"Summer is here and many of us are thinking about how we can keep our kids safe in the sun. The first line of defense for most parents is to grab the sunscreen and make sure the kids are properly covered. But who wants to slather on a cream that contains potentially dangerous chemicals?"
A few years back, I came across a fantastic resource – The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an environmental health research and advocacy organization. Their mission is to, "serve as a watchdog to see that you get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so you can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment". Knowledge is power and this website puts a whole lot of power in your hands.
The EWG gathers data on everything from make-up to shampoo and everything in between, then they rate the products based on the potential hazard they may pose to your family’s health on a scale of 0-10, with 0 being the safest and 10 being the worst. For each product, they describe all of the ingredients and their potential risks.
Every summer, the EWG also puts out a Guide to Sunscreens… for parents being bombarded with warnings from every direction, this guide is invaluable.
You may be surprised to find that most of the popular commercial brands of kids and "baby-safe" sunscreens on the market today rate around 7 (high hazard!). Year after year though, one brand seems to rise to the top, with an average rating of 1 – Badger!
Badger is a small, family-owned and family-friendly business; they blend organic plant extracts, exotic oils and butters and beeswax to make their healing balms, safe mineral sunscreens and other personal care products that work and feel remarkably good… and we’re super stoked to now carry Badger here at Mothering Touch!
Check out the links above for more information on the EWG and Badger, then come on down to Mothering Touch to see what we have in store!