Sunscreen! It’s an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine for protection against harmful rays. I also have quite sensitive skin and can’t wear many foundations or bb cream, so I often opt for light coverage with tinted sunscreen. I found this All Good product being sold in Healthy Options over a year ago, and I’m relieved to say it hasn’t caused any problems for my skin. However, the impacts of any cosmetic item are not only skin-deep once you consider social and environmental factors with the manufacturing process. So how GOOD is the All Good tinted mineral sunscreen?
All Good is a reputable company with their sunscreen products often showing up in recommended lists for the best reef-safe sunscreens in the market! I believe their products deserve a high rating with their commitment to sourcing better ingredients and valuing people and environment over profit. I respect how they have created guides to help consumers consciously choose reef-friendly sunscreens, as well as a blog post about holding businesses accountable. While it is difficult to have a sunscreen that is completely safe to sensitive ocean ecosystems, some options are surely better than others. Apart from the continued use of plastic packaging in this particular product, there is little to say against the company as a whole.
Regarding the retail price of 20$ for 60ml, I would say that this product is quite affordable at a low-mid range price. For example, it is more expensive than drug store tinted sunscreens like CeraVe’s hydrating sunscreen for 14$, but cheaper than more high end ones like SuperGoop’s zincscreen for 42$.
Takeaways: When shopping for sunscreen, get familiar with different ingredients and know what to avoid and what to look out for. While labels are a good starting point to know if a product is GMO or cruelty free, the ingredients list can provide a lot more insight. Reef-friendly sunscreens are also not only good for the environment, but better for one’s skin too.
All Good advertises their sunscreens through emphasing their "reef friendly" label. This indicates the use of alternative ingredients that are safer for marine environments. Why are reef friendly sunscreens so important? Each year, there's an estimated 6,000 tons of sunscreen washing into coral reefs around the globe. For a lot of conventional sunscreens, there are a variety of chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene that have been linked to coral death through bleaching, DNA damage, and abnormalities. In just the Caribbean alone, oxybenzone has contributed to a loss of at least 80% of the coral reefs! To help prevent the further accumulation of harmful sunscreen chemicals, both companies and consumers should be more conscious of what ingredients they are using.
I find this formula very impressive for what it has to offer! The All good tinted mineral sunscreen is made from a non-nano particle zinc-oxide formula and uses certified organic botanical ingredients, such as the calendula flower, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. This product is GMO free, oxybenzone free, and meets broad-spectrum FDA standards and reef safe criteria. It is important to look for non-nano particle formulas to ensure that the product will not seep into your skin (and into your bloodstream) to lessen any potential health risks.
I also noticed a label stating that the calendula is sourced from their own farm, which is something that I don’t see happen very often in a company! Their farm uses wild land techniques which help promote biodiversity, and support healthy soil and natural habitats.
I would love to give this section a 3, but had to take some marks off regarding the packaging since this product is still bought and offered in a plastic container. Although, the company has been making an effort to reduce plastic packaging in their other products through the use of glass jars and metal tins. It would be nice to have this sunscreen offered in a recycled plastic container or even have the option to have it refilled.
While there is limited information offered on the All Good website on how this specific product was manufactured, I was able to find out a lot and make inferences through its certifications, labels, and brand reputation.
All Good is a certified B Corporation, meaning they are a business that balances profit and purpose for good intentions. Through this certification, businesses are legally required to acknowledge and address the impacts of their decisions on employees, buyers, suppliers, the environment, and community. Their “1% for the Planet” certification is one that can only be acquired by businesses dedicated to taking responsibility for the environment. Businesses that use the “1%” logo must commit to giving 1% of their gross sales each year to an approved non-for-profit environmental partner, thus communicating their support for better brand practices.
All Good uses the leaping bunny cruelty-free label to show that no animal testing was done for the sunscreen, with the company instead relying on human testing. They are committed to using more renewable energy by having their production facility Morro Bay, California run on photovoltaic roof panels! This facility is also located near to their organic farm so that more of their ingredients are sourced locally.
I was happy to find out that All Good is an avid supporter for increasing female leadership as a woman-owned and founded company! With their commitment to girl power, their production facility is run and staffed by women, with having women employed in a variety of positions (farmers, sales, finance etc.). I can trust that as a Certified B corp, All Good’s employeesare treated fairly, with ongoing comittments to reducing any negative impacts. Although, I’d like for this information about wages, benefits, and how workers have been supported throughout the pandemic to be accessible through their website rather than having to look into outside sources.