Made with non-nano zinc oxide and a bunch of other (pretty tasty-sounding) organic ingredients such as coconut oil and raspberry seed oil, this reef-safe sunscreen by Surfdurt gets our thumbs up. Apparently, it’s “the only all-natural, extreme adventure sunscreen made with solar-Powered manufacturing” – and it comes in a slick-looking bamboo useable container. Buy it from the Surfdurt website.
Another product made with zinc oxide, ThinkSport is free of harsh chemicals and you can buy their products direct from their website as well as from Amazon. We love their precautionary attitude to manufacturing safe products. If an ingredient hasn’t yet been proven to be safe (yet), they simply won’t use it. It’s a refreshing stance given that manufacturers are going paraben-free but are adding other plastics whose long-term effects haven’t been properly tested yet. They apply the same principles to their packaging.
Made from 70% organic ingredients, this Coola sunscreen stick is made with non-nano zinc oxide and is available in the colours “neutral” and “golden”. It’s got SPF50 and we really like that it comes as stick which makes the product easy to apply. We also love their Farm to Face® principle, which involves sourcing ingredients and vendors locally to promote communities and jobs as well as cutting down on the costs of long distance shipping (both financial and environmental). Buy it directly from their website or from Amazon.
Another great sunscreen using non-nano zinc oxide. Badgerbalm SPF35 Sport Sunscreen is made from only five ingredients and is 98% organic. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes and it’s fragrance-free, which is great for people with sensitive skin. You can buy Badgerbalm products directly from their website if you are based in the USA or Canada, or head to Ecco Verde, if you are based in the EU (also available on Amazon).
It’s fair to say that these sunscreens aren’t necessarily the cheapest sun protection options out there. But as ocean adventurers, we often wear protective gear anyway so that the most exposed parts of our bodies tend to be face, neck, arms and hands. So, a small tube or tub of slightly more expensive, reef- and ocean-safe sunscreen will go quite a long way – so you can protect your body and the ocean without it costing the earth!