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    • Stephanie says

      I recently saw a new sunscreen (to me at least it is new lol) named thinkbaby. It was rated a 0 on the think dirty app, but I wanted to see your thoughts. We currently use badger, but I like that I can find this in the grocery store.
      Thanks in advance!

      Ps I couldn’t find where to comment, hence the “reply” ?

      • Maia James says

        It’s fine, but I do think Badger has an even cleaner ingredients list. Also anything I’ve listed under The Good Stuff:)

      • Meg says

        I’m on vacay in Mexico using thinkbaby. No sunburns but i won’t be applying it to my baby’s cheeks again. He rubbed it in his eyes and he cried for a minute. Using it on my skin though, dries clear ish!

  1. Rach says

    My baby has very sensitive skin and we use Vanicream products to soothe eczema. Any thoughts on their sunscreen?

  2. Heleana says

    Love your website!!

    My baby will be 4 months at the beginning of summer here. What sunscreen do you recommend for a baby that young?


      • Niki says

        I love your website it makes my life of research so much easier.

        I had ordered the solar goo for my 9 month old. But the several call outs about contacting poison control if ingested kind of freaks me out. What ingredient would this be fore? All my baby does is stick her hands, arms, feed etch in her mouth.

        • Maia James says

          I reached out to the woman who makes Solar Goo and here is what she had to say: “Great question. It is standard on the Drug Fact Panel to state this on all packaging. From our research all of our ingredients if rubbed into the babies skin and if absorbed it is okay if her/him hands and feet are in their mouth off and on. If the child were to eat the whole stick or tin then that is where it would be appropriate to call regarding the ingredients due to the amount.”

    • Maia James says

      Unfortunately, this is Sneaky Stuff (it has all those chemical sunscreen ingredients I recommend you avoid, above).

  3. Tina says

    I love your website, and really appreciate you sharing your research and knowledge with other mommas out there that just want whats best for their little ones! 🙂 how do u feel about the new/ reformulated honest company mineral sunscreen spf 50?

  4. Lindsey Lutz says

    Hi!! Thank you so much for all the information. Your website has been a Godsend over the last 8 months with our new little one. I am about to order the new Babo spray. Do you feel the spray is fine for an 8 month old? I know in the past you have mentioned you didn’t love sprays because of the fact that we breath it in. Thank you!!

    • Maia James says

      Yes, these sprays don’t spray the same way an aerosol can of Coppertone does. You don’t inhale it (you’ll see what I mean when you try it).

  5. Amy says

    I’m trying to decide between the Babo and the Acure, both in spray. The Babo advertises “Sheer”, can the same be said for the Acure? I tried the honest company spray last year (out of desperation for something quick and easy) and it still sprayed on thick white. Thanks!

    • Maia James says

      The Acure doesn’t come out of the canister clear (no mineral sunscreen will), but it’s very thin and when rubbed in does not leave a white sheen.

  6. Ragini says

    Any recommendations from the good stuff list for an Indian baby, 7 months old? (I mention race because our skins react differently to the sun, that’s all 🙂 )

    • Maia says

      Hi there! I’m sorry but my babies are so fair (despite a Caribbean grandfather!) that I really only have experience on very white skin. I would ask your pediatrician for specific recommendations, but I imagine any of the Good Stuff would be appropriate for an Indian baby:).

  7. Meg says

    I was looking at the babo sunscreens on their website, and it doesn’t list sodium benzoate as an ingredient for the lotions. Are they new formulas, or am I missing something?

    • Maia James says

      I’m not a big fan. Their sunscreen has a lot of ingredients, many synthetic. I think there are better options.

  8. Angelina says

    What are some alternatives to neosporin for kids scrapes and cuts to disinfect ?

    I want to put together a little first aid kit for my kids would love some advice on this

  9. Kim says

    Hi! Any thoughts on ThinkBaby? After a first glance, and considering it was an emergency/quick purchase, I’m hoping you don’t tell me it’s a sneaky one… it’s rated a 1-2 on EWG but the data is limited. Thank you for all you do!!! Your formula evaluation relieved so much of my anxiety when my supply dipped below my son’s needs. I really appreciate how thorough you are!

  10. Jennifer says

    I love Babo products but found their sunblock too thick to apply on my squirming kids. The spray would be a game-changer. You don’t have any concerns about young children inhaling the spray? My youngest are 2 years old and 6 months old. And in practice is it as effective as the lotion?

    • Maia James says

      We’ve found it to be totally effective and a game changer. It’s not aerosoled mist like other spray sunscreens, so no concerns about inhalation. You’ll see when you try it.

  11. Talisha Benson says

    What are your thoughts on majestic pure baby sunscreen? The website is

    Active Ingredient: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide – 24.7%; 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

  12. Betty Ann says

    Hi there, I LOVE your website! There are so many types of Badger sunscreen. Does it matter what one I purchase? I’m looking for a sunscreen I can use on myself and my 6 month old baby. I was looking at Badger Unscented Sunscreen Cream. But I see there is also a Badger Chamomile Baby Sunscreen Cream. Do I need this “baby” sunscreen in particular, for use on my 6 month old? Thank you so much.

  13. Jennifer says


    A friend just told me about the Honest Co. sunscreen… but after reading the ingredient list, I am not 100% convinced because there are a couple ingredients that I researched and it’s making me question how natural the product is. Do you have feedback on this brand?

    Also – I found this brand today ( that I really feel confident about regarding it’s safety and purity after reading the ingredient list. I would like to know if you’ve heard of it and any feedback you may have.

    Thank you 🙂

  14. Maia James says

    I actually reviewed the Honest Co. sunscreen in this guide. I don’t know the other brand, but will add to my list!

    • Qzan says

      I love Belly Buttons & Babies sun screen, it has the most production and less ch locals then other brands. The only issue is it has expiration date. It only lasts a year.

    • Maia James says

      I wouldn’t call it Sneaky exactly, but I don’t love that it has phenoxyethanol and a PEG chemical. Overall, still a decent choice.

  15. Tobi says

    Acure for 9 month old versus Babo, do you have a preference and why? I have actually been using Badger, but I feel like she got too much color and I applied pretty liberally.

  16. Clara P. says

    Do you have any recommendations for insect repellents for babies? I’ve been looking through your site (love it!) and can’t find any. Thank you!

  17. Julie says

    Hi Maia,

    What are your thoughts on the Rocky Mountain Sunscreen (either the SPF 30 or 50)?

    I found a score of 3 on for the SPF 30 version but I am not sure if that is the “natural” version that is listed.

    Can you tell me if you have heard of this brand or if the ingredients look safe to use on a infant and toddler?

    Thank you for all the hard work that you do and all the great information you provide!


  18. Taylar says

    Hi there!

    Would you mind suggesting an effective, non-toxic sunblock that I could use in the desert in July in Death Valley, California? I am fair skinned and have sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts. (All of this sounds like a dangerous combination, right?!) I’m trying to be as prepared in advance as possible! Thank you for any suggestions!

  19. Robin J. says

    Hi Maia,
    Of the two Good Stuff sprays, are either ‘lighter’ in terms of avoiding pore blockage? I’ve been a Greenscreen loyalist for years but just last week our 2-yr old enjoyed more beach time than usual and after 2 days of liberal Greenscreen use he developed a heat rash, we think because his skin couldn’t breath in the heat. He also has milder eczema so we were perplexed on the conflicting remedies (moisture for eczema, dryness for heat rash).
    Wondering if anyone else has experienced the same and were more successful with either spray. Thanks!

  20. Kadie says


    What do you think of Dr. Mercola’s broad spectrum sunscreen? It says it has no nanoparticles.


  21. Hadleigh says

    I’ve been looking for a natural alternative to a low spf sunscreen. I like to tan(I know it’s bad but a tan allows me to not use other chemical laden things like make up.) Normally at the beach I use a SPF 15 and sometimes a SPF 4 – 8 on my legs, and can’t find any natural product that are that low. I did find Tropical Sands, have you ever used them, are they good? I would like to use something to keep me from burning but still allow a tan to develop. I’ve also heard of using just plain coconut oil for sunscreen does that really work?

    • Maia James says

      I know people who’ve used just coconut oil and swear that it works but I haven’t tried it myself. I just checked out Tropical Sands, and it looks like Good Stuff!

  22. Rachel says

    We are going to the beach and my baby will be 10 weeks old. I bought him the clothing that has spf in it and have a hat and will keep him in the shade, but was wondering if you think I should also put sunscreen on him and if yes, which type. You mention that you like Kabana Green Screen the best for kids but under the Good Stuff you specifically mention that Babo Botanicals is good for babies. Any thoughts? We are going to Florida (the Gulf side where Zika has been detected one time) and while it is my best intention to keep us and the baby covered with light clothing, any advice on using a bug spray on us or the baby? I saw that you recommend a kind with chemical in it for adults due to the Zika Virus but what about baby? Thank you so much for your time! And your website…we really appreciate you doing the leg work on all these products!

    • Maia James says

      Thanks so much for your kind words:). I’m glad the site has been useful! I do worry about Zika for babies (my husband hosts a podcast that interviewed a doctor on this topic:…I would ask your pediatrician if a picaridin insect repellent is safe for your baby (I have this one: Otherwise you could try a natural option, which would be better than nothing, but which needs to be reapplied often. As for sunscreen, the main reason I like Kabana is because it contains vitamin D (which is absorbed transdermally, and might offset the deficiencies caused by our avoidance of the sun and sunscreen use!). Babo is also a great choice;)

    • Maia James says

      I would ask your pediatrician before applying sunscreen on a child that young, but for my own children I did use Kabana Green Screen on them.

  23. Mkhana says

    Hi there, please share your thoughts on Banana Boat, Thinkbaby or Cerave sunscreen for 16 month old with sensitive skin. He gets sunburned so easily: we are African living in a moderate climate in Nairobi but his cheeks and bridge of his nose get that shiny burnt look…and I am so worried! We were given Neutrogena sunscreen but after checking out your site, learning about oxybenzone, I got more diligent about what I put on his skin. Someone brought us cerave spf 45 from the US but I didn’t like the ingredients in their lotion from before…please advise us!!

  24. Victoria says

    Thank you soo much for your thorough research Maia! I am so appreciative and loving your site. I would be so interested to know your thoughts on the best natural bug sprays!

  25. Ana says

    Be careful about anything labeled non-nano zinc that looks clear. THERE IS NO SUCH THING.

    It gets confusing because these labels are just claims. The FDA has no laws about nano-particles in personal care products. And heads up, micronized products contain nano-particles. This is because micronized particles range from 70nm-300nm in size. Anything under 100nm is a nano-particle. The EU and Australia have laws about what percentage of micronized particles can be nano-sized before you can make a non-nano claim. The US does not. To add to the sordid mix, a company in Australia makes a “non-nano” zinc that is actually nano-sized particles that are then “glued” together to make a more clear looking sunscreen product.

    If all of this gets overwhelming or if you just hate chemistry and always have, just remember this one fact: There is no “special” or “proprietary” method that can make non-nano zinc clear. If a sunscreen has true non-nano zinc, it will have a whitish cast. And for me, that is preferable to risking DNA damage from nano-zinc in my sunscreen.

  26. Lauren Boettcher says

    Hi what about Matter Company Baby Sun Care Creme


    Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20%

    Other Ingredients: helianthus annus* (sunflower seed oil), calendula officinalis* (pot marigold) flower, hypericum perforatum* (St. John’s Wort) flowers, simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba) seed oil, sesamum indicum* (sesame)seed oil, camellia oleifera* (green tea) extract, vitis vinifera* (grape) seed extract, glycerine (vegtable), butyrospermum parkii * (shea butter), tocopherol (vitamin E), xanthan gum, leuconostoc (radish root ferment filtrate), deionized water, essential oils of lavandula angustifolia (lavender), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange), pelargonium graveolens (geranium), cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) and menthe (mint).

    *Certified organic

    Says essential oils naturally repel against insects?

  27. Claudette says

    After reading about your suggested options for the least toxic sunscreen spray I am still unsure which might be best for my kids. They are 11 and 5 and have only ever used California baby , however after so many years of traveling to the Caribbean and having to apply every 30 min and as thick as it is I would LOVE a spray option . Rubbing the thick white lotion son their little sandy bodies is torture for them and us… what would you suggest in sprays that would need the least rubbing in and provide the best protection… we are all very fair skinned.
    Thanks for your time .

  28. Heather says

    Maia, thank you so much for your research and making it available to help so many of us! I am wondering – what do YOU use for a daily facial sun protection?
    I appreciate your feedback.

  29. Laura says

    Hi Maia, your product guides and research are the best. I look forward to every new update I receive! I was gifted “Hampton Sun for Baby” and was wondering if it’s “good stuff” or if one of the sunscreens you list is better. The ingredients I think are fine (listed below) but I wasn’t able to find if it has nano-particles. My daughter is 6 months and I’m also concerned about sunscreen irritating her eyes and getting in her mouth since her hands, feet, etc. constantly touch her face. Hoping you have time to respond, thanks in advance!!

    Active ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6.0%, Zinc Oxide 12.0%
    Inactive ingredients: Beeswax, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Chathamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Rectita (Matricaria) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)

    • Maia James says

      Hi Laura!
      These ingredients look fine, although as you mentioned, if it doesn’t specify non-nano then it probably isn’t.

  30. Sushil Karwa says

    What do you think about Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+? It is top rated by EWG skin deep database with a “1” rating for quite a few years in a row. Its free of biologically harmful chemicals like avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalate, paba and UV chemical absorbers.

    Would you rate this as “Good”, “Bad” or “Sneaky” stuff?


  31. Kadie says

    What do you think of the 100% pure Yerba mate mist? Here are the ingredients that were on their website:
    active ingredients: Zinc 12 % Inactive ingredients: Bentonite, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco Glucoside, Vegetable Glycerin, Heptyl Undecylenate, Ilex Paraguariensis (Yerba Mate) Leaf Extract, Jojoba Ester, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Water


      • Kadie says

        Ok, thank you for looking at it! I’ve been using the badger cream sunscreen for my 19 month old, but was looking for a spray. Which one is best for kids?

  32. Majda Ficko says

    New 100% Natural Sunblocz- SPF 50
    Sunblocz is a safe and natural alternative to chemical sunscreens
    • Safe – contains 100% all- natural ingredients
    • Effective – 50+ SPF, Highest sun protector factor
    • Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB protection
    • Very water resistant – 80 minutes
    • No Artificial Fragrance
    • Hypoallergenic – safe for sensitive skin
    • Does not sting eyes
    • Repels mosquitos and bugs
    • Clinically tested per FDA OTC Sunscreen Monograph regulations
    • Dermatologist recommended
    • FDA Registered
    • Patent Protected

  33. Meg says

    I recently bought some of the Babo spray sunscreen, but I am somewhat confused as to why you say you don’t have any concerns over inhaling it. I sprayed some on myself to test it outside and there was a slight breeze and it seemed like it created a mist that got picked up in the wind. When you use it do you never see any type of mist? Thanks!

  34. Kandice says

    How do you feel about Zebs Organic Sunscreens? Here are the ingredients…

    Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 12%; Coco nucifera* (coconut oil), Olea Europaea* (olive oil), Sunflower Wax, Vitellaria paradoxa (shea butter), Helianthus Annuus* (sunflower oil) – *indicates organic ingredients


  35. Stacey Coffey says

    Hi Maia,

    Thanks for all of this wonderful information! What are you thoughts on Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50? (seeing as i just bought 3 of them : /)
    Also, any recommendation for tics? I bought a lint roller (sticky ones) because I hate to add yet another products to roll all over my babies!

    Thank you!


  36. Evelyn rosas says

    Hey there! I found RAW elements eco formula spf 30 at the store and EWG had a great 1 rating for it. I think, if I read all the ingredients correctly, it’s a good choice; what do you think?

    P.s j have bought many items off your store and have been so glad with them all–mainly the water filter set up and baby wipes!

  37. Julie Gulemi says

    Thank you so much for all your research! It is helping me so much to change my own life and the lives of other around me.

    I was wondering if you knew about the Glossier products. They have a sunscreen that I just purchased for daily use on my face under my makeup. I have been using beautycounter sunscreen but only for the beach! I’d love to know your thoughts. Thank you so much!


  38. Laura says


    Thank you so much for all of your posts. You have helped me make so many decisions in choosing products for my baby! I have an 8 month old baby with eczema. I was using blue lizard but would like to switch to a waterproof sunbmscreen that goes on smooth. I’m considering Trukid sport. Any ingredients I should be concerned with here? Also, any thoughts on how easy to apply it might be?

  39. Amanda says

    Could you please share your thoughts about the cancer council’s products.. Specifically the kids formula.
    Thank you!

  40. Sara A Goegeline says

    Here’s the thing about vitamin D deficiency in adults: you must get a blood test. You must ask your doctor to prescribe as much vitamin D as you require (maybe you don’t need any.) You must take the vitamin D if you need it. Melanoma is serious. I’ve had it. A wonderful woman I know died from it. It’s more aggressive in men than women. It’s not a pleasant death.
    In addition to adequate sunscreen, everyone (especially babies) should be wearing sun-protective clothing — not a tee shirt, not a regular straw hat. Melanoma takes about 40 years to develop. Protect your babies and children before they know to protect themselves. Latest info shows greatest danger for skin cancer in the scalp, neck, feet, and ankles–especially for women.
    Do your readers a favor and stop harping on vitamin D deficiency and wimpy levels of SPF.

  41. Alejandra says

    Hi Mia,
    Is it possible to buy through your shop online the Bali Bloc SPF 30 Pure Vanilla Sunscreen Stick 100% fron Kabana.???

  42. Julie says


    I LOVE your site and it has been so helpful. What are you thoughts on SunBum and Glossier Sunscreen? Thank you so much!

  43. Beth says

    Do you have an opinion on alba botanical, kids mineral sunscreen spf30… I know it has some not so good stuff in it but I am so new to all this stuff I don’t really know what to look for. We bought this on a trip because we really had no other options.

  44. Katie says

    I’m hoping you can help. My 2 year old and I have terribly sensitive eczema prone skin and most sunscreen burns our skin, especially our faces. After much trial and error I had great luck last summer with Vanicream sunscreen but just found out that due to issues with their suppliers they will not have anything in stock until Oct 2018!! I would love to find an SPF 50+ physical sunscreen (not chemical) Do you have any suggestions? The only other one that doesn’t burn is Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby- is that one safe? (I’m pretty sure the answer is no, but it’s approved by the National Eczema Association, and says that their new formula is free of all chemicals, fragrance, parabens, phthalates, and dyes )

    • Aarti says

      Hello Katie, have you had any success? I am just now considering the possibility that my daughter’s recent sunburns and eczema have been induced by the sunscreen. Thank you.

  45. Karisa says

    I picked up a sunscreen the other day called Bare Republic mineral for my children . I was just curious on your opinion .

  46. Arielle says

    curious about raw elements sunscreen? Everything I’ve researched seems to put it on your good stuff list but its missing.

    • Kim says

      Hi, I see you have several Babo Botanicals products listed on the safe list. Babo Botanicals just came out with a new product called Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 50. Can you tell me if this is also something you would recommend on your safe list and will you be selling it in your online store?

  47. Aarti says

    Thanks for the information. While I understand why clean ingredients are important, what I don’t understand is whether the recommended sunscreens have been tested for true sun protection. I live in AZ, so it’s important to have effective and safe sunscreen

  48. Katie says

    Maia, what brand do you use for yourself and your husband? Sunscreen always makes my face sting, and vanicream was my favorite. I’m sad to see that it’s sneaky stuff…

  49. Samantha says

    Thanks for the helpful list! Just when I think I’m buying the good stuff, I learn about something else. Although, I’d rather know better so I can do better 😊. I just became aware of ‘hello bello’ and I was wondering if you deemed that a good/safe sunscreen?


  50. Ashley says

    Hi Maia,

    Thank you for such an amazing guide! Do you have any recommendations one way or another regarding European sunscreens (using Tinosorb)? I was not a frequent sunscreen user but my extra fair skinned babies led me to Avene and Vichy brands.

  51. Jamie says

    Hello Maia,
    I saw another question about this brand as well, but I’m very curious about the hello bello brand, it’s available at Walmart which is super convenient for us and it seems reasonably priced. It almost seems to good to be true. Just curious on your thoughts.

    Thank you

  52. Jenny says

    What about blue lizard super sensitive? It’s low on the ewg rating? I know it’s different than the regular blue lizard

  53. Jean says

    Hello, this is a great guide. Do you have any thoughts about Juice Beauty’s Spf30 oil free mineral sunscreen?

  54. Kim says

    Hi, I see you have several Babo Botanicals products listed on the safe list. Babo Botanicals just came out with a new product called Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 50. Can you tell me if this is also something you would recommend on your safe list and will you be selling it in your online store?

  55. Maria says

    Hi Maia, how come all the good stuff has such low SPF protection? We live in Miami and my kids are exposed to sunlight every day, ALL YEAR ROUND. Any good products with higher SPF protection? I’m looking for higher than SPF50. THANKS!

  56. Sara Goegeline says

    Don’t you grownup ladies need sunblock/screen. I use two matte brands with different benefits on my face and a different (cheaper) one on my body. I also wear sunblock clothing and hats. Of course, I take vitamin d year-round .in amounts prescribed by my doc after blood work.
    What products would you recommend for me, in and out of swimming?

  57. Julie K says

    Hi Maia,

    Id love a recommendation on the best kids sunscreen that is also considered eco friendly (good for the reefs, biodegradeable) and if possible sunscreen that exists in a recyclable container. Does this unicorn of a sunscreen exist?

  58. Ethan says

    Here’s an option that looks like it may be good stuff. My family doesn’t have much need for sunscreen, but this is what we use when we do. What do you think?

    Butterbean SPF 30 Simple Formula Sunscreen

    Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Non-nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22%

    Inactive Ingredients:
    *Olea europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, * Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, * Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Fair Trade Shea) Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E)
    *Certified Organic Ingredients

    Their other sunscreen products have some potentially questionable ingredients in addition to what’s in the “simple formula.”

  59. Hermine Tsarukian says

    Hello PLEASE tell us what ur thoughts are on BABY BUM spf 50 stick? Also have u heard of HAMPTON SUN SPF 70 for kids???

    Please reply

  60. Terri Naughtin says

    Hi Maria
    I also need a stronger sunscreen especially for my face. I burn in 10 minutes. Can you recommend anything that is at least 50? What about CeraVe? Please let me know. I’m 60 and I sure don’t want premature skin aging!

    Thank you.

  61. Linda says

    I’m loving the stick sunscreens for my little kids. Just got the Babo sport stick on your reco and love it – it’s clear! I also just got the Waxhead stick. It goes on more white but says it’s reef safe and only 4 ingredients. 1) 25% non-nano Zinc Oxide, 2) Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 3) Certified Organic Beeswax, 4) Certified Organic Vanilla Extract. What do you think of Waxhead?

  62. Asha says

    As a Black woman with Black children, I find most of these sunscreens leave a white cast on our skin. Any feedback on Blackgirl Sunscreen products? They have a kids product as well.

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