Reef Safe Sunscreen Products & Information

Visiting Hawaii can be a life changing experience for you and your family. The warm tropical ocean and beautiful sandy beaches are welcoming and beautiful.

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No matter which Hawaiian island you choose to visit, there here are some of our best tips for making the most of your visit.

  1. Research activities before your trip to determine some of the activities in Hawaii you’d like to experience. Some of the most popular activities for travelers are: Snorkeling, Boat Cruises, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, and Hiking. Each island has different opportunities for surfing, hiking, snorkeling, etc. Some spots are suitable for beginners where others are recommended for people with intermediate or advanced experience. Always be aware of your own skill level and those of others in your group. Small children need to be continuously watched near the ocean.
  2. Check out the various accommodation options to find the best choice for your needs on the island you’re visiting. You’ll see a wide range of resorts and hotel choices — from ultra luxurious Ritz-Carlton properties, Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott properties — as well as lower budget options from AirBnb or VRBO or private vacation rental companies in Hawaii. Your accommodations are important so it’s best to start looking at least 6-12 months early to get the best price and options for your travel group.
  3. Determine your transportation options. If you’re staying in resort area that has everything you need, you might opt to use Uber instead of renting a car for your entire trip. There are major car rental companies as well as smaller local island rental car companies that may have cheaper and budget rental cars if that suits you.
  4. Most visitors to Hawaii aren’t yet aware that we have a serious sunscreen ban in effect. The state of Hawaii banned sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate and Maui County has its own sunscreen ban as well. We don’t allow chemical sunscreens to be sold or used in Hawaii, however many people are ignorant of that and continue brining in toxic chemical sunscreens that are harmful to marine life. Please kokua and pick up your favorite reef safe mineral sunscreen for your Hawaii vacation. If you need help finding where to buy Raw Love once you’ve landed, check out our retail store page for mineral sunscreen on Maui and mineral sunscreen in Hawaii.


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We’ve been listed as one of the Best Reef Safe Sunscreens by many publications including:

See a complete list of Raw Love mineral sunscreen in the press.

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Q: What makes a sunscreen Reef Safe or Reef Friendly?
A: The ingredients used in the sunscreen determine whether or not it’s safe for corals and other marine life. Our mineral sunscreen’s active ingredient is zinc oxide.

Here are common sunscreen ingredients that are NOT REEF SAFE / Harmful sunscreen ingredients – AVOID THESE:


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For the best sun protection, remember these tips
  • Wear sunglasses, a hat, and wear UV protective clothing when possible.
  • Limit or avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Maintain proper hydration by drinking plenty of water.
  • Seek shade when available.
  • Keiki (children) need more sun protection than adults so be sure that your children are getting full coverage and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Use broad spectrum protection sunscreen, apply heavily to achieve full SPF benefits, and reapply after swimming and excessive sweat.
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1. Organic All in One Balm aka our Baby Balm

Created by a mama for mamas and babies, however it’s universal healing properties are ideal for all skin types. This ultra moisturizing balm is ideal from head-to-toe hydration in 1.5 ounce size.

Raw Love’s founder was dreaming of one magic product for all of her family’s sensitive skin care needs shortly after she gave birth to her daughter Ruby. This velvety smooth potion is perfect for diaper rash, cradle cap, sore nursing nipples and dry skin. Give your skin some love with this all-over gentle moisturizer!

  • Safe for all ages, face and body
  • Use it for dry skin, tattoos, baby massage, diaper balm, cradle cap, and more
  • Great magic melting makeup remover for long lasting eye, lip and face makeup!
  • Fragrance Free
  • Compact Size, TSA Carry-on Approved
  • Zero Waste/Plastic Free Container

Organic Balm Ingredients: Cocoa butter*, Coconut oil*, Olive Oil*, Jojoba oil*, Sesame Oil*, Beeswax*, Sunflower oil*, Carrot extract*, Tocopherol.
*Organic Ingredients

Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen Tube 3 oz

2. 3oz Sunscreen Lotion Tube

New Raw Love mineral sunscreen lotion has an ultra moisturizing formula using organic ingredients. It’s fragrance free and perfect for sensitive skin and children and babies.

  • Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30
  • Water Resistant (80 min)
  • 18.75% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Only Active Ingredient
  • Fragrance Free
  • Compact Size, TSA Carry-on Approved
  • Reef Safe, Cruelty Free, Plant Based
  • Post Consumer Recycled Plastic Container (Saving plastic from going into the ocean or landfill!)

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (18.75%); Inactive Ingredients: Sunflower Oil*, Beeswax*, Jojoba Oil*, Coconut Oil*, Tocopherol (Non-GMO).*
*Organic Ingredients


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best hawaii mineral sunscreen for keikiOur stunning beaches and annual warm weather in Hawaii welcome visitors year-round to frolic and enjoy the ocean and its many adventures. Yet with delicate marine ecosystems, including vulnerable coral reef, protecting both your skin and the ocean in the Hawaiian islands requires consideration. Mineral sunscreens have gained popularity for their reef-safe properties, and among them, Raw Love Sunscreen stands out as the ideal choice for ocean lovers, families, kids, babies, and those leading active lifestyles.

Let’s delve into why Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen is your ultimate companion for sun protection in Hawaii…

The Importance of Choosing and Using Reef Safe Sunscreens in Hawaii

While viewing and observing Hawaii’s abundant marine life while snorkeling and swimming, including vibrant coral reefs, is a treasure and exciting for many, it’s also necessary to respect and preserve this environment. Conventional sunscreens, which are filled with chemicals as their active ingredients, are harming the ocean’s delicate ecosystems in tourist-heavy regions across the globe, including Hawaii.

Research studies indicate that oxybenzone and octinoxate contribute to coral bleaching and disrupt marine life. To help reduce this problem, Hawaii banned the sale of sunscreens containing these harmful chemicals in 2021 and Maui banned the sale of chemical sunscreens the following year, further emphasizing the need for reef-safe sunscreens in Maui and Hawaii.

Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen is a physical sunscreen or true sunblock because it uses natural minerals like zinc oxide to create a protective physical barrier on top of your skin, which reflects and scatters harmful UV rays off the body. Being all natural and using organic ingredients makes Raw Love a fantastic choice for your Hawaii mineral sunscreen. It is gentle on your skin and ideal for children or adults with sensitive skin.

So, next time you’re planning a day out in Hawaii, don’t forget to pack your Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen—yourultimate companion for sun protection in paradise.

Planning a Hawaii vacation? Protect your skin and the coral reefs. Choose Raw Love mineral sunscreen in Hawaii.

Reef Friendly Sunscreen FAQ

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What should I know about zinc oxide in sunscreen?

Zinc oxide is non-irritating and safe with sensitive skin types. Zinc oxide is used as a skin protectant and anti-irritant with a long history of being used to treat skin irritations and diaper rash. So it’s really perfect in sunscreens!

How does non nano zinc work as sun protection?

An essential mineral, zinc oxide effectively reflects and scatters UVA and UVB rays from the sun, which means it provides “broad range coverage” for sun protection. You can see the protection layer created on your skin initially before fully absorbed—a creamy white barrier keeping your skin safe.

What does “non nano” actually mean and why does it matter?

A non-nano particle is larger than 100 nanometers whereas nanoparticles are tiny clumps/crystals of some substance with size ranging from 1 to 100 nanometers. One nanometer = one thousandth of a millimeter (a.k.a. ultra-small). Research has shown evidence that some substances may cause health risks when converted to nanoparticles. Consider avoiding skin care products with nanoparticles until further research is available.

What makes a sunscreen safe for corals and our environment?

Mineral-based sunscreens are safe for corals because they don’t contain chemicals that harm sea life. When chemical sunscreens wash off your body when swimming or in the ocean, they may harm aquatic life. Some commonly used chemical sunscreen ingredients cause coral bleaching and may be damaging coral reefs around the globe.

Raw Love reef safe sunscreen does not use any of these damaging ingredients in our sunscreens so they are safe for coral reefs and you.

Harmful sunscreen ingredients – AVOID THESE:

At a trade show, I heard from a woman that she had tried dozens of the best mineral sunscreens and none of them worked well for her daily face skin care routine. She told me she had looked everywhere, online and in retail stores, for the best mineral sunscreen for face and body because she really wanted better sun protection for her face — and she only wanted to carry one product that fit easily in her purse.

When I handed her a tube of Raw Love’s newest dreamy lotion formula mineral sunscreen in a tube, that is safe to take on airplanes, by the way, she lit up. It was exactly what she had been searching for.

So which is better? Our fragrance free mineral sunscreen tube or our mineral sunscreen tins with essential oils? You decide… but most people love both!

It turns out, she also fell in love with our original mineral sunscreen with essential oils which gives it a unique uplifting scent of aromatherapy plus awesome sun protection.

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Mineral Sunscreen Is Best for Kids

When it comes to buying a sunscreen, you have a plethora of options touting benefits. However we believe the best sunscreen for kids is mineral sunscreen.

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Why Mineral Sunscreen?

Mineral sunscreen or sunblock is a physical barrier sunscreen which differs from chemical sunscreens in its mode of action. Rather than being absorbed into the skin, mineral sunscreen forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, reflecting and scattering harmful UV rays away from the skin. This makes it an ideal choice for children and anyone with sensitive skin.

Among the myriad of mineral sunscreens available, Raw Love Sunscreen’s newest formulas are especially formulated for kids, babies and sensitive skin.

What makes Raw Love the best mineral sunscreen for children?

Natural and Organic Ingredients: Raw Love Sunscreen prides itself on using natural and organic ingredients, ensuring that your child’s delicate skin is nourished and protected without exposure to harmful chemicals commonly found in conventional sunscreens.

Zinc Oxide as the Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide, a mineral compound, serves as the active ingredient in Raw Love Sunscreen. Renowned for its broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, zinc oxide provides reliable sun protection without the risk of hormone disruption associated with some chemical filters.

Convenient Travel Size Sunscreen Sticks: Raw Love Sunscreen understands the challenges of applying sunscreen to wriggling children. With their convenient travel size sunscreen sticks, application becomes a breeze. Simply glide the stick over the skin for mess-free and efficient coverage, making it perfect for on-the-go adventures.

Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 35: Offering broad-spectrum protection with SPF 35, Raw Love Sunscreen ensures that your child’s skin is shielded from harmful UV radiation, reducing the risk of sunburn, premature aging, and long-term skin damage.

Water Resistant for 40 Minutes, Then Re-Apply: Whether your little one is splashing in the waves or running through the sprinklers, Raw Love Sunscreen stays put. With water resistance for up to 40 minutes, it withstands sweat and water exposure, providing continuous protection during outdoor activities. Remember to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating to maintain effectiveness.

Reduce the risk of irritation and allergic reactions when choosing mineral sunscreen for your kids may compared to chemical sunscreen products.

Choosing the best sunscreen for your family’s needs is an important decision because it is applied to the skin. Raw Love mineral sunscreen offers a safe and effective solution to protect your child’s skin from UV damage without exposure to harsh chemicals. With its natural ingredients, zinc oxide formulation, convenient application, and reliable sun protection, Raw Love Sunscreen is your best choice for keeping your little ones safe and sun-kissed all summer long.


“We looked everywhere to find the best mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin” said one of our clients who finally discovered our newest mineral sunscreen and solution to her sensitive skincare problems! Have you tried our 3oz mineral sunscreen tube and fragrance free mineral sunscreen sticks – these sunscreens are ideal for anyone with sensitive skin, children, and babies.

Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

A natural leader as Hawaiʻi’s first FDA compliant sunscreen company, Raw Love offers two distinct sunscreens tailored to meet your specific skincare preferences:

  1. Original Formula with Essential Oils in tins (ingredients: cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil, raw shea butter, non nano zinc oxide, sesame oil, beeswax, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, carrot seed oil, pure essential oils: lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, love)
  2. New Fragrance Free Sensitive Skin Formula in tubes and sticks (ingredients: non nano zinc oxide, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, organic olive oil, tocopherol (vitamin E Oil), aloe vera leaf extract, canola oil, love)

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Why Choose Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin?

Gentle Formula: Our fragrance-free mineral sunscreen formula sunscreen is specially crafted for sensitive skin types as well as for babies and children. Say goodbye to irritation and hello to all-day protection without compromising on the best ingredients.

Earth-Friendly Ingredients: Raw Love Sunscreen is committed to using 100% all-natural, plant-based ingredients sourced through organic farming methods. With Raw Love, you can trust that what goes on your skin is safe for both you and the planet.

Versatility: Whether you prefer a fragrance-free option or enjoy the subtle scent of essential oils, Raw Love has you covered. Our two distinct sunscreens cater to diverse preferences, ensuring everyone can enjoy sun-safe adventures with confidence.

Trusted Compliance: Raw Love takes pride in being Hawaiʻi’s first FDA compliant sunscreen company. Rest assured, our products meet the highest standards of safety and efficacy, giving you peace of mind every time you step into the sun.

When it comes to protecting your sensitive skin and the environment, choose Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen. From its origins on the shores of Maui to its global reach, Raw Love is an amazing reef safe sunscreen and a testament to the power of natural ingredients and conscious choices. Experience the difference for yourself.

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In a world where skincare is increasingly becoming a crucial aspect of self-care, we’re here to empower you in choosing products that help your skin and also contribute to the well-being of our planet. Raw Love Sunscreen is a shining example of a small company that not only prioritizes the health of your skin but is also dedicated to sustainability with many of its products.

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Why go reef safe?

Raw Love Sunscreen stands out in the market for its commitment to producing reef-safe mineral sunscreen. Traditional sunscreens often contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate and are linked to harming corals and threaten marine ecosystems. Our mineral sunscreen uses zinc oxide ensuring effective sun protection without harming coral reefs or marine life.

Hawaii Organic Skincare Crafted by a Woman + Mother
Your skin deserves the best, and Raw Love Sunscreen understands this. Founded in Hawaii, our organic skincare products are always made with natural and organic ingredients. No harsh chemicals and no artificial stuff that may irritate sensitive skin or keiki (children). Raw Love’s commitment to using organic ingredients offers you a healthier and more radiant complexion with each use.

Sustainability at the Core:
Raw Love Sunscreen is not just about skincare; it’s about making a positive impact on the environment. The company is dedicated to sustainable practices, from sourcing eco-friendly packaging materials to reducing its carbon footprint. By choosing Raw Love, you’re not only caring for your skin but also contributing to a healthier planet.

We Love Our Customers!
As a small yet mighty mineral sunscreen company, Raw Love Sunscreen values its customers and their well-being. The company actively listens to customer feedback and continuously strives to improve its products, which is why we expanded offering fragrance free products for sensitive skin and children, plus tubes and convenient sunscreen sticks!

Choosing Raw Love Sunscreen is a conscious decision to support a brand that aligns with your values. Buying our products means you become part of our community! This is a safe space where we values personal well-being and environmental responsibility. Raw Love empowers you to learn more about other products in your life and encourages you to make choices that have a positive impact on the world.

Raw Love Sunscreen goes beyond being just a skincare brand; we’re creating a movement toward a healthier, more sustainable future. By embracing our reef-safe mineral sunscreens and organic skincare products, you’re not only nourishing your skin and contributing to the preservation of our precious ecosystems. Join the Raw Love community today and take a step towards radiant skin and environmental responsibility. Your skin, and the planet, will thank you.

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When visiting Hawaii, please leave behind any plastic tubes of sunscreen, all spray sunscreens, and all chemical sunscreens! The coral reef and all of the ocean’s creatures will thank you! All visitors to the Hawaiian islands should comply with the sunscreen ban to help improve conditions for living creatures being affected by toxic pollution in the ocean caused by sunscreens and other products used by humans every day.

Raw Love Mineral Sunscreen is an all natural organic reef safe sunscreen and designed to moisturize your skin while protecting it from sun damage. Please support sunscreen brands that are committed to helping corals in our oceans.

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Shop now, we carry 4 ounce tins, 2 ounce tins, as well as our newer reef safe mineral sunscreen sticks – which we also offer in our Raw Love Baby line.

We also offer some sweet sunscreen packs for busy families on the go. These are great birthday gifts!

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