The Honest Co. first caught my attention while browsing through Target, where I remember seeing a big display dedicated to the brand’s many products, including baby, bath, body, home, and more. It wasn’t until I saw their a couple of products pop up at Costco that I first purchased, and I’ve since been trying out their Honest Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 30 and multipurpose Organic Healing Balm.
I’ve found both of these in 2-packs at Costco that cost $15, which really is a nice deal considering that they’re regularly $13-14 alone, at least according to the official website. This brand really appeals to me because they focus on safe, simple formulations free of fragrances, dyes, questionable ingredients, and common allergens. I love the ingredients lists for these two products and see that the company also has a number certifications, including Leaping Bunny cruelty-free, USDA organic, and Green America Gold. They also boast seals of approval from parenting and child-centric organizations, and The Honest Co. marketing language focuses on safe products appropriate for the whole family and particularly for children under the age of 3.
The balm and sunblock came in very similar-looking cardboard 2-packs, and the tubes themselves are also identical, minus the printing.
The Honest Co. Honest Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 30 … regularly $13.95 for 3 oz.
Hypoallergenic, Non-Nano, Mineral-Based, Biodegradable, Reef-Friendly, Water Resistant (80 minutes), pH Balanced.
At least once a year I need to go out and purchase a sunscreen to use on my body, and I prefer to use natural lotions with mineral sunblock (zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide). These sorts of lotions tend to be pretty thick and moisturizing, and look a little white on skin (thus is the nature of the minerals). The thing I’m really loving about this Honest Co. lotion is that it feels lighter weight than I’m used to. It comes out of the tube really easily, seems to have an almost whipped kind of consistency, and it spreads on skin really nicely. It doesn’t completely sink into skin and disappear, but I consider that to be par for the course with this kind of natural product. It feels like a hydrating lotion and it doesn’t look terribly white on the skin, though it’s not completely invisible if used liberally.
Just today I spotted Environmental Working Group’s annual sunscreen report for 2015, and this one from Honest Co. made it onto their “best of” list. I’m not a completely all-natural consumer, but sunscreens are a category that I’m particularly careful of due to concerns about questionable chemicals and overstated SPF levels. I slather these on large areas of my body and want to receive a reliable level of protection from UVA and UVB rays. From the report: “Fully 80 percent of 1,700 products we examined this year offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A.”
I like this one, and feel really good about using it, too.
Active Ingredient: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 9.3%
Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax*, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Silica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol
*Certified Organic Ingredient
The Honest Co. Organic Healing Balm … regularly $12.95 for 3 oz.
Hypoallergenic, Certified Organic, Plant & Botanical-Based, Vegetarian, Biodegradable, pH Balanced, Naturally Non-Toxic
After loving the Egyptian Magic oil-based balm as much as I had, I got a little excited when I spotted this Healing Balm at Costco. I regularly deal with tight, dry skin around my body as well as sensitive skin in areas like my hands, lips, and shoulders which are prone to flaking, peeling, and general unpleasantness. I don’t mind using heavier, oily balms on these areas because my skin can be quite needy, but I still want to use a product with a pleasant texture. Straight-up coconut oil, for example, is not fun to use because it stays so greasy on my skin for so long.
The Organic Healing Balm has a pretty pleasant texture, I think. I’ve kept this in my purse at times for using periodically on my hands and lips, but the tube eventually found a home on my bedside table where I regularly reach for it right before I go to sleep. It’s not too greasy and settles onto skin quickly, and it’s able to spread over skin in a smooth, thin layer. In terms of moisture, I get the best results when I first apply a thinner hand cream or lip balm and then follow up with the healing balm, so that’s been my go-to method when reaching for it before bed. Doing this has really gone a long way to healing my hands and lips, which have had a hard time recently.
I ended up giving away the second tube to a pregnant friend of mine because I noticed that many of its advertised uses involve babies. On the official website, it’s actually listed under the “diapering” category! So, I wondered if she might find it handy. From the website: “Super versatile and helps sooth irritations associated with diaper rash, eczema, dry skin, and much more!”
Although I’d say I prefer Egyptian Magic, that one is also significantly more expensive – $30 for 4 oz. This one is under $15 for 3 oz. and has worked well for me, and it has an ingredients list that’s just as attractive as Egyptian Magic. It does sometimes kind of separate in the tube, so most of the time I get a thick balm but every once in a while some thinner oil will come out. That doesn’t matter to me as long as it doesn’t leak out of the closed lid or affect the utility of the product, which it doesn’t. I’d say this is a good buy and is a handy, multipurpose product.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO)
*Certified Organic Ingredient
I’m definitely interested in trying other products from this brand. You can buy their products on The Honest Co. official website (they own honest.com – pretty classy) or at Target, and be sure to check out their store locator for other local shops that carry them.
Have you tried anything from the brand? Let me know if you have any favorite products!