All sunscreens in the survey were reviewed using three factors of increasing importance to consumers: personal health, concern for the environment and social responsibility. Kinesys SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick outscored all the other sunscreens as rated by GoodGuide, while Playtex's BioSun Maximum Sunblock Lotion, SPF 45 was rated worst.
It's GoodGuide's goal to help consumers find healthy, green, ethical products based on scientific ratings, and its experts have rated more than 100,000 consumer goods -- including food, personal care and household products -- based on the health, environment and society factors.The health score measures a product's potential health effects on consumers. The environment score measures a product's environmental impact as well as the company's overall policies and practices. The society score evaluates a company's social impact, which can include treatment of workers, workplace diversity, community involvement and corporate ethics.
GoodGuide's ratings include a brief explanation for each category and allow users to drill down into each score for more detail.
For example, Kinesys Sun Protection Stick's 8.8 rating is based on:
- A Health score of 10: "This product has no ingredients that raise a health concern."
- An Environment score of 7.9: "Compared to other companies, this company scores well in reduction of energy use."
- A Society score of 8.4: "Compared to other companies, this company scores well on commitment to its local community."
- A Health score of 1.0: "This product contains one or more ingredients that raise a high level of health concern."
- An Environment score of 2.1: "The company that makes this product has one of the lowest scores in recycled materials."
- A Society score of 3.9: "Compared to other companies, this company receives an average rating on commitment to its local community."
The Best Sunscreens SPF 15 and Above
- Kinesys SPF 30 Sun Protection Stick (8.8)
- Badger SPF 30 Unscented Natural Sunscreen (8.4)
- John Masters Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen (8.1)
- Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm SPF15 (8.0)
- Burt's Bees Radiance Day Lotion SPF 15 (7.8)
- BioSun Maximum Sunblock Lotion, SPF 45 (2.3)
- Banana Boat Maximum Sunblock, SPF 50 (2.3)
- CVS Scar Cream with SPF 30 (2.7)
- Osco Juniors Sunblock, Pre-Teen Protection, Paba-Free, SPF 30 (2.7)
- Bull Frog Sunblock For Babies Lotion, UVA/UVB Protection, SPF 45 (2.9)
Since Consumer Ally teamed up with GoodGuide, we've published the company's ratings of dog food, household cleaners, cars and more.