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Trukid Product Discount For Mommy Footprint Readers!

Trukid Sunscreen is rated number 2 out of all the sunscreens reviewed by the Environmental Working Group.  Wow – what an honour for the company to receive the top spot by the helpful scientists at EWG.  What is so great about the Trukid company and their sunscreen products (Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen and Trukid Sunny Days Mineral Sunscreen) is that unlike many of the other safe brands recommended by EWG, Trukid is easier to find and a much better price point.  It’s especially easy for Mommy Footprint readers because Trukid has provided a discount for anyone shopping on their website www.trukid.com with our very own coupon code.  When $25 or more is purchased, you receive 20% off the order by using coupon code: footprint.  Isn’t that awesome?  When you order multiple products, shipping rates are very reasonable.  Their website is very helpful as there is a Shipping and Sales Tax calculator after you’ve added items to the shopping cart, but before you submit your billing and payment info.

This offer is open to US and Canadian readers, so check out their website if you’re still sourcing non-toxic products for your kids ** www.trukid.com ** I’m very excited with the Trukid product line.  There isn’t a toxic product in their vast line of children’s products.  Here are some products that look awesome and can give parents peace of mind that phthalates or other toxins are not touching their child or baby’s skin.  I’m intrigued by the ‘Hero Stick’.  This product is marketed with ‘herbal heros’ to nourish skin with cuts, scratches, bug bites, etc.  How cute is that?  My kids have been collecting scrapes on their knees and bug bites by the bucket full this summer.  Here are more…

TruKid™ Sunny Days™ SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick
TruKid™ Hero Stick
TruKid™ Bubbly Body Wash
TruKid™ Cool Conditioner
TruKid™ Happy Face & Body Lotion
TruKid™ Silly Shampoo    

You know a company is dedicated to safety and kids health when their website has a great blog that talks about tips on correct sunscreen application and what makes a sunscreen non-toxic.  A good read if you want more information on the Trukid product line.

For more information on sourcing non-toxic, safe sunscreen and personal care products for your family, check out:

Non-Toxic Sunscreen For Kids – Badger, California Baby, Blue Lizard, TruKid, Alba Botanica?

Safe Sunscreen Guide For Children

Protect Your Family From Phthalates In Your Home

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Banana Boat Oxybenzone and Badger Sunscreen

Please note: In May 2010 the EWG strengthened their safe sunscreen requirements so the top list has now changed in the EWG sunscreen database. To read more on these new recommendations, please read the latest Mommy Footprint article called EWG Sunscreen Guide & Surprising Truths Parents Need To Read.

Thanks to one of my awesome resources Leah, she’s tipped Mommy Footprint off to where Badger sunscreen SPF 30 is sold and it’s very local!  It was ranked 5th on the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) website for top sunscreen choices.  Most of the top products that I’ve previously written about are extremely hard to find for Canadians.  Well, Badger exists in the most unlikely of stores….Sears.  The nearby Sears has a natural heath and vitamin store.  Not all Sears have this little store, but this one does carry Badger SPF 30 sunscreen for $19.99.  Yes, still pricey, but at least you’re not paying shipping on top of that!  I’ll be going there asap to pick up a few bottles for my clan.  Yes, unfortunately, my Banana Boat sunscreen drama continues.

I called the American and Canadian Banana Boat Customer Service desks today and got the same answer from both regarding if the ingredient oxybenzone is in my brand of Banana Boat Sunscreen for Kids, SPF 50.  Apparently, this product does not contain the suspected harmful ingredient. It was listed as containing this ingredient from the EWG’s database that reviews all sunscreen.  I’ve emailed the EWG to let them know of this discrepancy.  But, many of the Banana Boat products still contain the ingredient oxybenzone and the rep was not confident in her answers regarding the nature of when and why this ingredient is used.  Who do you trust?  I’m just not sure and until someone admits they are wrong….I’m just going to stop obsessing and buy the Badger! That $20 is going to buy me peace of mind and hopefully eliminate the skin irritation my girls get from the big name sunscreen brands.

Octopus Graphic Tee (UPF 50) (22415)
He’ll love the cool graphics; you’ll love the extra sun protection! Regular lightweight clothing only offers an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 5, but this tee (UPF 50) is made to block out a higher percentage of the sun’s harmful rays. Plus, Cabana Life gives a portion of its proceeds to benefit nonprofit organizations like The Skin Cancer Foundation. Octopus Graphic Tee (UPF 50)

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Just Arrived – 2008 Safe Sunscreen Report From EWG!

Wow – timing is everything.   We’ve been talking a lot about safe sunscreen for kids at Mommy Footprint and I was tipped off yesterday that The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just updated their database with 2008 best sunscreens.  Their new ranking system is so easy to read and even tells you why a sunscreen is rated poorly with a column called ‘concerns’. Much easier to figure out with one overall score, rather than two separate ones (previously one for chemicals and one for UVA/UVB protection). Just type in your sunscreen brand via the find your sunscreen tab, or select the brand from the ‘select a specific brand’ from the drop-down menu. In the EWG’s sunscreen summary report, they quote that only 15% of 952 products analyzed met their criteria for safety and effective sun protection, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. And an even scarier quote from this page is:

None of market leader Coppertone’s 41 sunscreen products met EWG’s criteria for safety and effectiveness, and only 1 of 103 products from Banana Boat and Neutrogena, the second- and third-largest manufacturers, are recommended by EWG.

Hmmm….again, when I plugged in my Banana Boat Sunscreen, it came up with a rating of 3 and the reason why is because it contains oxybenzone (an ingredient in most sunscreens that is thought to be linked to cancer, developmental /reproductive toxicity, allergies, and more)…but yet I can’t find that ingredient on my Banana Boat packaging! I’m going to call them to figure out if they’ve left it off the list of active ingredients (intentionally) or if they’ve actually removed it as an ingredient from the sunscreen. While I figure out my own sunscreen drama, here are the top 10 sunscreens, as recommended by EWG. Or – you can read the recommended products from popular brands which is also very easy to read.

Top 10 Sunscreens:

1. Keys Soap Solar Rx Therapeutic Sunblock, SPF 30 zinc
2. Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+
3. California Baby Sunblock Stick Everyday/year-Round, SPF 30+
4. California Baby Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+
5. Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30
6. Marie Veronique Skin Therapy Sun Serum
7. Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40
8. Vanicream Sunscreen, SPF 35
9. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport, SPF 35
10. California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance, SPF 30+

I learned a great tip from the CNN video that featured EWG in a show (great for information regarding oxybenzone if you have 5 minutes).  Do not buy sunscreen and bug repellent combo sprays.  Apparently there is an ingredient in the bug repellent that diminishes how well the sunscreen will work. Well you learn something new everyday!

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Non-Toxic Sunscreen For Kids – Badger, California Baby, Blue Lizard, TruKid, Alba Botanica?

Please note: In May 2010 the EWG strengthened their safe sunscreen requirements so the top list has now changed in the EWG sunscreen database. To read more on these new recommendations, please read the latest Mommy Footprint article called EWG Sunscreen Guide & Surprising Truths Parents Need To Read.

Well, I didn’t know when writing my previous article on safe sunscreen for children, that it would be this difficult to actually get my hands on the brands that came highly recommended by EWG (Environmental Working Group).  It has been a challenge to source these, but I have some tips and hope it saves you research time.

Badger sunscreen SPF 30 if very difficult to find in stores.  Whole Foods and Planet Organic would love to carry it but are having a tough time sourcing it.  My friend Leah (thank you Leah!) sent me the link to Victoria’s Health that sells Badger online, BUT after you pay for the sunscreen and shipping you are looking at $30 per bottle (82 g).  I will need about 5 bottles to last my kids this summer, so it’s just not a practical solution for me.  Still, I’m not deterred….I figure this can’t be hard.  Hmmmm keep reading. Continue Reading →

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Safe Sunscreen Guide For Children

Please note: In May 2010 the EWG strengthened their safe sunscreen requirements so the top list has now changed in the EWG sunscreen database. To read more on these new recommendations, please read the latest Mommy Footprint article called EWG Sunscreen Guide & Surprising Truths Parents Need To Read.

With the hot months of summer approaching, I need to replenish my stock of sunscreen for the kids. But like all products related to children these days, I’ve had to research this process, as there’s a growing concern about some ingredients within sunscreens, even brands for children. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) was the best resource for finding brand recommendations and ingredients to avoid. Especially concerning is this quote from EWG:

Our comprehensive scientific review indicates that 86% of 1,070 sunscreen products offer inadequate protection from the sun, or contain ingredients with significant safety concerns. Only 14% of the products on the market are both safe and effective, blocking both UVA and UVB radiation.”  Continue Reading →

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