2018 Sunscreen Study


Clean Label Project® completed a study of 95 mineral-based and chemical-based sunscreens from 33 of the most popular brands based on the Amazon.com best-seller list. Products were screened for overall efficacy as well as for toxins like heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, sulfates which can cause skin irritation, and oxybenzone and octinoxate which are known endocrine disruptors, as well as beneficial attributes like antioxidant activity.


Clean Label Project had the America’s top-selling sunscreen products – mineral-based and chemical-based sunscreens marketed towards adults and children – tested and reviewed by a third party analytical chemistry laboratory for industrial and environmental contaminants, levels of beneficial antioxidants, and overall efficacy.


Every product tested is displayed in the product ratings with a rating of one, three or five stars so you can look up the products you purchase—and make informed future purchasing decisions based on science rather than marketing terms and manufacturer supplied data. Every brand is then rated so you can know the overall brand quality based on the products tested compared to other brands.


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  6. Speak to your pediatricians! If you are concerned about your child's exposure to industrial & environmental contaminants, your pediatrician may run a complete blood count and chemistry panel to assess overall organ function and blood counts.



   1. Kiss My Face

         Baby's First Kiss with Nourishing Aloe & Chamomile SPF 50 Lotion





    2. La Roche-Posay

             Anthelios Cooling Water with Cell-OX Shield SPF 30 Lotion




  3. Sun Bum

        SPF 30 Lotion




 4. Coppertone

       Sport SPF 50 Spray





 5. Alba Botanica

        Soothing Sunscreen Pure Lavender SPF 45 Lotion


     1. Coppertone

               Kids Mineral Based SPF 50 Lotion




  2. Nature's Gate

           Sport Vegan Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion



3. Blue Lizard

       Face Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Formula - Antioxidant Enriched SPF 30+ Lotion





4. Blue Lizard

       Kids Mineral-Based Formula SPF 30+ Lotion




  5. Blue Lizard

          Baby Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide Formula SPF 30+ Lotion


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