Cruelty-Free Safety In The Sun

One in every five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. Protecting our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays not only prevents premature aging and sun spots—it can save our lives. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, we should be wearing sunscreen every day of the year. 

With warmer, longer days in the near future, it’s essential to apply sun protection each morning—but our health should not come at the expense of animal testing. These cruelty-free sunscreen brands do not test their sunscreens on animals and many of them use vegan, natural ingredients that are good for you and good for the earth.

So, whether you are headed to the beach or just running daily errands, lather up with one of our favorite, all-natural, ethically formulated sunscreens. Your skin will thank you!


1. MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Natural & Organic | All-natural, fragrance-free, no artificial colors
Eco-Friendly | GMO-free, reef-safe
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free
Our Pick | Sun Shield Coconut SPF 28
Price | $20 for 2.3 oz

Sun Shield is an unscented, full-spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense that offers powerful and effective coverage for both your face and body. The high-performance blend of antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Aloe, soothe skin, encourage its natural defense, and help to minimize the signs of sun-induced irritation.

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2. AllGood

Natural & Organic | All-natural, organic
Eco-Friendly | Reef-safe, solar-powered production, non-GMO
Ethical | Cruelty-free, B Corp, 1% For The Planet
Our Pick | SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Spray
Price | $21.99 for 6 oz

AllGood is dedicated to creating products that not only feel good on you, they actually make you feel better. AllGood crafts their products from healing herbs, and they pride themselves in being reef-safe, all-natural, and cruelty-free. With sunscreen available in sticks, lotions, sprays, and butters for children and adults, there's something for every lifestyle.

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3. Juice Beauty

Natural & Organic | Organic, all-natural
Eco-Friendly | Sustainable and renewable practices, sources local ingredients
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, yearly contributions to the Breast Cancer Foundation and EWG
Our Pick | Sport Sunscreen SPF 30
Price | $12.80 for 3.75 oz

Made specifically for the outdoor life, Juice Beauty’s Sport Sunscreen is water-resistant, chemical-free, and packed with organic, antioxidant-rich vitamins. With ingredients like organic coconut, aloe, jojoba, Vitamin C & E, your skin is not only protected, but hydrated and moisturized.

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4. Badger

Natural & Organic | All-natural, fragrance-free
Eco-Friendly | GMO-free, biodegradable, reef-safe
Ethical | Cruelty-free
Our Pick | Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF 25
Price | $13.59 for 2.9 oz

A perfect option for daily sunscreen application, the Badger unscented Sunscreen Lotion is non-comedogenic (it won’t clog pores) and hypo-allergenic (great for sensitive skin). Made with non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide, this product will protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. And while this specific lotion is great for everyday use, Badger creates similar formulas for more specific needs, including water-resistant sunscreens, facial sunscreens, sport sunscreens, and sunscreens for babies and kids.

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5. 100% Pure

Natural & Organic | All-natural, fragrance-free, no artificial colors
Eco-Friendly | GMO-free
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, partners of various animal rescue and abuse prevention organizations
Our Pick | Yerba Mate Mist SPF 30
Price | $39 for 3.4 oz

100% Pure’s mattifying sunscreen is packed with Yerba Mate tea leaf antioxidants to protect your skin from harmful environmental pollutants. The spray bottle helps ensure even and full coverage to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. The all-natural formula is also water-resistant.

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6. Supergoop

Natural & Organic | Clean ingredients, oxybenzone-free, paraben-free, free of synthetic ingredients
Eco-Friendly | Reef-safe
Ethical | Cruelty-free
Our Pick | Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50
Price | $34 for 7.1 oz

Supergoop sunscreen fits into our daily routine—including under and over our makeup—and is always oxybenzone, paraben, and cruelty-free. You can even see their list of No Ingredients on their website! Supergoop's mousse is quick-absorbing, water-resistant, and delivers broad spectrum protection using clean, nourishing, natural ingredients.

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7. Kabana

Natural & Organic | Organic, all-natural, soy-free, gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free
Eco-Friendly | Reef-friendly, GMO-free
Ethical | Cruelty-free
Our Pick | Green Screen Organic Sunscreen SPF 32
Price | $34.69 for 8 oz

Made just outside of Denver, Colorado, Kabana Organic Sunscreen is family-safe, pregnancy safe, and even recommended for babies under six months. Containing just eight ingredients (and 86% certified organic), this sunscreen is free from fragrances and is biodegradable and reef-safe.

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8. True Natural

Natural & Organic | All-natural, gluten-free, unscented, alcohol-free
Eco-Friendly | GMO-free, EWG top rated
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free
Our Pick | True Natural Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Price | $19.99 for 3.4 oz

Formulated for those with sensitive skin or with skin allergies, True Natural’s coconut sunscreen has been featured as a top-rated sunscreen by various publications, including Elle and The Surf Channel. The gentle mineral-based blend provides lasting UVA and UVB protection for your face and body, and is alcohol-free.

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