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Bare Republic

Mineral Sunscreen Baby Lotion SPF 50

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Bare Republic’s Mineral Sunscreen Baby Lotion SPF 50 scores quite a few points thanks to its gentle, fragrance-free formula whose pure mineral sunscreens are perfect for baby’s skin. It goes astray with a couple aesthetic issues that might matter to some parents, but babies (or young kids) likely won’t care.

Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube which nicely protects the skin-nourishing mix of non-fragrant plant oils it contains, this creamy water-resistant (80 minutes) sunscreen blends surprisingly well. Most pure mineral sunscreens with 20% zinc oxide tend to feel pasty and require a lot of rubbing for even distribution and absorption, but not this one! The application is truly impressive.

If baby’s skin is dry or prone to eczema, you’ll appreciate the nourishing blend of non-fragrant plant oils this contains; on the downside, these do create a greasier feel, but flipping back to the positive, the greasiness dissipates after several minutes, once this fully sets. Despite that aesthetic blip, this manages to not feel heavy or occlusive on skin, but you will still feel it, so don’t mistake that comment to mean this is a weightless sunscreen.

As for the white cast so common to untinted mineral sunscreens, this one’s got it, but it’s nearly invisible on fair to light skin tones. If your or your baby’s skin tone is medium to dark, the cast is more apparent, but we feel most won’t find it a deal-breaker, and again, kids won’t mind.

We were more generous with this product’s top rating due to the gentle, fragrance free formula that’s perfectly suited for children’s skin. It’s surprising how many such sunscreens contain strong fragrance or other problematic ingredients that can irritate kid’s tender skin.

Note: The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. Although this is permissible due to this sunscreen being regulated as an over-the-counter drug in the U.S., listing ingredients in descending order is more helpful to the consumer.

Pros:
  • Provides gentle, mineral-based sun protection well suited to baby skin.
  • Great mix of non-fragrant, antioxidant-rich plant oils.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy or occlusive on skin.
  • Blends surprisingly well.
  • Fragrance free, water-resistant formula.
Cons:
  • Will feel a bit greasy until it absorbs.
  • White cast will be apparent on medium to dark skin tones.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Let’s be real…babies shouldn’t be out in the sun too much. But we love bringing our sweet ones outside, and they love it as well! So we created this extra sensitive broad spectrum UVA/UVB baby sunscreen that’s free of active chemical sunscreens and synthetic fragrances. Our easy-to-apply mineral baby lotion blends gentle, non-nano Zinc Oxide, which screens physically not chemically with soothing ingredients such as Aloe, Baobab Oil, Shea Butter and Chamomile Extract. Made for babies but perfect for everyone under the sun!

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 22%; Inactive Ingredients: Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Silica, Tocopherol.

An offshoot of the popular (and more expensive) COOLA brand of sunscreens, Bare Republic focuses on mineral-only sun protection catering to the entire family of outdoor enthusiasts. Based in Southern California, the name is a pun on that state’s nickname (“The Bear Republic”) and reflects the ideology of a lifestyle focused on routinely spending time in the sun.

For the most part, Bare Republic gets its sunscreens right: all its offerings focus on SPF ratings that are at least 30, and in most cases even higher. Given SPF 30 and up is recommended by medical boards around the world, clearly Bear Republic did their SPF homework—you’ll be getting reliable broad-spectrum protection.

In most cases the products are also affordable, meaning you’ll be more likely to apply these sunscreens liberally to get the most from them.

A couple of missteps occur, like the inclusion of fragrance ingredients in some of the products that mean these mineral sunscreens aren’t ideal for those with sensitive skin (and sensitive skin usually responds best to mineral sunscreens).

Speaking of those fragrances, Bare Republic claims its sunscreens are free of synthetic fragrance ingredients in an effort to be eco-friendly. While the brand does use natural fragrance sources like coconut and vanilla, it also uses synthetic fragrance ingredients like heliotropine and gamma decalactone, making this claim disingenuous.

For more information about the brand, visit https://www.gobareoutside.com/.

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