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Badger Baby Sunscreen – Look at the label

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Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream

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.


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  • Badger Jentri June 3, 2014, 1:00 pm

    Hi Beauty Brains!

    My name is Jentri and I’m Badger’s Product Expert. I came across this post and wanted to clear some stuff up!

    With regards to the dosing directions, this is required language by the FDA as sunscreen is registered as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. Unfortunately we cannot change the wording as we are required to print as-is… but we agree, “one ounce” or “a shot glass” would be much more clear! 🙂

    Most importantly, all of our labels have full disclosure ingredient panels. We did not (and would never) omit preservatives or emulsifiers. The sunscreen you have is anhydrous – meaning it does not contain any water – so there is no need for preservative beyond vitamin E. The preservative you listed is from the lotions which – as you mentioned – are being reformulated for re-release in 2015. Badger’s sunscreen lotions are not currently available.

    I hope this sheds some light! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly – jentrip [@] badgerbalm.com

    Badger Jentri

    • Randy Schueller June 3, 2014, 1:36 pm

      @Jentri: Thanks so much for the clarification, this was really helpful. Regarding the ingredient list, I’m sure your packaging has full disclosure (as that is required by law) but it’s very frustrating when this information isn’t easily available online.

      I’ve seen info on the new sunscreen labeling requirements (example: http://blogs.discovery.com/.a/6a00d8341bf67c53ef01538f37f898970b-pi) but I didn’t know the 2mg/cm2 was specified by the monograph.

      Let us know how your reformulation efforts go!

      • Badger Jentri June 4, 2014, 9:20 am

        Hi Randy,

        Thanks for the reply! I agree that it’s frustrating (to say the least) not to be able to find a complete list of ingredients – often times I will not buy a product if I cannot find this information easily online. Did you have difficulty finding the ingredients on our website? If so, please let me know how we can be clearer, and the information easier to find. We are always refining our systems and strive to be transparent in all aspects of Badger business.

        Revisiting the 2011 sunscreen final rule, you are correct. It appears we are only required to say “apply liberally” (p 11 of this doc: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-17/pdf/2011-14766.pdf) My apologies for the misinformation. 🙂

        We will definitely keep you posted on the reformulation! And please feel free to contact us directly at any time.


  • gabis July 12, 2014, 8:52 am

    Apparently that issue is not exclusive to the baby line. Check this -> http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-462-organic-sunscreen-cream-spf30-unscented.aspx. Similar formula so similar problems? From my understanding Badger should’ve recalled all products from their sunscreen line.

    • Badger Jentri November 14, 2014, 9:24 am

      Hello Gabis,

      We have two different formulations for sunscreens: creams (which you’ve linked above) and lotions, which were part of the recall. These are two completely different formulas, and the creams, which do not contain water (see previous comments), do not require the preservatives that Randy listed.

      Our recall was entirely voluntary, based on after-market testing. If there had been a concern with the creams they would have been recalled also, but as they do not contain water they cannot grow the bacteria found in the recalled sunscreens. I hope this helps clarify. I will continue to follow this thread – my apologies for the late reply!


  • Cindy Jones August 21, 2014, 3:28 pm

    Jentri, Love the rose sunscreen, I can’t determine in the list of ingredients what the preservative in that one. Can you clarify? Thanks.

    • Randy Schueller August 23, 2014, 2:34 pm

      Hey Cindy. I guess Jentri isn’t following this thread anymore. If you can post the ingredient list of the rose sunscreen I can try to identify the preservative for you.

    • Badger Jentri November 14, 2014, 9:41 am

      Hi Cindy,

      My apologies for such a late reply! Randy, thank you for chiming in.

      Our Rose Sunscreen formerly had organic lemon extract as the preservative. However, the recall on the other lotions (Baby and Kids formulas) prompted a reformulation of all lotions with a much more robust preservative system. So when we re-release the Rose Sunscreen lotion (hopefully spring, 2015 – pending triple challenge testing results) it will likely be preserved with Phenethyl alcohol (from rose), Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (from radish), Denatured alcohol (lavender), as well as Sodium gluconate and Sodium phytate, which are preservative boosters.

      Hope this helps! I’ll be sure to check back regularly to this thread.


  • EM September 22, 2014, 9:42 am

    I bought the Aloe Sunscreen Lotion last year and use it daily until today!
    I’m so glad I ran across this article randomly online.
    Although I must say, the sunscreen doesn’t leave my skin feeling irritated/ itchy even though I have a very sensitive skin. If the preservative is not effective, mine is definitely contaminated as I always bring mine in my bag during travels.
    Maybe I’m just lucky 🙂

    • Badger Jentri November 14, 2014, 9:53 am

      Hi EM,

      Our Aloe Sunscreen lotion was not part of the recall. It was thoroughly tested when concerns around the other formulas arose. However this formula is also getting a “preservative makeover” as a result of the recall of the other two formulas.

      For specifics on the recall, you can visit this page: http://www.badgerbalm.com/t-recalls.aspx

      And if you have any more questions or concerns, please drop us a line! We’re always here to help: 800-603-6100 or custserv[at]badgerbalm.com