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Mineral Sunscreen Review: Babytime! by Episencial

Looking for a reef-safe sunscreen that uses only zinc oxide as an active ingredient? You’re making a smart choice!

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My family has tested over 100 natural mineral sunscreens over the last 10 years, so we know what really works. This brand is pretty good, but in my opinion, if you’re looking for the cleanest ingredients and smoothest application, then head over to my ultimate guide to natural mineral sunscreens and grab one of my top recommended zinc oxide sunscreens instead. My standards are really high though, so this one is still pretty good. 🙂

You can read all the details below to find out why this safe sunscreen brand did not make my top recommended list.

Babytime! by Episencial
  • Ease of Application
  • Clean Ingredients
  • Water Resistant


2022: No longer available.

Babytime! by Episencial Sunscreen Review Price: 2020 price estimate: $$$$$$$$

EWG rating: 1

SPF: 35

Active ingredient(s): Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen) (11%), Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen) (5.5%)

Other ingredients: Water (aqua), Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, (C12-C15) Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Glycerin (Plant Derived), CetearylGlucoside, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkylmethacrylate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Flower Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Organic Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

Antioxidants added: avocado oil, green tea, sunflower extract

Where to purchase: Babytime USA, Amazon

Ease of application: – This cream really struggles to rub in, and despite my best efforts I can still see stark white. As I am attempting to rub it in, it feels like it’s drying before I can achieve my goal. We initially thought it went on very smooth, until I tried to put it on my own face. So maybe for very pale skin? We decided it looks more white than thinkbaby.

Scent: citrus-y yet somehow neutral

Water resistant? rated to 80 minutes

My experience: While it smells great and my children love that, and it’s not greasy at all, between the difficulty rubbing in and the high titanium dioxide and low zinc oxide percentage, this one has to be in a not-so-great category. We also saw it allow some burns on my children.


  • Great scent
  • Not greasy


  • Difficult to rub in
  • Allowed some burns

Wondering if this one is the very best natural sunscreen for your family?

I organized alllll the sunscreens we reviewed in each one’s recommendation category – one page, at-a-glance to find out what is safe to buy AND works! Print it or save to your phone for reference!

The guide also includes answers to questions people ask me all the time:

  • Which brand rubs in the clearest?
  • What’s the best for all day outdoor sports?
  • How do I save money on natural sunscreens?
  • What looks good on ladies’ faces?
  • Is there an option that is FAST to apply to wiggly kids?

I’ll send a copy to your email so you can see it right away and find it again later!

Have you tried this sunscreen? Was your experience similar to mine?

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