Oxybenzone. Octyl methoxycinnamate. Homosalate. Do any of those sound like something that should be lathered all over your body’s largest organ? Absolutely not. And those are just a few of the chemicals harboring in your SPF.
We all know how important sun safety is, but you shouldn’t have to be concerned about the ingredients on the bottle. Thankfully, there are several sunscreen brands on the market who are taking a stand for consumer health and ditching the toxins. Check out these natural sunscreen brands and stock up before your next summer adventure.
You may have already heard of them, because COOLA has shaken up the sunscreen market entirely. They are dedicated exclusively to researching and producing sun care products for the face and body which has enabled them to create a formula that is not only effective, but something you’ll actually want to wear. The scent and texture of COOLA sunscreens kick sticky, parfum-laden concoctions to the curb.
COOLA prides itself on only using ingredients that are organic, natural, eco-conscious, and cruelty-free. With a wide range of lotions, sprays, and balms in varying SPFs and targeted for different types of users, there’s no doubt you can find something that works for you.
Family-owned and operated, this company has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to creating organic products. While Badger produces many different types of products, they are well-known for their line of sunscreen products.
Their certified organic sunscreens use the mineral zinc oxide to provide safe, broad-spectrum protection from the sun. In addition to being cruelty-free, their products are all reef safe. We couldn’t think of a better excuse to lather up and hit the beach.
Babo Botanicals was originally focused on products for babies and children. But, due to their popularity, the company quickly expanded to offer products for the entire family. And we’re so happy they did.
Babo’s sunscreens are plant-based, cruelty-free, organic, produced in the USA, and have a long list of glowing reviews. Plus, all of their sun care products are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free which makes them perfect for anyone with allergies or sensitive skin.
This company is dedicated to making healthy, all-natural sun protection available to all. So, they set out on creating a formula that was, not only organic and cruelty-free, but also affordable and comfortable to wear.
Their unique formulation has been revered for being light-weight, moisturizing, and effective against sun damage. Did we mention that they also make colored sunscreen too? Because who said sun protection has to be boring!
The founders of Sun Bum have made their mission very clear: to care for the planet, to care for animals, and care for their families. Thus, they’ve created products that do just that.
Beach bums everywhere praise their sun care products for being effective at preventing burns, comfortable to wear, and non-comedogenic (meaning, they won’t clog pores). As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, and have a lovely scent that we swear smells just like summer.
This company was founded by a veteran beach lifeguard so you already know they know what they’re talking about. Raw Elements sought to create a high-performance sunscreen that didn’t include a bunch of junk, and boy, did they succeed.
Their sun care products are built to hold up to activity and are verified to be water-resistant for up to 80 minutes so you can enjoy the pool without the fear of getting burnt. Plus, in addition to being cruelty-free, non-GMO, and reef-safe, their sunscreens are formulated without common allergens like soy, nuts, and gluten (and yes, some conventional sunscreens can contain common allergens, as some companies add cheap fillers and additives to enhance texture). Sigh.
There’s a powerful purpose behind this company. When Tricia’s, the founder, mother passed away from skin cancer, Suntegrity was created to honor her legacy. But there was one concern. While SPF is critical in preventing skin cancer, some of the chemicals in traditional sunscreens have been shown to cause other types of cancer.
The result was a line of natural sunscreens that are free of chemicals, nano-particles, and animal products. All of their facial products have a three-in-one component, as well: a sunscreen, a moisturizer, and a make-up primer.
The name really says it all, doesn’t it? This brand was founded specifically for people of color and the unique sun care needs associated with different skin tones.
Clinically tested, formulated with natural extracts, and cruelty-free, Unsun products keep you protected from the sun without the need for a bunch of chemicals. Plus, all of their sunscreens are gently tinted so they can also act as a color-corrector. Double win!
We’re hopping across the pond to Europe for this one. Based in Sweden, this sun care company makes products that can hold up to any environment in the world. Literally.
All of Suntribe’s sunscreens are made without the chemicals that they have deemed unsafe, both to humans and the environment. What’s left is nine ingredients, all fully recognizable and organically-sourced. Plus, to counteract the whitening effect of zinc, tinted iron oxide particles have been added to easily blend the product into your skin.