Honest Sunscreen SPF 30 Wins MACT Excellence And Green Awards

| August 26, 2013

***Readers please note:  The Honest Company changed its sunscreen formula in early 2015.  Please read SafBaby’s SunCare Guide 2015 for updated sun care information and product recommendations.


Redefining what it means to be “The Family Brand,” The Honest Company is creating high-quality, non-toxic products for baby and family that parents can trust. Their integrity as an eco-conscious and non-toxic company is applaudable and today we are excited to announce that one of their products has won a prestigious MACT Award!

Summer is not the only time to consider sun protection. The use of sunscreen is very important all year round whether it be at the pool, the beach, the playground, stroller rides, school trips or the ski slopes.

There are so many sunscreens on the market today, which can cause confusion as to what is truly safe. Learning which ones are good vs. those with harmful ingredients can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the Honest Company’s sunscreen is here to save the day (and the precious skin of our most precious).

Honest-Sunscreen MACT Award Winner

The Integrity Of The Honest Company

The Honest Company has based their business on principles that they hold to as a standard practice. We love and admire these principles because we KNOW that this is (unfortunately) NOT the common principles that many companies manufacturing products for our children are aligning with. They include:

  • Creating a culture of honesty
  • Make beauty
  • Outperform
  • Service matters
  • Sustain life
  • Be accessible
  • Give back more
  • Have fun!

But don’t just take their word for the integrity that they are adhering to. Check out what the B Corporation has to say  here.

More Reasons Why Honest Sunscreen Wins MACT Excellence & Green Awards

The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF30 is Honestly FREE of these toxins that are present in many common sunscreens:
  • PABA,
  • Oxybenzone
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Gluten
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Fragrances,
  • Petrochemicals
  • Aluminum

A few more things we LOVE that makes this product worthy of winning our GREEN AWARD:

  • This is a cruelty free product!
  • This sunscreen is safe for all ages, even babies under 6 months of age. This is nice to see as most sunscreens will state not to use without a doctor’s consent under the age of 6 months.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Vegetarian
  • Biodegradable
  • Reef-Friendly
  • Made in the USA!
  • Minimal packaging that comes in a #2 recyclable tube!

The Ingredients In Honest Sunscreen

The active ingredient in The Honest Company Sunscreen is a non-nano Zinc Oxide 20%. That makes this product a mineral Sunscreen, not a synthetic chemical sunscreen!

The inactive ingredients are:
Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, beeswax*, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract*, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Oil*, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter*

*=certified organic ingredients

 Mama Reviews For Honest Sunscreen


This sunscreen applies very evenly, leaving skin non greasy and no left over white residue as some sunscreens can leave behind. This is so important for us because my daughter has a huge aversion to those sunscreens that feel sticky or thick like many natural sunscreen lotions we have tried. Another thing that is important to my daughter is the smell of the sunscreen. This sunscreen is not perfumed with any scent and we like that too.

Most other leading brands active ingredient is titanium dioxide which is said to be a hormone disruptor in the body.  But The Honest Company uses zinc oxide which is a healthier alternative indeed!

It is water resistant for 40 minutes, and works very well. We’ve tested this to be true! It has been a great relief to not have to worry about sunburn on my children when playing outdoors in hot weather. This is a must have for any family, as a mom I have used it as well & it’s great for the entire family!



I really appreciate that this sunscreen is made of plant based and organic ingredients. Also, bottle is very compact and easy to carry around in my purse or beach bag. Believe me, after having a tube of sunscreen open in your purse, you become very mindful of what the next sunscreen tube you will toss into your bag looks like. The top is secure and strong. Yay!

The consistency of this sunscreen is smooth and even. It comes out of the tube nicely and rubs into my child’s skin easy too. Because it is a water resistant sun screen there is a heavier feel to the lotion once it is on my skin. However, almost every other water resistant, non-toxic sunscreen I have used before feels way heavier, so I really like that my skin can actually breathe with this on too.

Loving to play in the water, my family will continue using this product for years to come!



Our Sunscreen Q&A With Honest

Is this sunscreen good for adults and children with skin sensitivities?

Absolutely! We crafted the formula specifically to be gentle enough for children’s sensitive skin, which makes it ideal for anyone with sensitivities.

Why did you go with a non-nano formula?

Since the science on the safety of nanoparticles is still not entirely clear, we’d rather err on the side of caution and offer our customers a choice they can feel safe about every time they use it.

Hypoallergenic is such a broad term in the skin care industry. Can you please define this term when it comes to your sunscreen?

While hypoallergenic may seem like a broad term and there are unfortunately no federal standards or regulations that police this term, we take it very seriously. We substantiate this term by conducting a very specific test, known as an RIPT test (Repeated Insult Patch Test). It’s a clinical assessment that measures the irritation or allergenic potential of a product when used on skin on a regular basis. We’ve tested all of our personal care products with the RIPT test and all of them are non-irritating and hypoallergenic.

What makes your sunscreen reef safe and biodegradable?

There was a prominent scientific study in 2008 (you can read it here) that found that many of the common chemical sunscreens and ingredients used in conventional sun protection products cause coral bleaching. In fact, the following four common ingredients were shown to cause complete coral bleaching at very low concentrations: oxybenzone (sunscreen), butylparaben (preservative), octinoxate (sunscreen), and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (sunscreen). The study found that up to 10% of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by the 4400-6600 tons of sunscreen that washes off swimmers annually. Not only that, but some of those same ingredients often have human health concerns as well, so for us, it was a no brainer!

Our sunscreen uses only non-nano zinc oxide as the active sunscreen ingredient and does not use many of the other common ingredients, preservatives and otherwise, that threaten coral health. The zinc would settle on the ocean floor within a few hours (like silt), and become buried in the sediment. Additionally, we use natural emulsifiers and waxes to waterproof the formula that are biodegradable – unlike many of the other common ingredients in conventional sunscreens.

For Honest, the goal was first creating a product that was healthy and safe for kids. Often, human and environmental health go hand in hand, so we were able to create a product that solved for both issues at once.

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