Down here in Florida, even though it’s still technically Spring – it feels very much like Summer! It’s hot!!! Hot days, beach time, pool swimming, sand boxes… we’re outside all the time. So I figure to welcome Summer into our lives properly, and to highlight one of the products gracing our 2010 Sunscreen Cheat Sheet, I’d talk to you about the new line of skin care for babies and kids by Episencial. Episencial’s Sunny Sunscreen in SPF 35 is a new member of our cheat sheet this year and I think it’s a great addition to the list for a few reasons.
You get a lot of the benefits of a more natural and organic based product without breaking your wallet in half to get it. One of my other favorites costs me upwards of $26 – $30 retail and I love the product but holy cow that’s a lot of money for a sunscreen. What their products don’t have is parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, SLS, or Fragrances (No Gluten or Nut Oils either). What they DO have is organic ingredients and natural sunscreens that are non-nano in nature, providing an SPF of 35 for their Sunny Sunscreen. What they also don’t have is a huge price tag. $15 bucks for a sunscreen is much better than $30. I’ll be forthcoming and say the Episencial line isn’t 100% chemical free but they use good practices and their creator Kim Walls has answered a TON of my annoying questions about their ingredients. And instead of getting defensive or annoyed, she explained everything to me at great length and sent me a handful of products – a Sunny Sunscreen to try out myself and a Gift Pack of products for me to give away to one of YOU!
First I want to tell you about my experience with Episencial’s Sunny Sunscreen. My baby has pretty sensitive skin – moreso than my older son who hasn’t ever had a skin reaction to anything aside from mosquitoes. The baby however gets eczema and is generally rashy. So when it came time to try sunscreens I knew I was in for a trial. I started with what I already had on hand (Badger – which I love for my other son because its really water resistant) but what I noticed is that the stuff I tried would make his skin turn pink, so I worried it would be irritated. I tried out Episencials Sunny Sunscreen and really loved it. It goes on like a lotion (not sticky like some other natural brands), has basically no smell to it and protected just as well as the others. What bugs me about some natural sunscreens is the smell. All those essential oils and butters can get stinky! Not with this… no smell, no sticky, no weird whiteness and great protection. And I love that I don’t have to take out a second mortgage to afford it.
Get It: I heard through the grapevine that Episencial’s skin care line is starting to become available at Target, though I haven’t seen it here in Florida just yet. In the meantime you can order it from their website Episencial.com
Episencial sent me a great Gift Pack of products to give to one of you. One winner will take home a full size tube of Sunny Sunscreen SPF35, a tube of Protective Face Balm (with SPF 6), and their Soothing Cream for eczema and bothered skin.
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Congratulations Elizabeth, commenter #57! Thanks to everyone who entered and to Episencial for providing a great prize!