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.
Glacier Creme Tropical
Price: 2017 price estimate: ~$18-$20 (4 oz.) ~$4-$4.50/ounce
EWG rating: *not rated*
Active ingredient(s): zinc oxide (10%),
Antioxidants added: White and green tea extract
Ease of application: + goes on smoothly
Water resistant? Tough to say. There’s no beading up with this product, nor does it scratch off the skin after a few minutes in the water. However, my husband didn’t burn after swimming.
My experience: We like this sunscreen and are happy it doesn’t have chemical sunscreens in it, but the list of ingredients still has so many unpronounceable items on it that with all the other choices, it doesn’t seem worth our time. At least it doesn’t have parabens or fragrances to worry about.
Star Feature: If a clear finish is important to you, this product will give you what you want. The SPF is only 20, though, and it does act differently from other SPF 30s.
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!