I Tried Five Natural Sunscreens and Found A Favorite (but reviewed all of them for you!)

Five Mineral Sunscreens that are good for you + the planet.

Getting excited for summer and the warm weather? Us too! With the sun coming out, you must make sure that you’re protected from the harmful rays, in a natural way though, that’s good for your skin and the environment.

When shopping for natural sunscreens, it’s important to also look out for the ingredient list. Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the sunscreens you will want to purchase. I tested out 5 natural sunscreens from different brands and shared my thoughts below!

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Raw Elements Face Stick SPF 30

This stick is convenient for on-the-go and perfect to keep in your purse or bag. It claims to be water resistant for 80 minutes and never run or sting your eyes. When I tried it, I definitely enjoyed it for the convenience factor and will be keeping it on hand for all of my on-the-go needs. My only con is that because it is in a solid form it is a lot more difficult to spread on my face. If you apply it directly on your face, it tugs on the skin. However, if you put it on your hands and then apply it, you run the risk of missing spots and not having an even layer. It has a bit of a sticky consistency so I would only use this SPF on days I don’t wear makeup.

Price for 0.6 oz – $15.99

raw elements face stick certified natural sunscreen

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

This was by far my favorite sunscreen out of the five. It is completely invisible, super smooth to the touch, and can be used as a primer under your makeup. I think the best part about this product is that it can easily be used every day. It doesn’t leave a sticky texture behind and doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost. Every single skin tone can use this sunscreen because of its clear formula, whereas other common natural sunscreens have a tendency to leave a white cast. If I had to choose out of the five sunscreens I tested, to only buy one, it would most definitely be this one.

Price for 0.5 oz – $17

supergoop unseen suncreen

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40

This sunscreen I would recommend for all of those with sensitive skin because it contains Aloe Vera, avocado and jojoba oil, rose hip, and green tea. All these ingredients are perfect for soothing the skin and it’s also unscented. This one I enjoyed because it didn’t leave a white cast, it quickly absorbed into my face, and moisturized my skin but didn’t leave it feeling tacky or sticky. The Babo Botanicals sunscreen lived up to everything it claimed.

Price for 1.7 oz – $16.99

babo botanicals daily sheer sunscreen

Cocokind Daily SPF 32

I would compare Cocokind to the Babo Botanicals. The texture is very lightweight and quickly absorbs into my skin for a smooth finish as well. The one thing I love about this product that is different to the others is its claim to protect against the blue light from all the devices I use on a daily basis. I work every day for several hours on my laptop and phone so protecting my skin daily is a must.

Price for 1.7 oz – $24

cocokind daily spf 32


Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

If you want the most bang for your buck, I would recommend this sunscreen. The consistency of it is a little thicker compared to the other ones I tried so not the best for warmer summer days. Although it is the cheapest option for the amount you get, I would pay more to opt out of the Alba sunscreen just for the texture and way it makes my face feel after using it. However, not everyone can afford to pay more for the better natural options so if you’re on a budget, this one does the job.

Price for 4.0 oz – $8.99

alba botanica sensitive mineral sunscreen

Definitely do your research when shopping for natural sunscreens to find the best option for you and your needs. There are so many out there to pick from. If everyone switched to using natural sunscreens, imagine the difference we could all make for our coral reefs and oceans!

–Tayler May


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