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.
TropicSport SPF30 Sunscreen
Ease of Application
EWG Rating: 4
Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide (4.5%), non-nano Zinc oxide (8.7%)
Inactive ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Pleiogynium Timoriense Fruit Extract, Podocarpus Elatus Fruit Extract, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum)
Antioxidants added: podocarpus elatus (plum pine) fruit extract, terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) fruit extract, aloe vera, macademia oil
Scent: Everyone in the family loves the way this smells. So yummy!
Ease of Application: + TropicSport rubs in really smoothly and is a pleasure to use.
Water Resistance: According to their site, they have passed the U.S. FDA 80-minute resistance test as well as the Australian 240-minute one!
My Experience: We definitely saw this brand be effective in the sun to protect from burns. We used it extensively all summer, but we were so busy we didn’t take very many notes.
Star Feature: Beyond TropicSport’s exceptional rubbing-in ability, I would say their travel size is such a cute container and even comes with a carabiner. So if you are doing something like whitewater rafting, where you really want to keep your sunscreen attached on you or on a bag and not lost, this is such a fun and unique container to use.
My Review: The whole family was impressed with how well TropicSport rubs in and the cute little container. We called it the turtle sunscreen all summer and many of us would gravitate toward it. I would definitely recommend this brand, although because of the titanium dioxide and “fragrance” I can’t put it in the top tier. “Fragrance” without any explanation is a problem, because 1000s of ingredients can be hidden under there, so it’s just kind of a red flag that the brand *may* not be being forthright in all disclosures. Bummer!
- Rubs in clear and super well
- Amazing scent
- EWG 4 rating
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!