By Daniela Degrassi
Summer has exploded almost everywhere on the planet and with it, the need to protect our skin from the pleasure but also the danger of sun exposure. So many products out there, but which ones are truly, 100% vegan?
Lately, more companies are embracing a ‘not tested on animals’ policy and labeling their products ‘cruelty-free’, but that doesn’t mean that their content are free of animal derived substances. Even the most natural, eco friendly products may contain ingredients like bee wax.
Besides my own online research, I reached out to a couple of friends who are beauty experts to finally compile a list of sunscreens that are 100% vegan (which of course means are not animal-tested). All you have to do is pick your favorite and slip it into your beach bag or honeymoon suitcase and… send me a postcard of your vacation of course! 🙂
My Italian friend Laura, Founder of La Frau Eco & BioCosmesi highly recommended products from Alkemilla and Officina Naturae, with ingredients that are also organic and eco friendly… can’t get better then that! If you’re in Italy, you can shop directly from La Frau eShop by clicking on each product photo. Otherwise, visit the companies websites. Alkemilla is also available in shops throughout Europe (see the list of stores on their website).
Alkemilla SPF 30 face/body vaporizer oil contains photo-stable UVA / UVB filters and precious vegetable active ingredients. Suitable for skin that is generally sensitive to the sun, this product protects you while giving a golden and uniform tan adding a silky and velvety appearance to your skin; in spray form with a dry touch and a light texture that is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.
For hyper sensitive skin and more suitable for kids, try the Alkemilla SPF 50. This cream is also ideal for first exposures to sun rays. Hydrates the skin, leaving it soft and nourished thanks to ingredients like coconut oil, sheer butter, Aloe Vera, mallow and walnut husk. Carrot and henna extract allow a golden tan and its Monoi essence leaves a pleasant fragrance on the skin.
For a lighter protection, you can opt for OFFICINA NATURAE Solar Fluid Cream SPF 15. This all Italian and eco-friendly cream is perfume-less and ideal for already tanned or sensitive skin. It will protect your skin from burns and will promote an uniform tan thanks to components like mineral filters and organic carrot extract. Other ingredients are: cotogna apple extract, argan, almonds, flax, jojoba and coconut organic oils, all known for their soothing and nourishing properties; and the antioxidant values of Vitamin E.
Back in USA, my friend Allison Marshall, ARBONNE consultant, picked a few sunscreen favorites, which was easy as pie, since all Arbonne products are certified vegan, as well as eco friendly (and I promise to share more on the whole Arbonne lifestyle soon!)
The RE9 Advanced Prepwork SPF 30 Sunscreen. This is more than a sunscreen, you can apply this base cream on its own (city life doesn’t mean you’re off the hook protecting your skin from the sun) and even under make up as it will blend effortlessly to complement a spectrum of skin tones. A breathable, lightweight skin veil 100% mineral-based. Superfood cocktail of ingredients containing vitamins C and E, antioxidants, omegas and phytonutrients helps hydrate the skin while minerals defend against the environmental aggressors from the sun.
The ABC Arbonne Baby Care Sunscreen SPF 30 is formulated with antioxidants, vitamins and soothing botanicals, our water-resistant sunscreen protects, nurtures and moisturizes baby’s delicate skin. Developed with sensitive skin in mind, this unscented formula easily glides on while providing broad spectrum protection.
For men, the RE9 Advance line offers a great anti-aging moisturizer to serve and protect. Refreshing, lightweight moisturizing lotion improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, firmness and suppleness. Protects against UVB/UVA rays with broad spectrum SPF 15.
Here’s a few more products you can trust to be vegan approved.
The Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oil-Free. This face cream is lightweight, with a non-greasy facial formula that delivers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection SPF 30 and anti-aging antioxidant defense. It is also hypoallergenic, non-irritating, sensitivity tested, fragrance-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, GMO-free!
MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28. Environmentally safe, unscented, full spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense that offers powerfully effective protection for face and body. Translucent Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide a safe alternative to harsh chemical sunscreens. The addition of soothing Aloe and a high-performance blend of antioxidants, including Vitamin E, helps boost skin’s natural defense system and reduce the signs of sun-induced irritation. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a smooth, clear, and matte finish. Gentle enough for infants and non-irritating to eyes.
Suntegrity’s SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen for the body offers broad-spectrum protection and is free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles and chemical UV absorbers. It’s non-greasy and contains 20% non-nano, uncoated zinc-oxide for therapeutic broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen formula is easy to apply, loaded with antioxidants for healthy protection all year round and has a light uplifting citrus scent. TSA Friendly. Made in the USA.
Kiss My Face Bare Naked SPF 30 air-powered spray sunscreen delivers ultra-sheer protection and is vegan/cruelty free, fast-absorbing, lightweight and non-greasy, blended with nourishing Vitamin E, fragrance-free, quick drying, water resistant for 40 minutes.
Another brand devoted to the purest and organic ingredients is Eco Cosmetics. All Eco Cosmetics products are certified according to the strict Ecocert guidelines for natural cosmetics. For the highest possible quality transparency, you will find the information on the ingredients as a percentage on each packaging. Their sunscreen line selection is amazing! Sun-sprays, sun-milks, after sun lotions, SPF make up, and even a sunscreen tattooed skin sun lotion.
As for me, I still need to squeeze out a bit more out of my Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream tube before testing out a new product. I bought mine at my local Whole Foods but you can also find it at Target. Badger sunscreens are water resistant for 40 minutes, it has just 5 mineral-based ingredients and provides effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection with mineral zinc oxide, it is phthalate-free, paraben-free, dye-free, aluminum-free.
Do you know another product that I didn’t list you’d like to share with The Kind Bride readers? Please leave a comment, I would love your input and suggestions. Happy sun soaking everyone!
A feminist and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California where she lived for 15 years before moving back to her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.