I’m back! After a month of two vacations and a new job it’s safe to say my May/June was super busy. We took a trip to Florida for one of my college roommate’s wedding at St. Pete Beach. It actually sparked a researching project for me….natural baby sunscreen.
**ATTENTION: I am not a doctor. I am just a mom researching information about this product and its ingredients and providing you with my review. I recommend talking to a professional if you have any questions.**
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Everything today seems to have a million different ingredients, most that I cannot pronounce or have any idea what it is. I am just dipping my toe in the water of going natural in products I use. I figure the less chemicals I let absorb into my body, or my family’s, the better right? After looking up different products let me tell you it isn’t that much more expensive….if at all! So when it was time to search for a sunscreen for my 9 month old I went on the hunt. It had to be a high SPF because we were going to Florida, preferably not chalky, smells good, and works.
I literally typed in natural sunscreen and begun my search. After reading ingredients, reviews, and looking at prices I found Thinkbaby. I LOVE this sunscreen. I even use it on myself. This stuff not only works, it smells good, and goes on so well. It doesn’t take too much effort to blend in and is not oily at all.
They don’t test on animals, have environmentally safe packaging which does not contain BPA, is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, paraben free, is a member of the Safe Cosmetics Campaign Compact, gluten free, and is made in the USA. You can grab a bottle of it here.
So now I’m like…okay I like it how natural is it. We all know advertising lies a lot and so while I looked at the ingredients I did not go one by one before purchasing, but I’ll do that today for you! I will summarize and say that I was not alarmed by any of these ingredients. When I get more into the natural scene I may research some a little more, but for just starting I am happy with this choice!
Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nano) – This ingredient is in a lot of sunscreens. It’s safer than one that’s chemical based (obviously), but I honestly didn’t know that until I researched. The key thing to look for is nano vs non-nano. After researching, nano particles will absorb into your blood stream while non-nano will not. Thinkbaby for the win with non-nano!
PURIFIED WATER – no harm here
ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE – The juice from an aloe vera plant.
CAPRIC CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDES– Helps the product penetrate the skin and be absorbed. The FDA considers it safe and testing has showed very low toxicity.
SORBITAN STEARATE (COCONUT BASED) – A mix of sorbitol and stearic acid. From what I can find they are both naturally occurring and it is just used to keep ingredients mixed together that would normally separate.
PINE WOOD RESIN – Secretion from pine trees. Definitely naturally occurring.
VEGETABLE GLYCERIN – Produced from plant oils by using pressure, temperature and water. Nothing sounds too harmful here.
CETYL DIMETHICONE – This is a silicon-based ingredient that helps create the water barrier. The FDA and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel have both considered it safe.
HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL – This is just castor oil mixed with hydrogen to create a waxy substance. It helps reduce the offensive smell pure castor oil can have. Plus it helps with texture, melting point, and the shelf-life. It is considered safe.
MAGNESIUM SULFATE (EPSOM SALT) – Salt isn’t bad for us.
SUNFLOWER OIL – Natural and delicious for cooking
JOJOBA OIL – Oil from the Jojoba plant which is native to Southern Arizona, Southern California, and Northwestern Mexico. Plant oil is safe.
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C) – This is an isolated nutrient found in Vitamin C.
TOCOPHEROLS (VITAMIN E) – A form of Vitamin E normally derived from vegetable oils and acts as an antioxidant.
OLIVE OIL – Yep, natural.
RASPBERRY SEED OIL – Oil from a raspberry seed. Okay by me!
CRANBERRY SEED OIL – I may not like to eat cranberries, but the oil from the seed works for me.
HYALURONIC ACID (MADE FROM VEGETABLE) – It is a substance that is naturally found in our bodies. I’m not 100% sure how they make it from vegetables, but if it’s a substance naturally occurring in us I don’t see how harmful it can be.
GLUCOSE & GLUCOSE OXIDASE AND LACTOPEROXIDASE – Lactoperoxidase is a naturally present in raw milk. It is a reaction of glucose with oxygen in the presence of the enzyme glucose oxidase. Again, naturally occurring can’t be too harmful for us.
PAPAYA – Fruit is natural.