Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safe Sunscreens 2017-EWG

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It's summertime and that means it's time to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But how do you know if your sunscreen is safe? There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! I always go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient.

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas, high SPF sunscreens because they are misleading plus they can cause skin irritation and sunscreens containing oxybenzone which is a hormone disrupting chemical and retinyl palmitate which is a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin.

Products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. The sunscreens are rated individually. A brand name will have different products with different scores. 

The EWG's 2017 Guide to Sunscreens


Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:


Alba Botanica has 4 sunscreens scoring 2s. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.


All Good 7 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a 1s. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored 1s. They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Babo Botanicals 3 of their sunscreens scored 1s. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 9 of their sunscreens scored a 1s. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored 1s and 1 scored a 2. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a 1s. Available on their online store.


Deter made the list this year! Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. It scored a 1. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.


Goddess Garden 12 of these organic sunscreens scored a 1. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 
Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores 1s. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!


Kiss my Face 2 of their sunscreens scored 1s and 2 scored 2s. They are easy to find in drug stores, super stores and health food stores. Also on their site.

JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a 1. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 


Ocean Potion 1 of their products Ocean Potion Protect & Renew Face Ultra Sheer Sunscreen, SPF 35 scored a 2. Find it in drug and superstores including Target and Walgreens and on their site.


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