My family spends a lot of time at the pool. Between play dates and swim team, we are up at the neighborhood pool every day, sometimes twice a day. This means we go through a lot of towels and sunscreen in my house, too. I am not a big fan of sunscreen in general but it is way better than the risk of skin cancer so it is kind of a necessity down here in the sunny south. I was recently sent a bottle of Marie Veronique Kid Safe Screen to review. If you are not familiar with Marie Veronique, here is some information about them from their website:
It all started in a kitchen. Not a garage like most Bay Area startups. Of course the kitchen was the perfect place for former chemistry teacher Marie Veronique Nadeau to experiment. Fueled by a desire to age gracefully, she created a line of ecologically responsible, natural and transformative anti-aging products. At MVO what we put in our products is as important as what we don’t. You won’t find toxins, petroleum-based products, nanoparticles, or anything else that’s potentially harmful.
Marie Veronique offers not only sunscreen but also cleansers, moisturizers and many other natural skincare products. They offer a number of vegan products and all items are hand made in California. Their ingredients are organic, fair trade and locally sourced whenever possible.
For my review, I received the Kid Safe Screen. Last year, the Environmental Working Group declared Marie Veronique Organics’ Kids Safe Screen their top overall sunscreen pick. It does not contain parabens, petrochemicals, fragrances, waxes, fillers, silicones, dyes, or any other potentially toxic ingredients. It is also loaded with skin nourishing ingredients like avocado oil and mango butter.
So, my opinion? The active ingredient in this product is zinc oxide. I have used a number of zinc based natural sunscreens and most of them are rather thick and hard to absorb into the skin. The Marie Veronique sunscreen is thinner….more like a lotion than a cream…and actually absorbed in rather quickly. It also has a nice, light scent that I liked. It did not leave my hands greasy after applying it, either.
Now, as with most of the natural sunscreens, this one has to be reapplied every couple of hours, especially after swimming or lots of sweating. It is an SPF 25+ and is water resistant but here in the south with my fair skinned kids, frequent application was a must. I love that it is so safe, though, because using traditional sunscreens on the face is a BIG no-no in my house!
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Overall, I really liked this sunscreen!
My thanks to Marie Veronique for allowing me to review their products. If you would like to learn more about them, you can follow along on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out their blog for more information!
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received product samples in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.