What makes Goddess Garden’s Mineral Sunscreens better?

Goddess Garden produces premium mineral sunscreen products that go on sheer and provide serious protection from the sun using only gentle ingredients that are safe for people and the planet. Most conventional 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 pure zinc and titanium to provide safe, reliable protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Goddess Garden is reef safe and biodegradable, so once it washes off, it can safely return into the earth where it came from in the first place. Now you can protect your family and the environment at the same time! 


Can I use Goddess Garden Mineral Sunscreen on my kids, or is it only for adult use?

Kids, adults and those who are young at heart can use all of our sunscreens. We have formulated our products using the best and most gentle ingredients available, so they are safe for everyone (including the coral reefs)! However, we do also have formulas specific to kids and babies as well! 


What is the difference between the Kids and the Baby Sunscreen?

In our newest formulations, Goddess Garden Kids and Baby Sunscreen have the same gentle and effective ingredients, including pure zinc in the SPF 50 formulas or a synergistic blend of zinc and titanium dioxide in the sprays. They both also feature a light scent from lavender essential oils and soothing plant-based ingredients like organic aloe vera. In all our products, we use only gentle ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin. 


What are the differences between your traditional mineral sunscreen and Face the Day and Tinted Face the Day?

While some ingredients are the same, these products are uniquely formulated for different uses. Our traditional Mineral Sunscreens include SPF 30 and 50, are tested to be water resistant for 80 minutes and are designed to be more “active” sunscreens. They are our pick for weekend hikes, kids’ soccer games and times when you are intentionally outdoors. Face the Day and Tinted Face the Day were designed to protect against unintentional daily sun exposure using powerful minerals. They are intended to be used in place of a facial moisturizer. As such, they also have skin tightening and smoothing properties so they can double as a moisturizing and firming makeup primer. Tinted Face the Day is also water resistant, so you can be confident the color will stay in place throughout the day. 


What is the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50?

In terms of the protection they offer, they’re more similar than you might think. SPF 30 and SPF 50 sunscreens are both very powerful and protect against 97% and 98% of the sun’s UV rays respectively. We think the 97% protection you get from SPF 30 is a great option, but we realize 1 percent can make a difference for people who spend a lot of time outside or are particularly sensitive to the sun. That’s why we offer sheer, easy-to-apply options in both values.  


Does Goddess Garden have sunscreens higher than SPF 50?

Our highest SPF is 50. Despite how it might sound, SPF isn’t a linear scale from 0 to 100 and it doesn’t increase exponentially. For example, an SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 blocks 97%. The SPF is doubled, but the protection level isn’t. SPF 50 protects against 98% of UV rays, but you would need a product with an SPF of 100 to protect against 99% of UVB rays. That’s a lot of zinc!

Because of the marginal difference in protection, the FDA has deemed SPF values above 50 misleading. And regardless of SPF value, you should always reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours and after towel-drying.   


Can your sunscreens stain fabrics or surfaces?

Yes. While the stains are usually not permanent, our sunscreens contain nourishing oils and pure minerals. Like all oils, they can stain some fabrics. The oils also help the minerals spread smoothly and adhere to your skin, which means 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. 


What happens if I get a stain from Goddess Garden sunscreens?

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 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! 


What is the best way to wash Goddess Garden off of my skin?

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


Do your sunscreens contain phthalates or parabens?

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


Are Goddess Garden Sunscreens organic?

Our SPF 30 formulas are certified organic, and our SPF 50 formulas are not. This mostly boils down to their higher concentration of minerals needed to achieve a higher SPF. Minerals cannot be considered “organic,” and certification requires a minimum threshold of 70% organic ingredients. For all our formulas, we select only gentle ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin and the planet, and all Goddess Garden Sunscreens are packed with nourishing organic ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and sunflower oil! 


Why can’t mineral sunscreens be 100% organic?

Pure minerals offer powerful UV protection, but 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 100% organic. 


Do Goddess Garden Mineral Sunscreens make you ‘white’ like some of the other mineral sunscreens on the market?

All Goddess Garden Sunscreens, including our sprays, apply as white lotions. Through over a dozen years of research and development, we have created a much more transparent, mineral sunscreen formula, even with an SPF value of 50. This means our sunscreens go on virtually transparent after you rub them in. There are also some tips for helping mineral sunscreens go on more sheer and easily. Check out our video where we explain the best way to apply mineral sunscreen. 


What are your products scented with?

We use organic, 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 Sport sunscreen is unscented. 


What preservatives do you use?

Preservatives are necessary to prevent the growth of bacteria and keep our products fresh. As always, we select them with sensitive skin in mind. In our sprays, we use a preservative system comprised of coconut-derived glyceryl caprylate and caprylhydroxamic acid. The SPF 50 sunscreens contain the same system, as well as caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin and phenoxyethanol. In our Cooling Aloe Gel, we use potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Most of these ingredients have been given a one rating by the EWG, their safest rating, and all are considered safe for use in body products by the FDA. People regularly shop for food, but it would be inconvenient to shop for sunscreen every few days. Because of that, these ingredients are considered great options when the alternatives are harsh preservatives, like parabens, or the risks of not using them at all. 


What minerals do you use?

We use either zinc oxide or a combination of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to reflect UVA and UVB rays and protect your skin from the sun. Our SPF 50 sunscreens only use zinc oxide. 


Is your zinc coated?

In order to maximize the skin-calming benefits of zinc, we use uncoated zinc in our sunscreen lotions and sprays. The 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 lip balms, we use coated zinc. 


Do you use nanoparticles in Goddess Garden Mineral Sunscreens?

No. A “nanoparticle” 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 our minerals are all non-nano. 


Are your sunscreens reef-safe?

Yes! We never use toxic or harmful chemicals, so all our sunscreens are completely reef-safe! 


Why do you use aluminum hydroxide?

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 a very safe and effective way to offer sun protection. It goes on sheer, is not absorbed and reflects the rays away, offering gentle yet powerful broad-spectrum protection. 


Is your sunscreen vegan?

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 Leaping Bunny-certified to be cruelty-free. 


Are your sunscreens gluten-free?

With the exception of Tinted Face the Day, our sunscreens do not contain gluten or wheat-derived products. The xanthan gum we use in our sunscreens is sometimes fermented from wheat, but our supplier has tested for the allergen in this ingredient and none remains after processing. However, we are not a gluten-free facility and our products have not been tested to be gluten-free. 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. 


Are your sunscreens tested on animals?

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. 


What is the difference between mineral (or physical) and chemical sunscreen?

Conventional chemical 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. Mineral (or physical) sunscreens use 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. 


What makes mineral sunscreens effective? How do they work?

Goddess Garden uses naturally occurring 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. 


I’ve heard I need to apply sunscreen a long time before going outside. Is this true for mineral sunscreens, too?

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. 


I have tried other mineral sunscreens and they left my skin feeling pasty, greasy and white. Are all mineral sunscreens the same?

Nope! Goddess Garden Sunscreens are made with a blend of minerals that are virtually transparent. As their base, our lotions use high-end butters and oils that leave your skin soft and moisturized. This makes our sunscreens non-greasy, sheer and easy to apply. 


What makes Goddess Garden Mineral Sunscreen a more natural option?

The term “natural” is an unregulated term that can mean different things to different people. We prefer to use the term mineral sunscreen. When people use “natural” they are often referring to the fact that we are not using chemical filters to provide sun protection. Our Mineral Sunscreens offer a safe alternative to chemical sunscreens, which have been shown to cause hormone disruption in humans and inflict harm on our coral reefs We are very particular about the ingredients we select for our formulas, and our priority is offering safe sunscreen that is gentle on sensitive skin as well as on the planet. 


Do I have to use sunscreen every day? I only drive to and from work and then I’m inside all day.

Sun damage occurs daily, year ’round, when it’s cloud, 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. 


How much sunscreen should I use? How often should I reapply?

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


Are the Continuous Spray bottles safe to take on an airplane?

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. However, because that is not the standard among spray sunscreens, it often requires an explanation at the airport. To avoid hassles in the security line, we stopped making our 3.4-ounce travel-size sprays, the largest allowable size on a carry-on. We instead recommend our 1-oz. or 3.4-oz. lotions if you’re traveling with a carry-on and using our sprays only if you are checking your bag.   


What is the propellant in the continuous sprays?

This innovative product uses simple, compressed air in an aluminum pouch—no flammable propellants required! This also makes the entire can easily recyclable.  


I heard titanium dioxide was bad for you. Is it?

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 very well together, which is why we use titanium in some of our sunscreens, but we always take precautions to ensure all our ingredients are safe. 


Do your sunscreens contain retinol (vitamin A)?

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 irritation 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! 


Do your sunscreens contain PABA?

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! 


Why are Goddess Garden lip balms different than other lip balms?

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


I’m sensitive to a lot of lip balms. Are Goddess Garden lip balms gentle?

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


I’m vegan. Can I use Goddess Garden’s lip balms?

Our Lip Balms are free from beeswax and vegan. They’re also Leaping Bunny certified. 


Are Goddess Garden’s lip balms glossy?

Our Lip Balms have a matte finish, making them great for everyone in the family! 


Are the lip balms whitening?

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. 


Why do you use Stevia in your lip balms?

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. 


How are Goddess Garden SPF 50 sunscreens different than other SPF 50s?

Goddess Garden’s SPF 50 sunscreens use minerals and gentle, plant-based formulas featuring organic ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil. They’re also exceptionally sheer and easy to apply for high SPF mineral sunscreens, and they offer broad-spectrum protection for a broad range of people from babies and kids to athletes and all adults! 


Don’t higher SPFs usually use chemical sunscreens?

Often, higher SPFs use chemicals to block UV rays because higher mineral content can mean a more whitening effect, but we only use minerals in our SPF 50 sunscreens and we’ve worked hard to make them sheer! 


I have sensitive skin. Are the SPF 50 formulas just as gentle?

Yes! While the SPF 50 formulas have a different base than the SPF 30 in order to allow for sheer application at a higher concentration of minerals, all the ingredients are very gentle. Our founder, Nova, created Goddess Garden specifically for her daughter’s sensitive skin, so making formulas that are safe for those with sensitivities is always our priority. 


With more minerals, are the SPF 50 sunscreens thick or whitening?

While the SPF 50s can be a bit more whitening on some people. There are no paste-like lotions here! Our SPF 50 sunscreens are specifically formulated to be smooth, sheer and easy to spread.  


Is the Cooling Aloe Gel sticky?

Unlike many aloe vera gels, ours is silky and absorbs quickly, so it’s never sticky. 


How is our Cooling Aloe Gel different than other aloe vera gels?

Goddess Garden Cooling Aloe Gel is certified organic and contains no synthetic colors or fragrances. The silky formula is easy to wear because it absorbs quickly without a sticky residue, and it includes essential oils to cool and nourish the skin. It’s also the only certified-organic air-powered aloe vera spray! 


Does the Cooling Aloe Gel contain any sunscreen?

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


Why do you use a spray for your Aloe Gel?

The Cooling Aloe Gel 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. We also offer a 1-oz. gel for travel.  


Is the Aloe Gel safe for sensitive skin? Can my children use it?

Yes! Our Cooling Aloe Gel is made without 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 safe for sensitive skin, kids and adults alike! 


Why is water the first ingredient in the Cooling Aloe Gel?

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. 


Why are some ingredients in parenthesis after a scientific-sounding name?

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. 


My sunscreen spray won’t spray! Can you help?

Because we use minerals for sun protection instead of chemicals that get into the bloodstream, there are tiny rocks in our formulas. Sometimes these minerals build up on the spray nozzle. If they dry, they can clog the sprayer. Try running the cap and nozzle under hot water to rinse away any excess minerals. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you can take a safety pin and gently tap the center of the spray area, where the lotion comes out. Minerals can accumulate in the opening and may need a little extra help. If you’re still having trouble, it could be that the cap was dislodged during transit. Try pushing down on the ring around the cap until you hear or feel a snap. That will click the cap in place if it is loose. These quick fixes should help, but if not, contact us so we can look into it. You’ll also be happy to know that our newest spray formulations are smoother than ever to dramatically minimize clogging!  

Are your products recyclable?

Yes! Simply make sure the bottle is empty and clean, then recycle as normal. With the sunscreen sprays and sticks, please remove the label prior to recycling. Different municipalities do have different recycling abilities, so if you’re unsure, check with your local recycling facility. 


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