Vegan & cruelty-free sunscreens: review

NB: This post is mostly for people living in Sweden or in other parts of Scandinavia or Europe since the products I’ve used are most likely not available in other parts of the world.

So, I know that summer is basically at an end if you live in Northern Europe (yes, trust me – I know!) but it doesn’t prevent me from reviewing the sunscreens I’ve used over the summer for two reasons.

First, because even though summer is over already, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be wearing sunscreen to protect your face. Even though you might not even see the sun during fall and winter, it is still there and can still be damaging to your skin.

Second, because I needed some time to try out all the sunscreens before I could give them a fair review and I’m pretty confident that I can do that now.

I am still struggling to find good mineral-based sunscreens (for reasons stated below) that don’t leave a white cast on my face. Please, let me know if you’ve got any tips!

All the reviewed sunscreens gives protection against both UVA- and UVB-rays.

I will update this post as soon as I get new sunscreens to review. Happy reading!

Vegan & cruelty-free sunscreens for face and body

ACO Sun Face Fluid Mattifying SPF 30 (40 ml) (top right and middle right)

This is a chemical-based sunscreen specifically formulated for use on the face which means that it doesn’t leave a white cast at all. It goes on smooth, a little oily at first but then gives a matter finish.

Does not contain any perfume or essential oils which is good for those who might be sensitive to that.

Because it is a chemical-based sunscreen, it’s not great for the marine environment. Chemical-based sunscreens can be damaging to coral reefs and fish and there’s also no consensus about the affects on our skin. Mostly, this is in regards to the chemical Oxybenzone but the sunscreens from ACO (Swedish brand) that I’ve tried do not contain it.

Ingredients can sometimes be a little tricky to understand and if you want to check what the ingredients in your product are and what they do, check out incidecoder.

ACO Sun Face Fluid Mattifying SPF 50 (40 ml) (not pictured but looks exactly like the previous one)

I actually like this one even better because it gives a slightly higher protection than the SPF 30 but seems even more matte on the skin. It has a bit of a grainy texture to it which a lot of higher SPF sunscreens have, but this is not a problem according to me.

ACO Sun Spray SPF 30 (175 ml) (top right)

This one is for your body and also doesn’t have any perfumes or essential oils. The spray goes on really nice without leaving a white cast. It has a very light formula which is good depending on what you prefer. Sometimes, I want a thicker sunscreen for my body, especially if I’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. So in the end, this really comes down to your personal preference.

Bio Regena Spray Solaire SPF 30 (90 ml) (bottom left)

This is a mineral-based sunscreen which has a very light consistency. But despite the light formula, it still gives a white cast and can tend to look and feel a little uneven on the skin. If you’re wearing make-up, it doesn’t matter so much. If you’re not bothered by that white cast, this sunscreen is a really good option!

Bio Solis Crème Solaire Fondante SPF 30 (100 ml) (top left)

I love the scent on this one! It has a wonderful, almost earthy scent to it and even though it is a mineral based sunscreen, it doesn’t give a white cast which is really nice! It is very yellow, which I assume helps counteract the whiteness in the sunscreen.

The problem is that the sunscreen feels super oily. It’s also not the kind of oiliness that will sink in after a while but it stays on your face for the entire day. I also couldn’t wear make-up because it didn’t cover the oiliness and in the end, my foundation ended up basically slipping off my face. But for your body, it actually works really well.

Lavera Sensitive Sonnencreme SPF 30 (100 ml) (bottom right)

What is important to know about this sunscreen is that it says clearly on the tube that it has a visible layer of protection which means a white cast. And, wow, is this white. I am white but since I have a red undertone to my face, any white cast makes me look sick and this makes me look like a ghost. I would not recommend using this on your face for that reason but it is great for your body.

It is a mineral-based sunscreen with a mild scent to it and it is definitely affordable if you’re looking for a more sustainable type of sunscreen. If you live in Germany, you can get it at any regular store where you can pick up things from the Lavera-brand, such as Rossmann or Dm.

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