier between your child and the sun so it does not absorb quickly into the skin like a chemical-based sunscreen, and will show white streaks.  I'd rather have that purely cosmetic issue than have phthalates and other chemicals we try to avoid absorbed into my children's skin.  You can read more about Badger Baby here.

2.) California Baby's Bug Repellent is a DEET-free, chemical-free spray.  We have only used this product a couple times but it provided adequate protection for our needs.  You can read more about it here.

Both products are available at Whole Foods, or online at Amazon or Vitacost.  Target carries a good variety of California Baby products as well and oftentimes has the bug repellent in stock.

 Update: Badger recalled some of their sunscreens earlier this year and will come out with a reformulated version next year.  From their website it seems that only their sunscreen lotions were recalled, not the creams, but this may be something you want to consider before purchasing their product.  I am a little shaken by the recall even though we don't have the sunscreen lotion.  Here are some more options from SafeMama.

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