2015 Consumer Guide: 19 Natural Sunscreens You Can Trust

19 Natural Sunscreen Brands You Can Trust

Update: We make a new natural sunscreen guide every year so you can stay in the know about the best and safest sunscreen products. Check out the latest and greatest natural sunscreens here.

Does searching for natural sunscreen make you sweat? On the hunt for protection that doesn’t leave you greasy or glaring white? Tired of the kids running for cover when it’s time to apply sunscreen? Our helpful guide to choosing the safest natural sunscreen products that are also a pleasure to use makes buying this summertime staple a breeze.

Mineral Sunscreens Past & Present

Mineral sunscreens of the past may have protected us from UV damage, but boy were they a nightmare to use. The greasy, sticky, white mess they left behind was a deal breaker for many. Weighing the benefits of a safer sunscreen with the damage to car seats, bathing suit, and anything else it came in contact with, left most siding in favor of the chemical stuff.

Times have changed though, and it is a new day for natural sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens today are lightweight, easy to use, non-greasy, and invisible on the skin. And of course, they’re highly effective too.

The Problem with Chemical Sunscreens

How bad are chemical sunscreens, really?

Common chemical sunscreen ingredients, like oxybenzone and octinoxate, accumulate in the body and are linked to hormone disruption, cell damage, and allergic reactions. Most chemical sunscreen products also contain other synthetic emollients, preservatives, and fragrance ingredients, adding to the toxic load.

Where mineral sunscreens create a physical barrier on top of skin and reflect UV rays, chemical sunscreens absorb UV radiation. This means UVA rays, the type responsible for more serious damage, reach deeper layers of skin.

Sunscreen Regulations & Restrictions – What You Need to Know

The FDA has placed certain restrictions on labeling and sale of some sunscreen products. The terms “waterproof” and “sunblock” may not appear on product labels. A product marked as “Water Resistant” must state how long a user can expect to get the declared amount of SPF protection while swimming or sweating, either 40 or 80 minutes.

More research is being done on the health risks and effectiveness of spray and powder form sunscreens thought to be possible inhalation risks. For now, we advise staying with creams, lotions, butters, and stick sunscreens.

Nanos have also become a source of concern with mineral sunscreens. In attempt to eliminate the white cast from mineral sunscreen ingredients, manufacturers began using a much smaller form of zinc and titanium dioxide, known as nanoparticles. This tiny particle size was effective in decreasing the ghostly white film, but they may also be more easily absorbed by the body with potential to form an accumulation risk.

Beyond SPF – Why Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

You’ve probably seen the term “Broad Spectrum” on sunscreen labels. What does it mean? Broad Spectrum refers to a product’s ability to protect against both UVA (rays that cause more serious damage, like skin cancer) and UVB (rays responsible for sunburn) rays. Products that provide protection against both types of rays and have an SPF value of 15 or higher may be labeled “Broad Spectrum”. Products that carry an SPF value of 2 to 14 may not be labeled “Broad Spectrum”.

It is important to choose your SPF wisely. A higher number is always better, right? Not really. Protection over SPF 50 is negligible and the FDA has concerns that these super high numbers (SPF 100, really?!) tend to give consumers a false sense of safety. The bottom line: Don’t waste your money on sky high SPF.

How to Calculate an SPF That’s Right for You

· Fair skin — can stay in the sun 10 minutes before burning
· Olive skin — can stay in the sun 15 minutes before burning
· Dark skin — can stay in the sun 20 minutes before burning

Multiply the SPF by the number of minutes you can stay in the sun before burning. For example: (SPF) 20 x 10 (Fair skin) = 200 minutes (amount of time you can stay in the sun before burning if you have Fair skin and use an SPF of 20).

How to Decipher the Environmental Working Group’s Annual Sunscreen Guide

The EWG Annual Sunscreen Guide is out for this year and it includes several of the products we have listed below. They review a much larger number of sunscreens (1,700 this year!) in effort to weed out those who “offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients”. This year they call out Neutrogena in particular as not living up to its safety claims. This is one example of a brand that has been marketing mineral sunscreen as a way to garner the attention of health savvy consumers.

EWG gives each sunscreen on its list a hazard ranking. It is important to remember that not all sunscreens on the EWG list are nontoxic. For example, Bull Frog Ultimate Sheer Body Sunscreen SPF 30 received a rank of “2” (“1” is the safest) but it contains synthetic ingredients Organic Authority doesn’t consider safe. Remember to check each ingredient when choosing a sunscreen from the EWG list.

All of the products in our natural sunscreen guide are free from harmful ingredients including chemical sunscreen agents. We fill you in on details and price for each product to help get you prepared for a safe and fun summer.

FACE

Sunscreen for face is different from sunscreen for body in a couple of ways: First, it has to have a fairly matte finish to go under makeup and not cause breakouts. Secondly, it has to offer some hydration so it can be used in place of a daily moisturizer. We have also included products with tint to provide light makeup coverage.

Natural Sunscreen Suntegrity 5-in1

1. Suntegrity 5-In-1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30 

Suntegrity 5-In-1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30 is the best of the best in facial sun protection. It manages to hydrate skin, nourish and protect with healthy antioxidant ingredients, hide flaws and provide light coverage, and protect against UV damage with mineral sunscreen. Flawless, natural looking coverage with a light, non-greasy feel. Goes on like a dream and offers serious sun protection. Comes in five easy-to-match shades. $45, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Gluten-, Cruelty-, Nano-, and Fragrance-free (Suntegrity Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Lightly moisturizing (perfect in place of regular moisturizer), not chalky or greasy, very natural looking.

Natural Sunscreen Ilia Beauty

2. Ilia Beauty Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 

Ilia Beauty is a high performance natural makeup line and this product will not disappoint. With a celeb following and makeup artist following, Ilia Beauty Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 offers the big three: moisturization, light coverage, and UV protection. Made with all natural anti-aging and skin supportive ingredients, this over achiever comes in six ultra natch shades.$42

Protection: SPF 20

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Gluten- and Cruelty-free (Ilia Beauty Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: light feel, semi-matte finish, diminishes appearance of spots and evens skin tone.

Natural Sunscreen Suntegrity Primer

 

3. Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 

Ever wish your favorite facial moisturizer offered sun protection so you didn’t have to apply two products? It does now! Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 is lightly hydrating sunscreen triples as a moisturizer and non-greasy facial primer. And you won’t be missing out on those anti-aging benefits from your daily moisturizer. Chock full of amazing skin supportive ingredients. $45

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Gluten-, Cruelty-, Nano-, and Fragrance-free (Suntegrity Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Rich consistency, non-greasy feel, smooth and invisible on skin.

Safest Sunscreen Products Consonant Sunscreen

 

4. Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30

Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 is newer to the mineral sunscreen scene and making a splash. This UV protection has a bit of bronzer tint to diminish any whiteness and hide imperfections. Lightly hydrating and well suited to sensitive skin. $45, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Water Resistant

Certifications: Gluten-, Nano-, and Fragrance-free (Consonant Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Smooth, non-greasy, and leaves no white residue on skin.

Natural Sunscreen DeVita Solar Moisturizer

5. DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ 

For protection and anti-aging moisturizer in one, look no further than Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+. Made with Hyaluronic acid, this facial sunscreen smooths and perfects while shielding the skin from damaging UV rays. Aloe vera makes this lightly moisturizing sunscreen soothing to skin. Use in place of or under your daily moisturizer. $25.95, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Gluten-, Nano-, and GMO-free, Gluten Sensitive Safe (DeVita Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Super light and gentle, quickly absorbing, disappears into skin.

Safest Sunscreen Products Raw Skin Ceuticals Sunscreen Rosacea

6. RawSkinCeuticals Rosacea Day Cream SPF 30 

Finding a facial sunscreen for sensitive skin can be tricky. Finding one that also treats rosacea, almost impossible. Almost. Meet RawSkinCeuticals Rosacea Day Cream SPF 30. At once hydrating and calming, this facial protection contains soothing plant ingredients to diminish redness and soothe upset skin. Use each morning for best results. $28

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Cruelty-, Gluten-, and Nano-free (RawSkinCeuticals Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Richly moisturizing, quickly absorbing, skin feels less irritated.

BODY

For use on body we look for a sunscreen that is both effective and non-greasy. We don’t want any rubbing off on clothes and furniture. And of course, invisible on skin is always a plus.

Natural Sunscreen Suntegrity Body 30

7. Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body SPF 30 

Another winner from this natural sunscreen brand. Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body SPF 30 provides optimal sun protection, plus a healthy dose of antioxidants. $24, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Gluten-, Nano-, and GMO-free, Gluten Sensitive Safe (Suntegrity Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Fresh citrus scent, not greasy or sticky, white cast fades when rubbed into skin.

 

Safest Sunscreen Products Goddess Garden

8. Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion 

A pleasure to use, Goddess Garden Everyday Natural Sunscreen Lotion contains lightly hydrating, skin soothing ingredients. But don’t let that fool you. This product also offers serious sun protection. Super sheer and easy to apply. $17.66, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 40 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Biodegradable, Reef Safe, Vegan, Cruelty-, Gluten-, GMO-, and Nano-free (Goddess Garden Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Moisturizing, softening, non-greasy, skin looks brighter.

Natural Sunscreen DeVita Body 30

9. DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+

DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+ includes sme of the same anti-aging ingredients as the facial sunscreen, which means it works as a body lotion too. Softens, moisturizes and protects all at once. Plus, it is super easy to apply and smooths skin as you wear it. $19.18, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Cruelty-, Gluten-, and Nano-free (DeVita Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Light, non-greasy, easy to apply.

Natural Sunscreen True Natural Caribbean Coconut

10. True Natural Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Caribbean Coconut 

A straight forward, highly effective mineral sunscreen for body. True Natural Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Caribbean Coconut contains moisturizing shea butter and antioxidant green tea. Perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin. Summery scent and the price can’t be beat. $19.99, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Biodegradable, Reef Safe, Vegan, Cruelty-, Gluten-, GMO-, and Nano-free (True Natural Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Thinner consistency, coconut scent, white cast fades when rubbed into skin.

Natural Sunscreen Raw Elements 30

11. RAW Elements Eco Formula 30 

For serious sun protection opt for RAW Elements Eco Formula 30. A top selling mineral sunscreen for body, this one is made with organic plant oils and butters, plus green and black teas for an antioxidant boost. Easy to apply and super effective. $18.99, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Biodegradable, Reef Safe, Cruelty-, GMO-, and Nano-free (RAW Elements Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Thicker and stays slightly greasy, but absolutely no whiteness on skin.

BABIES & CHILDREN

Sunscreens for kids require an extra gentle formula. It is also helpful if they are quick and easy to apply. We have rounded up some that are perfect for the whole family. Remember, it is not advisable to use sunscreen on a baby under the age of 6 months, but rather to protect their skin with clothing, hats and shade.

Safest Sunscreen Products Erbaviva

 

12. Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30 

Toss this sunscreen in your bag and you are set. Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30 is suitable for children and adults. You can even use it on your face. It is moisturizing, gentle, rubs in easily, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Get one or the beach bag, pool bag, purse. And the chamomile/lavender blend is a universally yummy scent. $23

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Cruelty-free (Erbaviva Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Thicker consistency, stays slightly greasy, easy application, invisible on skin.

Safest Sunscreen Products The Honest Company

 

13. The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30 

A perfect price for a perfectly kid-friendly lotion. The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30 keeps little ones’ skin safe with mild ingredients. Easy to apply and feels good on skin. May as well use on the older members of the family too. $13.95, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Biodegradable, Reef friendly, Hypoallergenic, Nano-and Cruelty-free (The Honest Company Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Non-greasy, non-whitening.

Natural Sunscreen True Natural Zinc Baby

14. True Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen 

Pure zinc protection in a simple yet effective formulation. True Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen is gentle and unscented, making it ideal for babies, children, and adults with sensitive skin. Made with antioxidant green tea and pomegranate. $27.50, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 40 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Biodegradable, Reef friendly, Gluten-, Nano-and Cruelty-free (True Natural Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Easy to apply, stays slightly greasy, white cast fades when rubbed into skin.

Natural Sunscreen Suntegrity Unscented Baby

15. Suntegrity Unscented Sunscreen for Baby, Kids or Allergies 

You didn’t think Suntegrity skipped this category, did you? Of course not! The best in the biz brand has a product with the same effective protection and high performance, designed for the most delicate skin types. It is hard to beat Suntegrity Unscented Sunscreen for Baby, Kids or Allergies for application and feel. Even works well on face. $24

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Nano-and Cruelty-free (Suntegrity Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Easy to apply, non-greasy, gentle on skin.

Natural Sunscreen True Natural Ultra 50

16. True Natural Ultra Protect SPF 50 Antioxidant Sunscreen

When all you are looking for is ultimate UV protection, this is it. True Natural Ultra Protect SPF 50 Antioxidant Sunscreen is made with super mild ingredients for all skin types, even the most sensitive. May be used on face and body. Light coconut scent comes from natural coconut oil. Antioxidant ingredients support the skin. $19.44, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 50, Broad Spectrum

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Biodegradable, Reef safe, Gluten-, Nano-, and Cruelty-free (True Natural Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Stays slightly greasy, leaves a slight white film on skin.

SPORT

Convenience is key with sports sunscreens. Athletes and those on the go look for a product that travels well and is easy to apply. Water resistance is another advantage in this category and mineral sunscreens are considered safer for coral reefs, a requirement at many resorts and national parks.

Natural Sunscreen True Natural Sport Stick

17. True Natural SPORT Stick SPF30 Sunscreen

Take your protection on the road with True Natural SPORT Stick SPF30 Sunscreen. Safe protection in a convenient stick. Swipe on face and body before sports and outdoor activities. Easy to use and super portable. $14.49, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Biodegradable, Reef safe, GMO-, Gluten-, Nano-, and Cruelty-free (True Natural Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Stick formula is less greasy, invisible on skin.

Natural Sunscreen Goddess Garden Sport

 

 

18. Goddess Garden Organics Sport Natural Sunscreen 

Another resort friendly option for outdoor activities. Goddess Garden Organics Sport Natural Sunscreen provides effective protection and won’t harm marine life. Gentle on skin. $14.99, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegan, Reef safe, GMO-, Gluten-, Nano-, and Cruelty-free (Goddess Garden Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: A thicker formula that stays slightly greasy on skin, leaves a white cast.

Natural Sunscreen 100% Pure Sun Stick 30

19. 100% Pure Everywhere SPF Body Stick 30 Sunscreen 

A truly well rounded product. 100% Pure Everywhere SPF Body Stick is suitable for all outdoor activities and gentle enough for the kids too. May be used on face or body. Easy to apply. $14, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 40 minutes

Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, Vegetarian, Gluten- and  Nano-free (100% Pure Safety Commitment)

Look & Feel: Non-greasy, quick absorbing.

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is an organic beauty expert who has been researching and writing on the subjects of natural beauty, health, and wellness for over 10 years. She specializes in sharing safe beauty products and her knowledge on healthy ingredients with her readers, and helping organic beauty brands and shop owners share their message and products with the world through her writing services.