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Mineral Sunscreen Review: Bare Market SheaScreen

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My family has tested over 100 natural mineral sunscreens over the last 10 years, so we know what really works. This brand is pretty good, but in my opinion, if you’re looking for the cleanest ingredients and smoothest application, then head over to my ultimate guide to natural mineral sunscreens and grab one of my top recommended zinc oxide sunscreens instead. My standards are really high though, so this one is still pretty good. 🙂

You can read all the details below to find out why this safe sunscreen brand did not make my top recommended list.

Bare Market SheaScreen
  • Ease of Application
  • Clean Ingredients
  • Water Resistant


Price: 2020 price estimate: $$$$

EWG rating: unrated

SPF: ~30

Active ingredient(s): non-nano zinc oxide

Antioxidants added: [this is the full inactive ingredients list since it’s not always on the website] Beeswax, Shea Butter, Coconut oil, Avocado oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Pure Lavender Essential oil

Where to purchase: Bare Market (only sold May-October)

Ease of application: + exactly the consistency you’d imagine with a conventional lotion, very creamy, rubs in great.

Scent: definitely lavender

Water resistant? Maybe? Doesn’t seem to bead up like other lotions, and I only had a small sample so I’m not sure what it does with heavy swimming. The beeswax should contribute some water resistance.

My experience: I was the only one in the family to test it out because of the small sample size, but I was very happy with the consistency and feel of it. The SheaScreen rubs in nicely, perhaps a tiny bit whiter and shinier than Ava Anderson in a side-by-side test.

I did save some to store six months, and there was no separation at all. It’s still very creamy and a lovely texture.

Star Feature: Made my two moms who really care about their kids’ skin – and yours! The creaminess, rub-ability and most of all, the great price make SheaScreen a super find. The only reason it’s not on the “recommends” list officially is because I’m a little unsure of the zinc percentage and sourcing and we couldn’t run it through as rigorous of testing as I’d like.


  • Conventional feel in application
  • Small company with good ingredients
  • Lavender scent


  • Not sure on water resistance

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?

I’ll send a copy to your email so you can see it right away and find it again later!

Have you tried this sunscreen? Was your experience similar to mine?

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