This tinted sunscreen is has a really nice texture and is super light weight, which I really like. The tint is very subtle which makes it perfect for me to use daily. I wish that I could recommend this product based on its sustainability, but unfortunately Sun Bum has a serious lack of transparency regarding who makes their products, how their products are made, and what is in them. It is good that the sunscreen is free of substances that are known to be harmful to reefs but SunBum needs to improve their transparency if they want to be considered an environmentally friendly company.
Sunbum states that this sunscreen is vegan, cruelty-free, reef friendly, hypoallergenic, oxybenzone and octinoxate free, paraben free, and PABA free. It is also unscented and is water resistant for 80 minutes. The main ingredients used in this sunscreen are Titanium Dioxide 5.3% and Zinc Oxide 2.4%. Sunbum acknowledges that their product is not proven to be completely harmless to reefs, which is why they label it “reef friendly” instead of “reef safe.” There is actually no good regulation of the term “reef friendly” in the US, so consumers actually have to check for harmful ingredients themselves. According to savethereef.org, the worst chemicals for reefs are: oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene. homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphore, PABA, parabens, and triclosan. This Sunbum sunscreen does not have any of these ingredients which is good. The bad news is that there was no information listed on their website about where the ingredients for these sunscreens are sourced, which is the reason why they receive a low rating in this category.
Sunbum Original line and Signature line products are tested and made in Florida. The Baby Bum product line are made in the US and Australia. That is all the information that is provided on the website and available online. There is no information about their supply chain or their specific production facilities. This lack of transparency makes me suspect the worst, since a brand that claims to be environmentally friendly would likely publicize their efforts to pursue sustainability.
Sunbum is a sunscreen company that started in 2010. They have two main offices, one in Florida and one in Encinitas, California. On their website, they imply that they are a company made up of fun people. On their “Us” page, the first line of bold text says “Work less, live more.” They say that they care about the planet, animals, and their families which is how they introduce the idea that they do not use any ingredients that “could hurt any of them.” These statements are pretty vague and do not mention any specific sustainable practices. Nowhere on their website do they profess any kind of commitment to sustainable practices, even though they claim to be passionate about being environmentally friendly In addition, they make no mention of who makes their products and under what conditions they work.