Best biodegradable reef safe sunscreen

5 Effective and affordable sunblock that are good for the ocean

We get it, you don’t want to hurt the ocean. But, to shell out $40 for a single tube of sunblock isn’t cool. Here are the cheapest reef-safe sunscreen brands we could find that are friendly for your skin, your wallet and the world. Word of advice: if it’s too cheap, it’s too expensive – as in, they’re not legit. You get what you pay for, right?  

To protect yourself and the environment, avoid sunscreen with these chemicals:

Butylparaben, octinoxate, octocrylene, PABA, triclosan and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor. Check the ingredients and remember that when it comes to something you’re smattering all over your skin (the body’s largest organ) oxybenzone is the worst of all time. That’s right, oxybenzone is the WOAT.

In the past three years, ⅕ of the world’s reef has died off. No reef means no lobsters and no lobsters means no lobsterin’ and that ain’t right.

Ok, let’s get to it. First up is this funky monkey:

1.Sun Bum SPF 50  

The fact that an 8 fl oz bottle lasts so long due to the long-lasting formula, is one of the reasons why Sun Bum is so great. Not only is the price on point, but they’re reef-friendly, paraban and PABA free, waterproof for up to 80 minutes and smells heckin’ great.

For easy application, we love the Sun Bum Face Stick – which can be used on arms, legs torso, and even your bum for those cheeky bottom babes. 


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2. Maui Sun SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen


Not only does this sunblock have all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff, but the ultimate bright-side is the price tag.

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3. thinksport SPF 50 Plus Sunscreen


This sunblock is thick with a pleasant smell, it’s a little greasy due to all the natural ingredients. It’s a good moisturizer and doesn’t have to be applied too often. It will go on a bit white, but the paler you are the less you’ll notice. If you’re looking for a trustworthy sunscreen, don’t think twice about it (pun totally intended).


4. Bare Republic Mineral Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick


Although it’s only .5 oz, this stick glides on easily and a little goes a long way. 80 minutes of water-resistant protection makes it ideal for sports and water enthusiasts. Best part is: It goes on clear and rubs in easy.

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5. Goddess Garden Organics SPF 30 Kids Natural Mineral Sunscreen

It does go on white and it is a little pasty but at least you can pronounce the ingredients. Don’t be fooled by the size of the bottle – one mom said that just one bottle lasted her over 5 days of beach and pool with multiple kiddos. Not bad for under 10 bucks.


Used something on this list? Tell us what you liked and didn’t like about it. Different products will work for different people so tell us about yourself and how it worked for you in the comments. Stay heckin’ sustainable, folks.

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