The Best Reef-Safe and Sustainable Sunscreens to Take to Samoa
Sunscreen is an absolute must for every day, every season and any time in Samoa (Ok, except after dark). With high to extreme UV levels all year round and long sunny days, you will need protection to cope with the tropical sun that you, no doubt, have been longing for. But with sun protection comes environmental responsibility, as the fragile coral reefs that make Samoa the pristine destination that it is can’t handle the chemicals that mainstream sunscreens contain. Plus, let’s be honest, those chemicals are not always good for your skin either. For those reasons and due to the fact that reef-safe sunscreen is almost impossible to find in Samoa, we’ve come up with this list of the best reef-safe sunscreens for Samoa following four main criteria:
- They are reef-safe
- They contain mostly natural ingredients
- The sunscreen itself is biodegradable
If you are on the market for kids’ sunscreen as well, make sure to check out our 5 Best Kids and Babies Sunscreens for Samoa where you will find options for the whole family. Plus, you might want to combine your sun protection with some mosquito protection, as listed in the 10 Best Mosquito Repellents for Samoa.
Finally, remember to reapply sunscreen every three hours and after towel-drying yourself! See more of our Sun Protection Tips in our guide.
1. All Good Organic Sunscreen
It’s no secret that we are quite the fan of the All Good sunscreens. In fact, their kids’ options are also on our list of the best sunscreens for kids. The All Good formula provides up to SPF 50 protection, which is perfect for the harsh Samoa sun and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. But best of all, it comes in a lotion form and a butter form. We love the butter sunscreens as they are often less greasy, super easy to apply and come in plastic-free packaging. No nano ingredients can be found in the formula either which is an added bonus.
Check All Good out on Amazon.
2. Raw Elements Sunscreen
Another brand that offers reef-safe sunscreen in a tin, Raw Elements has a decent broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen that’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The formula is gentle enough for kids, although they do offer kids’ sunscreens in a tin (and in a cardboard tube) too, while also being free from synthetic chemicals.
Check Raw Elements out on Amazon.
3. Sun Bum Sun Care
Sun Bum is a trusted reef-safe sunscreen brand with an ever-expanding range of sun care products, from sunscreen to aftersun to tanning oil. For us, we’re happy with the Original SPF 30 sunscreen that’s been keeping the Samoa Pocket Guide team’s skins safe for several South Pacific destinations. While smooth and easy to apply, the thing that makes this sunscreen stand out from the rest is the subtle banana scent – it smells so good!
Check Sun Bum out on Amazon.
5. Ethical Zinc
A brand that is easy to find in New Zealand and Australia, Ethical Zinc is another one the Niue Pocket Guide team uses on a regular basis and without a hitch! Made with an uncoated certified natural pharmaceutical grade zinc oxide, this is a very effective broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen. Although the packaging isn’t recyclable, as with most sunscreens out there, the sunscreen is at least made nearby in Australia using 100% solar power! Needless to say, this is a more local but good reef-safe option.
Check Ethical Zinc out on Amazon.
5. Reef Repair Sunscreen
A 100% natural sunscreen and a best-seller on Amazon, Reef Repair sunscreen is well worth considering. Their SPF 30+ sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and does not cause excessive sweating. The sunscreen uses coral reef-safe ingredients such as zinc oxide and is oxybenzone- and octinoxate-free. For your own skin’s safety, it’s 100% paraben-free, silicone-free and titanium dioxide-free. What’s more, it comes at an affordable price.
Check Reef Repair Sunscreen out!
6. Totlogic Natural Sunscreen
Containing plenty of goodness, such as jojoba, hyaluronic acid, white tea, arnica, chamomile and lavender, as well as non-toxic chemicals, the Totlogic formula offers SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB. It is extremely gentle on all types of skin from six months old to adults. If you ever have hypoallergenic issues, this one’s for you!
Read more about Totlogic Natural Sunscreen on Amazon.
7. Coral Safe Sunscreen
Picture addicts, pay attention! This sunscreen is the least visible on the skin of the whole list. So if you are after your sunscreen stroke-free selfies, this may just be your best option. It uses mineral ingredients to protect your skin against UVA and UVB. It is also baby and kid-safe and coral reef-safe. By the way, share your selfies with us on Instagram and Facebook! Find photo inspiration in the 10 Best Photography Spots in Samoa.
Check Coral Safe Sunscreen out!
8. Beauty By Earth Natural Mineral Sunscreen
This sunscreen contains a mix of aloe vera, coconut oil and shea butter to keep your skin hydrated even in the sun and it uses zinc oxide to protect against the harsh Samoa UV. One of the best advantages of this sunscreen is that sets fast on your skin making its application a breeze. Sadly the SPF 25 protection offered is a bit low, hint, why it is so low on our list.
More information on the Beauty by Earth Sunscreen is available on Amazon.
9. TropicSport Mineral Sunscreen
This SPF 30 sunscreen is a good go-to for reliable water resistance, while also being friendly to the wildlife we share the water with. TropicSport Mineral Sunscreen is oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free and avobenzone-free. The sunscreen is also suitable for the whole family, approved for use for 6-month-olds and older.
Check TropicSport Mineral Sunscreen out on Amazon!
10. Banana Boat
A brand you’ll hardly struggle to find, Banana Boat has been on the sunscreen scene for years now. Finally, their new formulas a free from oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are the two main ingredients to avoid when looking for reef-safe sunscreen. While not as eco-friendly as other sunscreens on this list, if you don’t have access to the others, Banana Boat might be an Ok Plan B.
Check Banana Boat out on Amazon!
More About Reef-Safe Sunscreens for Samoa
That’s it for our list of reef-safe sunscreens for Samoa but wait, there’s more! Check out a wider range of sunscreens, as well as other sustainable choices, in the following guides:
- The Best Sunscreens for Samoa + Sun Protection Tips
- 5 Best Kids & Babies Sunscreens for Samoa
- 10 Best Insect Repellents for Samoa
Finally, make more sustainable choices by following our 31 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Samoa.