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Eco-Friendly Sunscreen Guide for 2021

eco-friendly sunscreen guide

 Today I am sharing my guide to eco-friendly sunscreen, updated for 2021.

I’m all about eco-friendly beauty products.  From sustainable soap to plastic-free conditioner and to zero-waste makeup, I always think that the best products are ones that work well, are effective, affordable, and are made sustainably.  The sunscreen market should be no different.

Questions have been raised about the ingredients in conventional sunscreen.  Whilst in the past, selections have been limited, in 2021 the market for sustainable sunscreen has grown hugely.

What To Look For In An Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Unfortunately, even in the eco-friendly market, not all sunscreens are equal.  Be wary of brands that say they offer “complete protection” without any further detail.  Instead, look for ones that specifically say that they give broad-spectrum protection.  Specifically both UVA and UVB protection.

Also, be wary of sunscreens saying they offer protection above SPF 50.  There is no evidence anything above SPF 50 offers increased protection.  This also fools you into thinking you can reapply less.  Be mindful that you still have to reapply the cream every couple of hours regardless of the SPF.

Guide to Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

eco-friendly sunscreen guide

To help you through this minefield I’ve done some research.  As such, I’ve come up with a few reliable eco-friendly sunscreen brands – from vegan-friendly to reef safe, and more.  Each offers a good SPF.  And all creams featured also offer both UVA and UVB protection and are safe for all of the family to use.

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Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen

Badger Sunscreen* is one of the best eco-friendly sunscreens on the market.  It offers a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 and provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s 100% harsh chemical-free.  What’s more, it contains 87% certified organic ingredients and is hypoallergenic.  This makes it safe for every member of the family, even little ones.

If you’re planning on snorkeling or diving in coral reefs or other environmentally sensitive ecosystems, then it’s a great choice.  As it’s completely biodegradable it won’t cause any harm to the reefs or waterways.  And for the final thumbs-up, it’s not tested on animals.  However, do bear in mind that it’s not vegan as it contains beeswax.

The downside is that it is not readily available in the UK.  However, I’ve tracked down this one, and other sunscreens in their range, on Amazon*.

Green People SPF 30 Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

Green People’s* 78% certified organic eco-friendly sunscreen packs great protection from UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also free from parabens, alcohol, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals, and colourants.

Green People’s sunscreen is suitable for the most sensitive of skin, even babies, and rubs in really well.  It’s not vegan, however, due to the inclusion of beeswax. 

 Green People have also confirmed that it is reef-safe, so good news if you are planning on diving or snorkeling.  

Available with free delivery from Green People for £22* for 200 ml.  This is a great family size for holidays.  Also, take 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Green People newsletter.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen SPF 45

Free from parabens and SLS, the Jāsön eco-friendly sunscreen offers a hefty SPF45 protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  It’s also gentle and non-irritant, making it great for all of the family.   The sunscreen is not tested on animals and is vegan-friendly, however, if you are planning on snorkeling then bear in mind it’s not reef-safe.   If you’re after a reef-safe sunscreen then try the Jāsön Mineral SPF30 sunblock*, which is £14.99, from Look Fantastic.

Jāsön Sun Family Sunscreen is available from Look Fantastic for £12.99* for 113 g, making it a handy size for carrying around in your bag.  

Sol De Ibiza Sunscreen

If you are looking for plastic-free sunscreen, then try Sol De Ibiza*. This SPF 50 natural sunscreen, which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays, gives you great protection without any plastic packaging. This fragrance-free, non-nano formulation is made with organic and cruelty-free ingredients and is suitable for the whole family. What’s more, it’s water-resistant and reef-safe. At £24 for 100 g, it is not the cheapest product but I tried this out over the hottest days of summer and found it to offer mighty eco-friendly sun protection.

Sol De Ibiza also comes in cardboard pushup tube* for easier application on the go. Ironically, I found it difficult to apply the sunscreen in the tube as the texture is more akin to that of a wax crayon, and it’s tricky to get any on your skin. My advice? Stick with the tin.

Odylique Natural Sunscreen

This exceptionally pure, 100% natural, eco-friendly sunscreen was the first sun lotion to be accredited as both Fairtrade and organic.  What’s more, it’s also cruelty-free and certified vegan.

The sunscreen itself is great for very sensitive skin, including babies and children.  The mineral zinc oxide is the active ingredient, delivered in non-nano format.  As such, it offers broad-spectrum UVA and SPF30 UVB protection.

Odylique’s formulation protects the skin whilst actively caring for it.  This is through its mixture of nine organic botanicals.  These include Fairtrade raw shea butter, which replenishes and soothes skin.  The formulation also contains a mixture of chamomile, rosemary, and sea buckthorn to calm sun-sensitive skin.  

The light, non-greasy formula makes for easy application and for immediate protection.  Find it here* at Big Green Smile.  Prices start from £15 for a 50ml tube.

Weleda SPF 30 Sunscreen

Weleda’s SPF 30 Sunscreen* offers waterproof UVA and UVB sun protection with natural non-nano mineral UV filters.

This high-factor natural and vegan sunscreen does leave a white sheen on your skin.  However, this is due to its non-nano mineral UV filters, which reflect harmful UV rays.  In terms of skincare, organic virgin coconut oil and shea butter protect the moisture level in young skins.  The fragrance-free formula is also clinically tested.  As such, it’s suitable for sensitive skins – both babies and adults.

All ingredients are grown biodynamically by Weleda.  Where this isn’t possible, ingredients are ethically sourced from around the world.  

Find it on sale at Content Beauty*.

Have you found any other eco-friendly sunscreen brands you love?  Do let me know in the comments!  I’m especially looking for recommendations on plastic-free sunscreen.  It’s something I’ve not tried before, so am keen to hear from those who have.

PS: Now you’ve got your sunscreen, be cool at the pool with this guide to ethical swimwear too.

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Natural Skincare Favourites with Caara | AD

Looking for some natural skincare product recommendations? Let me share with you some of my favourites in this paid-for content from Caara.

Although I’ve been blogging about natural skincare since 2013, it’s still an area that I find tricky to navigate. Greenwashing is rife in the natural beauty sphere, and even products marketed as green, organic, natural, or sustainable could still be tested on animals, contain minimal organic ingredients, or contain fossil fuel-based products.

Introducing Caara

Step forward Caara. Caara has set out to make conscious shopping effortless, so you can shop their products based on what matters to you. From vegan and cruelty-free products to compostable products, to products from female-founded brands, and more, the filter is vast. I’ve taken a screenshot so you can see what values you can shop by – there are 29 different values! I’ve had to cut off the last value – vegetarian – because they wouldn’t all fit on my screen!

This really makes is so easy to shop to your own particular set of ethics and values, without having to wade through product description after product description trying to find something that suits.

Why Caara

Of course, it’s not just eco-conscious skincare that Caara sells. As a one-stop eco shop, Caara sells eco-friendly products that look after you, your home, family and pets, from brands whose values align with yours.

Caara believes that better-for-you brands should take centre stage in today’s world – they shouldn’t be shoved out of the way in a little corner of the supermarket. Caara thinks they should be everyone’s first choice for day-to-day shopping, and that’s why they’ve created Caara: to showcase the best and most innovative conscious brands.

What I also love about Caara is that all their products ship plastic-free. There wasn’t a scrap of plastic to be found in my delivery.

Natural Skincare With Caara

Let’s get back to skincare. Caara sent me a few different natural skincare products available from their skincare range to try out. Here’s what I thought:

UpCircle Face Serum

natural skincare products

I’m a big fan of UpCircle products. I’ve previously featured them in this guide to food waste heroes, as they reuse food products that would otherwise go to waste to make effective and sustainable natural beauty products. This UpCircle Face Serum (£14.95) is no exception and contains skin brightening coffee oil, which is made from repurposed coffee grounds.

What I didn’t know are the serum’s other attributes. Caara says this facial serum is:

  • Cruelty-Free
  • Made In The UK
  • Palm Oil Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Recyclable
  • Recycled
  • SLS Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

I’ve been applying this serum after applying moisturiser, and its jojoba, sea buckthorn, and rosehip oils, as well as the coffee oil, have been doing a great job at keeping my skin hydrated. It was also incredibly useful to know that this product is both palm oil-free, and made in the UK as both of these things are important to me.

Jason Vitamin E Moisturising Creme

I have tried a few Jason products before (notably their eco-friendly sunscreen), but never this Vitamin E rich moisturising cream (£8.81).

According to Caara, this moisturiser is:

  • Cruelty-Free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Is Made With Plant-Based Ingredients
  • SLS Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

I’ve been using it in combination with the UpCircle Serum, and only have good things to say. I especially love that it’s made without parabens and phthalates, which is reassuring to hear. Although the moisturiser is packaged in plastic, if non-plastic packaging is important to you, then you can select the plastic-free filter on Caara’s website to find products better suited to your values.

Tabitha Eve Natural Skincare Set

tabitha eve natural skincare set

If you are new to eco-friendly skincare, then this Tabitha Eve set (£11.95) is a great place to start. Containing three reusable makeup remover pads, three exfoliating facial scrub pads, a natural Konjac sponge, and three reusable nail polish remover pads, it’s such a great set for beginners.

I didn’t even know you could get reusable nail polish remover pads, so that was news to me. I don’t really wear nail polish – it’s never been my thing – however, my daughter likes to paint her nails so it’s really useful to have something like this in the house. This set would also make a really great gift for an eco-concious person into natural beauty.

Caara tells me this Tabitha Eve set is:

  • From a female-founded business
  • Made In The UK
  • Plastic-free
  • Recyclable
  • Reusable

I had heard of Tabitha Eve before, but thanks to Caara I found out that they are a female-founded business and made in the UK. Both of these points were exciting to hear and new information for me, so this will be a brand that I will definitely look for in the future.

Find Out More

Caara is an online store, but community matters to them. Therefore, they’ve created a blog, where they share all sorts of useful information, and you can follow along on Facebook and Instagram too for their latest products and ideas.