Jessica Alba’s Honest Company which prides itself on selling healthy organic products seems to have really dropped the ball with its Sunscreen product.
Time reported, “Users of Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Sunscreen Are Posting Photos of Epic Sunburns”
“In a statement to the Today Show, the Honest Company stressed that the sunscreen is tested by an independent third party with positive results and that “the number of complaints received on our own website about our Sunscreen Lotion constitute less than one half of one percent of all units actually sold at Honest.com. We stand behind the safety and efficacy of this product.”
This statement seems strange to me in view of the fact that users commenting on Amazon go back all the way to April and the company continues to stand by their product.
Out of 189 customer reviews on Amazon, more than 140 were negative.
Here are a couple of the Amazon comments:
WARNING! Do Not Use! Increases Sunburns!
By Adam Watson on May 13, 2015
Sunburn Accelerant! I feel like filing a lawsuit against Honest. You don’t mess around with something this important. We applied this before going to the beach and reapplied at the beach after swimming. We all got burned, especially my daughter. I feel like a bad parent. I had a bottle of Neutrogena sunscreen spray but forgot to take it. The Honest sunscreen seemed to make my daughter burn even more than if she had no sunscreen at all.
DO NOT BUY THIS!
By Phaitour on April 8, 2015
This is hands down the worst sunscreen ever. I’ve tried dozens of different sunscreens and words can’t come close to describing how terrible this product compares even to the cheapest stuff you find at discount stores. First, the product applies like a layer of grease — imagine putting melted butter on your skin. Next, the grease doesn’t wash off, even with vigorous scrubbing and multiple hand washes. Last, and most importantly, the sun protection from this product is about as good as no sunscreen. I was in the sun for less than an hour and my whole family was burnt.
Shame on you Jessica Alba.
DO NOT BUY!! Does not protect against the sun!!!
By Cschroe1 on May 18, 2015
I purchased this as I like many other Honest Company products. Unfortunately, it provides NO protection. My kids got so sunburned. As a parent, you feel horrible and responsible when these things happen. DO NOT BUY THIS!! If you have had a similar experience, share it with The Honest Company. They need to know!
CNBC reported this morning, “The FDA requires sunscreen products to use up to 25% of zinc oxide. An investigation by NBC Chicago found the Honest Company dropped the percentage of the ingredient from 20% to 9.3% at some point.”
Last week I wrote up a bicycling accident in which I concluded, “…there is nothing sadder or more frustrating than to get hurt while exercising.”
I think that trying to protect yourself from the sun and finding out that the sunscreen not only doesn’t protect you, but actually accelerates the burn would be equally frustrating.
Regular readers know that I am a skin cancer victim. I have a Page – Skin Cancer Facts in General and My Three Skin Cancer Surgeries in Particular in which you can read further on the damage a hot sun does to human skin.
Back in June of 2013 I posted – I Bought Shampoo from the Dark Angel.
Although I liked her shampoo, I didn’t care for her company’s name, “Personally, as a fan of the benefits of a market economy, I don’t appreciate her calling her firm The Honest Company as if all her competition is not honest. I suppose that is typical Left Coast Hollywood thinking about big business. I believe that the firms that sell Old Spice and Irish Spring, and have been around significantly longer than Jessica’s company, are equally honest and produce worthwhile products. I know, I use them, too.”