Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Review

As a Bzzagent, I sometimes get to try products for free. However, I have been going through a major hippie phase as any regular reader of mine might already know. I have turned down a lot of products from Bzzagent because they are processed, contain GMO's, have soybean oil in them etc. However, when I was offered the chance to try a bottle of Coppertone Clearly Sheer, I accepted. I still go out and spend time in the sun. Maybe too much time in the sun? Possibly. Which means I do have to don sunblock once in a while.

I don't wear sunscreen daily any longer because of all the chemicals that are in the products I used to use. I mean, who wants to get cancer by trying to prevent cancer? Plus I can use a little more Vitamin D! I regularly use coconut oil though, and that has a natural bit of SPF in it. However, when I am running or hiking outside I need something stronger, and something that isn't going to be greasy or running into my eyes, so I was excited to give the Coppertone Clearly Sheer a try.

I have used it several times now, and the feel is really delicious. Moisturizing, but leaving no residue or greasiness. I used the SPF 30 version and did not get burned at any point. I also wore it when I was very active (read: SWEATING) and did not get any in my eyes, nor did it slide off with sweat.

Now, I was concerned about the ingredients, i.e. chemicals that can harm me over the long run. After Searching the EWG website for the suspect, almost unpronounceable ingredients, here is what I came up with:

Avobenzone - Low hazard
Homosalate - Moderate hazard
Octisalate - Moderate hazard
Octocrylene - Moderate hazard
Dimethicone - Moderate hazard
Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate - Low hazard
Ethylhexyl Isononanoate - Not much information, but doesn't look completely dire
Galactoarabinan - Minimal hazard
Glycerol Stearate - Low hazard
PEG-100 Stearate - Moderate hazard
Silica - Low hazard
Acrylates Copolymer - Low hazard
Benzyl Alcohol - Moderate hazard
Triethanolamine - Moderate hazard
Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer - Not much information, but doesn't look completely dire
Tocopherol (Vitamin E) - Low hazard
Carbomer - Low hazard
Chlorphenesin - Low hazard
Disodium EDTA - Low hazard
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate - Low hazard

I did not google ingredients such as water, beeswax, and glycerin.

Overall, I have to say I am somewhat surprised at the lower scores of most of the ingredients. Now if Coppertone could just remove the Styrene, I might actually purchase this sunblock. The only other ingredient that might be suspect is "Fragrance" because it did have the iconic Coppertone scent that is probably laden with Pthalates. Sigh.

My final review is because the feel is so lovely, I would be willing to wear this sunblock on a VERY limited basis when I actually need a higher SPF, but since chemical overload is so prevalent in the world today, I will probably reference this list when choosing my next sunscreen. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Grocery Budget

Looking at the popular posts on my blog, I'm noticing some most of you don't really care about the ones focused on my grocery budget. That, combined with the difficulty of collecting receipts from my husband, and the general tedium of logging all the details of what I buy an make for dinner, makes me feel like I need to stop. Basically, I have yet to really hit the budget I've set out and knowing that I'm never going to resort to ramen if I'm in danger of exceeding my budget.

So, if you really love these posts, let me know. Otherwise, I'll try to find something else to bore you with. :)

Monday, June 9, 2014


I went home this weekend.

Not really, but that's the only way I can describe it. It was my home for seven and a half years. I moved because I hated it there. Maybe not in my particular home, but the area, city, county. I hated the people. Not my neighbors, but all the nameless people that I did not know but still acted like their needs trumped mine.

I hadn't been there for several years, and being there was surreal. As I sat in the living room, I remembered the last few months I lived there. That was the room I was in when my RE and Team told me I was pregnant over the phone. That was also the room where I waited for my husband to bring me a bottle of wine after the heartbeat-less ultrasound.

Sitting my the pool, remembering the last time I sat by that pool, I was still pregnant. I couldn't swim, so my husband and neighbors set up a low beach chair on the side so I could dangle my feet in.

Shopping in the Costco where we bought the most beautiful crib on clearance, taking the chance that all would be fine with the pregnancy for a crib that I fell in love with and was such a great price. The same crib we returned about two months later.

Walking through the Target where I bought my first maternity shirt because it was cute, on sale and I was feeling hopeful. I never took that one back. It's still in a box. I wish I could say somewhere, but I know exactly where.

Walking through the park where I was going to take my kids to see movies and dance to live music and  play.

I never want to live there again.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


A friend of mine left us and this world today. She also left behind her husband and two small girls. The disease she had was Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis - Basically it was nothing specific to her, except that she was more sensitive to it. Any of us could get it by breathing in the wrong things.

I can't help but think "why her?" Why not me? Why not an evil person that hurts others? Why not a person who hurts animals or children?

The universe does not make sense today.