Enjoying your Sunday? I love Sundays even when they involve chores, which make me feel very organized for the week to come: laundry, sheets/towels laundry, some cleaning. Great way to kick off the week neat.
Matt and I went for a walk (me) / run (him) for an hour this morning. I took this book, which I am totally loving -
And slathered myself in this:
I recently set out on a quest to find a sunscreen that was both safe for my body and relatively inexpensive. My goal was the find the sunscreen with the cheapest price per ounce choosing from only the Environmental Working Group’s list of top-rated, broad spectrum, chemical-free lotion sunscreens. I used to always use sprays, but I have read that they are not the best for the environment, skin or lungs, so I’m moving back to basics with lotions (bonus: lotions smell better!) I also consulted Consumer Reports, but only as a cross-check, since they didn’t review too many of the more natural ones.
I wasn’t looking for the greenest product out there, but rather one that I could apply by the shotglass while at the beach (that’s how much “they” say you need!) and not be spending the equivalent of $15/day to protect my skin, but also one I could feel good about. I also wanted the biggest bottle possible so I wouldn’t be going through a bottle a day, so 8 ounces and up was preferred.
I came up with this list in order of cost:
Coppertone Water Babies Pure and Simple SPF 50 = $9.87/8 ounces or $1.23/ounce*
CVS Sunblock with Zinc SPF 45 = $5.24/4 ounces or $1.31/ounce [I couldn’t find this one]
Coppertone Sensitive Skin SPF 50 = $8.99/6 ounces or $1.50/ounce
Alba Botanica SPF 45 = $6.88/4 ounces or $1.72/ounce
All Terrain Aquasport SPF 30 = $10.96/3 ounces or $3.65/ounce
Badger Sunscreen SPF 30 = $13.60/3 ounces or $4.53/ounce
*I used Amazon or CVS.com to get my prices. Since I have Amazon Prime, the shipping wouldn’t be a factor, but it would for CVS.com. I went to my local CVS to scout them out and found prices to be much higher in person than on their website so take your math with you or look for sales!
Therefore, I went with the Coppertone Waterbabies Pure & Simple for the max SPF for the lowest price and getting a thumbs up by the EWG. I saw that it was as low as $1/ounce at CVS.com, but when I went to my local store, it was higher than the Amazon price for a two pack, so that’s where I got it. I’ll be on the lookout for sales too!
It applied nice and smoothly this morning, and if I have any drawback it’s that it didn’t all seem to come off in my shower – but perhaps that’s a good thing for water resistance factor!
Matt and I made a wonderful lunch afterwards!
He sliced up our leftover (chilled and conformed) grits and seared them in a pan of butter!
Plus eggs and garden greens!
I added olive oil, honey, salt and nutritional yeast plus some leftover roasted tofu and zucchini.
On the side – the last of last week’s strawberries
And a Bud Light sparkling apple cider diluted with water on ice!
Our doula is coming over shortly, and I have more chores to do!