Sunscreen

Goddess Garden produces premium sunscreen products that go on sheer and provide serious protection from the sun using only plant-based ingredients and naturally-occurring minerals. Most conventional (chemical) sunscreens use toxic chemicals like oxybenzone or octinoxate which are absorbed into the bloodstream and have been linked to endocrine disruption. They are especially dangerous to children and are even more hazardous to coral reefs.

Unlike chemical sunscreens, Goddess Garden uses a unique combination of naturally occurring zinc and titanium to provide safe, reliable protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Goddess Garden is biodegradable, so once it washes off, it can safely return into the earth where it came from in the first place. They are safe for people and the planet!

Higher isn’t always better, so it’s important to check. To get a higher SPF, you either need more chemicals (which are not good) or more minerals (which can sometimes be whitening in high amounts). SPF 30 sunscreens protect you from 97% of the sun’s UV rays, while SPF 50 sunscreens protect you from only 1% more UV rays. Most of our sunscreens are SPF 30, but we also offer an SPF 50 for more active lifestyles.

Whether you have an SPF 30 sunscreen or use SPF 50, you should always reapply your sunscreen every two hours. Don’t give into the feeling that a higher SPF means that you don’t need to reapply!

With all that, we strongly believe that SPF 30 offers you the best protection and allows us to create the best product for everyone. Learn more about SPF 30

Kids, adults, and those who are young at heart can use all of our sunscreens. We have formulated all of our products to use the most natural, organic ingredients available, so they are safe for everyone!

Goddess Garden Kids Sunscreen contains a synergistic blend of active ingredients, including both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as well as a light scent from lavender essential oil. The Baby Sunscreen is scent-free, and contains one active ingredient, zinc oxide, which is recommended by the FDA for use on sensitive baby skin.

Our Facial Sunscreen is made with a powerful anti-aging element called Immortelle, which helps regenerate skin cells and repair sun damage. The facial formula also contains a very sheer form of zinc oxide that is transparent. The formula is also non-greasy, making it perfect for use with or without makeup.

While some ingredients, like zinc, are the same, both products are uniquely formulated for different uses. The regular Facial Sunscreen is tested to be water resistant for 40 minutes and is designed to be more of an active sunscreen. This is our pick for weekend hikes, kids’ soccer games and times when you are intentionally outdoors. Face the Day was designed to counter the cumulative effects of unintentional sun exposure. It is intended to be used in place of a daily facial moisturizer. As such, it also has skin tightening and smoothing properties so it can double as a makeup primer.

Yes. While the stains are usually not permanent, our sunscreens are comprised of nourishing oils and natural minerals. Like all oils, they can stain some fabrics. These oils also help the minerals adhere to your skin. They can do the same to your deck, car seats, furniture or fabrics, too. It’s best to let our sunscreens dry after application for few minutes before letting fabric touch your skin. If you are using our sprays, we recommend spraying outdoors over safe surfaces, and avoiding your car, deck, patio or other areas that could be hard to clean.

If you wind up getting a stain on your clothes, we recommend applying a 50/50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol directly to the stain, followed by dabbing, which will help lift the stain off of your clothes. If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol, you can apply dish soap directly to the stain, then wash as normal. Laundry detergent does not have oil-removing properties, so dish soap should get the job done!

A good lather with a natural soap (like a castile soap) will usually get Goddess Garden off of your skin. Remember that Goddess Garden is packed with moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, sunflower oil, and shea butter, so you will probably feel these moisturizing ingredients even after the active zinc and titanium have washed off.

Phthalates and parabens can often be hidden in the ingredient labeled as “fragrance.” Our scented sunscreens all receive their aroma from natural lavender essential oils, so that means our sunscreens are all phthalate and paraben-free while still smelling sweet! Learn more about phthalates and parabens.

We make Goddess Garden Sunscreens with certified organic ingredients including aloe vera, shea butter, glycerin, and sunflower oil. Because more than 70% of our sunscreen ingredients are organic, every Goddess Garden product is certified organic.

Goddess Garden sunscreens are essentially organic lotion and lavender essential oil, combined with minerals. Naturally occurring minerals are very effective as a sun block, but since they are not grown, they can never be considered “organic” ingredients since they’ve never been alive. This means mineral sunscreens (whether made by Goddess Garden or not) will never be USDA organic. For the rest of us, we have the QAI certified organic verification.

All Goddess Garden products, including our sprays, all apply as white lotions. Through over a dozen years of research and development, we have created a very transparent, all-natural sunscreen formula. This means our sunscreens go on virtually transparent after you rub them in.

We use pure, distilled botanical lavender essential oil to scent most of our sunscreens. Lavender is a very calming scent, and as an essential oil, it also helps soothe your skin. Our Baby and Sport sunscreens are unscented.

We use a natural preservative system for our sunscreens comprised of coconut-derived glyceryl caprylate and caprylhydroxamic acid.

We use two minerals in most of our sunscreens, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to block the sun’s rays. Our Baby and Facial sunscreens only use zinc oxide.

In order to maximize the skin-calming benefits of zinc, we use uncoated zinc in our sunscreen lotions and sprays. The organic oils we use, coupled with the way we add the zinc to our sunscreen formulas, provide aesthetic benefits similar to coated zinc. Additionally, we use non-nano, pharmaceutical-grade zinc. For our sunscreen sticks and lip balms, we use coated zinc.

No. A “nano-particle” is often considered a particle under 100nm (nanometers) in size. All of our minerals have a range between 100 and 130nm with an average size of 120nm. This means that our minerals are all non-nano.

Yes. Goddess Garden uses only natural minerals and plant-based ingredients so our sunscreens are completely reef safe.

We use aluminum hydroxide in some of our sunscreens as an essential coating to keep the titanium stable. Since the aluminum hydroxide is used as a coating, it will not be absorbed. Aluminum hydroxide is different from aluminum chlorohydrate, the ingredient commonly used in antiperspirants that has been associated with cancer and Alzheimer’s concerns. The EWG even gives aluminum hydroxide a 1, its safest rating. We feel using a combination of titanium and zinc is the safest, most effective way to offer sun protection. It goes on sheer, is not absorbed and reflects the rays away, offering safe and gentle, yet powerful broad-spectrum protection.

You’ll be glad to learn that Goddess Garden’s Sunscreens are indeed vegan. No animal products are ever used in our formulas. We are also cruelty free and Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free.

Our sunscreens do not contain gluten or wheat-derived products. The xanthan gum we use in our sunscreens is fermented from wheat or soy, but our supplier has also tested for both of those specific allergens and none remain after processing. However, we are not a gluten-free facility. For those with a gluten sensitivity (or any allergy or sensitivity), we recommend trying our sunscreen on the inside of your elbow 24 hours prior to use to make sure it works for you.

We do not use soy or soy-containing ingredients in any of our sunscreens. The xanthan gum we use in our sunscreens is fermented from soy (or wheat), but our supplier has also tested for both of those allergens and none remain after processing. It is important to note that our products have not been tested by a soy-free certification facility and they are not made at a soy-free facility, so we urge highly sensitive individuals to do a patch test first by trying our sunscreen on the inside of your elbow 24 hours prior to use to make sure it works for you.

No. Salicylates are naturally found in the bark, leaves, roots, skin and seeds of some plants. They protect the plants from insect damage and disease, but can be problematic for some individuals. That’s why none of our sunscreens contain any salicylates.

Never! We don’t believe in animal testing and we’re Leaping Bunny-certified. Our products are not tested on animals—only people! Learn more about how we test our products.

Conventional sunscreens rely on chemical ingredients to absorb the sun’s UVA and UVB (ultraviolet) rays. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin and have been shown to cause hormone disruption and can break down over time into free radicals which may cause skin cancers. Natural sunscreen uses only natural ingredients and minerals to block the sun’s rays. Minerals are recommended by the Environmental Working Group as the best sunscreen ingredients available. See our EWG page for more information.

Goddess Garden uses natural minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to reflect the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. These minerals act like tiny little mirrors that create an invisible shield that bounces the sun’s rays off the skin, offering the best sun protection available! Since the minerals aren’t absorbed, they’re safe and gentle, even on sensitive skin.

Because mineral sunscreens do not have to go through a chemical reaction on the skin before they work, they are effective immediately, compared with conventional sunscreen which must be applied 15-20 minutes before sun exposure to see results.

No. Goddess Garden Sunscreens are made with a blend of minerals that are virtually transparent. Our lotion base is a high-end shea butter that leaves your skin soft and healthy. This makes our sunscreens non-greasy, sheer and easy to apply.

We use only plant-based ingredients and naturally occurring minerals in our sunscreens. There are no synthetic ingredients or chemical sunscreens, only pure, good-for-your-skin ingredients.

Sun damage, occurs daily, year ’round, when it’s cloudy, and even through your car windows. We recommend applying sunscreen every day, even in colder months, to prevent early skin aging and to help prevent the possibility of skin cancers.

Apply about a teaspoon of sunscreen to your face and about a palm-full (1 ounce) to your whole body. Reapply immediately after swimming and sweating excessively. Learn more about the best ways to use sunscreen.

According to the TSA guidelines, because our continuous sprays are air powered and free from flammable propellants, they are safe to bring aboard an aircraft. If you plan to carry it on, remember it must be the 3.4-oz. size, and it must be in a sealed, 1-quart, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Larger sizes must be checked.

This innovative product uses simple, compressed air to spray—no alcohol or other flammable propellants required.

Rest assured, our titanium dioxide is safe! If titanium is uncoated, it can create free radicals, which have been linked to cancer. Ours is coated to keep it stable. Additionally, there are two main crystalline structures of titanium: anatase and rutile. The anatase form is more reactive and creates more free radicals, so we use the most stable, rutile form. Zinc and titanium work better together than either do on their own—and titanium protects against UVB rays better than zinc—which is why we use titanium, but we definitely take precautions to ensure all our ingredients are safe.

No, our sunscreens are free from retinol (vitamin A). When applied to skin, vitamin A can reduce wrinkles, improve healing and fight acne. Many conventional sunscreens are formulated with vitamin A in order for manufacturers to market products as “anti-aging.” Vitamin A can cause skin irriation on its own, but when paired with the sun, it can trigger some potentially dangerous side effects. That’s why we’ll never use it in our sunscreen. If you use vitamin A, make sure it’s at night. Retinol and sunshine just don’t mix!

 

No; PABA has been linked to hormone disruption, genetic defects and other health complications. We have never used PABA or any other chemical sunscreen. And we never will!

Goddess Garden lip balms are beeswax-free and vegan, and offer powerful SPF 30 in a natural mineral formula that goes on sheer and is never drying.

Our lip balms are very gentle! We use only gentle plant-based oils, butters and waxes to nourish and sooth lips, with skin-friendly zinc oxide for broad spectrum SPF.

Our lip balms are free from beeswax and vegan. They’re also Leaping Bunny certified.

Our lip balms have a matte finish, making them great for everyone in the family!

Our lip balms should go on very sheer, but if you’re an avid applier of lip balm, you may want to take it easy. Multiple layers of minerals can create a whitening effect if you’re not careful to rub it in.

A small amount of Stevia, combined with natural flavor oils and essential oils give our Raspberry and Orange Vanilla lip balms their taste. The Lavender Mint lip balm is flavored only with essential oils.

Goddess Garden created the first and ONLY all-mineral, certified-organic SPF 50 sunscreens. They are easy to apply and offer powerful broad-spectrum protection for active lifestyles.

Often higher SPFs use chemicals for sun protection, but we only use natural zinc and titanium in our SPF 50 sunscreens.

Yes! We use the exact same ingredients, just different concentrations. If you’ve been using the SPF 30 formulas, you should have no trouble with the SPF 50 options.

Our SPF 50 sunscreens rub on sheer, and many people do not notice a difference between them and the SPF 30 formulas. Some find it slightly more whitening than the SPF 30, but it is just as easy to apply.

Unlike many aloe vera gels, our After-Sun Gel is silky and absorbs quickly so it’s never sticky.

Goddess Garden After-Sun Gel is certified organic and contains no added colors or fragrances. The silky formula is easy to wear and includes essential oils to cool and nourish the skin. It’s also the only certified-organic air-powered aloe vera spray.

No. It’s important to note the Aloe Vera Gel does not provide any sun protection. It is intended to sooth sunburned, wind burned or dry skin. Of course, we encourage using a natural mineral sunscreen anytime you’re in the sun to avoid a sunburn and prevent premature skin aging.

The spray applies a thin, even layer so you won’t have to rub delicate, sunburned or irritated skin. Because it is a water-based product with no harsh propellants, there are no particles that linger in the air, minimizing inhalation risk. The spray gel is powered by air and the can is also completely recyclable.

Yes! Our After-Sun Gel contains no artificial fragrances or colors. The gel contains organic aloe vera, combined with organic tea tree and lavender essential oils to soothe, soften and cool the skin. It’s gentle for kids and adults alike!

The water is used to rehydrate the aloe vera. We use dehydrated aloe vera to avoid a potential issue with aloein, which is present in fresh aloe. High-aloein-containing products have raised some concerns, so we chose the safest route. We use certified-organic aloe vera powder, and the aloein is removed by filtering and rinsing the aloe plants during the process.

The longer names are the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names. They’re based on each ingredient’s scientific name and are required on cosmetic packaging to maintain consistency in labeling. If the ingredient has a common name, it is included in parenthesis to make it easier to understand.

Rest assured, they aren’t made of Styrofoam! If the product is good for the Earth, but the packaging isn’t, it’s still a problem. We want to make sure your items arrive in great shape, so we use something that looks like Styrofoam, but is actually made from natural glucose. These packing peanute dissolve almost instantly when you run them under water, and you can put them right in your compost bin unless you choose to use them again.

Essential Oils – Usage & Safety

Yes! Because information is lacking, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends avoiding certain essential oils during pregnancy, including:

  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove Bud
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sweet Basil
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Wintergreen

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

We recommend avoiding the same essential oils while nursing as you would while pregnant. (Please see above question).

It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before using the following oils in aromatherapy:

  • Black pepper (Morning Chai Blend)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

Yes. It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider first, but in general, we recommend avoiding the following oils:

  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Eucalyptus

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

Yes. It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider first, but in general, we recommend avoiding the following oil:

  • Wintergreen

Consult with your healthcare provider and use caution with the following oils:

  • Basil
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Clove Bud
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Marjoram
  • Patchouli
  • Thyme

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

Essential oils vary in color and chemical structure. While some can act as stain removers, others can discolor your clothing. Be careful to wash your hands after applying oils, and wait for the product to soak in before coming in contact with any fabric.

We do not advise ingesting essential oils as they are very concentrated and care should always be given when using essential oils in any way. Please see General Use Guidelines for more information on the safe use of essential oils.

There are some essential oils that could pose issues for those with medical conditions or those on prescription drugs. It is always important to consult with your health professional before use if you have any concerns, and it is particularly important for those with medical issues to check before using the following oils:

  • Clove Bud
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine Sambac
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Wintergreen

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

Orders, Shipping & Payment

You have several shipping options to choose from when you place your order:

  • Ground Shipping* – $8.99 (1-7 days in transit)
  • 2-Day – $20.00
  • Overnight – $35.00

*Special offers and promos sometimes apply and we offer free ground shipping on orders over $35.

We accept all major credit cards and pre-paid credit cards.

All orders leave our facility within two business days. Ground shipping can take up to seven days. Expedited shipping options are available at checkout.

Our store is hosted on Shopify Inc. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you.

Your data, including your payment information, is stored behind a firewall, through Shopify’s data storage, databases and the general Shopify application. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

Yes, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation right after you place your order. You’ll also receive a packing list within your shipment.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the highly concentrated “essence” of a plant, obtained by distillation or cold-press processing. These nourishing oils have a long history of therapeutic use, and today about 20% of essential oils in the market are used in the pharmaceutical industry.  While there are well documented pharmacological effects that inform our safety guidelines, our essential oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Essential oils are as versatile as the plants from which they come. They can be used in a number of ways, including adding a few drops to:

  • A diffuser to disperse the scent evenly and regularly throughout the day
  • The roller ball for on-the-go aromatherapy
  • Massage oil to enhance the physical benefits, and balance the mind and body
  • The water in a humidifier
  • Warm, filtered water in a sprayer bottle to make a room spray
  • Silk and paper flowers (being careful to do a color test first since some oils stain)
  • A cotton ball placed under your pillow

We offer all USDA certified organic essential oils, with the exception of our jasmine sambac absolute. Our facility is certified NSF organic, and we are currently in the process of obtaining USDA certification.

There are myriad companies claiming confusing certifications. By offering certified organic oils, we can clear that up. There are very specific standards for an organic certification, and it’s regulated by a third-party who makes sure our oils are what we say they are—pure and not contaminated with synthetic chemicals.

There’s no formal grading standard in the essential oil industry. There’s no government agency or organization, like the FDA, that certifies essential oils as “therapeutic,” “medicinal” or “aromatherapy” grade in the U.S. These are marketing terms that are now used by aromatherapists to differentiate the active constituents in the oil to guarantee they are effective. Our oils are effective, potent and pure—ideally suited for therapeutic use and thus, therapeutic grade. They’re also certified organic so you know you can trust them.

You get what you pay for. That’s why we keep it simple. We don’t have to pay multiple tiers of people who are selling our products for us. We just offer the best oils available, and keep our operations simple. That lets us offer the very best, therapeutic-grade, certified organic oils at an affordable price—making quality accessible to everyone.

Essential oils are intrinsically powerful, so we recommend sticking with the recommended dilution rates for On-the-Go aromatherapy and no more than 5 drops in your diffuser. A little goes a long way, but if you’d like a stronger scent, feel free to experiment with it!

Depending on the individual essential oil, area in which it is applied, and other factors, too much essential oil could cause skin reactions. While Goddess Garden steers clear of essential oils considered to be dermal irritants and sensitizers in our On-the-Go aromatherapy recipes, we do recommend sticking with the recommended dilution rates.

Essential Oils - Preparation Process

They are very similar. Both are concentrated, highly aromatic mixtures, extracted from plants. Essential oils can be directly extracted from plants by steam distillation, expeller pressing or cold pressing. Absolutes, however, require the help of a solvent to retrieve the essence. Some flowers are so delicate steam distillation cannot be used to extract the fragrant oil. The intense heat would destroy the flowers, causing them to become compacted into a solid mass that steam cannot penetrate. If the steam is unable to move freely through the flowers during distillation, it is impossible to extract the oil. Similarly, some plants, like vanilla, are unable to be pressed or steamed.

Jasmine sambac is an absolute; vanilla bourbon is an extract; jojoba oil is a liquid wax; the rest are essential oils.

If you immediately thought of steaming vegetables, you’re exactly right. The botanicals are placed in a container over boiling water and exposed to the rising steam vapor. Similar to making a tea, this method is best used for leafy plants.

This method is most commonly used to extract oils from seeds and nuts. Basically, the item is smashed between two rotating metal plates, forcing the oil out through high, constant pressure.

Cold pressing is similar to expeller pressing, except the temperature is kept to lower levels. When an object is pressed via the rotating plates, it can produce friction, which can produce heat. Cold pressing employs the extra step of keeping the temperature to a controlled level. This helps protect oils, like those from citrus peels, that can be damaged by high temperatures.

The aromatic compounds which give vanilla its delicious scent cannot be harvested by steam distillation, expeller pressing or cold pressing. Our organic vanilla is extracted via supercritical CO2 extraction. When CO2 (carbon dioxide) is subjected to high pressure, the gas turns into liquid. This liquid CO2 can be used as a very safe, “liquid solvent,” which will capture the aromatic molecules. At a normal pressure and temperature, the CO2 reverts to a gas and evaporates, leaving the aromatic qualities behind. In the case of vanilla bourbon, using CO2 produces an a vanilla with a fragrance true to the original plant without the alcohol that can typically be detected in an absolute.

Jasmine flowers cannot be steam distilled, expeller pressed or cold pressed. They are incredibly fragile, and it takes eight million of them to make a single kilogram of jasmine oil. Because of this, a solvent is used to get all of the precious essence out of the blossom. In the process, the solvent is removed. Any remaining residues in absolutes would be in the order of around one part per 300 million. Because the process is different, this oil is not able to be certified organic. Absolutes are extremely concentrated and should always be diluted.

We infuse our vanilla bourbon, neroli, jasmine and Roman chamomile in pure, organic jojoba oil. These extracts, oils and absolutes are extremely potent and treasured. This infusion allows them to become much more affordable than they would be in their pure forms. Since the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends diluting oils before topical application, this also helps ensure the proper recommended dilution rates without extra measuring on your part. Similarly, the AromaPersona kits include jojoba oil.

Cinnamon bark oil, like we offer, is steam distilled from the bark. It is stronger and has a longer lasting scent than cinnamon leaf oil. Cinnamon leaf oil is easier to extract since it comes from the leaves, but it is more mild and doesn’t last as long. It is often much less expensive for these reasons.

Essential Oils - Miscellaneous

Immediately! Essential oils can start impacting your mood before your brain even recognizes and translates the scent. Your sense of smell is your most powerful sense. Smelling certain aromas can trigger good memories and instantly lift your mood by association.

We recommend avoiding the use of undiluted essential oils directly on your skin. For topical on-the-go aromatherapy application, we’ve provided the proper proportions to achieve the desired results. We don’t recommend using the following oils in personal scents on skin, as they may cause skin irritation.

  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove bud
  • Lemongrass
  • Nutmeg
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen

*Please note this is not a complete list and only includes the oils we sell.

Shelf life varies and greatly depends on how the oils are used and stored. Leaving oils in the sun or light, or exposing them to wide temperature fluctuations will shorten their life, while storing them in a cool, dark place will prolong them. Our oils are divided into groups and are easily identifiable by the colors on the labels. Given normal use and proper storage, our essential oils should last for the following lengths of time after they are opened:

  • Herbal oils (green) – 18 to 24 months
  • Citrus oils (yellow) – 6 months
  • Spicy (red) – 24 months
  • Earthy (light brown) – 18-24 months
  • Floral (purple) – 12-18 months

*For blends, follow the same guidelines, using the shortest time listed for all the oils in the blend.

Some essential oils are shown to be safe for your kids and/or pets and recommend consulting with your pediatrician or veterinarian.  We always recommend keeping essential oils out of reach of children and pets due to the risk of consumption.

Because oxidation is the main issue, we recommend storing your products in a cool, dark place with the lid tightly sealed.

No, our products are never tested on animals (unless you count our team—we can be a little wild).

Yes. Because they are oils, they will not freeze, although some of the constituents within the oils could become cloudy as they crystalize. Once the oil warms up, this cloudiness should dissipate. Storing oils in the refrigerator will only prolong their life, but take care to label them as not for consumption!

While we currently do not distill our own oils, our mission is to make top-quality oils accessible to everyone. We source the best available UDSA-certified organic oils from around the world, from suppliers who have mastered the art and have a similar mission.

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