Sun and Bugs. Smart Stuff Review.

I love warm weather. I love sending the kids out into the yard and letting them soak up the sun and enjoy the warmth. I am completely fanatical about slathering them with sunscreen before they head out, and reapplying as the day goes on. I'm almost as bad with bug spray. My oldest son is like a magnet for biting bugs, and for some reason, bug bites on him are always huge and awful looking and almost always leave scars. I want to avoid him getting bitten as much as I possibly can.

I always worry about the ingredients in products I use on my kids. There are a lot of harmful chemicals that have been proven to cause adverse health effects, and I like to try to avoid them. I try to find products that were developed by, or with doctors, to be as skin safe as possible. I try to stick with natural ingredients when possible.

When I was given the chance to try Smart Stuff sunscreen and insect repellent, I jumped on in. Smart Stuff was developed by a pair of doctors who were tired of dangerous chemicals in the products available for their family. As physicians, they understood how products were affecting the body at a molecular level, and they knew there had to be better, safer alternatives. Working with a team of skin care professionals, Smart Stuff was born. The first products developed were a mineral based, effective sunscreen and an all natural botanical insect repellent.


Smart Stuff Natural Mineral Sunscreen is a broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 sunscreen that uses zinc oxide as the active ingredient. It's waterproof for up to 40 minutes. It contains no synthetic chemical sun filters, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, or PABA. It contains no artificial colors or fragrances, which I really appreciate because I am very sensitive to strong scents and I get headaches from a lot of sunscreens. One of my favorite things about this sunscreen is that is eco-friendly and biodegradable. More than once I've noticed an oily film on the top of the water at my favorite lake, and I know it's caused by sunscreen. That can't be good for the ecosystem of the lake. I feel good knowing that my family isn't contributing to that.

During the last week of school, my son had a lot of outdoor activities. I always call getting sunscreen on, "getting greased up'' because of the oily nature of sunscreen. Smart Stuff isn't oily at all, but it's hard to change your ways. So, I made sure my boy was greased up before he went to school and sent the Smart Stuff with him so he could reapply during the day. He came home every day that week burn free. He did come home a little on the white side, because he applied the sunscreen a tad on the heavy side and it takes a lot of rubbing to get that whiteness to go completely away, but he was protected from the damaging effects of the sun, and harsh chemicals.


Smart Stuff Natural Insect Repellent is made from a blend of natural botanicals and extracts and helps to repel mosquitoes and deer ticks. Like the sunscreen, it is free of synthetic chemicals, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and PABA. It is also free of artificial colors and fragrances, though being made of botanical ingredients it has a light and refreshing scent. It is also eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Unfortunately, my oldest had a chance to get out into the garden doing chores without using any insect repellent and got eaten up pretty bad on his legs. He had to wear long pants outside for a few days until the sores were healed up enough that he could use insect repellent. I wasn't positive that it was mosquitoes that were getting him, but I figured even if it wasn't the Smart Stuff might repel whatever it was even if it only states it repels mosquitoes and deer ticks. I had already been using it on the rest of the family and we were all bite free, other than my husband who did get a chigger bite while wearing the Smart Stuff Insect Repellent. After my son started using it, he didn't get any new bites. I honestly have not seen results this good from traditional insect repellents.


I'm definitely very satisfied with Smart Stuff sunscreen and insect repellent. They will be replacing the products I normally use, and I am looking forward to trying more Smart Stuff products.




20 comments:

  1. This is great! We use so much sunscreen and bug spray in the summer, it's great to have something more natural to use :)

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  2. I have had great success with natural sunscreens. I need to look for this one.

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  3. haha The name of the product is kind of witty. This would help me a lot since I live in a warm weather all year long

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  4. Elizabeth O.2:23 AM

    During the summer, I make sure we have a lot of these at home. It's important to keep the mosquitoes away and these products definitely help!

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  5. I like to have this product. It seems that mosquitoes are everywhere in our house.

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  6. This is a must have especially in areas where mosquitoes usually hide. I will bring this on our trip.

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  7. These sound so great! I'm always looking for new natural products for my family, especially sunscreens!

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  8. This would be great for the family. Thanks for the post.

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  9. Oh shiz I can use lots and lots of this stuff. My step son is always the one who gets eaten alive in the summer and it is out of control. I've tried a bit of everything over the years and found one or two better than others, but always willing to give something else a shot, too!

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  10. These sound like some great products. These are two of the things I always have to have on hand. The bugs can get pretty bad around here too.

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  11. I love that it's so natural! With a toddler, I struggle to find products that are safe for him!

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  12. I'm always looking for a natural product that works. Thanks for the tip on this one. It looks like a wonderful product that I would feel safe using.

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  13. Poor boy, glad that he was able to recover. If this product really works then I'm all good with it. I dig the name as well.

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  14. Totally needs this. We live out of the city and not too far from the water. Which means BUGS! Lots of them.

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  15. We will have to give this a shot! Our backyard is a mosquito haven.

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  16. I LOVE their products! We have bugs everywhere around our house, plus we like to spend lots of time outside and the bugs used to really tear us up. Since we've been using this, no problems! Plus, I lkove that its natural!

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  17. Anything that can protect my child and I from sun and bugs gets an A+ for me. It's really something that I like protecting myself from. I can't be around bugs.

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  18. This is a must have! Should always have this in the bag!

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  19. looks like a great product to try especially the insect repellant since we always bring one when we go out with our little one. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This sounds like a great product. I love that it is natural. I need this for my grandchildren.

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