I bought the 1.7 oz size of this product back in October of 2019 and it is a pretty good sunscreen. Although their sizes are small and the price is not the cheapest, I find that this sunscreen is worth it. I don’t need to use a lot of it to get good coverage. After I put it on, I don’t really feel it on my skin unlike other sunscreens. Although the version I have is not reef-safe, I would definitely buy the new reef-safe version as I can use it for the beach. Its lack of white-cast is also a plus as that is a common annoyance from other brands especially for darker-skinned people.
Supergoop! could do better in terms of social sustainability, as their team only has 8 POC, yet sunscreen is something that everyone needs. They could also be more transparent of their environmental sustainability during the manufacturing process. However, I am happy that this product and a few others are now reef-safe as coral reefs are dying rapidly. The brand could also make this product in bigger sizes. Since the bottle is not recyclable, making a bigger size would result in less waste by consumers as they would replace it less often. Moving forward, they must also be held accountable that their message of “SPF for all” is actually upheld through their actions.
This product is vegan and cruelty-free. Supergoop! even has a list of all the ingredients that would not be in their products, especially ones that require animal testing. They also mention that they are EU-compliant, which is really good, as the EU has stricter standards than the US about what can be in formulas that brands use.
Along with this, as of 12/27/19, this product became *reef-safe* as the ingredient *octinoxate* was removed. This chemical is often used in sunscreens but it damages coral reefs. The packaging was also changed as the new SPF cartons are now fully recyclable, but the bottles are not, as sunscreen needs to be packaged in certain ways to remain safe and stabilized. All of Supergoop’s products also do not contain *oxybenzone* which is not reef-safe and they were the first company to do so in 2007.
Generally, an SPF formula is made of: *sunscreen actives (26%)* which are ingredients that protect against UV and are stabilized to work together, *liquids (54%)* such as water or oils, *functional ingredients (8%)* such as emulsifiers, film formers, preservatives or pigments, and lastly *skin-protecting or skin-nourishing ingredients (12%).*
All of their formulas go through a test called Formal Drug Stability: “During this test, the formula is placed in different conditions (room temperature with 25% relative humidity and at 40c/104F with 75% relative humidity) for a period of 3 years and we check the concentration of all the actives at regular intervals along with other specs to ensure that they remain efficacious and unchanged throughout the lifetime of the product. The testing is conducted in the final packaging to also ensure that the component is not going to adversely affect the formula.” Then, the formula has to go through "a preservative efficacy test on all of our products to evaluate the ability of a preservative system to protect the product from microbial growth through the shelf life of the product." After passing these tests, the formula can go into production.
The company also has efficacy reports for every single of their products where SPF testing is done. This is really transparent of them and it is really rare to see this from a sunscreen brand, and shows that they actually have evidence to back up what they say their sunscreen does.I tried to Google the efficacy reports of some popular store brands of sunscreen such as Banana Boat, Hawaiian Tropic, and Sun Bum and couldn’t really find anything from the companies themselves.
All Supergoop! products are made in the US. The headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas and it has a LEED rating and achieved the Gold Level certification (second highest) which means that the HQ is a green and sustainable building.
Recently, Supergoop! said that out of 39 team members, only 2 are Black, 4 Asian, 2 Hispanic, and the rest are white.
In terms of community outreach, Supergoop’s Ounce by Ounce program teaches the importance of using sunscreen in classrooms. Schools can apply with their information to be part of it and the program will give complimentary sunscreen to any pre-K and K classroom in America. CEO Holly Thaggard wanted to do this in 2007, but at that time, sunscreen was considered an over-the-counter drug and would not be allowed in schools without a doctor’s or parent’s note. Today, sunscreen is allowed without a note in 19 states, and they have rolled out their program in 5 states so far. I find this really cool as I don’t think sunscreen has ever been mentioned during any stage of my education and this way, little kids can find out about its significance early in life.
This is this product’s efficacy report: https://supergoop.com/pages/efficacy-report/?url=https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1503/5658/files/Unseen_Sunscreen_ME-404-60_Redacted.pdf?290921