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Kids Sunscreen 2018-06-23T01:09:48+00:00

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How We Choose Our Favorite Sunscreens!

Life with kids is busy and expensive. Our calendars are bursting with soccer practice, little league games, family outings, and other various school commitments and activities. 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 kids. 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 Goddess Garden

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Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30, 6 ounces

Why It’s Great:  This sunscreen is a personal family favorite! We have used this on ourselves and on our son during bike rides, park play dates, and swimming! It is easy to apply and does not leave a white cast once it has been fully rubbed in. Goddess Garden receives top marks from EWG and is great for sensitive skin and free of harsh chemicals. We are so happy to see that this sunscreen is the best value for kids!

Price & Where to Buy: $10.75 ($1.79 per ounce) at Amazon

Application: Shake before using to reduce product seperation. Goes on thin, but a little goes a long way! Skin will have a white sheen until fully absorbed and rubbed in.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Tested on Animals: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 5/2018)

Amazon Rating: 3.0 out of 5 (last updated 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I’ve been looking for a natural kid’s sunscreen for a long time and usually the price is just too high. This sunscreen goes on smooth and easily. It’s not thick or greasy at all, instead it’s similar to applying hand lotion. I really appreciate the absence of a chemical fragrance. No scent, no smears, no tears.”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6.4%, Zinc Oxide 6%

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aluminum Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Water, Xanthan Gum. *Certified Organic

#2 Caribbean Solutions

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Caribbean Solutions Sol KidCare Guard, SPF 30, 6 ounces

Why It’s Great: This sunscreen is great for UVA/UVB protection and is reef friendly.  We love that Caribbean Solutions Sol KidCare Sunscreen is biodegradable and does not contain parabens or artificial dyes. It has a fruity scent and a tear-free formula that is great for kids!

Price & Where to Buy: $17.99 ($3.00 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Goes on a little thick, but rubs in to the skin easily and the white cast will fade over time.

Scent: Fruity, Kid-Friendly

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 5/2018)

Amazon Rating: 3.7 out of 5 (last update 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I spent a few summers looking for an affordable sunscreen that’s OK with me. I don’t want to use any chemicals or bad ingredients on my small kids, but there are 6 of us and we swim a LOT all summer, so those tiny, expensive tubes of natural brands just don’t do it for us! This was our answer. It even smells wonderful, as my kids always point out. It’s the best waterproof one we’ve tried, and lasts longer than others in general. They better not ever discontinue it, because I don’t want to use anything else!”

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 16%

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe (Vera) Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glyceryl(vegetable based)Stearate, Safflower Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Glycerin(sugar based), Ricinus Communis Oil, Thobroma Cacao(Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Camelia Sinesis (Green Tea) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Sorbate (Food Grade), Green Coffee Bean Extract, (Coffee Arabica Bean) Extract, Cucumber Extract (Cucumus Sativus) Extract

#3 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! 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 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (last update 5/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “This is the third product I have tried that is rated a “1” on EWG’s safe sunscreen list and it is by far my favorite. I purchased this for my fair skinned son who has swim team practice daily in mid-day sun AND uses acne meds that increase his chance of burning. Three reasons to worry about his skin! He doesn’t have the slightest pink cast to his skin after an hour in the pool.”

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

#4 Goddess Garden

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Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, 3.4 ounces

Why It’s Great: We keep this in our son’s backpack so while we are out and about we can easily re-apply our sunscreen! The Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen is water resistant for 80 minutes, so it is a great option for sports, swimming/splashpads, and the beach! It is a simliar formula to the Goddess Garden Organics Natural Sunscreen as well.

Price & Where to Buy: $11.69 ($3.44 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Shake before using to reduce product seperation. Goes on thin, but a little goes a long way! Skin will have a white sheen until fully absorbed and rubbed in.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 3.5 (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I bought this product for the same reason many of you are looking at it, it’s made from natural ingredients. Took it with me on my seven day trip to Mexico and it worked great! Some reviewers said it was hard to blend in, but I found if you just kept rubbing it won’t leave behind that white residue.”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6.4%, Zinc Oxide 6%

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aluminum Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower), Seed Oil*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Oleate, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Water, Xanthan Gum. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

#5 TruKid

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TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30, 3.5 ounces

Why It’s Great: We love that TruKid originated from a mother of 6 who wanted a safer skincare option for her children. It is the winner of the Red Tricycle Award for “Most Awesome Sunscreen” that was selected by thousands of families as their favorite family-friendly sunscreen! TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with a variety of organic ingredients while being water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is also safe to use on sensitive skin, especially those with eczema. One thing that sets TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen apart is that is is biodegradable with 100% recyclable, BPA-free PET plactic packaging. This is great for you and the environment!

Price & Where to Buy: $13.07 ($3.73 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Goes on thick and takes time to rub in. Will leave a white sheen on the skin until fully absorbed

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2018)

Amazon Rating: 4.4 (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I love this brand. This is the first year I’ve bought the Sport version, as it claims more water resistance. We’ve just tried it out at the pool and my kids came away unburned. Proper application and reapplication is key with ANY sunscreen. Make sure you apply it 30 minutes before exposure, and reapply at least every hour, more often if they’ve been swimming and towel dried.”

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Zinc oxide 20%

Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, caprylic/capric triglyceride (coconut), sorbitan stearate (vegetable), polyglyceryl-4 isostearate (plant derived), hexyl laurate (plant derived), hydrogenated methyl abietate (pine wood resin), cetyl dimethicone (sand), castor oil, magnesium sulfate (epsom salt), helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, camellis sinensis leaf (green tea) Oil, tocopherols (soy), punica granatum (pomegranate) juice,, hyaluronic acid (potato) ethylhexlglycerin (vegetable), polyaminopropyl biguanide

#6 Badger

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Badger Kids 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! What makes the Badger Baby Sunscreen great is that it only takes 6 ingredients to make such a great product! This sunscreen provides Broad Spectrum Protection and is gentle for sensitive skin. We were surprised to see Badger Kids Sunscreen lower on the list, but due to their high price per ounce, it bumped them down to the #6 spot. If you can afford it, then Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream is an amazing choice!

Price & Where to Buy: $21.99 ($3.79 per ounce) pack of two at Amazon

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

Scent: Tangerine and Vanilla

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.3 (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “Goes on thick, and I feel like you can never completely rub it all in – BUT I have peace of mind that my daughters are safe and protected. We have spent days at festivals, parks, etc where we can’t escape the sun for hours at a time, and we have remained sunburn-free! (And the smell is delicious!)”

Active Ingredients: Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%

Inactive Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil*, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract*, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*. *Certified Organic

#7 Kiss My Face

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Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen, SPF 30, 3.4 ounces

Why It’s Great: We love it when companies can create a product with such few ingredients that are easy to decipher. Kiss My Face Organics Kids Sunscreen has only 7 ingredients! As parents it gives us peace of mind of what we are putting on our kids without compromising their health. This sunscreen also contains antioxidants such as pomegranates and goji berries which can help fight free radicals and the visible signs of sun damage. The price is a little expensive for the amount in the bottle, but it is a great option!

Price & Where to Buy: $12.97 ($3.81 per ounce) at Amazon

Ease of Application: Easy to rub in, but may feel a little greasy.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 3.7 (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “Has 6% zinc oxide and 6% titanium dioxide which is recommended as a required combination to effectively block both UV-A and UV-B. Smells okay. Dries clear. It is very thick and you must kneed the tube before dispensing to avoid getting a clumpy combination, but it spreads well on the skin. Most importantly, it has a minimum of other ingredients and they are mostly naturals, so the likelyhood of allergens is low. It is one of the few natural sunscreens that does NOT have SOY. Glad I found this.”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%, Zinc Oxide 6%

Inactive Ingredients: Cera Alba (organic beeswax)*, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) oil*, Lyclum Barbarum (goji berry) Extract, Punica Granatum (pomegranate) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (organic sesame) Oil* *certified organic

#8 BurnOut

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BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen, SPF 35, 3.2 ounces

Why It’s Great: Created by Keven Dunn, an Environmental Scientist and Surfer, who has a family history of skin cancer was determined to create a functional and effective sunscreen.  He moved to Hawaii to begin is research and finally developed BurnOut Sunscreen while ocean testing in Indonesia. BurnOut KIDS Sunscreen is produced in California and is chemical-free, paraben-free, petroleum-free, and PABA-free. It is full of antioxidants, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, non-greasy, and perfect for sensitive skin!

Price & Where to Buy: $14.00 ($4.38 per ounce) pack of two at Amazon

Ease of Application: Applies light and easy. Absorbs well without feeling sticky or greasy.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 3.8 (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “Forget that this says for kids…I’m 29 and my girlfriend and I have used this product for 3 months. In fact, I spent about 7 hours in the Miami, FL sun yesterday – on the boat – and have no sunburn whatsoever. I applied this all over my body before we went out and did not reapply. Only went swimming once though (about halfway through the day) and did not towel off. Not only was I protected but I was not all pasty white – the sunscreen rubs in well – not as well as the chemical stuff but none of my friends noticed anything on my skin.”

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (non-nano) 18.9%

Inactive Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Ricinoleate, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Helionori, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Plantago Lanceolata (Plantain) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Ethylhexylglycerin

#9 Sunology

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Sunology Natural Sunscreen Kids, SPF 50, 2 ounces

Why It’s Great: This sunscreen is great if you are looking for a formula that is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and provides UVA/UVB Protection. We are surprised that the bottle is so small at 2oz, but it would be a great option to keep in your diaper bag or airport carry-on luggage while traveling. Sunology Natural Sunscreen is produced in the USA and is free of oxybenzone, avobenzone, parabens, PABA, octisalate, homosalate. This is a great option for those with sensitive skin!

Price & Where to Buy: $21.99 ($3.79 per ounce) pack of two at Amazon

Ease of Application: Smooth and gentle application, but needs time to rub in to fully absorb into the skin.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: 4.1 (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “I absolutely love this product!! I’m a very picky mom about products I use on my daughter’s skin ,after trying Sunology SPF50 for kids I was amazed how good it is.This sunscreen is fantastic,it not only protects my daughter’s skin from the sun it contains only natural active ingredients.Now I don’t have to worry one bit with her wearing this sunscreen because it really works and protects.My daughter loves to swim alot and Sunology SPF50 for kids helps protect her because it’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes.I absolutely recommend all moms to buy and use this sunscreen because it gives you peace of mind knowing your child is protected .”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 10%

Inactive Ingredients: Aluminum Hydroxide, BIS-PEG-12 Dimethicone Candelillate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Feruloyl Soy Glycerides, Glyceryl Isostearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrated Silica, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Tocopherol

#10 MD Solar Sciences

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MD SolarSciences KidCreme Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 40, 2.54 ounces

Why It’s Great: This sunscreen is the most expensive for the price per ounce coming in at $7.87 in a 2.54oz bottle. Even though it has high price point, it was important to include this on our list because it is such a great product! It is non-comedogenic, which will not clog pores, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes unless swimming, sweating, or towel drying. MD SolarSciences KidCream Mineral Sunscreen is also gluten and paraben free. This sunscreen is TSA approved so can be a great option while traveling!

Price & Where to Buy: $20.00 ($7.87 per ounce) pack of two at Amazon

Ease of Application: Need to shake the bottle before applying. Creamy, gentle, and easy to apply.

Scent: Fragrance-Free

Animal Testing: No

EWG Rating: 1 (last updated 4/2017)

Amazon Rating: X.X (last updated 6/2018)

What Customers Are Saying: “Love this sunscreen. It’s the best mineral one for my kids even if it’s expensive.”

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 2%, Zinc Oxide 17%

Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15, Iron Oxides, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract

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