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Badger Baby Sunscreen is a beauty best seller on Amazon. Let’s look at the label.
The label provides clear directions on product use, except for the dosing part. I don’t think that “2mg/2cm2 of skin” gives most people a reference point for how much to use. It’s better to say something like “use a shot glass full for your body” or something like that.
Knead tube before each use. For full protection, apply liberally (2mg/cm2 of skin) to all exposed skin 15 minutes before sun exposure, then rub in to reduce whitening effect. For children under 6 months of age: ask a doctor. Reapply: After 40 minutes of swimming or sweating. Immediately after towel drying. At least every 2 hours.
Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%
Other Sunscreen Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), CO2 Extracts of Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn), and Calenduls Officinalis (Organic Calendula), Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Chamomile) Essential Oil, and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).
This doesn’t appear to be a complete ingredient list since water, emulsifiers and preservatives are not listed. So I went to their website looking for additional information. I found that the preservative is “Natural Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate (from Radish Root).” We’ve written before about the issues using natural preservatives instead of proven protectants like parabens. In this case, the concern is justified since in September 2013, Badger voluntarily recalled its SPF30 Baby and Kids Sunscreen Lotions due to bacterial contamination. They are in the process of reformulating their product line, hopefully with a more robust preservative system.