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2012 Safe Sunscreen Guide | The GG’s TOP Natural Sunscreen Picks


Ask + you shall receive! This is one of my most Frequently Asked Questions… Personally, I only wear sunscreen when I’m going to be in the sun for a prolonged period of time. I do not wear sunscreen daily or under my makeup. Most makeup already has it built in anyway, which I believe is enough protection for the hour or less a day that I’m actually in the sun. Just to be clear, I’m not downplaying Sun protection… I totally think it’s a must, but I don’t live on a Tropical Island – I live in New Jersey, where it’s summer for only a few months a year… therefore, I only slather Sunscreen on when necessary!

 See the NEW, 2014 Safer Sunscreen Guide here!
Way too often, many of the components in sunblock (natural or not), can contain things that can do much more damage than the than what you’re trying to avoid in the first place. When the active ingredients in your Sunscreen are exposed to the sun, they break down + can create Cancer-causing free-radicals on your skin.  So use your best judgment, but be easy with it.
Depending on where you live, most of us are really only outside anywhere from a few minutes to an hour a day… getting in + out of the car to go to work, running into + out of a store, picking the kids up from school, etc. Studies show that we actually don’t get enough sun to get a healthy dose of Cancer Preventing Vitamin D – ‘the Sunshine Vitamin’ + Statistics show that Breast Cancer is directly related to Vitamin D Deficiency, so I think it’s important not to live like a Vampire fearing the Sun. I respect the Sun instead of worshiping it like I used to when I was younger (and crazier)… Baking, Burning, (Frying?) or Tanning Bed Hopping, Self-Tanning Lotions + Spray Tans (which are extremely toxic, BTW). When you know better, you do better.Also, almost all natural, non-nano, mineral based Sunscreens may leave an old school, 50’s Surfing-style ‘white’ cast on your skin. Sexy? Probably not. But, Safe? Yes! Opacity generally depends on the brand and protection level, and companies are constantly working to improve their formulas. Remember, Golden Girl… nothing looks as good as healthy feels! Trust me.To learn more about what’s in your Sunscreen, visit the Environmental Working Group – not all brands are listed though. All brands seen here should fall below a 3 on Skin Deep if they’re on there.Here’s a list of the one’s I’d use based upon ingredients, in no particular order…

Badger Balm


Inactive Ingredients:
 Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 10.55%. Inactive Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Sucrose Polysoyate (from Soybean), *Ethyl Palmate (from Palm), Aqua (Purified Water), *Sucrose Cocoate (from Coconut), *Glycerin (from Palm), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Xanthan Gum, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, *Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (from Soybean), *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) CO2 Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) CO2 Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, and *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) CO2 Extract. * = Certified Organic
 
SPF 16 Sunscreen Lotion Aloe Vera $17.99 

Active Ingredients:
 Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 10.55%. Inactive Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Extract, *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Sucrose Polysoyate (from Soybean), Aqua (Purified Water), *Ethyl Palmate (from Palm), *Sucrose Cocoate (from Coconut), *Glycerin (from Palm), *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Xanthan Gum, and *Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (from Soybean). * = Certified Organic
 

Active Ingredient
s: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Essential Oil of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), and CO2 Extract of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn).* = Certified Organic
 


Active Ingredients:
 Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), and CO2 Extract of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn).* = Certified Organic

SPF 30+ Chamomile Baby Sunscreen $15.99 

Active Ingredients:
 Non-nano, uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Essential Oil of *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), CO2 extracts of *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), and *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn). * = Certified Organic
 
SPF 30+ Anti-Bug Sunscreen $16.99 

Active Anti-Bug Ingredients: 
(15.5%): 10% *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil & Essential Oils of 2.5% *Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella), 1.25% *Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), 1% *Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar), 0.5% *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), and 0.25% *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium). Active Ingredients: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, and *Cera Alba (Beeswax) * = Certified Organic
 
SPF 15 Lightly Scented Sunscreen $15.99 

Active Ingredients:
  Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 10%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Essential Oil of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), and CO2 Extract of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn). * = Certified Organic.
 
SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen Face Stick $8.49 

Active Ingredients:
 Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22.5%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea ) Butter, and Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E). * = Certified Organic
SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen Unscented $15.99 

Active Ingredients: 
Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22.5%. Inactive Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, and *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) oil. * = Certified Organic

Eco Logical Skin Care

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 22%. Inactive Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*. *Certified Organic


Active Ingredients:
  Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Isoamyl Laurate, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*. *Certified Organic


Active Ingredients:
 : Zinc Oxide 22%. Inactive Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Silica, Cera Alba (Bee’s Wax), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Candelilla Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado), Organic Rosehips Seed Oil, Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract.


Active Ingredients:
22.5% Zinc Oxide (nano-free). Inactive Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Camellia Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Zinc Oxide, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Natural Vitamin E.


Active Ingredients:
22.5% Zinc Oxide (nano-free). Inactive Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Camellia Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Zinc Oxide, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Natural Vitamin E.

Mexitan

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (3.5%), Titanium Dioxide (3.5%), Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Aqua (Deionized Water), Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Lecithin, p-Anisic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E).

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (6%), Titanium Dioxide (6%), Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Aqua (Deionized Water), Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Lecithin, p-Anisic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E).

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (22.5%), Titanium Dioxide (6%), 
Inactive Ingredients: Deionized Water, Sunflower Oil, Lecithin, Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Xanthan Gum, Green Tea Extract, Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Shea Butter, Eucalyptus Oil.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (2.5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.5%), Inactive Ingredients:  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Aqua (Deionized Water), Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Lecithin, p-Anisic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E).
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (8%), Zinc Oxide (5%). Inactive Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Leaf Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin-E, Orange Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract.


Loving Naturals


Active Ingredients:
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7% Inactive Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (from Coconut Oil), Organic Beeswax, Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Organic Honey, Sea Salt, Purified Water.

Clear SPF 30+ Sunscreen Stick $9.99

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7% Inactive Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (from Coconut Oil), Organic Beeswax, Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Organic Honey, Sea Salt, Purified Water.

Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen $21.99 

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7%. Inactive Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (from Coconut Oil), Organic Beeswax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Purified Water. 


Active Ingredients:
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7% Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (from Coconut Oil), Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (derived from Organic Coconut Oil without the use of chemicals), Non-GMO & Organic Corn Starch, Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Organic Raw Sugar, Sea Salt, Wild Harvested Aspen Bark Extract.


Active Ingredients:
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7%. Inactive Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (from Coconut Oil), Organic Beeswax, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Organic Honey, Purified Water.

Clear Vegan SPF 30+ Sunscreen $12.99 

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 24.8% Inactive Ingredients: Grape Seed Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (derived from Coconut Oil), Soy Wax (Non-GMO), Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Plum Kernel Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Cocoa Butter (Fair Trade), Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Cocoa (Fair Trade), Stearic Acid (from Palm Oil), Organic Green Tea, Sea Salt, Water.

True Natural Cosmetics

Active Sunscreen SPF 40 $17.99 

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide (17.5%). Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Beeswax*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocoa Butter *, Coconut Oil *, Cupuacu (Theobroma Grandiflorum) Butter*, Deionized Water, Glycerin*, Jojoba Oil *, Lemon Oil*, Olive Oil *, Orange Oil*, p-Anisic Acid, Shea Butter* (*Certified Organic).
 
Active Ingredients: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide (13.5%). Inactive Ingredients: Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beeswax*, Shea Butter*, Cupuacu (Theobroma Grandiflorum) Butter*, Deionized Water, Olive Oil *, Coconut Oil *, Cocoa Butter *, Jojoba Oil *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Lemon Oil*, Orange Oil*, p-Anisic Acid (*Certified Organic).

Mercola

Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide (3.5%), zinc oxide (3.5%), Inactive Ingredients: deionized water, sunflower oil, lecithin, coconut oil, glycerine, xanthan gum, green tea extract, jojoba oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), shea butter, eucalyptus oil.

Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide (6%), zinc oxide (6%), Inactive Ingredients: deionized water, sunflower oil, lecithin, coconut oil, glycerine, xanthan gum, green tea extract, jojoba oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), shea butter, eucalyptus oil.
Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide (6%), zinc oxide (6%), Inactive Ingredients: deionized water, sunflower oil, lecithin, coconut oil, glycerine, xanthan gum, green tea extract, jojoba oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), Astaxanthin, shea butter, eucalyptus oil. 
 

Active Ingredients: titanium dioxide (8%), zinc oxide (5%). Inactive Ingredients: sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe leaf extract, sweet almond oil, tocopherol, orange oil, rosemary leaf extract.

Active Ingredients: titanium dioxide (22.5%), zinc oxide (6%). Inactive Ingredients: sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe leaf extract, sweet almond oil, tocopherol, orange oil, rosemary leaf extract.

Active Ingredients: zinc oxide (22%), Inactive Ingredients: certified organic olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax), mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e), avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, certified organic copernicia prunifera (carnauba) wax, natural coconut extract, aroma (essential oils), certified organic simmondsia chinesis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) CO2 extract, certified organic daucus carota (carrot) CO2 seed extract.
 See the NEW, 2014 Safer Sunscreen Guide here!

As I find more, I’ll update! In the meantime, this should help you get your G.(safe)T.L. on…

Sun-kissed Smooches xo

 

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