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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One Response to Banana Boat Oxybenzone and Badger Sunscreen

  1. sue ingram November 20, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Interesting that the customer care people weren’t able to convince you that they knew what they were talking about? My understanding is that all sunscreens have to list all the ingredients as part of the label? Sunscreens sent to EWG for a review just have to say what is on their label rather than actually send the tube/bottle to them for review. I would have thought that Banana Boat would very quickly let EWG know of any error?
    At the end of it all I think you are right though – go with what works best for you. No skin reactions is a great start! ie. Notice and listen to your body or your child’s body. If a sunscreen contains oxybenzone I keep well away. Knowing that it may possibly be a hormone disrupting compound, or the cause of any skin reactions is enough for me to choose another sunscreen that does not contain it!

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