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January 04, 2020

SunButter Vegan Sunscreen 

Vegan Sunscreen

What is Veganism?

Veganism is the process of minimising harm to animals and the environment. This includes eating vegan food and wearing vegan clothes. According to the Vegan Society, it’s “A philosophy and way of living”.  Consequently, being vegan is more than just excluding animal products from your diet. It’s a lifestyle that avoids exploitation and cruelty and instead seeks to be kind to the world we live in. Believe it or not, this vegan concept even applies to things like sunscreen.

SunButter’s Mantra

It all started when the marine biologist team, Tom Hiney and Sacha Guggenheimer, were working on the Ningaloo Reef, in Western Australia. It occurred to them that there must be a way to protect their skin, whilst simultaneously reducing the impact the sunscreen had on marine life.

Following this, the pair began to develop a natural, mineral-based sunscreen that provided high-quality protection, without compromising their own well-being or the health of the marine life and coral reefs.

Vegan Sunscreen For the Animals

To find out more about how SunButter started, then check out our About Us page!

As surfers and outdoor-lovers, the SunButter team recognises the need for a sunscreen product. As marine biologists, we understand the need to protect our oceans. That’s why our mantra is Protecting People and Oceans. Therefore, it made complete sense to make the sunscreen vegan.

Why Choose a Vegan Sunscreen?

We chose to create a vegan sunscreen because it fits our mantra, but what exactly does that mean for you?


SunButter vegan sunscreen is made using coconut oil, candelilla wax, vitamin E and other vegan ingredients. These plant-based ingredients have a myriad of benefits for your skin. For example, vitamin E can be derived from a variety of plants, such as the prickly pear cactus and plenty of vegetables. Amongst other things, this amazing nutrient contributes to antioxidant defences, minimises UV radiation damage, neutralises airborne pollutants and locks in skin moisture. Therefore, choosing a vegan sunscreen allows you to benefit from the power of plants!

Save the Bees

So plants give us very powerful ingredients, but one of the main reasons to go vegan in your cosmetics is to stop using industrially produced beeswax. Amongst other things, unsustainable bee farming is responsible for the mass production of bees, cruel practices (such as wing clipping, over-harvesting and post-harvest hive culling), an increase in pollinators’ disease susceptibility and poor quality wax that is often based on petrochemicals.

Vegan Sunscreen no Bees

At SunButter, we made sure the wax in our sunscreen was candelilla - a plant-derived and vegan alternative to beeswax. 

*Whilst we still use beeswax in our surf zinc, we ensure that it is locally-sourced from ethical beekeepers using sustainable practices. Watch out for a future post on sustainable beeswax to find out more about our stance on this.*


SunButter’s vegan sunscreen was designed to be gentle on your skin and the environment. That’s why we had to go chemical-free.

The majority of sunscreens contain chemical UV blockers as their active ingredients, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate. Whilst these help to absorb harmful UV rays, they also get absorbed into our skin, or washed off into the ocean and are toxic to us and to marine life. They’re even harming our beautiful coral reefs!

At SunButter, we use non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient in our vegan sunscreen. This naturally occurring mineral acts as a highly effective physical barrier to the UV rays, has minimal impact on the environment and is reef-safe. Subsequently, using a chemical-free natural vegan sunscreen is following the vegan philosophy of caring for the planet and all living things.

Vegan Sunscreen for Surfing


Whenever a new topical product is created, it has to be tested for health and safety, which is sometimes done through the use of animal testing. This means that animals undergo tests that will likely cause pain, suffering and even death, in order to ensure that the product is suitable for human use.

Nowadays, there are plenty of alternative methods available, but many companies still choose to test on animals due to ease of use and the high cost of alternatives. Fortunately, all our ingredients are vegan, natural and chemical-free, so we don’t need any expensive methods of testing. Here at SunButter, we test all of our products on humans, so we’re certified vegan!

Consequently, if you like to keep your skin protected - without causing any harm to animals - then a cruelty-free, vegan sunscreen is for you!

Vegan Sunscreen 

As we mentioned before, our mantra is to protect people and oceans. With our vegan mineral sunscreen, we have achieved this and more.

By choosing a vegan sunscreen, you can maintain a clear conscience knowing that you are protecting the environment you live in, as well as the animals that share it with you. Plus, you get to benefit from all the amazing qualities that plants have to offer, without missing out on that all-important sun protection!



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