The Top 7 Reef Safe Suncreens To Look Into

August 27, 2019

For many years the impact of sunscreen on coral reefs has been a concern. Scientists have estimated that between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen— equal to 25 to 60 million bottles—wash off of swimmers/snorklers into coral reefs each year. So with tourism increasing as it is, it's nice to know alternative sunscreens with reef safe chemicals before going on vacation or a general trip to the beach. Here's 7 brands we know and trust!

1. Goddess Garden

Goddess Garden is on a mission to create products that are good for people and the planet. Their sunscreens are reef safe and gentle on sensitive skin while offering powerful protection from pure minerals. They also have new mineral sunscreen lotions that are ultra-sheer, dry-touch and lightweight, so they rub in clear on any skin tone!

2. Badger Balm

Badger Balm is a small, family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company nestled in the woods of Gilsum, New Hampshire. They blend the finest organic plant extracts, exotic oils, beeswax, and minerals to make the safest, most effective products possible to soothe, heal, protect and otherwise treat your body. The only active ingredient in each of their sunscreens is the mineral zinc oxide, and they don't use nano sized zinc. This has been used in skin care for thousands of years and is the same ingredient used in diaper creams, calamine lotion, and toothpastes.

3. Tropic Sport

The way they see it, the more you are living your extremes in the sun or water, the more you need a quality, long lasting sunscreen that’s not only skin friendly but also ocean and reef friendly. Created to work in the harsh sun of the tropics, it’s made from the most effective natural ingredients on earth. It’s strong enough to handle any extreme but gentle enough to use every day. With no oxybenzone nor octinoxate, you can do what you love knowing that you’re not harming the reefs and marine life you love.

4. Alba Botanica

Have a vibrant line of body-loving products that nourish the skin, hair, and of course, the soul. Their product family constantly evolves alongside health, beauty, and ingredient knowledge and trends, with many exciting new products introduced each year. They’re dedicated to making high quality, 100% vegetarian products that overflow with botanical ingredients.

5. Raw Elements

Raw Elements products were developed by an ocean lifeguard with a purpose! They're non-gmo project approved, Natural Products Association Certified, and have ultimate water and sweat performance. It can literally be applied underwater!

  • 23% non-nano zinc oxide is only active ingredient
  • Never runsor stings eyes
  • Safe for all ages
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No fragrances, preservatives, or chemicals
  • Never tested on animals (only themselves and their friends)

As far as they're concerned.. If it isn't produced by Mother Earth, it isn't in their sunscreen!

6. Solara

The way they see it there's no need to ‘woo’ you with long lists of ingredients they don’t use (or that wouldn’t ever be used to make sunscreen anyway). They’d rather focus on sharing full disclosure on what they DO use because to them, that matters most in making decisions that are right for YOU. The proprietary formula breaks suncare boundaries, blending mineral sun protection with high-performing skincare science … all with 100% transparency on their labels (and your skin!)

7. Mama Kuleana

In the Hawaiian language, KULEANA is defined as accepting responsibility with diligence and intent! Their sunscreen is safe for both reef and humans alike and only uses biodegradable containers that disintegrate in landfill after two months. Many products state they are "reef safe" but still contain oxybenzone. That's why Mama Kuleana prides themselves on having a sunscreen that smells great, feels great, and is in alignment with your health goals.

As they say "Not for our fish, not for our coral and not for us!" Together you can take responsibility for a clean ocean and a healthy body.

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