Looking for a reef-safe sunscreen that uses only zinc oxide as an active ingredient? You’re making a smart choice!
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.
Beauty by Earth
Ease of Application
EWG rating: 1-2
SPF: 20 and 25
Active ingredient(s): Zinc Oxide (Uncoated Non-nano) 11% in the SPF 20, 14% in SPF 25
Other ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Vegetable Glycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Organic Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Organic Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract
Antioxidants added: green tea, rosemary, pomegranate, calendula and more! 🙂
Ease of application: +/- Application is actually pretty tough, as this is a decently thick and white sunscreen. Eventually it rubs in.
Scent: honestly one of the best smelling we’ve ever tried – it’s the first thing people say about this one! Maybe vanilla coconut?
Water resistant? rated to 80 minutes
My experience: Side-by-side test on for kids in high heat direct sun late May, versus Adorable Baby. All four got a little pinkish, sun-kissed and on more than one child I would say Beauty by Earth was slightly worse. Then again that makes sense, because it is a slightly lower SPF. We had the same results the next day, not hugely significant difference in sunburn, but enough that I figure why bother? If there are better options, why use this one?
Leah did get an itchy rash of tiny red dots on her chest and back only on the Beauty by Earth side. This showed up a full day later, so it may not be causation, but it is notable that it was only on half of her body and exactly where her tank top was showing skin. We did not wash the sunscreen off at the end of that that day.
- Amazing scent
- Lower SPFs
- Hard to rub in
- Test subjects burned a little and one broke into rash
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!