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.
Liquid Aloha™ from A Wholesome Home™
Ease of Application
EWG rating: not in database
SPF: unrated, but I would guess 35+ based on experience
Active ingredient(s): Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
Other ingredients: Virgin Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter, Virgin Cocos Nucifera Coconut Oil, Helianthus Annuus Sunflower Oil, Cera Alba Beeswax, Vegetable Glycerin, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, Lactobacillus Ferment Leucidal Liquid, AMTicide Coconut, Green Tea Extract, Vanilla Extract and Coconut Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Oil and Algae Source
Antioxidants added: green tea, red raspberry seed oil, sunflower oil and more
Where to purchase: A Wholesome Home’s Etsy Shop
Ease of application: + so smooth and creamy, and it rubs in very clear with less work than some of the other brands. It resulted in a slight sheen on my face a few times, but I never noticed that anywhere else. I often grabbed this tub especially for myself when we were running off somewhere. The only negative side I could even think of to list is that you might look a little shiny…that seems to be the trade-off if you’re not going to look white, you’ll be a little greasy or shiny.
Scent: It smells nice, a bit earthy and not fruity at all, but it makes me feel crunchy and natural.
Water resistant? Adequate and more (but not listed officially on packaging)
My experience: I really love this little tub of “mineral skin protection” from a small home based business out of California. This brand was going to be in my top recommended category until I learned more about FDA regulations and realized it doesn’t have the drug facts box. That simply means that it is unregulated, which is why it is not titled a sunscreen officially. I was intrigued to hear a friend testing out the sunscreens with us say, “I liked the feel but it made me nervous.” She felt that it looked a little too homemade, and perhaps she was on to something.
Star Feature: Easy application and “perfection” ingredients
My review: I’m bummed that this brand can’t be in the top tier because of FDA regs! However, if you trust my own testing, I will say that I used this one a lot in a lot of sun, and I even left one shoulder completely unprotected one day just to make sure it worked. I would vouch for its efficacy as my unprotected shoulder got quite pink, while the A Wholesome Home side remained perfectly unaffected. I would take this on vacation as my only lotion, which is a pretty good litmus test to know if something we’ve tested is very good!
If you are looking for a very clear protection option, this gets a very high mark from me. And while you’re ordering, grab “Da Balm Diggity™” too, our new favorite balm for after sun care and pink cheeks!
UPDATE 6/25/21: The Wholesome Home Etsy shop hasn’t been open since December 2019, citing “growing pains.” We wish them the best and hope to see Liquid Aloha back in production!
- Rubs in clear
- Earthy scent
- “Perfect” ingredient list
- Not FDA regulated
- Can look a little shiny
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!