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Fifteen Dye Free Summer Swaps for Kids

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

Preparing for a dye free summer is totally doable with a little preparation! Here's a list of our favorite Dye Free Summer Swaps.

A growing body of research and evidence show sensitivities/allergies to additives in foods like artificial dyes can lead to an array of neurologic symptoms such as increased anxiety, aggression, hyperactivity, and can pose a negative impact on overall cognitive and physical health.

For help with the transition into a dye free lifestyle, read: Thirty Days Dye Free Six Step Plan.


15 Dye Free Summer Swaps From surprising places like marshmallows, paints, tinted sunscreen, and aftersun to the obvious snow cones and colorful candy, synthetic numbered dyes can be found in many facets of a child's summer.

With that being said, no one wants their child to feel left out. Let me tell you - being prepared for all the summer fun minimizes that! To help, I've made a list of some of my favorite summer swaps.

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#1- Hawaiian Shaved Ice Syrup

TIP: For all the fair and festival festivities, we keep cotton candy, snow cone syrup, and face paint on hand.

#2- Petite Children's Earth Paint Kit

Sadly, it's not a requirement to provide an ingredients list on products like paints and doughs. Even products using "food safe" pigments can use adding numbered synthetic dyes like Red 40 as they are currently approved by the FDA for use in foods.

#3- True Lemon

#4- Ralph's Snow Cone Syrup

#5- Veggie Baby Finger Paints for Toddlers

#6- SmartSweets Variety Pack

#7- Natural Face Paint Kit

#8- Birthday Cake Gourmet Flavored Cotton Candy

#9- DeeBee's Organics Classic SuperFruit Freezie Pops

#10- Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

#11- BEAR Real Fruit Snack Rolls

#12- Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Repellent Balm Stick

#13- SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen

#14- Thinksport Kids SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen

#15- Burt's Bees Lotion


Could you use a list of synthetic dyes? We got you! Here you go: Synthetic Dyes List

No material on this page or site is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician.

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