Product Review – Block Island Organics Suncreen

I was recently contacted by Block Island Organics to sample and review their sunscreen. Being a runner I spend a lot of time outside. Being a mom to an active toddler, I spend even more time outside. Living in the deep south, sunscreen is a must. I’ve been an avid sunscreen wearer for most of my life. I’m pretty fair skinned and so is the rest of my family. I put sunscreen on my face, neck, chest and hands everyday as one of the first things I do in the morning. Because we use sunscreen so much I’m always on the lookout for a sunscreen that I like and one I feel safe using on myself and my son. I liked what I read about Block Island Organics and agreed to try out a sample.

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Boy am I glad I did! Block Island Organic sunscreens are non-toxic and mineral based. They are vegan formulated, paraben free, phthalate free, nano particle free, and non-eye irritating. If you’ll notice the bottle says “ultra lightweight” and they are correct! This stuff goes on so lightly I barely noticed it. It absorbs into your skin quickly so you’re not left all greasy and sticky as with other sunscreens. It has a very mild odor that I found to be pleasant. Some other things about the product that I really liked:

  • It’s non-comedogenic meaning it won’t clog pores so it’s safe to use on your face and body. I have very sensitive skin on my face. I wanted to test this out for a couple of weeks to see if it had any ill effect and it did not cause one single break out. Yay!
  • I can use the same product on my face and body (see above). No more using two separate products.
  • It is water resistant up to 40 minutes. We used this at the pool several times. I reapplied every hour to four and a half and we had zero sunburns. In the Louisiana 96 degree direct sun that’s saying a lot!
  • Vegan formulated and animal cruelty free- huge plus for me.
  • Super lightweight and easy to apply – it even won points with Little Z. “I like that sunscreen Mommy!”
  • Absorbs and dries very quickly – not thick and greasy at all
  • Low odor – There is no added artificial fragrance = awesome.

The two active ingredients in this sunscreen are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, both of which the Environmental Working Group (EWG) lists as a “2” for low hazard. In fact, the Environmental Working Group lists all of their products on the 1 to 3 scale siting them as low hazards. (link here). In addition, their products were listed as a 2014 Top Pick on the EWG Safer Sunscreen Guide!

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I cannot say enough good things about this product and I’m actually ordering some more in the baby line and some of the SPF 40 formula. The good folks at Block Island Organics have offered to extend a 20% off discount code good through 09/05/14 for your total purchase. Just use the code jenzen when you checkout!

The motto for Block Island Organics is “Play Smart. Play Safe.” I could not agree more.

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Running…rather walking while pregnant – 33 weeks

 

It’s been a while since I’ve updated on my pregnancy. It’s fiscal year end and things always get CRAZY around this time. Anyhoo…we hit 33 weeks on Saturday. EEP! It’s getting real folks! Only 6 and a half weeks to go now and I’ve still barely prepared for this guy. I do have some new clothes purchased but really we saved everything from Little Z. We (ehhmmm…My husband) need to get up in the attic, pull everything down, and start putting it together for Baby Z-peat.

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How I’m Feeling:

Good days and bad days, but shockingly mostly good days now. I don’t know if he’s dropped some or what but I do seem to be feeling better. It was really rough there those last few weeks. I was completely miserable. Now I still get tired quickly and I’m still having hip pain but I can actually eat something without feeling nauseated and like a bloated tick about to explode. I can feel the belly weight pulling on my belly and back when I’m sleeping. I have to use a pillow to support the belly to get a good night’s sleep. And there are lots and lots and lots of kicks to the ribs. Oy!

Weight gain:

Up to 18 pounds now.  I’m almost to the point where my running shorts don’t fit anymore and I’m determined not to buy any.  I have a drawer full of running shorts. I do not need to support that addiction by buying more. But I LIVE in running shorts. 😦 ACK! I may just steal some of Mr. Z’s shorts until this baby comes…tee-hee.

Cravings:

No crazy cravings right now. It’s so hot outside that I’m loving popsicles and sno-balls and ice cream but I think that’s nothing outside of my August norm.

Running:

I officially said “buh-bye” to running a couple weeks ago. It’s just too hot and too uncomfortable and painful right now. I’m still walking and moving and hitting the gym as much as I can. I miss running though. I miss the excitement of gearing up for fall race season. It’s so hard to sit on the sidelines watching everyone’s mileage go up. I know this is temporary and I know I’ll be back out there soon. I really need to find a good come-back race to focus on for post baby. Still searching for the right one. If you have any suggestions please let me know! I’m thinking February to April time frame.