Gluten Free Sunscreens, 2017

 

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I first blogged about Gluten Free Sunscreens in 2010, and so much has changed.  The good news; more and more companies are producing gluten free sunscreens! Companies have also realized that we are looking for safer, less toxic products, you will find that many of the sunscreens on the list are Mineral Based.  While the list below provides you with options, it does not contain EVERY brand of sunscreen, nor does it contain every gluten free product that the company produces.   There are also some companies that produce gluten free sunscreens that I did not include on the list.  Some of these brands did not fare well in independent testing, and some contained high levels of chemicals that I would not want you to slather onto your body (or your children’s bodies). Please remember, it is always best to read labels since companies frequently have changes in their supply chain and/or their manufacturing facilities.

My Methodology:  I gathered most of my product information from the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep Database. They have been testing sunscreens since 2007 and their focus is on the safety and efficacy of products.  Each sunscreen they test is given a score, 0-10, the lower the number the better.  You can review the Environmental Working Groups 2017 Guide to Sunscreens here:  http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

The list below is in alphabetical order to make it easier to read, it is not by ranking.  I also researched companies through the internet, read reviews, and finally, I made phone calls to customer service representatives when website information was not available or clear.  Many of the companies were very forthcoming, others, not so much.  Several companies said they did not have a “Gluten Free Certification” although their products contain no gluten ingredients (example:  All Terrain).  Obviously, purchasing products that are not labeled gluten free is a personal decision, but you have many more choices for Gluten Free Sunscreens in 2017 than you did when I first blogged about sunscreens in 2010. I hope the list is helpful and that everyone has a great summer!

Adorable Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+

Alba Botanica Sunscreens (check package for gluten free statement)

All Good Sunscreens

All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 (no gluten ingredients but not certified)

Australian Gold Kids SPF 50 Lotion Sunscreen, Hypoallergenic Formula,

Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30 plus Fragrance Free

Babyganics Mineral-based Sunscreen Spray – SPF 50

Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35

Badger Sunscreens

Bare Belly – Natural Sunscreen Body Stick, SPF 34

Bare Republic Clearscreen Products

Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen, SPF 34

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30+

BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35

Butterbean Organics Simple Formula Healthy Sunscreen, SPF 30

California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+

Carefree Naturals, Zinc Blend SPF 40 Invisible Traditional Sunscreen Face & Body

Caribbean Sol Sol Kid Kare, SPF 30

CeraVe Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50

COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer, SPF 50

Coppertone Sunscreen Stick Water Babies Pure & Simple, SPF 50

Cleure Sunscreen: Natural Mineral, Sensitive Skin, Sunscreen, SPF 15

derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30

Elemental Herbs All Good Kid’s Sunscreen SPF 30

Goddess Garden Organics Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

Grahams Natural – Sunclear, SPF 30 plus Sunscreen

Green Screen Organic

Headhunter Sunscreen Natural, SPF 30

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Anti-Aging Sunscreen, SPF 35 and Jersey Kids, SPF 30

Kabana Organic Skincare, Green Screen® Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32

Keeki Pure & Simple UVA Protection Sunscreen Lotion – Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Keys Solar Rx Broad Spectrum, SPF 30 Sunblock 3.4oz lotion by Keys Care

Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30, Kids Defense Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion, Sun Spray Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30, Sunscreen Face (SPF 30 and SPF 50), Sunscreen Lip Balm, Cool Sport Spray Sunscreen

Loving Naturals 100% Natural Clear Body SPF 30+ Sunscreen

Majestic Pure 100% Natural,  SPF 30+

Maui Sun Water Resistant Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum, SPF 30

Miami Gorgeous SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50

Nurture My Body Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32

Om Botanicals, Skin Soft Organic Moisturizer with Natural Sun Screen

Replenix Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50+,

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, SPF50 Sunscreen Mist, Face Stick SPF60, 1.5-oz SPF 30 (and SPF 50)  Broad Spectrum Sunscreen w/carabiner, 6 Ounce Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 and SPF 50

Rubber Ducky Traditional Sunscreen, SPF 44

Secret in-a-Tube Organic Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Moisturizer, SPF 32

Sonage Protec Plus Natural SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

Sunblocz Baby & Kids Sunscreen Creme, SPF 50+

Sun Bum and Baby Bum Products

Sunology Natural Sunscreen Kids, SPF 50

Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body, SPF 30

Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40

Tender Sprouts Organic Zinc-Oxide Baby Sunscreen, SPF 35

ThinkSport Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50+

True Natural, SPF 30

TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

Waxhead Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30

Waxhead Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, SPF 35

Zebs Organic Sunscreen, SPF 20 and SPF 30

NOTE:  Alba Botanica Gluten Statement:  Our plant-based ingredients come from a variety of sources which we don’t currently screen for traces of gluten. If a product is not specifically labelled Gluten-Free, it hasn’t been tested and cannot be guaranteed as such.

Health, Personal Care

Grain Free Biscotti

Sometimes you just need a little crunch in your gluten free life.  This recipe for Grain Free Biscotti will satisfy that craving.  Free from grains, refined sugar and casein; these biscotti can be served plain or dipped in chocolate.  Be creative with your add in’s…chocolate chips, diced fruit, nuts/seeds.  These biscotti freeze beautifully so make a batch and save some for later.

Grain Free Biscotti

Grain Free Biscotti

Ingredients:

3 1/2 Cups Blanched Almond Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
2 teaspoons Organic Ground Cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons Organic Ground Ginger
Dash of Organic Ground Cloves
1/2 Cup of Optional Ingredients:  slivered almonds, chopped pistachios, currants, or chocolate chips.
2 Large Eggs
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons Almond Extract
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)

Biscotti Dipped in Chocolate

Biscotti Dipped in Chocolate

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 340 degrees F. (no, that’s not a typo).

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix together the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

Whip the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and almond extract with a hand mixer in a small bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer until incorporated.

Add the coconut oil and continue mixing until the oil has been absorbed into the dough.

Split the dough into 2 equal portions and form 2 loaves approximately 4 to 5 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick.

Bake the loaves for 25 minutes or until the loaves begin to brown around the edges.

Remove from the oven and cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

While the loaves are cooling, turn the oven temperature down to 300 degrees F.

When the loaves are cool, slice the loaves into 1/2 inch slices.

Lay the slices flat and bake for 20 to 35 minutes, watching so they do not burn. The longer they bake the crunchier they will become.

Remove from the oven and allow the biscotti to cool for 30 minutes.

You can eat the biscotti plain, or dip into melted chocolate and sprinkle with nuts or sea salt.

Healthy Snacks, Recipes, Sweets and Treats

Gooey Grain Free Brownies

Gooey Grain Free Brownies

Gooey Grain Free Brownies

I am not a chocolate lover, but was asked if I had a recipe for “gooey brownies”. This recipe certainly fits the bill; super moist, almost fudge like.  You can see from the photo that I cut these into small squares as they are quite rich. These brownies can also be made without eggs, by using the substitution at the bottom of the page or your favorite egg substitute.

Ingredients:

6 Tablespoons Pastured Butter (unsalted is best for this recipe)
9 ounces Dark Chocolate (Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips work well)
2/3 cup Coconut Sugar or 1/3 Organic Maple Syrup and 1/3 Cup of Coconut Sugar
1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao or Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt (1/4 teaspoon if using salted butter)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 teaspoon Chocolate Extract (optional)
2 Large Pastured Eggs, (NOTE the eggs I purchase from my local farm would be considered “Extra Large” eggs at the grocery store)
1/3 cup Tapioca or Arrowroot Flour (I recommend tapioca flour for this recipe)
2 teaspoons Coconut Flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F

Grease an 8×8 Pyrex/Glass square pan (you can use butter or coconut oil for this task)

Place butter and chocolate in a medium sized sauce pan.

Melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.

When the chocolate and butter have melted, remove the mixture from heat.

Whisk in coconut sugar (or maple syrup/coconut sugar combination), sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and chocolate extracts until well combined.

Whisk in eggs, one at a time (if you are using a chia/flax egg substitute mix in all at once).

Whisk in tapioca flour, baking powder, raw cacao/or cocoa, and coconut flour.

Allow the batter to “rest” for 3 to 5 minutes.  Give the batter another whisk prior to pouring it in the pan to bake.  The batter should be very smooth/pourable.  If your batter is too thick, add another tablespoon of melted butter and whisk to combine.

Pour the batter into the greased pan and smooth with the back of a spoon so that it is even.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are just pulling away from the edges of the pan.

Cool for at least an hour and then cut into small squares.

NOTE:  For those with Egg Allergies you can use the following substitution (double for 2 eggs).

1 large egg = 1 Tablespoon of ground chia or ground flax seeds mixed with 3 Tablespoons hot water.  Allow the mixture to sit for approximately 5 minutes before using.

Recipes, Sweets and Treats