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May 29, 2012

thinkbaby Sunscreen Review

I love the sun. I love summer. I love feeling the heat on my skin...I love living in the south! sigh. And, if you know me in real life, you know I hate sunscreen. It's so bad (my hatred for it, that is). I do NOT want my children to grow up with this mentality though! And it's hard. There are two camps. The "you will die from skin cancer if the sun touches your skin" camp, and then there's the "the sun is so good for you" camp. I guess I fall in the middle when it comes to my children (I'm too stubborn to leave the 2nd camp for myself) ;-) I know how important it is to get our Vitamin D from the sun, and blocking that can do damage. But I also feel that too much exposure (mostly at the heat of the day) is not a good thing, and we need to be mindful.

And then, there's all the chemicals included with so many sunscreens/sunblocks. I shudder thinking about it! The thinkbaby website says it best, and reinforces why it is so important to think long and hard about the sunscreen you are choosing for your family: 
The majority of sunscreens currently on the market are full of questionable ingredients and known carcinogens. Simply looking at the ingredients you’ll quickly realize you don’t recognize any of them. Many existing sunscreens have been brought to market with little concern for their safety. Not only do ingredients in sunscreen interact with skin, but data shows after application of lotions, some of the same chemicals can be detected in the bloodstream. Most people wear sunscreen to reduce the chance of developing cancer, so why apply something that could potentially increase this risk?

I've been on a mission over the past few years to find something that was safe for my children, as I strive to teach them about sun safety. I came across thinkbaby sunscreen and they were kind enough to allow me to review their sunscreen! (which is now SPF 50+)

I was hesitant because I know, as with many sunscreens that are more natural, they go on so thick and white, and are hard to rub in - kids don't want to wait for that! While thinkbaby does go on white, it rubs in a lot more quickly than other sunscreens we've tried.

The thinkbaby ingredient list is awesome and totally pronounceable (well the common names are, haha!) -
  • Zinc oxide SPF 30+ (non-nano)
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Whole leaf aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • Avocado oil (Persea gratissmima)
  • Wild carrot (Daucus carota)
  • Jojoba seed oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • Olive oil
  • L-arginine
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
  • Orange peel wax (Citrus aurantium dulcis)
  • Beeswax
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Cornstarch (Zea mays)
  • Carrageenan (sourced from kelp)
For 2012, thinkbaby received a score of 1 on the EWG Sunscreen Guide (lower is better in this case!) and even made the Top Sunscreen List!

There is SO much information about thinkbaby on this one page of their website. I highly encourage you to spend a few minutes reading and learning!

So, my thoughts? It worked really well - I was thoroughly impressed! I didn't really know what to expect (I did expect it to work, haha) but it definitely exceeded my expectations. thinkbaby did a fantastic job of protecting the skin of my little guys. 
  • My oldest has very fair skin (is it mean to call him pale?) ;-) And usually burns - no matter the sunscreen we try, but has so far stayed burn-free this spring (here in NC, we've had warm/hot weather for months). We tried it at the beach this past weekend, and again, I was really impressed. His shoulders did get burnt really bad, but I realized (after the fact) that I didn't put thinkbaby there - he was wearing a t-shirt and I got his chest/back/face, just missed his shoulders...opps!
  • My middle son has my skin and just tans ;-) 
  • And my youngest has fairer skin, but very sensitive skin, and I was pleased that thinkbaby didn't cause him to break out into a rash, or irritate his skin in any way!
For me, I love that thinkbaby doesn't really have a scent (I don't like when things smell and they don't need to!) For thinkbaby, that tells me that the only things in it, are things that are needed - nothing extra - and I like (and appreciate) that!

We are looking forward to enjoying the rest of this summer (and future summers!) protecting our skin with thinkbaby!

What about you - have you made the switch to a more natural sunscreen? What are your thoughts, especially if you've tried thinkbaby?

You can find thinkbaby on the following social networks:
thinkbaby on Facebook
thinkbaby on Twitter

Disclaimer: I received 1 bottle of thinkbaby sunscreen in exchange for this review. All opinions are honest and my own. You may have a different experience.


.:karen:. said...

I'm so glad you posted this with the link to the EWG site! I had actually just come home from the store with a few Alba ones and looked them up when I saw your post. Turns out the ones I got were in the 3-4 range. They did have one that was a 2 so I returned the others and picked up that one. Also glad to know that the other couple I have are 1's and I was looking at Thinkbaby to try as well. But I grabbed the EWG app and have directed several others to the site. Very helpful!

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