Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. source
Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer, will account for about 76,380 cases of skin cancer in 2016. source
Melanoma causes most skin cancer deaths, accounting for more than 10,000 of the more than 13,650 skin cancer deaths each year. source
The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. source
Increasing intermittent sun exposure in childhood and during one’s lifetime is associated with an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. source
In 2010, new research found that daily sunscreen use cut the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in half. source
Cancer is a ridiculously scary disease. I don’t have to tell you that. Do you really know how scary it is? My main question is this: are you doing enough to prevent it? I know I have said it and I hear it all the time, “well, everything causes cancer.” It may feel like that is true, but not everything causes cancer. There are a lot of things we can do to prevent skin cancer in particular. As parents, we should be hyper-vigilant about sunscreen!
I try my hardest to give my children the best they can possibly have. It might put a little dent in our budget, but we do a lot of organic foods and products. Not only organic, but I spend a lot of time trying to find chemical free products. I wish I could say that all of my purchases are all natural, organic, chemical free, grass fed, chopped down by Uncle Bob, but lets face it, to be that crunchy, you have to have money! A lot of money! We just don’t have that kind of money and neither does 90% of America.
Recently, I have realized how much junk is in most sunscreens. Tons of chemicals, perfumes, and additives that are just not necessary. Our skin is our biggest organ and we should be trying to protect it as best as we can, the same way we try to protect our heart by not eating too much greasy food, our lungs by not smoking, our liver by watching our alcohol intake, etc. Shouldn’t we be watching what our skin takes in?
I don’t know all of the research that is behind the latest “all sunscreen is bad for you, unless it’s such and such brand” fad. I don’t think it’s a fad that chemicals are bad for you, but I have had an extremely hard time finding cause and effect research. What does this chemical do? What are the long term effects? We just know that the more natural you can get, the better, right? I’m not saying you’re a bad parent for not using the high end mineral sunscreens. I’m just stating a fact that less chemicals are better! Let’s face it, my kids love Goldfish crackers! I probably shouldn’t have introduced them, but hey, they are quick and yummy. I can barely say half of the ingredients. By no means are they organic and all natural!
Cancer runs in our family and like it or not, sunscreen is a pretty big part of my family’s life. We can all agree that sunscreen is important no matter what brand you buy.
In my search of all natural sunscreens, I found Goddess Garden and they graciously let me try their product.
Goddess Garden sunscreens are all:
- Easy to apply, non-whitening and all-natural.
- Zinc and titanium are used as active ingredients. I am trying to avoid Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Retinyl Palmitate, as they seem to be the most common chemical ingredient. You can read more here.
- All have Aloe as the first inactive ingredient.
- This is a certified organic product
- Strong water resistance rated to 40 minutes.
- Non-Nano, Reef Safe, Non-GMO, Biodegradable, Vegan, Cruelty Free, Alcohol Free, Paraben and Phthalate Free, and Free from Gluten Ingredients.
Goddess Garden Baby SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, Lotion, 3.4-Ounce
Their baby sunscreen is a little more whitening on the skin than the others, but it blends in quickly.
I know most people don’t like the whitening that a sunscreen lotion gives, but my children and I have very fair skin, so I like to be able to see the lotion!
It has no perfumes and practically no scent. The bottle says “may stain some fabrics,” but I used it for a week and nothing has been stained.
The only active ingredient is Zinc Oxide 19.0%
Goddess Garden Kids SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, Lotion, 6-Ounce
Unlike the baby lotion, there is a second active ingredient for the kid’s lotion, Titanium Dioxide. Zinc Oxide 6.0% & Titanium Dioxide 6.4%
The kid’s lotion is definitely not as whitening as the baby lotion.
Although it blended in better, it stays wet a little longer. It didn’t seem to run or get in BK#1’s eyes though, which is a plus. Other than the feel, it isn’t a problem.
Goddess Garden Kids SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, Lotion, 6-Ounce
Looking into the specifics of this lotion confused me. Their “every day” lotion has the exact same ingredients as the kids lotion, but is priced higher.
Goddess Garden Facial SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, Lotion, 3.4-Ounce
Their facial lotion has the same active ingredients as their baby lotion.The facial lotion is not whitening like the baby lotion, it is sheer like the kid’s lotion.” The facial formula uses a polished form of zinc that rubs on more sheer, and it also has some added ingredients like immortelle essential oil that are great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles.”
Price point is about the same as the baby lotion. Again, just preference, but I wouldn’t buy two bottles if I wanted to get a baby lotion and a facial lotion.
All of the lotions held up great, neither of my babies got a sunburn while using it! I definitely have a new favorite on my list of sunscreens.
My only complaint is the price. In general, all organic products are priced significantly higher than non-organic. Doing some math, I found that Goddess Garden only charges on average $3 more. It’s not great, but it really isn’t bad at all! In my opinion, it’s a good price for a higher end product.
Have a safe and happy Summer!
~Amanda **Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**