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The Best Natural Sunscreens on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of sunscreen — including moisturizers with SPF, sunscreen for your face, and baby sunscreen — here, we’ve rounded up the best natural sunscreens, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. According to our friends at the Cut, natural sunscreen is defined by its key ingredients, which must include either titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both. It also might be marketed as a mineral sunscreen, physical sunscreen, or sunblock. And all the sunscreens we found below meet this criteria.

Best-rated natural sunscreen

More than 2,600 reviewers give this mineral sunscreen five stars. Unlike others that are “too chalky, too sticky, too tacky, too irritating and too smelly” according to one reviewer, many agree that this is not. One reviewer, who has finally come to terms with their need for a strong SPF “given past brushes with melanoma and the sincere desire to not have the hide of an alligator,” finds that this “doesn’t smell ‘perfumey’ — it might have a hint of suntan lotion smell, but it’s really faint. Second, this cream is NOT GREASY and disappears fast — even though it has 9% zinc oxide.” Another says it “plays well with makeup and moisturizes, is still effective in Houston summer heat and humidity, and doesn’t trigger my adult acne.” More than 15 percent of reviewers also mention that their dermatologist recommended this to them and it also tops our list of dermatologist-recommended sunscreens. Dr. Patricia Wexler told us that along with being fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, it’s especially effective because it’s rich in antioxidants that help protect against skin-damaging free radicals.”

Best-rated (less expensive) natural sunscreen

Banana Boat Sunscreen Simply Protect Kids Tear Free
$2

Nearly a third of reviewers mention that this sunscreen in a TSA-approved size is perfect for travel, but it’s also good to have around on a regular basis. “I love having these sample sizes so I can have them stashed everywhere,” one explains. “I have four kids who love to be outside, so I can never have too many.” Another calls them a “great little size, but still plenty of product in there.” They add, “Not burning or stinging kids’ eyes is a huge bonus.” And while one reviewer admits that the formula is thick, given the choice between a sunscreen with “chemicals that may or may not cause cancer or an all-natural, mineral based sunscreen that is a pain to put on,” they choose this one. They even explain, “It works and lasts much longer than chemical ones.”

And now for some micro-picks of every type of natural sunscreen you might be looking for.

Best no-residue natural sunscreen

Sun Bum Original Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 70 Lotion
$14

This natural sunscreen caught reviewers’ eyes for being reef-safe, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and waterproof. But even more fell in love with the non-greasy formula that doesn’t leave a white residue and lasts a long time. “This is the best. I bought it for a trip to Mexico and managed, for the first time in my life, to come back from vacation without a burn,” says one reviewer. “It worked all day from one application during a completely cloudless week on the beach, even after multiple trips into the ocean.” Many reviewers noted they were skeptical about the banana scent at first, but most came around to enjoying it, with one saying it “creates a nice summery vibe.” Another reviewer describes the smell as “a combination of banana and coconut. Might sound gross, but the scent gets an A+ in my book. This is saying quite a bit coming from someone like me, who is generally sensitive to certain fragrances. Also, the smell isn’t too overpowering. It is definitely noticeable, but in a good way.”

Best matte natural sunscreen

$27

More than 15 percent of reviewers describe this sunscreen’s finish as matte. One reviewer who has “tried a number of daily SPF products over the years” calls this one the best because of its “unparalleled, chemical-free sun protection, and goes on invisible, matte, and non-greasy.” Another user with typically very oily skin says, “I’ve gone from using three to five oil blotter sheets a day to just ONE.” And even though it’s not greasy, one reviewer says it “gives a nice glow.” This sunscreen also doubles as a primer, which is how about 12 percent of reviewers use it, since it works well under a full face of makeup. “I recently wore this under my makeup when I was a bridesmaid for a wedding and it performed unbelievably well,” one customer writes. “I had done my makeup around 11 AM, and after all the photos, dancing, and sweating, my makeup still looked fresh after 12 hours. Even with the high SPF, there’s no flashback in photos either.”

Best tinted natural sunscreens

$7

For the customers who want coverage in a different way, reviewers fawned over how inexpensive yet effective this tinted face lotion with SPF 50 is. “I was using a $40 tinted mineral sunscreen that I loved, but I really needed to find a more affordable option. I decided to try this sunscreen, but I had pretty low expectations for the quality and performance,” says one reviewer. “I am completely blown away by this $10 tinted sunscreen. It works just as well as high-end products at a fraction of the price. The formula is perfect and doesn’t clog my pores.” Dozens of reviewers rave about how the tint offsets the white cast of the mineral formula. “It goes on feeling moisturizing but dries down feeling dry and smooth, not greasy at all,” writes one reviewer, who notes, “I’ve also found that there is no white cast on my darker skin tone.” It even has this expert’s approval: “I am a nurse in a dermatology office and I have used very high-priced tinted SPF before. Nothing ever has come close to how great my skin looks with this. My face is not greasy at all and I have even stopped applying my daily moisturizer because I love this so much.”

$26

“I’m a low-maintenance person who looks much better in makeup, but just can’t be bothered every single day,” writes one reviewer who appreciates that this sunscreen has some color. “This doesn’t cover everything, by far, but the tinting does help and the sun protection is very good (as long as you’re not sweating it off, of course.) Keeps me from burning, helps give a more matte finish than other sunscreens, no whiteness at all for a mineral sunscreen.” Others with fair to medium skin also say that the tint blends well, but this sunscreen is not just for evening skin tone. It’s effective at protecting skin, too: “Out on the boat for 4 hours and used this product on my face only. Later that day, my whole body was painfully sunburned EXCEPT my face which wasn’t even the slightest bit tan. Didn’t even reapply once in those 4 hours of sweating and swimming.”

Best natural sunscreens for sensitive skin

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+, 5-oz
$14

Dermatologists also have recommended sunscreen from Australian brand Blue Lizard to the Strategist before, and many Amazon reviewers, often with some serious allergies and sensitive skin, flock to it, describing the formula as gentle, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic. “I can’t be in the sun for more than a few seconds during the spring and especially during summertime,” writes one reviewer. “I have to protect myself wearing long sleeves, long pants, and a hat or an umbrella to cover my face up. I was scared to use this sunscreen because I have had bad experiences with different sunscreens in the past. I tested a bit of it on the top of my forehead and went out for the day. I will tell you that I did not get any rashes, bumps or redness on the spot that was covered.” A few disliked how thick the formula was, but most weren’t completely bothered. “ It took a little more effort (only a couple more minutes) to get it rubbed completely into my skin than the chemical sunscreen I typically use, but I didn’t get a sunburn, it didn’t turn my skin pasty white, and no coral were killed,” says one reviewer. Another reviewer considers the fragrance-free formula to be the biggest selling point. “It does not have any smell, which is good for someone like me who can get a headache from a strong-smelling product. I recommend!”

Neutrogena Face Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
$11

“This is my favorite sun screen for sensitive acne-prone skin,” says one reviewer, and one-fifth of all reviewers say that this is ideal for those who tend to break out. “Other zinc based based ones are thick and hard to apply or have comedogenic oils like coconut,” explains one reviewer, but, “This goes on easily and has not made me break out.” Another says, “I have very fair, oily, acne-prone skin and this sunscreen is the only one that keeps my oil and zits at bay while protecting me from the sun.” Many find this to be preventative, like one who reports that they, “Wore it all day in sunny pool/beach conditions in Hawaii and never even had a hint of a burn.” And at least one user thinks this sunscreen is corrective as well: “One additional benefit I have noticed is that the sun/age spots on my hands have lightened significantly since I have been using this product.”

Best natural sunscreen for face

Coola Suncare Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte Finish
$25

The combination of a matte finish and non-greasy texture in this face sunscreen was a major draw for many reviewers. “I can never find a sunscreen that would keep me shine-free and acne-free,” writes one reviewer. “Every time I use facial sunscreen, I always tend to have big zits the next day, but not with this sunscreen.” One person even ditched her makeup primer after starting to use this product: “I live in the south which leads to a lot of humidity and oily skin. This is the first sunscreen that doesn’t end up getting into my eyes by the end of the day. The matte sunscreen not only stays in place but also helps control the shine on my face. Even better, this has also now taken the place of a makeup primer as I have noticed when I wear makeup over this, my makeup stays on longer and fresher-looking than with expensive makeup primer.” On the downside, one reviewer warns that “you have to shake the sh*t out of it when you first use it or else a lot of the oil-water will come out first,” but once it’s blended, she thinks “it’s totally worth it.”

Best natural sunscreen for lips

“I needed a sunscreen for long bike trips where I’m in the sun all day. I’ve tried the zinc ones, but they always go on white, are not very moisturizing and I tend not to reapply them. All the non-zinc ones have oxybenzone, which is a known toxin that I especially don’t want to put on my mouth. Enter Supergoop,” writes one reviewer. “Not only is this stuff free of oxybenzone, it’s very moisturizing and has kept my lips sunburn-free after hours in the sun.” Many others rave about the hydrating, thick texture that isn’t waxy. “This reminds me of Vaseline with texture, albeit just slightly easier to spread,” explains a reviewer. “It smells amazing, and it stays on for longer than 15 minutes.” A few didn’t love the sweet açai flavor, but most said it’s barely noticeable and one astutely comments that the açai is actually “an added bonus to keep lips looking young and protected from free-radicals.”

Best natural sunscreen spray

Sun Bum Original Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray
$10

Outdoorsy customers love this sunscreen for how it’s easy-to-use but also effective. One reviewer writes: “I have used this product in many situations. The first was on a level 3 white water-rafting trip. My friends brought traditional lotion sunscreen and were rubbing it on themselves like there was no tomorrow. I, however, had my Sun Bum spray. I finished spraying much faster than they finished rubbing. We got drenched in water many times from head to toe. I could feel the sun’s intense heat warming my skin with no clouds to provide cover. After 4 hours of rafting, I had no burns whatsoever.” Another reviewer, who usually hates sunscreen, found this one actually pleasant to use. “I hate sunscreen but I hate getting burned probably about as much. I really hate smelling like sunscreen and feeling like a grease ball dreading the fact that my face is probably going to break out,” she writes. “While this is on the upper end of what I really want to spend on sunscreen, I can’t help but buy it because I honestly want to wear it. It actually smells amazing.”

Best natural sunscreen for babies

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+