My family has taken a lot of vacations over the years, and discovered a lot of places to love. And one of the most fun-filled trips we ever took was to beautiful California. When people think of California, places like Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Napa Valley wine region tend to spring to mind. But […]
This summer, I had the chance to test out the brand new Banana Boat Natural Reflect sunscreen on my boys and I was so excited that a large commercial brand was offering a natural alternative to chemical sunscreens. While I’ve already shared my review of Banana Boat Natural Reflect sunscreen, I wanted to hear from you too, and Banana Boat very generously offered 25 of my readers the chance to review the sunscreen as well! Now, the reviews are in!
The fact that it was a natural product was a big hit with almost everyone that reviewed the sunscreen, whether they were using it on themselves or their children. As an added plus, readers found that the product lasted all day and resisted water well, something that any parent can appreciate!
I love that it is an all-natural product, which makes me feel a lot better about putting it on my child. There are so many chemicals in products now and this formula really put my mind at ease. I love that it is SPF 50 rather than SPF 30 like many products on the market.
Today is Sunscreen Protection Day and I have to admit that as much as I understand the importance of sun safety, I am leery about some commercial sunscreens. I don’t like exposing my boys to harsh chemicals any more than I have to and since there are great natural sunscreens available, I prefer using them when possible. So when I learned that Banana Boat had a brand new naturally sourced sunscreen available, I was thrilled. I recently got the chance to be one of the first in Canada to test out new Banana Boat Natural Reflect Kids sunscreen and since the boys and I were getting ready to jet off to sunny California, the timing couldn’t have been better.
The weather in California was just as warm and wonderful as I could have hoped for and I knew we’d be making good use of the sunscreen on the trip. The boys actually use less than I do for the most part since their t-shirts and wide-brimmed hats just leave their arms and legs exposed to the sun. Since I prefer tank tops, my shoulders tend to get a lot of sun in the course of a day and I actually forgot my sunscreen and burned them a bit on our first day in Disneyland! After that, I made sure to apply our sunscreen every morning before we left the hotel. [Read more…]
Regular readers of my blog may recall that when it comes to sunscreen, I have some very strong opinions. I have a powerful dislike of commercial chemical-based sunscreens and the more I hear about the potentially harmful cocktail of ingredients they contain, the more my dislike increases.
I have never really worried about wearing sunscreen and my oldest son has quite a dark complexion so unless we were going to be outside for the entire day I didn’t really use sunscreen at all. But when my youngest son was born and I saw his pale skin I had no choice but to find a product that I felt comfortable using to protect him from burning.
Fortunately, there are so many sensational natural products available today that I wasn’t even limited in my choices. I have tried a few chemical-free sunscreens since my son’s birth and I am always excited to see the newest natural sunscreen on the market so I was delighted when I got to test the brand new organic SPF 30 sunscreen from Green Beaver.
I’ve featured Green Beaver’s incredible organic personal care products in the past and the new line of sun care products looked like it would be just as wonderful as the other products I had tried. I couldn’t wait to see how the sunscreen worked for my family.
I received the Green Beaver Certified Organic SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen to review. The active ingredient is good old-fashioned zinc oxide, which provides the powerful sun protection. The main downside of using zinc oxide is that it tends to leave a visible white residue so I was glad to see that the Green Beaver sunscreen was non-whitening. I decided to test the sunscreen out on the boys and myself on one of Saskatchewan’s especially hot May afternoons.
The sunscreen was a nice medium thickness and not too goopy. I appreciated the fact that the sunscreen actually absorbed into my skin. It left a slightly sticky residue on my skin, but almost all sunscreens do and I certainly don’t mind the feeling as long as my skin is protected. The sunscreen left a shine on my arms and legs that I actually really loved. My glistening skin almost looked as if I had used a body shimmer powder!
The boys both rubbed sunscreen on their exposed skin happily, though Benjamin did need a bit of help rubbing it into his arms. They wiped their hands on an old towel and the three of us headed outside to play.
My entire household is very outdoorsy and if my two sons had their way, they would be outside from the moment they woke up until the moment they fell into bed. They spent the entire afternoon bouncing on the trampoline, swinging on the swings and running around the yard. When they finally came into the house, they were exhausted, but no darker than they had been when they went outside!
My arms had withstood the sun just as well and I loved the fact that I had such a great natural sunscreen that was also certified organic! Like the other Green Beaver products I have tried, the Certified Organic SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen was as effective as it was gentle. If you’re looking for a safe and natural sunscreen for your children, Green Beaver has you covered. With only the best organic ingredients and no chemicals, nano-particles or silicone, it’s a great choice for the whole family!
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