In my never-ending quest to lighten the chemicals in our lives, I’ve found some great sun and insect protection. It took a few tries to find a natural insect repellent that we liked. Most either didn’t do the job or smelled awful. Burt’s Bees was effective but the spray bottle was way too messy (so I had to keep it in a plastic bag) and the odor was a bit noxious. Because of the mess, I kept trying. We, also, tried Buzz Away Extreme but couldn’t handle the smell. This year, I found BabyGanics Natural Insect Repellent. It’s DEET-free, petroleum-free, and the bottle stays clean. The herbal smell is low key so Boe doesn’t mind getting sprayed with it.
For sunscreen, I was looking for something that was fragrance-free and without sodium benzoate (which can be a problem for some people and we think this is true for Boe). This was proving impossible; as I’ve been looking for this since Boe was a baby. Finally, I found Nature’s Gate kid’s block. It’s fragrance-free and paraben-free so I don’t feel bad about slathering it on him. I always have it on hand.