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Mommy Greenest Approved Babo Botanicals Allergy Safe Sunscreens

allergy safe sunscreen on white backgroundI never really thought much about food allergies. My children don’t have them, so my only real shift was to sunflower seed from peanut butter when packing lunches, so as not to cause problems for the kids that do. But I feel so badly for those families who struggle to make everyday foods and products safe for themselves and their kids. For them, life is a constant assessment of potential dangers, adding an additional level of stress to the daily decisions of parenting. So when I discovered that Babo Botanicals truly natural, allergy safe sunscreens are free of nut oils, soy and dairy, I had to share. Ultra sheer and lightweight, yet packing a serious SPF punch, these allergy safe sunscreens are great for everybody. But for families with allergies, they’re a godsend.

Ultra sheer, yet packing a serious SPF punch, these allergy safe sunscreens are great for everybody. But for families with allergies, they’re a godsend. Like all the sunscreens that I recommend, Babo Botanicals are reef-safe and free of red flags like parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances—in fact, the entire line is available totally unscented, which makes the allergy safe sunscreens suitable for those with fragrance sensitivities and allergies. Plus, they’re non-GMO and vegan, too.

Formulated with non-nano mineral physical blockers—rather than hormone-disrupting oxybenzone (aka Parsol 1789) and benzophenone-2 (aka BP-2)—these allergy safe sunscreens are still extremely sheer and lightweight. All are top-rated by the Environmental Working Group. And reef safe, of course!

Not just for babies, I especially love Babo Botanicals’ brand-new Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40, which goes on perfectly under makeup and is enhanced with aloe vera, avocado, jojoba, chamomile and calendula, making it super soothing and moisturizing. The Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30—in either lotion or sport stick form—delivers zinc-based protection without white streaks. These allergy safe sunscreens are non-greasy and won’t run into eyes, making them perfect for all ages.

Want to try? Babo Botanicals is giving away a $55 package of swim, sport & sun products to two lucky Mommy Greenest readers.

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  • Emily

    I love the Babo daily sheer, but just tried and reacted to the Babo spray spf 30. Anyone else experience that? (I thought it was just the benzones in other sunscreens that made me react. Apparently other ingredients do too). :(.

  • michelle

    Yes, I use juice beauty mineral sunscreen for my face. I’ve tried their sport sunscreen and alba botanica green tea mineral sunscreens too.

  • Denise L

    I do use mineral sunscreens because I’d rather have physical protection from the sun than chemical protection.

  • Samantha

    We use mineral sunscreen, but I tend to try something new each year. We haven’t quite found the perfect fit for everyone.

  • Georgie Sawyer

    I am always on the lookout for natural sunscreens with a higher SPF! Currently, use a Kiss My Face spray and the reformulated Honest sunblock – both SPF 30. My biggest concern is that some mineral sunblocks are chalky/difficult to apply.

  • Dorothea

    I don’t use mineral active sunscreens – but only because I wasn’t aware of them. I’d love to give them a try!

  • Randi C.

    I am very sensitive and find that mineral sunscreens are much less irritating while still provide a good level of sunscreen protection.

  • debbie l

    I just started using zinc on my 3 and 5 yr olds… I remember the colored zinc from the 80s! wonder if that’s still around

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      I know! I feel like that would be a big hit again with kids–as long as the colors are naturally derived of course 🙂

  • kelly

    I am always on the lookout for the best sunscreens for my children and I and this looks like it will meet our expectations!

  • carole

    I am willing to try new products with less chemicals that can block the sun and yet are good for my skin. Had a skin cancer removed from my face, so I must wear something on my face daily for protection. Your products seem to be the answer. Thanks.

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      Thanks Carole! These are really amazing, but there are also a lot of other brands that provide safer sun protection without chemicals. Just make sure you’re using sunscreen in which the active component is zinc or titanium dioxide–i.e. minerals–and avoid chemical fragrances. Good luck!

  • LaRae Longbottom

    Rachel-In your opinion, do you think there are enough skin benefits in the Babo Botanicals sunscreen for daily use by itself or should my current anti-aging daily moisturizer with spf 20 still be applied on top of it?

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      Be benefits do you mean moisturizing benefits? I think it depends on your skin. For my skin, yes there would absolutely be enough in the Babo Botanicals sunscreen to use by itself without an additional moisturizer. Is the current moisturizer with SPF 20 a mineral based product?

  • Laura

    We use Babyganics now and have found it to work well, but I’m always looking for others to try. I’ve tried Honest and while I love most of their stuff I didn’t like the sunblock. It also got terrible reviews on Amazon.

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      Oh I like Honest sunscreen, especially the little oval-shaped stick, it’s perfect for my little makeup bag so I can put it on while I’m on the go. But everyone has their preference, Babo is definitely a great one to try!

  • Ellen DeFrancesco

    I never heard of it. I use other toxic free sunscreen but look like a candy shell. I’m pale to begin with but I use the heavy white stuff – it really looks like a shell on my skin. This sounds awesome and I’d LOVE to win! Especially because all I do is burn so sunscreen is a must.

  • Meagan

    I just bought some Elemental Herbs All Good sunscreen, and I’m excited to try it out this summer. I’ve used and liked ThinkSport and Suntegrity. I won’t ever go back to the chemical-laden sunscreens. I’m trying to get better about wearing hats in the sun!

  • Mamavalveeta03

    I only use mineral sunscreens! I have eczema, rosacea, and uber-sensitive skin and I need good, gentle coverage.

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      Good for you! I always had problems with sunscreen and my skin, and found that I have zero issues with mineral. It’s a win-win!!

  • Janice Wright

    I am not sure if I use mineral sunscreens or not. So far I have not had a problem with any sunscreen I have used, but it seems as I grow older, I am becoming allergic to more things.

  • Becca Z

    I use mineral sunscreens because they are all natural and will usually block the sun while nourishing the skin. I do hate the ones that leave a white sheen if you don’t really thoroughly rub them in and then rub some more!

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      They are getting SO much better. Seriously, all the new ones you really don’t notice the difference. Take a look at the video, you can see–I don’t even have to rub!

  • Jessica

    Yes. The studies that link chemical sunscreens to cancer scare me, when you are using them to fight off cancer in the first place!

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      Totally! It’s such a slap to the forehead moment when you put that together, right? Thanks for commenting Jessica 🙂

  • efa

    And I was just looking for a daily face sunscreen for my little one since we live in FL. Most of the body ones are just a little too thick for a daily use. This sounds perfect !

  • Cassandra Eastman

    I do use mineral sunscreens. Since having children of my own I wanted to find the safest sunscreen for them, especially after researching and finding out how many harmful chemicals are in most sunscreens. I’ve not tried Babo Botanicals yet!

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      I know, right? That’s one thing I forgot to emphasize: They make your skin feel so good, and they don’t sting if they get in your eyes!!

  • jan

    Wow. Really like the sounds of these products. My skin is bothered by many sunscreens, and I haven’t yet determined exactly what ingredient it is, even though I stay away from any with fragrances, parabens and phthalates.

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