Mom Tested Safer Sunscreen Guide

Mom Tested Safer Sunscreen Guide via

Swim suits, towels, healthy snacks – check! Sounds like you’re ready to head to the pool or the beach. But what about the sunscreen?

Are you still using conventional, chemical-based sunscreens – the kind found at most drugstores or mass merchants? If you’re ready to make the switch to safer sunscreen products, here are a few that my kids and I have tested out over the past few years.

These brands have a few key things in common:

  • All are physical sun blockers, meaning they act as a barrier on the skin. The active ingredient in most is zinc oxide, and a couple are a blend of both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, penetrate the skin and may disrupt your hormone system – not a good thing!
  • Use non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide due to concerns that extremely small nanoparticles may be absorbed into the skin and bloodstream.
  • All but one are top rated by the EWG as safe sunscreens (rating of 1 out of 10). The one exception is the Goddess Garden Continuous Spray, which is rated a 3 due to concerns about spray inhalation. My kids BEG me for spray sunscreen and Goddess Garden is the safest one I’ve found. To be safe, spray in well-ventilated areas and never directly on the face.
  • Are SPF 30 to 50 – the smartest choice if you are planning to be enjoying the outdoors for a while!
  • Provide both UVA and UVB protection.
  • All are unscented with the lone exception of Juice Beauty, which uses a few essential oils for a very light scent that I happen to love.
  • Rub in reasonably easily, without leaving a white residue on the skin. I’ve found that there’s been a huge improvement on this front – even compared to a few years ago!

Here’s where to find them*:


ThinkSport SPF 50 via

Think Sport SPF 50

Beautycounter Protect Sunscreen SPF 30 via

Beautycounter SPF 30

Honest Comapny Sunscreen SPF 30 via

The Honest Company Honest Sunscreen SPF 30

Badger Sport Sunscreen SPF 35

Badger Sport SPF 35

Elemental Herbs All Good Sport Sunscreen

Elemental Herbs All Good Sport Sunscreen SPF 33

Goddess Garden Continuous Spray Sunscreen

Goddess Garden Continuous Spray SPF 30

BabyTime by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35

Episencial Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35

Juice Beauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer

California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30

California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30

Do you have a favorite safer sunscreen brand? Tell me why you love it in the comments!

Like this post? I’ve got more about safer sunscreens here and here.

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About Micaela

Micaela Preston is a marketing and communications consultant specializing in natural, organic and eco-friendly products and the health and wellness space. Micaela is available as a social media manager, green lifestyle writer, public speaker, brand ambassador and marketing manager.


  1. Thanks for this great list. It’s so encouraging to see so many safer products available. Our purse power has really made a difference in this marketplace!

  2. Thanks for the recommendations. My kids always want spray sunscreens too and they aren’t really the safest option!

    • Yes, spray sunscreen is one of those compromises – but at least with Goddess Garden we know the ingredients are really safe and if used carefully, it is probably just fine!

  3. So many of my favorites on here and so many to try, too! Thanks for sharing Mindful Momma 🙂

  4. Thanks for this important post! We personally love Badger and Raw Elements (non-GMO) as they are chemical free, but safe for the environment as they are reef safe and biodegradable. Great for the whole family, too.

  5. Lisa Sharp says:

    I use Badger. I burn so badly so sunscreen is a must! Thanks for sharing these great options!

  6. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Staying safe from the sun but also avoiding harsh chemicals can be tough during the summer. These are some great options!

  7. This is a great list! Living in South Florida we are always looking for good sunscreens!

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