Saturday, October 20, 2012

Maybe We Should Just Stay Inside

Gosh, here's some news you can use.  Yup.  For those of you who don't think it is worth clicking on that link in order to avoid self-immolation, I'll give you the headline:

Banana Boat Recalls Sunscreen After Reports of People Catching on Fire

Seems that, if you spray on this sunscreen, you shouldn't stand too close to an open flame.  At least, not until the product is completely dry.  The manufacturer blames the spray valve, "which is over applying the product. As a result the lotion is taking longer to dry, which raises its flammability risk."

Raises?  Now I don't know about you, but I'd rather not spray anything on my kids that has the remotest possibility of transforming them into human torches.  Tell me, what exactly is the definition of "over apply," anyway?   Does this mean that, while you are spraying your kids with sunscreen and yelling at them to cover their eyes and close their mouths, you have to figure out at what point you have crossed the line into child flambé territory?

Not flammable
You know, we didn't even have sunscreen when I was growing up.  Instead, my mom slathered me with Noxzema.  And no one caught fire.  
Ah, the good old days...

[Banana Boat image: GlobalPost]
 [Noxzema image: Her Bad Mother]


  1. I still remember girls at the pool slathering themselves in baby oil. Sheesh.

  2. Uh yeah I'll take my chances with the sun and I have a big o'tub of Noxema in my cabinet from my last bad burn lol

  3. Really bad deal for tanners who smoke!

  4. that's just freaky! don't get too close to the grill. i don't like the spray stuff anyway. it just feels like coating my kids w/ chemicals. the smell gives me a headache.

  5. It's a good there's no open flame at water polo meets. I've been party to a lot of sunscreen spraying over the years.

  6. Well, it provides a useful example of irony.

    1. True. After all, I thought we used the stuff so that we WOULDN'T get burned.

  7. Gah!!! Creepy. There are now links to childhood cancers because of chemical interactions with sun & sunscreen - totally scary.

  8. Baby oil never caught on fire either--all the girls in high school smokes while slathering it over their broasted skin...

  9. Bloody hell. Literally.

  10. No way! Noxzema? Didn't that sting? Well, obviously better than burning to flames of course.

    What are we putting on our bodies these days? And did someone actually catch on fire for them to figure this out?


  11. I suppose it was very wrong of me to giggle over the choice of wording ("child flambé") but I'm easily humored. I should probably click over and read the entire article now...