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Baby Sunscreen 2018-06-23T01:15:02+00:00

Our Process

How We Choose Our Favorite Sunscreens!

Life with a baby is busy and expensive. The last thing we want is to spend even more of our valuable time and money trying to figure out which sunscreen is best to use on our babies. That is why here, at Sunscreen Scout, we have done the work for you and compiled a list of safe and budget friendly mineral sunscreen for you and your family.

All of the sunscreens on our list are rated “1”, the highest rating for safe ingredients, on EWG and have numerous high reviews by Amazon customers. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if sunscreen is applied properly, a 3-ounce bottle of sunscreen may only last 6 applications on a baby or small child. For this reason, we prioritized price per ounce to ensure you get a great deal. We understand that choosing a sunscreen is a personal preference, so we also included ease of application and scent to make it easier to pick your favorite one! We hope this makes shopping for sunscreen much easier! Enjoy!

Learn more about the importance of using mineral sunscreen and why you should avoid chemical sunscreen.

#1 Blue Lizard

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Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby, SPF 30, 8.75 ounces

Why It’s Great:  This sunscreen is the best “bang for your buck!” It has the highest overall rating at the lowest price per ounce. We love the option to buy the larger bottle as many sunscreens are less than 3oz. This will last longer and provide great coverage! It is has the highest rating for safe ingredients on EWG and has hundreds of positive reviews from verified Amazon customers.

During our research, we concluded that this sunscreen has great application as it goes on really easily and does not leave a feeling of wearing any sunscreen at all! We have used this on ourselves and our 3-year-old all summer long and have had great protection from the sun while avoiding sunburns!

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen provides true broad-spectrum protection from UVA/UVB rays and is paraben-free. One fun feature is that the bottle will turn pink in UV Light which can provide a great visual for kids to put on their sunscreen! Blue Lizard is really great for the entire family!

Price & Where to Buy: $24.99 ($2.86 per ounce) at Amazon

Application: Easy to apply and provides good coverage. May leave a white sheen on skin, but will fade over time.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Tested on Animals: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.5 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “Love this stuff, it’s all I ever use! My family has NEVER burned when using this product, and I’ve used it for 5 years now. It’s the best!”

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 10%, Titanium Oxide 5%,

Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone and/or Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Ethyhexyl Stearate, Hexyl Laurate, Hydrogenerated Castor Oil, Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Octododecyl Neopentanoate, PEG-7 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Propanediol, Purified Water, Sorbitan Oleate, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acteate, Trimethylated Silica/Dimethicone, VP Hexadecene Copolymer

#2 ThinkSport

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ThinkSport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen, SPF 50, 3 ounces

Why It’s Great: We love this sunscreen because it is free of biologically harmful chemicals. No Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, or UV Chemical absorbers. It is also produced in the USA and smells like an orange creamsicle! The higher price per ounce and added scent bumped this sunscreen to the #2 spot, but overall it is still an amazing sunscreen choice! We love that it is gluten free (third party verified) so those with celiac or gluten sensitivity can have peace of mind when using ThinkSport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen.

Price & Where to Buy: $19.99 for two ($3.33 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Goes on thick, but absorbs quickly. May leave a white cast if not rubbed in well.

Scent: Light citrus

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 5/2018)

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (last update 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “This is my favorite of the mineral sunscreens I have tried. It has a pleasant scent, is effective at sun protection and very easy to blend in. It also doesn’t bother my kids who have eczema and very sensitive skin. I have tried several of the mineral sunscreens and most are either difficult to rub in due to being either too oily or too thick, don’t work very well or bother my kid’s eczema, but this one is perfect and the one I will be purchasing the future.”

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 20% (Non-nano)

Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate (Coconut Based), Pine Wood Resin, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Olive Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid (Made from Vegetable), Glucose & Glucose Oxidase and Lactoperoxidase, Papaya

#3 Neutrogena

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Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen, SPF 50, 3 ounces

Why It’s Great: This sunscreen has a tear-free formula and is accepted by the National Eczema Association. Although we are not excited to learn that Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson) does animal testing on their products, we decided to keep this sunscreen on our list because of EWG’s #1 rating and numerous amazing reviews by Amazon Customers. However, we did want to add animal testing to our rating system as we believe it is important to be aware of so you can make an informed decision. Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen provides UVA/UVB Protection and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. We think that this sunscreen would be a great option!

Price & Where to Buy: $32.00 for three, ($3.56 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Non-greasy and thin application, so it is easy to blend into the skin. Appears white on skin until fully absorbed.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: Yes

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.1 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “Love this sunscreen. My kids are 3 and 1. Never been sunburned. Yes it is harder to rub in and can leave a white shade on the skin till it absorbs a little more or you rub it in more, but I love that it’s not full of chemicals. We spent a week at the beach recently and no pink on their skin at all anywhere on them. Protects from sun well!! This will always be our sunscreen! My husband and I have used it also and both liked using it too.”

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 21.6%

Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Ethyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (feverfew) Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Glyceryl Behenate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone/Bis-Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

#4 Bare Republic

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Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, 3.4 ounces

Why It’s Great: Bare Republic is based in Southern California and free of chemical actives, synthetic fragrances and parabens. It provides UVA/UVB, broad spectrum protection and is reef-safe. It also includes soothing ingredients such as Aloe, Baobab Oil, Shea Butter and Chamomile Extract. We love that this sunscreen is not only rated highly on EWG, but is also enviromentally friendly by including biodegradable ingredients in their sunscreen. This would be a great option for the entire family!

Price & Where to Buy: $12.29 ($3.61 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Needs to be rubbed in well to absorb into the skin. Can leave a white cast on the skin.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 3.9 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “This is supposed to be healthy for my kids and the environment, so I like that. It’s a little chalky and leaves their skin white, but it doesn’t run into my kids’ eyes when they get into the pool. It doesn’t have any textures or smells that bother them, and it doesn’t sting their skin like some sunscreens.”

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 22%

Inactive Ingredients: Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Methyl Dihydroabietate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Silica, Tocopherol

#5 Babytime! by Episencial

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Babytime! by Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35, 2.7 ounces

Why It’s Great: We love that Babytime! by Episencial is manufactured in America using solar power and packaged in recycled and sustainable materials.  This sunscreen is also certified gluten-free and full of actively healthy ingredients including probiotics, avocado oil, juice extracts, and botanically-sourced essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Price & Where to Buy: $10.25 ($3.80 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Goes on thick and can take some time to fully absorb.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2018)

Amazon Rating: 2.9 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I’ve suffered from gluten intolerance my entire life. It’s hard enough to avoid wheat and oat products when I eat but even harder to avoid traces of these in my soaps and lotions. I use your Babytime! Playful Wash, Soothing Cream and Sunny Sunscreen on myself and love them! Thank you for making a clearly labeled honestly gluten-free line.”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 11%, Zinc Oxide 5.5%

Inactive Ingredients: Water (aqua), Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, (C12-C15) Alkyl Benzoate, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Glycerin (Plant Derived), CetearylGlucoside, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkylmethacrylate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Flower Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Organic Safflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

#6 Badger

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Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30+, 2.9 ounces

Why It’s Great: The Badger Brand has always been a family favorite! We have used a variety of their products and have always had a great experience. We love that they are a family owned business and are always striving to improve the quality of their products! It only takes 6 simple ingredients to make this great product! This sunscreen provides Broad Spectrum Protection and is gentle for sensitive skin. The smaller bottle and higher price per ounce are the main reasons for Badger Baby Sunscreen taking the #6 spot on our list. However, if you can afford it this would be a wonderful sunscreen option for your family!

Price & Where to Buy: $13.59 ($4.69 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: . Thick, but quick to absorb into the skin. A little bit goes a long way!

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.2 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I love the ingredients in this and I love that Badger is continually working toward improving their formulas. This is a bit thick so it takes a certain technique to get it on quickly but we’ve worked out a system. I get a big glob and rub it between my hands then I stipple creams all over my kids skin by patting my hands all over them. Then I rub it in. I have 4 kids to cover so efficiency is important to us and this works really well.”

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%

Inactive Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract*. *Certified Organic

#7 California Baby

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California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30+, 6 ounces

Why It’s Great: We absolutely love California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen! This company strives to find the best ingredients for their products including growing their own Calendula flowers right in California when quality became an issue. We were surpised to find that they scored lower than expected, but due to the high cost of $5.00 per ounce, it fell to the #7 spot. If you can comfortably afford it, go for it, but if not please know there are so many other more afforable safe and natural options! It is free of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate, Vitamin A, retinyl palmitate, and added fragrance. We love that California Baby is allergy tested and does not contain: gluten, soy, oats, dairy, or nuts (except coconut).

Price & Where to Buy: $30.00 ($5.00 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: . This sunscreen goes on thick! It must be rubbed in well and may leave a white sheen on skin.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.2 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “This sunscreen works so well and one bottle lasts quite a while when you learn how to apply it effectively. I smear a small amount in my hands and make “handprints” on my children with the sunscreen, then smooth it out. I’m pretty good about reapplying every hour or so after swimming, and every few hours in full sun, however, on the rare occasions I have forgotten to reapply, my fair-skinned kids have not gotten burnt. This is my favorite natural sunscreen I’ve tried, and I have tried many.”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 12%

Inactive Ingredients: Water Isoamyl Laurate Coco-Caprylate Calendula Officinalis Extract (Calendula) Viola Tricolor Extract (Pansy) Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Glyceryl Starch Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate Levulinic Acid Glycerin Tapioca Starch Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Squalane Magnesium Stearate p-Anisic Acid Allantoin Panthenol

#8 Aveeno

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Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50, 3 ounces

Why It’s Great: We are happy to see Aveeno creating a mineral sunscreen! It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and dye-free. This sunscreen is also sensitive for those with eczema and awarded the NEA Seal of Acceptance. However, it is last on our list because of the high price per ounce coming in at $7.19 per ounce. There are many other affordable options out there, but this would also be a great option to use for your family if you love Aveeno!

Price & Where to Buy: $21.58 ($7.19 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: May be difficult to apply and rub in to the skin. Can leave a white cast unless fully absorbed.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 3.6 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “We used this on our 4 month old baby (with pedi recommendation) our fair skinned baby NEVER broke out in a rash this or got burnt. Definitely will be purchasing more. I researched a lot of sunscreen and this one is the best!!”

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 21.6%

Inactive Ingredients: Water, C 12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Ethyl Methicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Phenethyl Alcohol, Colloidal Oatmeal, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Cetyl Dimethicone/Bis-Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

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