Best Natural Sunscreens That Are NOT White + Safe for Kids


Looking for a natural sunscreen that’s not white? For years, I’ve wanted to avoid the chemicals in many common brands of sunscreen but cringed at the white tint from using mineral sunscreens. I’m so happy to share that I’ve found two natural screens that do not have any white tint at all.

The best natural sunscreens I’ve found that are not white are Earthley Sun Shield and Badger Clear Sunscreen Face Stick. Sun Shield is an oil-based sunscreen that does not use any zinc oxide. Badger Clear Sunscreen uses uncoated zinc, which is clear.

Why Choose a Natural Sunscreen?

Many sunscreens at the stores contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which some informed consumers are not comfortable with putting on their skin or their children’s skin.

We personally found fewer health problems and allergic reactions when we took these seven steps to clean up our home. Among those steps was cleaning up our personal care and beauty items, like sunscreen.


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Most Mineral Sunscreen Leaves Skin White

For several years, we used ThinkSport Sunscreen. It works well and has a good rating on the EWG database. However, it is WHITE.

Even the Thinksport Everyday Tinted Face Cream has a whiteish tint to it. I used it, but I was always on the lookout for a truly not-white natural sunscreen that I could use on my face (and the kids’).

Thankfully, I’ve found two! Check out the ingredients, pros and cons, and bare-faced pictures in these non-white, natural sunscreen reviews below.

1. Earthley Sun Shield


I would consider Earthley’s Sun Shield a natural sunscreen alternative because it doesn’t use any of the typical ingredients found in store-bought sunscreen.

It doesn’t include Zinc Oxide, which is what gives most natural sunscreens their white tint.

As with all sunscreens, make sure you reapply if you’re spending hours in the sun!

EWG Skin Deep Score: Sun Shield is not in the EWG Database yet. However, virtually all Earthley products score 1, the best score. (See Earthley products on EWG)


  • 100% Clean, natural ingredients
  • Zero white tint
  • Easy to mix with your daily face moisturizer
  • Safe for babies 6+ months
  • Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan.
  • No Artificial Colors, Preservatives, or Fragrances.


  • Slightly oily

Earthley Sun Shield – Sunscreen That’s Not White


I mix Earthley Sun Shield with my daily face moisturizer, so it’s really easy to apply.

Below is a picture of me wearing Sun Shield mixed in with my daily face moisturizer. No makeup and no filter or touch-ups, so you can see how it really looks.😉 This was a very sunny day, so take into account that a little bit of the shine is from the sun.

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You can see it makes my face a little shiny because it’s an oil-based sunscreen, but it’s gets better over time or it can easily be toned down with a little matte face powder. It’s definitely not white sunscreen though! 🥳


  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Organic Avocado Oil
  • Organic Raspberry Seed Oil
  • Organic Grapeseed Oil
  • Organic Mango Butter
  • Organic Comfrey Leaf
  • Organic Dandelion Flowers
  • Organic Calendula Flowers
  • Candelilla Wax

✳️ Curious about other Earthley products? Read my brutally honest Earthley Product Reviews!

2. Badger Clear Sunscreen Face Stick

Badger Clear Zinc Kids Sunscreen Stick is a natural mineral sunscreen. I was skeptical that something with Zinc Oxide could be clear, but it really is!

It has a slight purple tint when you first apply it, but that goes away with a tiny bit of rubbing in.

As with all sunscreens, make sure you reapply if you’re spending hours in the sun!

EWG Skin Deep Score: 1 (the best score) See details here.


  • Clean, simple ingredients
  • Not white
  • Easy to wear under or over face moisturizer/make-up
  • light Tangerine & Vanilla smells great (per myself and my kids!)
  • Gluten-Free, non-GMO, hypoallergenic


  • Slightly purple tint
  • Small size

Badger Clear Sunscreen Stick – Sunscreen That’s Not White

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I put a little of this on my face, and so far it’s provided great sun protection without any white tint.

Below is a picture of me wearing the Badger Clear Sunscreen Face Stick. Same as above, I’m not wearing any makeup and no filters were used to edit or touch-up the image.

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You can see the Badger Face Stick is neither oily nor white. This stick is only convenient for covering a small part of your body. However, there’s a Badger Kids Clear Sport Sunscreen with Clear Zinc Oxide that would be worth checking out for a whole-body sunscreen.


  • Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22.5%
  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
  • Cera Alba (Beeswax)
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
  • Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil
  • Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E)
  • Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract

Have You Found a Natural Sunscreen That’s Not White?

Email me or message me on the Food Allergy Parents Facebook Page. I’d love to have more sunscreen brands to try that are natural, non-toxic, good for sensitive skin, and not white!

Share This With Your Natural-Minded Friends

Seriously, it’s summer. Share this with all your health-conscious friends who don’t want sunburns or toxic sunscreen chemicals.

These are game-changers, and friends and family on Facebook and Pinterest who spend time out in the sun need to know about them. 💌

And while you’re at it, check out my Recommendations for an Allergy-Friendly Home. Whether you have food allergies or not, those are the a few of the products we use to have fewer toxins in our home.


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Val started Food Allergy Parents to help overwhelmed parents find safe food and convenient products to make life with allergies less stressful. She wants every family to experience Fewer Reactions, Better Health, & More Joy! Val also shares homeschool tips as food allergies are one of the reasons she (reluctantly) started homeschooling. To her surprise, she actually loves it!

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