Latest update: 5 April 2021

Nowadays, more and more brands are marketing sustainable, eco-friendly, reef safe sun products. Which is very cool because it is good for the environment and good for ourselves. In this blog, I’ll explain why. And, I’ll also tell you what the best eco-friendly sunscreens of 2021 are – if you can’t figure out which one to choose.

How to sunbathe safely and eco-friendly?

A recent sun-drenched holiday got me thinking: how sustainable are sunscreens anyway? I heard more and more about coral damage from sun products, and I couldn’t deny that every time I went into the water, an oily film appeared around me. That can’t be good, right? Indeed, that is not okay – according to today’s standards. I dived into the wonderful world of sunscreen in 2019, and that resulted in a widely read blog with tips for sustainable choices. Be sure to read that blog as well (Dutch only at the moment, sorry!). It contains a lot of useful and clearly explained (if I say so myself) background information.

So now, in 2021, it is time for an update. There are new products on the market, and sunscreens have definitely improved. Also, new and more sustainable packaging has been introduced. And yes, the promotion machine for sustainable sunscreen is currently working overtime! However, it still remains difficult for the average person to determine what really is an environmentally friendly choice. The lists of ingredients still remain difficult to comprehend. On top of that, there are different degrees of sustainability. Naturally, it is about the ingredients in the sunscreen – but also about plastic and biodegradable packaging, sunscreen spray versus sunscreen, and cruelty-free or even vegan products. Phew, so many things to keep in mind!

Sun ocean sustainable sunscreen

Eco-friendly sunscreen and UV filters

Let me start with the ingredients. Every sunscreen contains UV filters to protect your skin from the sun. You have roughly two choices: chemical filters or mineral filters. You can probably already guess which filters are the most sustainable. Yes, the mineral one. WHY? The chemical filters – especially oxybenzone and octinoxate – bleaches coral faster and deforms young coral as it’s growing.

The advantage of the chemical filter is that the sunscreen absorbs quickly into your skin. One of the disadvantages is that the chemical can also end up in your bloodstream and even in your urine. The chemical filter converts the UV radiation in the deep skin layers into heat, while a mineral filter reflects the sun (and therefore the UV radiation). The mineral filter does this by placing a layer on the skin so that it isn’t absorbed into the skin. So, with mineral sunscreen, nothing ends up in your body. The disadvantage is that that layer often produces a white haze. And that is somewhat… less charming.

Oxybenzone is a widely used chemical filter, as well as octinoxate and PABA. The more popular mineral filters are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is said to offer better protection – but titanium dioxide is better for marine life. So it’s nearly impossible to get it 100% right!

Sustainable safe tanning

Reef safe sunscreen: check the ingredients

Producers of sunscreen creams try to prevent the infamous white layer created by the mineral filters by adding nanoparticles to the product. A nanoparticle is a tiny piece of plastic – microplastic. Those nanoparticles also make the creams more easily spreadable. That sounds good, but the smaller the particles, the more likely they are to penetrate your skin. If you go swimming in the sea with such a sunscreen, those nanoparticles also end up in the gills and brains of fish, for example. That is, of course, not what you want.

Starting from a certain quantity or composition, producers are obliged to put “nano” on the list of ingredients. Limited amounts do not have to be mentioned, so there can still be nanoparticles in non-nano sunscreens. These products often have a coating to enlarge the nanoparticles so that they remain on your skin. But, it doesn’t seem entirely fair to put it on the packaging as a non-nano sunscreen, does it? 

According to the Environmental Working Group, titanium dioxide sunscreens don’t even exist without nanoparticles. According to them, nanoparticles and titanium dioxide go hand in hand. However, the nanoparticles from one brand may be larger or smaller than those from another brand. The Environmental Working Group also says titanium dioxide filters (including nanoparticles) are still the best option for the ocean. Nanoparticles are therefore not necessarily wrong – but it is confusing!

Eco-friendly sunscreen for your skin and body

In addition to friendly ingredients for nature, you naturally also want friendly ingredients for your skin and body. With that in mind, you are going to get confused once again. First of all, because every skin is different. A perfect sunscreen for your friend may result in rashes for you, and the other way around. In that respect, it is, unfortunately, trial and error.

Many people don’t tolerate alcohol and perfumes in sunscreens, for example. Itching, bumps, chapped skin: it can all happen.

I also noticed more brands proudly mention that their products don’t contain parabens. If you secretly have no idea what parabens are – like most of us. It is a preservative that keeps your sunscreen from spoiling. It is a chemical and may be carcinogenic, which is why it is so controversial, and producers are proud to say their product is free of it. Justly!

Bluntly put, chemical filters can trigger allergic reactions, disrupt hormones, and be carcinogenic. However, this is really very black and white! Not ALL chemical filters are equally bad. With mineral filters (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), the health risks are minimal and allergic reactions are rare, though.

And then we still have those nanoparticles that are bad for the environment. They are actually also bad for you. According to European guidelines, the nanoparticles should no longer be in sprays, because they can be carcinogenic if you inhale them – yikes.

Applying sustainable sunscreen in Mexico

What should and should NOT be on the list of ingredients

Of course, every brand claims to use the best ingredients. It is difficult for us ordinary people to determine which brand is right. Fortunately, there are also a few “simple” starting points – if you don’t want to make a scientific study of it. This way, you make the most sustainable choice possible.

Scan packaging for some terms. If you can’t find them, then you’re probably fine. Probably, because eco sunscreen is still under development, and new research and insights are still regularly emerging. These are the three biggest culprits:

  • Oxybenzone / Benzofen-3 / bp-3
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate / octinoxate
  • PABA

If you know you have sensitive skin, you better also avoid this:

  • Alcohol
  • Parabens
  • Perfume

These are ingredients that should make you happy:

  • Zinc oxide (preference for non-nano)
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Tinosorb

Pick a sunscreen cream over a spray

We often choose a sunscreen spray instead of a cream because it is easier to apply. It is simply a bit thinner. However, it is better to select a sunscreen cream, because sunscreen is lost when spraying. It evaporates and ends up in nature – not so environmentally friendly. On top of that, it is a shame that you don’t use all of the product; economically, the cream is also the better choice.

Animal-friendly sunscreen

If you go swimming with sunscreen on, it will naturally also end up in the water. That is not such a problem in the pool, but it is in nature. Sunscreens can be harmful to fish and coral. Coral is also an animal, did you know? The more natural the product, the less harmful. Many brands try to offer coral-friendly (reef-friendly) sunscreen. The problem is mainly in the filters that I already described.

There are two more things to look out for if you’re looking for an animal-friendly sunscreen. First, have animal tests been conducted to develop the product? And second, is it a vegan product?

Getting your hands on a cruelty-free sunscreen is actually not that difficult because there is a European ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Sunscreen falls under that law. Only some brands manage to get around this by manufacturing in China, or simply because they are simply not bound by European regulations. In the overview of the best sustainable sunscreens, I have stated for each brand whether or not it is not cruelty-free. Is your favorite sunscreen not listed? Then check PETA’s cruelty-free list to find your brand.

Vegan sunscreen is taking it one step further. Vegan sunscreens are not only not tested on animals, but they are also free from animal ingredients – you can think of beeswax, for example. Fortunately, there are more and more brands that make vegan sunscreen.

Packaging – zero waste sunscreen?

The packaging is also a big thing. Many sunscreens come in a chic box that contains a tube or spray. There are hardly any sun products without packaging on the market. I’ve only seen one at LUSH. Fortunately, most environmentally friendly sunscreen brands find it extremely important also to offer sustainable packaging. There are various options: from recyclable plastic to fully biodegradable material. These are terms you may come across:

  • BPA-free: BPA (Bisphenol A) makes plastic and synthetic materials elastic. It is a chemical and can (in large quantities) be endocrine disruptive.
  • PP plastic: PP (polypropylene or polypropylene) is a strong and recyclable plastic.
  • Bio-based plastic or bioplastic: this material is obtained from natural products, such as sugar cane.

A disclaimer about white haze and spreadability of eco and reef safe sunscreen

Applying an eco-friendly sunscreen takes some getting used to. Most creams are less spreadable, a bit thicker. Especially on hairy legs, it can be more difficult to apply. And, because they do not absorb into your skin, they leave a white haze with some more than others. You could consider that white haze a very good sign – but everyone understands that you would rather not go through life like a milk bottle. That’s why want to work on that tan in the first place!

The different brands do everything in their power to get that white haze as invisible as possible. But you will also have to accept the haze to some extent. Just be careful when applying your sunscreen. Don’t get too excited with the amount and apply a thin layer. That is enough. Repeat regularly, of course.

And now… The big sustainable sunscreen test of 2021!

The best eco-friendly sunscreen of 2021

Natural sunscreen, sustainable sunscreen, reef-friendly sunscreen, mineral sunscreen, vegan sunscreen, organic sunscreen: so many brands, so many terms. And with every brand it means something different, there is no quality mark or anything like that. That is why it is up to you to decide what you define as sustainable sunscreen. For you, it could be super important that sunscreen is reef-safe, someone else may be on the lookout for natural ingredients to minimize or eliminate allergic reactions.

I received beautiful, sustainable sun products from 11 sunscreen brands to test. These products are widely available in the Netherlands. Most of them are also available outside of my lovely country.

All these brands are a better, more sustainable choice in sun products. I tested them all for you, and you will find a review per brand and a short checklist for every single one of them in reverse alphabetical order.

Suntribe – SPF 30

Suntribe’s natural sunscreen comes from Sweden. Three Swedish friends thought it was time for a worry-free, affordable sunscreen. I tested the SPF 30 one which is slightly tinted, so the white haze is a lot less. A light white haze remains in the capillaries – it’s very light, though, so I’m definitely able to show myself in public. The sunscreen is a bit firmer, but that doesn’t get in the way of spreading it out. The Suntribe sunscreen has the smell of coconut and cocoa – I especially smell the cocoa.

Since this year, the tube is made of sugar cane bioplastic. On top of that, the sunscreen is not tested on animals, and all Suntribe suppliers have signed a contract not to conduct any animal tests. There is still beeswax in the sunscreen, though. We have to wait for the vegan version just a bit longer.

Suntribe focuses on active sun worshipers, or as they say: adrenaline-seeking surfers, laid-back beachgoers, kids, working moms, grandpas, grandmas, and weekend hikers.

Suntribe sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: no, but Suntribe is working on it
  • Packaging: bioplastic (sugar cane)
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Price tag: € 22.99 for 100 ml
  • Where to buy: internationally try Suntribe’s webshop or Amazon, Dutch readers can also buy at Bol.com en Big Green Smile

Sun Safe sunscreen – SPF 30 (The Ohm Collection)

Sun Safe is The Ohm Collection’s sunscreen. As a yoga fan, I’m excited about the brand name and the beautiful design of the packaging – 100% recyclable packaging, by the way. They hope to switch to 100% biodegradable plastic soon. The sunscreen itself is already just that.

The Ohm Collection is an excellent brand from The Netherlands (Haarlem) with a collection of sustainable products, such as deodorants and day creams. They pay attention to the entire supply chain – which means they use natural and organic ingredients from small farmers and distillers and orders are delivered by bicycle in the Netherlands. But, what about the product? Is the sunscreen any good?

Sun Safe’s active filter is zinc oxide. That’s such a mineral filter that I talked about earlier – and that’s good! Especially since it is non-nano. Safe for the coral and for you too. The SPF 30 sunscreen is not too thick, but it is firmer than unsustainable options you may be used to. Don’t apply it too enthusiastically! The thinner you apply it, the less white haze. However, it is not that bad with Sun Safe. I have to take a thorough second look to see it. You can easily go out in public with this one.

The sunscreen has a sweet fresh scent, a bit tropical with a hint of vanilla and coconut. I like that the Ohm Collection website lists all ingredients, including what they do for you. The sunscreen is available in 75 ml and 150 ml and SPF 15 and SPF 30. Also convenient: you can order a friendly-priced tester on their website. 

The Ohm Collection sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano, uncoated
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: recyclable plastic, soon 100% biodegradable
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Price tag: € 17.95 for 75ml, and € 29.95 for 150ml. The lower factor is slightly cheaper.
  • Where to buy: from the The Ohm Collection webshop, Bol.com en Big Green Smile

SMPL sunscreen- SPF 30

SMPL is a Dutch eco-friendly sunscreen brand. I collect the SPF 30 at co-owner Liselotte’s place in Amsterdam. When she hands me the natural sunscreen, I feel happy instantly. What a beautiful product! From the outside anyway: such a nice bottle. And the packaging will get even better; soon, SMPL will be available in sugarcane tubes. SMPL SPF 30 is mainly for the face, but you can also apply it to the rest of your body. I think it is a bit too expensive for that. In theory, you don’t even have to use a day cream, as SMPL sunscreen is a nourishing cream. I am a little too excited and apply way too much, so it takes a while for the sunscreen to subside. The second time I am more economical, and then it is no problem at all. White haze? Completely absent. The fragrance is fairly neutral; I recognize some cocoa butter somewhere in the distance.

The fact that there is no white haze is due to the mineral filter titanium dioxide with nanoparticles. SMPL refers to the Environmental Working Group’s research, which shows that this is one of the best solutions for the environment, and thus for marine life.

The brand values appeal to me: honest, practical (multifunctional, travel-friendly), stylish, and no-nonsense (no vague marketing terms, no unnecessary ingredients). All SMPL products (they have more skincare products) are entirely natural. The site also states exactly what each ingredient is and what it does for you.

SMPL sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: titanium dioxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: yes, coated
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: the stock of plastic packaging is running out and is going to be replaced with biobased tubes made of sugar cane
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Price tag: € 25 for 50 ml
  • Where to buy: try the SMPL webshop, Bol.com and Cosmania

Skalaris sunscreen- SPF 15 & SPF 30

Skalaris sunscreen is 100% natural, organic, and vegan. Skalaris is available in SPF 15 and SPF 30 and comes in a nice natural-looking (recyclable) box. The product itself comes in a sturdy, white pump bottle and has a very modern look. Am I pushing it when I say Scandinavian design?

The SPF 30 sunscreen is a bit stiff to apply but does spread nicely with some effort. In the pores of your skin, where your hairs grow, some cream remains but very subtle. The SPF 15 from Skalaris is somewhat thinner and, therefore, smoother. It also immediately gives me the feeling that it is a nourishing cream. But that’s really just a feeling because the list of ingredients is almost identical. The only difference is that the SPF 15 contains more olive oil, which explains the spreadability and the “moisturizing” feeling. Skalaris also has a whole line of facial products and baby creams, and lotions. For the enthusiast. 🙂

The Skalaris sunscreen smells so good! Light floral, and it contains a little acidity. I think I can smell a tiny difference between SPF 15 and SPF 30, but I find it extremely difficult to describe what that odor difference is precisely. I like them both. Not predominant. I’m ready for summer!

Skalaris sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano, uncoated
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: recyclable plastic and the outer box is biodegradable cardboard made of grass
  • Hand luggage size: no
  • Price tag: € 28.95 for 150 ml SPF 15 | € 29.95 for 150 ml SPF 30
  • Where to buy: Skalaris’ webshop or Bol.com

RoKai / Shade sunscreen – SPF 25

RoKai’s organic sunscreen consists of only 4 (!!) ingredients. Crazy right? It is nice and clear what you put on your skin: coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and zinc oxide. The packaging shows a large coconut, but I don’t smell it at all. When I almost push my nose completely into the jar, I smell the beeswax. I must say that opinions are divided as to whether this is a pleasant scent. Fortunately, the fragrance is not at all predominant. Only immediately upon application, and when I smell my skin consciously, the fragrance is released.

The product looks gritty and hard, but it turns out to be very soft when I put my finger in the small tin. Because it is a natural product, it may be that you sometimes have to work a little harder to spread all the grains. RoKai hardly gives a white haze if you apply it well. It is somewhat greasy, but I like that because it contains nourishing ingredients. By the way, RoKai is called Shade in some countries – just to confuse you.

RoKai / Shade sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: nee
  • Packaging: aluminum
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Price tag: € 13.95 for 100 ml
  • Where to buy: try the Not the Norm webshop or Zepig, for the Dutch

Naïf Sunscreen – SPF 30

Naïf has a sunscreen for the face with factor 30 and one for your body, also SPF 30. I test the body one, and it is top-notch. It seems like a firm cream but spreads surprisingly nice and does not leave a white haze. This is due to natural oils, says Naïf. As a result, the sunscreen feels a bit greasier than the other ec-friendly sunscreens, although that wears off quite quickly. I immediately label that feeling as nice and nourishing. It’s sunscreen that smells very neutral, by the way.

The packaging is made from bioplastic, from sugar cane. Only the cap is still made of regular plastic, and the ink is also still under development. Naïf hopes to go from 94% bioplastic to 100% bioplastic quickly.

Naïf is also a Dutch brand. When friends and new fathers Jochem and Sjoerd found out that baby care products can contain all kinds of harmful ingredients, Naïf was born. The goal is no harsh chemicals, microplastics, or ingredients that pollute the ocean. Everything as natural and CO2 neutral as possible. Nice statement on the website: “Difficult words don’t moisturize.” So just ingredients that you understand and, if possible, bought in The Netherlands.

Naïf sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: sugar cane bioplastic
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Price tag: € 21.95 for 100 ml
  • Where to buy: try Naïf’s webshop, Douglas or Bol.com

Lavera – SPF 30

Lavera’s sun products have been given a new look. A new jacket of at least 97% recycled material (excluding the cap) and the cover boxes are even 100% recycled. Lavera also plants trees to compensate for CO2 emissions. And the products are entirely vegan.

I test the sunscreens with SPF 30 for the face and those for the body. They both smell nice, a bit floral with a hint of citronella. I find the fragrance of the face cream stronger than the one for the body. But I really have to make so much of an effort to smell anything at all once it’s on my skin that I would call it almost odorless. The sunscreen for the face applies wonderfully and leaves virtually no white haze. It is, of course, essential not to apply it too thick.

The SPF 30 sunscreen is nice and thin, and smoother than the sunscreen for the face. Because of the mineral filter, I also absolutely see the white haze. It would be best if you took it for granted, I’m afraid. But please do choose a cream from Lavera so that your spray does not drift away into nature.

The new Sensitive Sun line from Lavera is entirely natural (all Lavera products are, by the way) and is also a good choice if you are sensitive to rashes.

Lavera sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or oxtinocate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: bottles and tubes of at least 97% recycled material and the boxes 100%
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Price tag: € 11.99 for 50 ml face cream | € 12.99 for 100 ml for your body
  • Where to buy: try Amazon or Bol.com

Earth.Line sunscreen – SPF 20 & SPF 15

Another Dutch brand! Earth.Line uses subtle, earthy colors for their packaging. The packaging is still made of recyclable plastic, but Earth.Line is working on even more sustainable solutions. The SPF 20 from Earth.Line is meant for both your face and your body. It smells nice and fresh, a little floral, but not too intense. The sunscreen spreads well. You can see the well-known white haze with the capillaries, but if you do not apply it too thick, it is not so bad.

In addition to the SPF 20, Earth.Line also has a good sunscreen for your face with factor 15. It spreads great and leaves no white haze. And for your lips, there is a small tube with SPF 10. Suppose you are fond of the sun products, Earth.Line also has more products for your face and body.

Let’s talk about the name because Earth.Line calls their sunscreen Argan Sun Care. But what is argan? That turns out to be a vegetable oil from the argan tree, which produces fruits that are somewhat similar to olives—all ingredients that Earth.Line uses in the sunscreen are natural. You could eat the sunburn! In a manner of speaking, adds Earth.Line. 😉 So don’t! Just spread it nicely.

Earth.Line sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: recyclable plastic
  • Hand luggage size: the face cream and lip balm are, but the regular sunscreen is not
  • Price tag: € 24.95 for 150 ml SPF 20 | € 19.95 for 50 ml SPF 15
  • Where to buy: try The Green Chapter, Drogisterij.net or Bol.com

Australian Gold sunscreen – SPF 30 & SPF 50

Australian Gold is perhaps the best-known brand in this list. But are they sustainable? Hell yes! Australian Gold has developed a beautiful botanical line with a mineral filter. There is a Botanical spray in SPF 15 and SPF 50, but it’s better to use the sunscreen cream as it doesn’t evaporate. You can get it in SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 50. And then there is the facial cream with a factor of 50. The packaging is chic off-white with golden details and a colorful botanical drawing.

I am a bit wary of the sunscreen on my face at first. It is tinted, so it has some color. I am afraid that I am way too white for the cream and will end up with a so-called plastered face, but nothing could be further from the truth. With my fair skin full of freckles and dark spots, this Australian Gold sunscreen is perfect. I use the medium-tan version, but there is also a rich-deep version. It is a bit darker. It spreads nicely as if it were a normal face cream. This one is almost odorless by the way.

The botanical line sunscreens for your body are more fragrant. Fresh to freshly sweet. When you apply them, the fragrance is quite intense, but that does decrease slightly once you are done. The SPF 30 is a bit thicker than the one for your face but still spreads well. The same actually applies to the SPF 50. Not dry at all, non-slippery or greasy. Like the face cream, these body creams seem to have a bit of a matte finish, as if a soft layer of talc has been applied. To me, that feels nice and fresh.

Australian Gold sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: no, only the sunscreen for your face is
  • Packaging: biodegradable
  • Hand luggage size: the face one is, the rest is not
  • Price tag: € 27.50 for 89 ml for your face from € 22.50 for 147 ml for your body
  • Where to buy: try Australian Gold’s webshop, Amazon or Bol.com

ATTITUDE sunscreen – SPF 30

ATTITUDE’s sunscreen has had a little makeover. Last year it came in a cheerful red box, now it has a bright yellow color. The face stick still has red details. It’s a handy thing to easily rub your face with sunscreen. You apply some smudges on your face and then spread it on. Very easy and spreadable

If you do your very best, you can smell a regular sunscreen scent. But actually, the smell of the ATTITUDE sunscreen is best described as neutral. The body cream with factor 30 is a somewhat thicker cream, you have to really try to apply and spread it properly. If you use too much of it, you will get a white haze. So apply wisely!

Worry-free, it says on the packaging. And it really is. It has not been tested on animals, it is even vegan and it is coral friendly. It is also hypoallergenic, so if you are prone to skin irritations, the ATTITUDE sunscreen is a good option for you. The brand also has other sun products (also for children, which is less spreadable) and a nice after sun, check the site.

ATTITUDE sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: yes
  • Packaging: recyclable plastic
  • Hand luggage size: no, but the face stick is
  • Price tag: € 29.99 for 150 ml | € 14.99 for the face stick

DISCOUNT! At Coozaa you get 25% off on ATTITUDE Sun Care with this coupon code: KIMOPREIS

Alteya sunscreen – SPF 30

Alteya makes its products in Bulgaria and is best known for its popular Bulgarian rose water. But they also have sunscreen, for adults and children. It is an entirely organic product, which means that the farmers do not use fertilizers and chemical pesticides on their land.

Alteya prevents a white haze by applying a shade to the cream. The cream looks a bit like a granular foundation. It does not work well on every skin color, so test that with your own skin tone – you don’t want to end up orange! You can also help prevent that haze by not applying too much. The Alteya sunscreen applies a bit more stiffly than you may be used to from sunscreens with chemical filters

The sunscreen has a natural, earthy fragrance that lingers for a long time. The cheerful orange tube is small enough to take with you in your hand luggage.

Alteya sunscreen in short

  • UV filter type: mineral
  • Active UV filter: zinc oxide
  • Oxybenzone or octinoxate: no
  • Nanoparticles: non-nano, uncoated
  • Cruelty-free: yes
  • Vegan: nee
  • Packaging: recyclable plastic
  • Hand luggage size: yes
  • Prijskaartje: € 24,95 voor 90 ml
  • Where to buy: try Alteya’s webshop, Amazon or Bol.com

Choose your favorite eco-friendly sustainable sunscreen

Lots of choices huh? And this is just a selection of the complete range. Because the compositions and packaging of sustainable sunscreen are still in development and research, I, unfortunately, do not have THE answer for you. Not one of these sunscreens is THE best. All of them are wise choices, though – and a lot more sustainable than the sun products you know from the past. It is up to you to determine what is important to you. Do you want a vegan sunscreen? Do you prefer zinc oxide? Or would you like a certain factor or preferably a Dutch brand? I hope this blog has helped you a bit and made you a bit wiser.

Sustainable sunscreen “do’s”

In short, what you can do to sunbathe more sustainably and healthier:

🌞 Buy sunscreen without oxybenzone (also called Benzofen-3 or bp-3), octinoxate, and PABA.
🌞 Avoid ANY alcohol and perfumes, especially if you have sensitive skin.
🌞 Check whether your sunscreen is animal testing/cruelty-free, and maybe even vegan.
🌞 Do not use sprays.
🌞 Do NOT enter the water for half an hour after applying your sunscreen.
🌞 Share this article with everyone you know so that we all take good care of ourselves and nature!

All brands have provided me with their sunscreen product free of charge. None of them had any influence on the contents of this article. 

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