I hear a lot of people asking about the best natural sunscreen. Being a fair-skinned redhead, sunscreen is a big part of my life. In my opinion, it’s also the hardest product to switch from chemical to natural brands.
Conventional sunscreens are full of additives and some chemical sunscreen ingredients are identified as carcinogens. However, these chemicals are often what gives a non-greasy texture and staying-power, which means natural sunscreen often takes some getting used to. (You can read more about what you should consider when choosing a sunscreen, chemical or mineral, in my blog post here.) The best route is to use clothing to protect your skin, but when you need to slap on the lotion, which sunscreen should you use? I’ve kept track of recommendations from various mom groups and am happy to share the results.
Here are the most recommended natural sunscreens with ingredient lists that I can stand behind.
Green Beaver is the top recommended natural sunscreen, and what I use on my kids. It is on the greasy side, which takes some getting used to. Some find that the coverage isn’t enough when travelling south, however I haven’t had any problems when reapplied frequently. It’s made in Canada, is widely available at grocery and health food stores and online retailers, and is reasonably priced. Note that there’s no difference in formula between the baby and regular labels.
Thinkbaby gets rave reviews from people who use it, but it is less widely known. It is available from healthfood stores, online retailers and Mountain Equipment Co-Op. I have not tried it personally and find it is on the higher end of the price range, but it scores a 1 on Think Dirty.
Badger is a very thick sunscreen that I love for baby, but not much else. Some people do prefer the texture to more greasy alternatives. It’s commonly found in health food stores and online retailers. The baby camomile line scores a 2 on Think Dirty.
Goddess Garden rounds out the top 4 list. It is found at grocery stores and drug stores, so may be easier to find than the others. It’s not my personal favourite, but many people seem to like it for their kiddos. It scores a 3 on Think Dirty.
I hope this helps you narrow down your search for a healthier yet effective sunscreen! Do you already use a natural sunscreen that you love? Do you have a DIY recipe that really works? Let me know!