Natural Sunscreen Cheatsheet

SPF Natural Sun Screen

With all the hoopla about Vitamin D deficiency, melanoma, skin cancer, sun burns and more it’s no wonder everyone is SO confused about sun screens and how and when to use.  I did some research and found some great deals on what I consider safe and Natural Sun Screen with quality SPF’s.

Natural Sunscreen Lotions List:

(click on the product and buy it through Amazon, you don’t have to leave the house for these great deals…easy peezie)

Badger All Natural Sunscreen for Face & Body

  Protection: SPF 30+
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 18.75%

   Price: ~ $14.99
Reviews: Lissa says, ” I was looking for a good, natural sunscreen for my 8 month old daughter and I ordered this one even after reading that the other Badger sunscreens left baby’s face all white. This is not true! I even use it on my face and I do not look like a mime! It actually rubs in really well and does not leave my face all greasy. It is easy to apply on my baby and seems to protect her very well from the sun.

ThinkBaby (ThinkSport) SPF 30+ Sunscreen

Protection: SPF 30+
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 25%

Price: ~$16.00
Reviews: Nichole says, “ This is one of the best sunscreens all around. I have tried multiple sunscreen products from the EWG recommendation list and they are all horrible (california baby, badger). They are hard to spread and have a horrible odor. This one is great! It smells wonderful and spreads easily. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a safe version of sunscreen for their children.

 

Loving Naturals Sunscreen

Protection: SPF 30
Active Ingredient: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 24.8%
Price: ~ $10.00
Review:  Keisha says “I am always on the hunt or the safest most natural product I can find to use on myself & my family. I researched Loving Naturals on [...] to check the score (how safe it is to use on your body) & every procust by Loving Naturals came up 0-1 meaning low hazard. Right away I was sold on the company! I wanted to buy & try everything they made .”

 

Green Goddess Kids Natural Sunscreen

Protection: SPF 30
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide 6% and Zinc Oxide 6%
Price:: $20.99

Review: Susan “I absolutely LOVE Goddess Garden Sunscreen! Not greasy at all, and I can use it on my face and my body. Smells lovely…lavender!


Elemental Herbs Kids Sunscreen

Protection: Kids SPF 20
Active Ingredient: 25% non-nano Zinc Oxide
Price: ~ $8.99 – $19.39

Reviews:  Nancy says “I used the Elemental Herbs sunscreen for my kids when we went down to the beach last week. They loved it and it kept them protected without any sunburns! “

 

 

California Baby Everyday/Year-Round™ Sunscreen

   Protection: SPF 30+
Active Ingredient: Micronized Titanium Dioxide (CA Baby does not specify particle size)
Price: ~ $22.99
Reviews: Captinthreshold says: ” This sunscreen has no dangerous chemicals in it. The tube fits easily into your purse or beach bag and you don’t have to worry about the product running out of the container as this sunscreen is almost a cream-like consistency. A little goes a long way. One tube lasted my two kids and me a whole summer. It’s a little more expensive than your typical drugstore type sunscreen but the fact that it’s safe and doesn’t have a laundry list of chemicals in it makes it worth the $.”


 How We Formulated the List

To be approved for our natural sun screen  products needed to be free of Parabens, Phthalates, PEG’s, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, SLS and a bevy of other chemicals I won’t bother listing.  The sun screen ingredient we avoid is the synthetic chemical oxybenzone.  Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals when exposed to the sun which are harmful.

Please follow the directions on your sunscreen to ensure proper protection.

Lastly, I am no scientist, chemist, or doctor.  However based on my research I believe in these products.  But please do your own research too.  This list is not complete, if you would like to add on of your favorites please do so in the comments section.

Non-stick Coating Introduced for Food Packaged in Glass Bottles

Non-stick Coating in Glass Ketchup Bottles

Ok, so, I thought we concluded that glass containers were the safest bet for our food.  Thanks to MIT engineers….it might not be…

According to FastCompany, a group of MIT engineers is developing a new condiment lubricant that makes the inside of both plastic and glass bottles so slippery, nothing is left inside.  They report that LiquiGlide will relieve us of the inconvenient pounding currently required for ketchup containers, as well save a lot of wasted food.

Awesome, I like to save food, I’m on board!  Oh, errr….ummm….wait a minute.  We don’t know what it’s made from.

While the team “stuck” with food safe, FDA approved materials, they aren’t sharing exactly what they are.  So if LiquiGlide takes off as predicted, we’ll be burdened with researching sauces and jellies packaged in glass in order to avoid another unknown, proprietary chemical.  Hmpf.

The garden is looking sounding better everyday.

12 Ways Stay At Home Moms Can Save Money

As a stay at home mom (some would say I am a Work at Home Mom- my kids say Momma- pick your poison), I do everything in my power to spend as little money as possible on a daily basis. I feel like this is the least I can do for my family in exchange for the privilege of being at home with my children.  I know many SAHM feel this way, though I’m pretty confident that working Mom’s want to do the same for their family too.  Alright then, Moms (and Dad’s, we share the love here) let’s talk about saving!

Top 12 Ways Stay At Home Moms Can Save Money

Part Of Our List System

1.  Make LIST!  Write down everything you’d like to buy and do with your money.  Keep a master list for house and garden projects.  One for children buys.  And of course a grocery list.  As things you need to buy pop into mind write them down.  I have different note books that I keep in my kitchen drawer to write things down.  (We also keep a “to do” book).

2. Prioritize.  It’s important to be cautious with your money.  One way to do this is to look through your lists and figure out what’s the most important thing to buy and when.  For example, if an organic diet is important to you, go for it, just make sure you have enough for the house payment too.

3. Budget. So now you have an idea on what you need to buy, now it’s time to work those items into your monthly budget.  When making your budget, include ALL of your monthly bills.  You want to make sure you first pay for home, food, and utility bills.  Once all the bills are pay you can assign those extra dollars to items on your list. (Like retirement and education accounts).  If you have a lot of debt you should think about paying extra on that.

4.  Don’t Use Credit Cards. Speaking of debt.  Stay out of it.  Cut those credit cards in half and put them in the trash.

5.  Use Cloth Diapers.  The up front cost of these are a little pricy, about $17 a diaper.  (Put them on “the list” and you’ll be able to work it out in your monthly budget).  Cloth diapers are a great way to save in your monthly budget and to help the environment.

6. Go to the Library.  Children LOVE this simple act of just going and checking out a book.  It’s a great free activity for children that really helps in their long term learning.  Plus, it a great way to meet other people in your community!

Where's The Food?

7. Grocery Shop ALONE!  Yeah- I said it!  Momma’s, do your grocery shopping alone (at least once a month).  What fuels your family is SO important, and thus purchasing those items is truly an act of love, but it takes concentration.  Of course you’ll shop armed with a very detailed list and a strict money budget, and that takes concentration.

8. Be A Mom2Mom Sale Shopper. Learn when the great Mom2Mom sales are in your area.  Plan out your monthly budget to reflect a little second hand shopping.  In the spring time I usually hit one or two Mom2Mom Sales to purchase summer clothes and winter jackets for the children.  Expect to get their new wardrobe for about half what you’d pay retail.  Also, there are great deals on toys here too!

9. Play At Parks.  Ok, so this one may seem like a no brainier.  But this is a great way to get out of the house, meet other, and stay connected to other Moms.  You can pack a lunch and have a picnic.  It’s great for exercise, play and imagination too.

10. Save A Little For The Holidays. Figure out who you plan to purchase gifts for during the holiday season.  Assign each person a dollar amount.  Tally that up.  I always add $200-$300 in my calculations for gift wrap and unexpected items.  Get your grand total and divide it by 12 months.  Put that cash away every month in a special “Holiday Money” wallet.  Then when Black Friday comes around you can hit the stores with cash rather than a credit card!

11. Mind Games. I have three children.  That means I have a lot of college tuition, weddings and what-nots to pay for in the future.  Before I purchase ANYTHING I ask myself is this more important than my children’s future?  I DARE YOU to try this.  Before you place $50 serving plate into your cart ask yourself  ”How will this help my family’s future?  Is this more important than my child’s education”.  I bet you end up with a light cart and a fat bank account.

In no way am I saying that you should NEVER EVER buy anything fun.  But just make sure it lines up with your budget and future goals.  And only do it once in a great while.  ;-)

Attachment Parenting, Time’s Magazine.

Here is a GREAT clip about what is actually in that ole Time Magazine’s  Breastfeeding issue.  ”Data has shown that a kid who is wanted and loved is really a good thing”.

The clip outlines attachment parenting as the following: Breastfeeding, Baby Wearing and co-sleeping.  My family participates in all of these activities, plus cloth diapering and some other crunchy momma stuff.  I guess it’s official  then, I am Crunchy Momma.  Let’s explore that some more in this blog.