Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Did you know that coral reefs are made up of tiny animals called coral polyps? Coral reefs help keep our ocean environments healthy and diverse. Certain types of sunscreens and other pollutants cause coral bleaching, which can kill entire colonies of coral polyps and seriously threaten other marine life. Thank goodness, then, for reef-safe sunscreens and lip balms. But—to ensure that we’re protecting every animal while protecting our skin—opt for one of these cruelty-free, vegan, reef-safe sunscreens:

Alba Botanica

For sensitive skin, try Alba Botanica’s Pure Lavender Soothing Sunscreen. Ingredients like green tea, vitamin E, aloe vera, lavender, and chamomile will sooth your skin while protecting it from the sun’s harsh rays.

Babo Botanicals

Safe for babies, kids, and adults, Babo Botanicals’ Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion is an ideal choice. The nonchemical ingredients are as friendly to your skin as they are to coral reefs and other animals.


We love JĀSÖN for its vegan, cruelty-free deodorants, shampoo, toothpaste, and more, and the brand’s sunscreen is no different. For a water-resistant option, try the Mineral SPF 30 Broad Spectrum. For kid- and animal-friendly sun protection, try JĀSÖN’s Kids Sunscreen SPF 45 Broad Spectrum.

Sun Bum

Affordable, vegan, and reef-safe sunscreens from Sun Bum make great choices for daily use or spending time on the beach. The Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion is our favorite for everyday protection.


Looking for a sunscreen that checks all the boxes for compassionate sun care? Suntegrity is animal test–free, vegan, eco-friendly, and reef-friendly while also hydrating and protecting your skin. Talk about major multitasking!


All Sunumbra sunscreens are vegan, reef-friendly, and never tested on animals. So choose from the Classic, Sunkids, Sport, or Daily options—all animal-friendly and chemical-free.

TruKid Skincare

For a vegan, cruelty-free, reef-safe, and kid-friendly sunscreen, try TruKid Sunny Days Sport SPF30+ Water Resistant Lotion. All TruKid skincare products are eczema-safe, too.

If you’re shopping on your own for vegan, cruelty-free, reef-safe sunscreens or lip balms, be sure to avoid common chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as the following:

  • Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3, BP-3)
  • Butylparaben
  • Octinoxate (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate)

To make sure that a brand doesn’t test on animals, search for it by name using our Beauty Without Bunnies database:

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