Friday, June 3, 2011

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Living Green With Jerinda: Sunbow Natural Sunscreen for Kids

If you’re a natural and/or chemical-free momma like me, you’ve probably looked for and even tried all-natural children’s sunscreen before. If you have, you know that it can be very pricey and sometimes it doesn’t work well or leaves children feeling greasy and slippery. Sunbow was nice enough to send me some of their hypoallergenic sunscreens to try out, and I was glad to do it. Sunbow sunscreens go on in color, but dry clear, for thorough application, they don’t stain clothes, are water-resistant, Pediatrician tested and recommended, paba-free, SPF 30, and made in the USA. Plus, they are very fairly priced at $12.99 a bottle, a decent price for this form of sunscreen. Another added bonus in kid’s eyes would be that they feature favorite Nickelodeon characters Dora the Explorer or Spongebob Squarepants on the bottle. They also have a really nice face stick that makes applying face sunscreen a breeze!

Our weather hasn’t been cooperating for a good UVA/UVB protection analysis on them yet, but I’ve tried them to the best of my ability and had good results. They do set in well and don’t leave a residue and I like the price and most of the ingredients are safe. They do contain benzyl alcohol, known for neurotoxicity, and zinc oxide, which is a questionable ingredient in the natural-living world because of organ system toxicity and enhanced absorption (thus why they set in so well), but some people could overlook that. I, personally, would only use this sunscreen limitedly on my children because of these ingredients and because Environmental Working Group, a site I use frequently for checking chemical levels in children’s products, gave it a ‘3’ rating because of its moderate health hazard. Overall, that’s very good, but for my children I’d want something a little better rated. I would, however, use this sunscreen on myself and not fear the dangers of it, as it really does rate better than most mainstream sunscreens.

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Thank you to Sunbow for providing complimentary product samples for us to base this review upon.