I put my heart and soul into finding the best natural mineral sunscreen over the last 10 years. My family of 6 has personally tested over 100 reef-safe sunscreen options, putting two on our bodies every time we are in the sun.
Our a/b tests have been stringent, and we really know what mineral sunscreens are effective, rub in well, and last a long time.
Of all those well over 100 choices, we only have about a dozen that we love and this brand is one of them.
If you’re looking for one of the best natural sunscreens, you’re in the right place!
As you’ll read in the full review below, this zinc oxide sunscreen covers all the bases and keeps your family safe from sunburn. It uses pristine ingredients to the highest standard, goes on smooth, and actually lasts.
If you’d like to see how it stacks up against other natural mineral sunscreen brands that use reef-safe zinc oxide, then head over to my ultimate guide to natural mineral sunscreens for the complete list of safe sunscreen reviews.
Avasol Surfer's Barrier Stick
Ease of Application
EWG rating: not in database
SPF: 30 and 50
Active ingredient(s): SPF 30: Natural Zinc Oxide 22.5% (USP, Non-Nano, Non-Coated, Low-Lead) [for SPF 50: Zinc Oxide 24.5% (Non-Nano, Non-Coated) & Titanium Dioxide 6% (Non-Nano, Non-Coated)]
Other ingredients: Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride), Organic Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus annuus (High Oleic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax, Organic Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu), Organic Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil, Natural Silica, Natural Theobroma grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Organic Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter (Virgin Unrefined), Organic Mauritia flexuosa Fruit (Buriti) Oil, Natural Emu Oil (AEA Certified), Organic Rubus idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba), Natural Propolis, Natural Tocopherol (non-GMO, Soy, Vitamin E), Organic Fragrance Compound Oils, Natural Mica, Plankton Extract -Proprietary Marine Plankton Microalga, Organic Antioxidant / Rosemary, Wildcrafted Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka Essential Oil), Organic Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) Extract, Natural Iron Oxides, A Supportive Community and Love!
Antioxidants added: sunflower oil, red raspberry seed oil, Tocopherol…probably just about everything in there! 🙂
Where to purchase: Avasol
Ease of application: + As far as consistency, it rubs in very nicely, although keep in mind that because it is a stick it starts out much thicker than what you’re used to in a cream. Typically I only use sticks on faces because they are too time-intensive to get all over larger surfaces like arms and legs. However, my husband used it on his arms before I realized it, and to our surprise it rubbed in fine because it’s quite soft as sticks go.
As long as you get the right shade, it practically disappears on the face. The “light” version is not the right shade for me and made me look a bit ghostly, but the tan was just right. I chose a “light” in SPF 50 for my fair-skinned husband and “tan” for me in SPF 30 (because the 30 has zinc only).
Scent: The scent of this brand is very unique, and I’m not even sure how to explain it. It’s not fruity… It’s not coconutty… I guess we’re going to go with fresh and spicy, but nothing like Old Spice deodorant for example. I really like it a lot but it’s possible it’s not for everyone (I love cinnamon so that probably helps!).
Water resistant? It definitely lives up to its water resistant claims, which is 80 minutes, the maximum allowed. It beads up like crazy when swimming!
My experience: I was very impressed with the ingredients list of this brand and the fact that it came in a cardboard tube, no plastic at all. Even though I couldn’t get it on Amazon and it seemed a bit pricey, I wanted to try it so much that I bought a few tubes.
Star Feature: Heavenly scent, amazing texture, near-perfect ingredients, eco-friendly tube…need I go on?
My review: For adults in particular who don’t want to look ghostly, I think this is a great option. Avasol even offers multiple tints so that lighter or darker skin tones can find something that fits. I would like to see if it works for very dark, non-white ethnic skin tones in the “dark” shade. You can also choose SPF 30 or 50, and the 50 has almost the maximum allowed percentage of zinc oxide, as well as 6% titanium dioxide. The titanium dioxide is the sole reason this brand is not in my top recommended category.
I had the great privilege of watching other ladies test this one out, and here are some of their thoughts:
- One said it felt like it went on almost like baby powder, not slimy or greasy at all (you can guess her expectations by that comment!) and cried out to another, “You gotta try this!”
- The next one was in awe that after a hike with it on her face, it didn’t feel greasy at all. She said she wanted to buy some right away (and she lives in Hawaii but isn’t native so definitely is a frequent sunscreen user!).
- On some skin tones and in certain light, however, some ladies did notice a certain cloudiness to the sticks, which Carefree Naturals and Raw Elements did not show.
If I was choosing one stick to put in my OWN pocket for the day, this would probably be the one. I feel like a have an affinity for the brand – super eco-friendly packaging (even how they mailed the product!), fancy-dancy scent that must just be “my thing,” excellent ingredients and shades that look great on me. My only beef is that is IS an expensive investment, and I wish they didn’t have titanium dioxide in some sticks, but I cam let that slide. I only need the SPF 30 myself, anyway.
- Stick comes in various shades to match your coloring.
- Heavenly scent
- Eco-friendly packaging
- SPF 50 has titanium dioxide
Wondering if this one is the very best natural sunscreen for your family?
I organized alllll the sunscreens we reviewed in each one’s recommendation category – one page, at-a-glance to find out what is safe to buy AND works! Print it or save to your phone for reference!
The guide also includes answers to questions people ask me all the time:
- Which brand rubs in the clearest?
- What’s the best for all day outdoor sports?
- How do I save money on natural sunscreens?
- What looks good on ladies’ faces?
- Is there an option that is FAST to apply to wiggly kids?
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