SILVER WINNER + EDITOR’S CHOICE
Safe – Formulated from excellent, non-toxic ingredients. Contains zinc oxide, jojoba oil, shea butter, manuka honey, sweet orange and lavender oils. SPF 50. Reef safe. Suitable for babies 6 months+.
Responsible – Earth’s Kitchen is on a mission to eradicate poisonous sunscreens: from our bodies, our waterways, our coral, animals and marine ecosystems. “Every second breath we take is made from the ocean – phytoplankton makes oxygen – and we are killing it and our coral with chemicals in sunscreen – transported by us, straight into the sea.”
The company has partnered with Pacific Island locals, businesses, wisdom keepers and coral reseeding projects to educate, learn and regenerate the reefs. They wildcraft their native NZ forest medicine with sustainable practices, utilising the aerial parts to grow their plants, not chop them down – with 7th generation thinking at the heart of everything they do.
The company has partnered with women’s initiatives in the Pacific Islands and Zambia and have initiated partnerships with Sea Legacy, Blue Sphere Foundation and Ocean Impact Organisation. They sponsor surf clubs, schools, beach days and fishing comps with free sunscreen.
The sunscreen is really thick but non-greasy, which I love because some brands can be too watery. It soaked into the skin well. I love that the ingredients used are all-natural plus that it gives SPF50.
The Earth’s Kitchen sunscreen has a simple design, light and fresh citrusy fragrance. The formula is thick but very moisturising, sinking into the skin quickly with no white cast. It is easily a replacement for my everyday sunscreen.
I like thick sunscreens for kids as I know for sure I’ve applied enough and also that it won’t wash off too easily. Whilst this is thick coming out, it still spreads well and smells delightful. My children really like this one.
I feel really good about applying this sunscreen to my kids’ skin. Not only is it full of ingredients that benefit their wellbeing (and protect against the harsh Aussie sunshine) but it benefits our oceans and reefs too (unlike conventional sunscreens that are causing a great deal of damage). This brand is working hard to improve the health and longevity of our dying reefs and forests in NZ. The sunscreen is easy to dispense and rub into young skin, and the added ingredients of kawakawa oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter & beeswax help keep skin & palms moisturised. It smells lovely too.