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.
Young Living Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Ease of Application
Price Range: $$$$
EWG Rating: not in database
Active ingredient: non-nano zinc oxide (22%)
Inactive ingredients: medium-chain triglycerides, yellow wax, castor oil, coco-caprylate/caprate, coconut oil, tocopherol, polyglyceryl-3 ricinoleate, sunflower oil, isotearic acid, helichrysum italicum flower oil, lavender oil, myrhh oil, labdanum oil, cananga oil, carrot seed oil, frankincense oil
Antioxidants added: Coconut oil; Lavender, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense Oils
Scent: Young Living has a nice, light, citrusy scent.
Ease of Application: + This lotion rubs in very smoothly, almost like a conventional lotion cream that you would rub into your hands. My only worry is that it’s a little tempting not to use enough because of that.
Water Resistance: I didn’t get to test this tube extensively enough in water, but one time with swimming included I did get some pretty bad burns. It is rated to 80 minutes by the FDA.
My Experience: Years ago, I tested Young Living’s lotion available at the time, which was only an SPF 10 and behaved like it. I’m much more happy with the zinc oxide concentration in this SPF 50. We definitely proved that it worked, because my husband missed a spot on his foot and completely got toasted with Young Living all around. So that’s good news.
Star Feature: This lotion definitely goes on smoothly but is a bit on the pricey side.
My Review: Young Living has done a nice job with formulating an SPF lotion that goes on very well. I might even use it as a daily SPF moisturizer on the face.
NOTE: Below is the review for the Young Living SPF 10 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion. It is still produced, but we DON’T recommend it as shown in the review below.
Price: 2021 price estimate: $$$$
EWG rating: not in database
Active ingredient(s): Zinc oxide (10.5%)
Other ingredients: grape seed, coconut oil, tapioca starch, octodyldecyl oleate, beeswax, hydrogenated vegetable oil, candelilla wax, cocoa butter, silica, tocopherol, jojoba oil, bisobilol, helichrysum italicum flower oil, lavendar oil, commiphora myrrha oil, cistus ladaniferus oil, picea mariana leaf oil, cananga oil, carrot seed oil, sunflower oil, calendula officinalis flower, matricaria chamomilla, boswellia sacra resin oil, raspberry seed oil, virola sebifera seed oil, mauritia flexuosa fruit oil.
Antioxidants added: Grape Seed, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil
Ease of application: +
…but it doesn’t matter because 10SPF just isn’t enough!
I only had a tiny sample of this brand, so I wasn’t able to prolifically test it on the whole family like I do with most brands. My notes say it rubs on very nicely, but I also wonder how it will work if it comes in a tube. It’s a very thick consistency, and I’m guessing it will be very hard to get out of a tube after it is half gone. It is decidedly thicker than even the tin of Raw Elements, which would never work in a tube.
The lower SPF than most mineral sunscreens makes a huge difference. We saw at least two burns versus other brands, and considering we did not test it often, that is not a good report. I understand the YL just formulated a brand new SPF50 sunscreen with clean ingredients for 2018, but it’s not available to the public yet. (2021 UPDATE: Now available here.)
Water resistant? Rated for 80 minutes
- Rubs in nicely
- Citrus scent
- A little tempting not to use enough
- Higher price point
Wondering if this one is the very best natural sunscreen for your family?
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- 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?
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