{Product Review} Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

Friday, May 31, 2013
Remember the days of the little Coppertone girl? The puppy tugging endearingly at her bathing suit bottoms revealing a pasty white bottom?

In case you missed the memo, those days are gone. In fact, Child Services might be on your tail if your child is caught with a sunburn these days.

Adult or child, sun protection is a must. There's just no disputing it. If you will be stepping out into the sun, you should be wearing some sort of protection.

Living near the coast, my family spends a lot of time at either the beach or the pool during the summer months. I need a sunscreen that will stand up to a full day of pool or beach time. It needs to be super effective, and it needs to be safe.

I was invited to try Babo Botanicals new 30 SPF Clear Zinc Sunscreen. Babo has recently added the clear zinc sunscreen to its line of "parent quality" suncare products. I was sent a 3 fl. oz. tube to put to the test.

The 2 factors that I look for most in a sunscreen are effective ingredients and safe ingredients. Babo's line of sunscreens offer both. Zinc oxide is a safe, all-natural mineral that will not irritate the skin and is more likely to block harmful UVB and UVA rays.

You may remember zinc oxide as the thick white paste seen on lifeguards at the beach and pool. You could hardly miss it. Thick white streaks down the center of the nose. Hardly attractive.

Memorial Day weekend offered us the perfect chance to give Babo Botanicals a whirl. We headed for the pool and lathered up. I liked that it was easy to rub in. It wasn't greasy or too thick. And it didn't have a strong scent, which many sunscreens do.

Babo's zinc oxide is unique in that it's completely clear. It's non-nanotechnology formulation doesn't penetrate the skin and dissolves quickly so that there is no white gunk to rub in.


  • Non-greasy and easy to rub in.
  • Hypo-allergenic, gluten-free, PABA-free, and paragen-free.
  • Contains organic jojoba to moisturize and protect children's skin from toxic chemicals and sun damage.
  • Goes on white, but rubs in clear.
  • Doesn't contain harsh chemicals that can burn eyes or irritate the skin.


  • It's a bit expensive at $18.95 for a 3 fl. oz. tube. But when you look at the benefits, it's worth the extra cost.

You can find more information at www.babobotanicals.com or on the Facebook page. To find a retailer near you, visit the web site. Online purchasing can also be made through www.drugstore.com and www.dermstore.com.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary 3 fl. oz. tube of Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Oxide sunscreen to facilitate this review. I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions are my own.

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