6 Reasons You Should Care About What Sunscreen and Bug Spray You Use


After what felt like an exhausting winter, summertime is FINALLY here in full swing! We have had one full week of bright, sunny, 80 degree days. We’ve hit the beach, swam in the pond, gone for hikes and bike rides, and enjoyed days at the pool. We are wholeheartedly embracing summer.

I learned my lesson last year as I scrambled to find information on safe and healthy options for my family when it came to sunscreen and protecting us from the bugs. This year, I stocked up early…on our favortie brand. Badger. (You can read my review from last year here.)

When it comes to choosing organic, we do the best we can. Sunscreen and bug spray are decisions that can be made in advance and things that you don’t buy on a whim. Looking at the information and making an informed decision is something that is important. Below are my thoughts and the reasons why we have made the decision to use Badger Balm Sunscreen and Bugspray.

  • Protection is not compromised. I often hear complaints about sunscreens not providing enough coverage and little ones still getting too much sun. We have been using this sunscreen for a long time and I can tell you, even on the strongest of sunny beach days, the Badger Sunscreen Creams work like a charm.
  • You can see where you have applied. So maybe this isn’t exactly a reason why you should care about what sunscreen or bugspray you use, but it is a reason I use the brand that I do:) Badger sunscreen creams (which is what we use because they are water resistant) are fairly white. When not rubbed in well, it can have a ghostly effect. :) The plus side of this is that it makes it easy to see where you have and have not applied sunscreen! And for the record, when rubbed in, you don’t notice the white.
  • Broad Spectrum is a must. The mineral zinc oxide in Badger sunscreens sits on top of your skin absorbing UVA and UVB rays before it reaches cells. This is the ONLY active ingredient in the sunscreen. SPF is only a measure of how well a sunscreen protects from sunburn, caused by UVB rays. The US and Canada only require that sunscreens have this protection in it. Badger goes one step further offerning protection from UVA rays as well which are the rays that can cause cellular damage and lead to cancer.
  • All natural and certified organic base. The other ingredients in Badger’s sunscreens and bugsprays are soothing to the skin. And…they smell nice too;) My favorite scent – the lavender.
  • No DEET. Not an issue for sunscreens, but as far as bug repellents go, you have to be careful with this one. DEET is an oil developed by the US Army. It has been seen as a successful way to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs. BUT in doing so, has also been known to cause neurological issues, severe skin reactions, and even in some cases cancer. Um…no thank you. Badger uses a combination of all natural essential oils to repel insects. The boys used it fishing in the woods just the other weekend.
  • No chemicals and all natural ingredients means no toxic ingredients for the Earth. Sunscreen and bug spray chemicals end up in our water supply, in the soil, and other places other than just our skin. They aren’t good for the Earth.

We have been using Badger products for years and they are what we will continue to use.


I love the sunscreen creams for the beach, pool, and all other water based activities because of its water resistance.

As far as bug sprays go, this spray repellent is a perfect 2.7 ounces, which makes it GREAT for traveling on planes. 😉 I also like the bug balm which comes in a stick making it easy to apply to wrists and other small areas that are exposed.

Now, Badger makes an After Sun Balm. I must say, we have yet to use it for its intended use which is after sun exposure. BUT…the other day, G got a burn on his back from the hot slide outside of our temporary apartment. The normal bandaid and letting it air out wasn’t doing the trick. I figured with all natural ingredients and oils, it couldn’t hurt to try the After Sun Balm on it. Miracle. Within 3 days, it was totally cleared up. Heck, LOVE this use!

Next year…the Rose Facial Sunscreen Lotion comes out and it is totally on my radar. I love their rose products.

One more exciting thing for you all! Enter below to win a package of Badger products! Trust me, you’ll love them!

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***Disclosure: I received products from Badger to facilitate this post and review. BUT if you see me around town or the beach, you’ll see me wearing these products. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be in this post so that I can keep this website running:) 

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I need a good strong sunscreen for our bright white, sensitive skin, lol :) Thanks for this!

  2. For me it is that the sunscreen works on sensitive skin and doesn’t “sting”! Both of my kids have sensitive skin and are easily irritated by harsher sunscreens.

    Also, that it doesn’t “sweat off”!
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  3. stephanie says:

    I prefer the ones with zinc oxide, but I also look for price as well.

  4. Strong coverage that doesn’t make us break out!
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  5. Ashley Kolpak says:

    Sunscreen for sensitive skin

  6. I only buy natural sunscreens, ones that I have tried and seen that they work!

  7. I’ve never heard about this brand! Thank you! Will all the buzz about harmful sunscreens these days I am excited to try this out.
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  8. Using natural sunscreens and bug repellents for our family is SO important– obviously the number one thing I look for is that it works, but next is the list of ingredients. The brand we’ve been using has it’s downside so I’m thrilled to hear that Badger works. It’s on my list to buy ASAP! AWESOME giveaway!
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  9. Charlotte says:

    For me, it’s all about ingredients and broad-spectrum coverage. Otherwise, I’m open to any brands. I’m excited to try this one – I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounds fantastic!

  10. For sunscreen I need something that won’t irritate the kids eyes (much). Mine are always touching their eyes and then crying that it is irritating them!
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  11. Sunscreen is so important – I try to buy organic products even though it’s probably too late for me!
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  12. I want my sunscreen to be ranked well on the EWG’s list!!
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  13. natural sunscreen that still works!
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  14. I’ve been meaning to try Badger sunscreens for my daughter. I’ve heard wonderful things about the line!

  15. Emily S. says:

    I love Badger products! I use sunscreen that has as many organic and natural ingredients as possible and is safe for sensitive skin. Two things I always look for are fragrance free and non-nano uncoated zinc.

  16. we all have fair skin so sunscreen is a major must. I like to know what ingredients are in the products we use. I’ve recently switched most of my shampoo and the like to brands I can understand the ingredients.
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  17. It’s important that the sunscreen is not toxic and natural for my son

  18. Tracy Smith says:

    All natural ingredients!

  19. Natural ingredients that won’t irritate the skin :)

  20. Price and effectiveness are important considerations.

  21. I want something that works AND isn’t full of chemicals.
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  22. I need a choice that helps my daughter not break out in eczema! I bought badger last year and loved it!
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  23. Easy to apply to a wiggly kid! Plus it has to be safe for sensitive skin.
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  24. I like for a sunscreen to be effective and gentle on the skin.

  25. Barbara Adams says:

    I would say 5 years ago I sent for information to present to the company I was associated with and responded with a very enthusiastic welcome and samples, and I was in love. But as a Jr buyer, my opinion didn’t change their minds unfortunately. However, since that introduction, I seek your products out and am happy to see them at more and more stores. The non-nano zinc is the selling point in my personal story..Thanks for being successful!!

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