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Discount For Canadians At Bug & Blossom

Have you heard about the online store called Bug & Blossom? WOW – what an awesome on-line site to source products for babies, kids, and new moms. They have everything you need AND they’re Canadian! I love saying that! One of their best product lines at the store is the organic skin care line Trukid. They have graciously agreed to honour the 20% discount off Trukid products for Canadian Mommy Footprint readers so we don’t have to pay extra costs with Trukid products coming up from the States. At the Bug & Blossom checkout, use the code ‘footprint’ and enjoy the savings! US parents wanting to source Trukid products can order via the Trukid site and also use the discount code ‘footprint’.

Trukid sunscreen was rated #2 from the Environmental Working Group, their facestick in particular, is an amazing product for kids. How awesome to not have to read ingredient labels or worry because this product line is 100% safe and non-toxic. Not only do they have sunscreen, but a full product line including shampoo, body/face wash, conditioner, hero stick for boo-boos, lipbalm, etc. Unlike the large companies that have dominated the bath skin care line for years with their products full of phthalates and fragrance, Trukid is leading the way to chemical free skin/hair care. I’ve tried sourcing all of these products because of Isabella’s eczema and my concern over how harsh most sunscreens and bath products react with her skin…it’s not easy! Well, it is now because these products are at my fingertips with the ease of on-line and low shipping within Canada.

Don’t wait, the 20% discount will expire August 22/08 and is valid for purchases over $25.00.

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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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