Learn about the natural and organic ingredients we use in our mineral sunscreens.
These are our original sunscreen formulas and contain only organic plant oils, butters, beeswax and Vitamin E (in addition to the mineral zinc oxide.) These illustrations were created for Badger by Kate Beetle, and © Copyright the W.S. Badger Company.
High Oleic Sunflower Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – All Sunscreen Creams (except Anti-Bug)
Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our sunscreen creams. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold processed olives) – SPF 35 Face Stick and SPF 34 Anti-Bug Sunscreen Cream
Our Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Oil has a subtle fragrance and is rich with polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin E, living enzymes, and natural ferments, which contribute to this oil's superior therapeutic effect. Olive Oil is readily absorbed by the skin – and provides an nourishing base for an emollient and antioxidant rich sunscreen cream.
Beeswax (Certified Organic) – All Sunscreen Creams
Our traditionally processed wax serves as the thickening agent in our sunscreen creams. Beeswax reduces moisture loss from the skin and has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures. It has a sweet honey-like fragrance and a golden color.
Jojoba (Certified Organic) (from Jojoba Seeds) – SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen Cream
Our organic, cold pressed Jojoba Oil balances and moisturizes your skin while providing additional stability to our sunscreen creams. Jojoba, often described as Jojoba Oil, is actually a liquid plant wax or ester, made from a desert shrub. Jojoba is unique because it has similar properties to the oil found on human skin, which makes it remarkably nourishing.
Shea Butter (Certified Organic) (from Shea Nuts) SPF 35 Face Stick
Our organic Shea Butter is traditionally processed from the African Karite Nut and cold pressed, thus retaining its rich antioxidants and high levels of vitamins A and E – well known for skin healing. It has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties and has a phenolic profile similar to that of green tea. Shea butter is added to our Face Stick Sunscreens as part of the power-packed, antioxidant-rich base.
Cocoa Butter (Certified Organic) (from Cacao Fruit) - SPF 35 Face Stick
Our traditionally processed Cocoa Butter is Certified Organic. Derived from the cocoa bean, Cocoa Butter is a deliciously rich and creamy skin soother and moisturizer that has been used as a dry skin healer for generations. It provides a protective barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture that your skin loses from cleansing and exposure to the elements.
Vitamin E (Certified Natural) (from Sunflowers) – All Sunscreen Creams & SPF35 Face Stick
Vitamin E is a natural preservative and rich in antioxidants. The Vitamin E in our sunscreens is now derived exclusively from Sunflower, as opposed to mixed sources including corn and soy - this is great news for our friends with food allergies! Badger began shipping sunscreens containing the Sunflower Vitamin E in June 2012, and "Sunflower Vitamin E" is clearly marked in the ingredients panel.
Steam Distilled Essential Oils (Certified Organic)
Lavender, Chamomile, Sweet Orange, Tangerine. These are certified organic and are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.
CO2 Extracts (Certified Organic)
Seabuckthorn, Calendula & Vanilla. These are certified organic and are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.
We understand that it is uncommon for Badger products to contain ingredients that are not immediately recognizable; however, a certain amount of chemistry is required to create a lotion base that combines oil and water, and doesn't need to be refrigerated. You have our word that every ingredient meets our Badger standard for safety and purity. Most are single components of ingredients we already use, processed to reach a desired effect (to thicken, disperse, and preserve the product). We will never use ingredients suspected to have negative health concerns.
Aloe Juice (Certified Organic) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Organic Aloe juice makes up the ultra-gentle and non-greasy base of our sunscreen lotions. Aloe, a succulent desert plant, has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe and rehydrate parched skin. With good antioxidant properties Aloe has also been shown to aid the body's natural process of healing and repairing sun-damaged skin. We love the common name for this plant — Wand of God.
High Oleic Sunflower Oil (Certified Organic) (from cold pressed sunflower seeds) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Sunflower oil is the featured ingredient in all of our sunscreen creams and lotions. Sunflower oil provides a robust and stable base with a smooth consistency for easy application. We chose sunflower oil for its light weight and super absorbent feel, along with its high content of naturally occurring vitamin E. Antioxidants are an important element in sunscreens because they help to neutralize free radical activity that may occur with extensive sun exposure. Sunflower Oil is also a source of essential fatty acids, which maintain soft and supple skin.
Coco-Glucoside (from Coconut, Palm, and Corn) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
A naturally sourced non-ionic surfactant, picked as a co-emulsifier for this formula because it is non-drying and mild.
Cetearyl Alcohol & Coco-Glucoside (from dextrose and coconut fatty alcohols) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
An oil-in-water emulsifying agent, and liquid crystal promoter, with a soothing skin feel and a long-lasting moisturizing effect. 100% naturally derived and Ecocert validated.
Elderberry Fruit Extract (from the fruit of the Sambucus nigra plant) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
A powerful antioxidant and a good source of undecylenic acid, an organic fatty acid that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, but is especially effective against fungal microorganisms.
Microcrystalline Cellulose and Cellulose Gum (Certified Natural) (from Spruce and Pines) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Our aesthetic sunscreen lotions offer excellent protection with only minimal Zinc Oxide. We've achieved this through using natural dispersing agents (Microcrystalline Cellulose and Cellulose Gum), which give our sunscreens excellent spreadability, thus increasing the value of protection. This ingredient is naturally derived from spruce and pine trees and is processed mechanically and through natural acid hydrolysis.
Glucose + Lactoperoxidase + Glucose Oxidase – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions manufactured prior to May 2017.
A natural preservative system and powerful antioxidant. Generates antimicrobial activity using oxidation products that target bacterial and fungal cell walls. Derived from non-GMO corn products, whey products, fermentation products, and trace amounts of synthetic materials.
Pomegranate Oil (Certified Organic) – Both SPF 25 Rose Sunscreen Lotions
Certified organic cold pressed pomegranate seed oil with strong antioxidant effects.
Glycerin (Certified Organic) (from non-GMO soy) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Organic Glycerin is a natural smoothing agent that makes our sunscreen more easily spreadable. It is a humectant, which pulls in moisture from the environment to soften and protect the skin. Produced via saponification of organic soybean oil, from which the glycerin is physically separated from the oil's fatty acids and appears as a clear liquid.
Citric Acid (Certified Natural) (from non-GMO corn) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
We use naturally derived Citric Acid as a pH adjuster and a preservative in our sunscreen lotions. Our Citric Acid is naturally derived from Non-GMO Corn through the process of fermentation. Ecocert Certified 100% Natural Origin.
Sorbitan Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Helps to increase the viscosity of a formulation and it can act as an emulsifier. Acts as a weak antimicrobial on its own, but can boost the efficacy of other preserving agents within a formula in a synergistic manner. Produced via esterification of sorbitol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).
Glyceryl Caprylate (from non-GMO plant material) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
A multifunctional wetting agent made from natural resources with great moisturizing and refatting properties. It is skin friendly and has strong antimicrobial activity. It has a high efficacy against microorganisms in a broader range of pH compared to many other natural preservative compounds. Produced via esterification of glycerol (a sugar alcohol) with octanoic acid (a fatty acid).
Xanthan Gum – (from non-GMO corn) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
Xanthan gum is a stabilizer and thickening agent produced by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. The gum is pasteurized, filtered, dried, and ground. This ingredient is an approved additive in NOP-certified organic products.
Undecylenic Acid (from Castor Oil) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
An unsaturated fatty acid derived from castor oil that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, and is especially effective against fungal microorganisms. This ingredient is Ecocert certified.
Lecithin (from Non-GMO Sunflower) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
A dispersing agent and weak emulsifier, which helps to hold the zinc oxide and other pigments in place. Produced via expeller pressing of organic sunflower seeds, and then physically separating the lecithin from the oil phase.
Sodium Gluconate (from Corn) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions
A good skin conditioner, a preservative booster, and product stabilizing agent that acts via its powerful chelating properties.
Glucose & Lactobacillus & Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract (from Coconut) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions manufactured after April 2017.
This ingredient combination makes up the substrate component of the natural preservative system for our water-based sunscreen lotions. It is developed, in part, by fermenting coconut extract with lactobacillus, which increases the bioavailability of natural phytocompounds. This allows it to act as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, protecting against the growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds. Composed of non-GMO corn products, fermentation products and trace amounts of synthetic materials
Lactoperoxidase + Glucose Oxidase (from Corn) – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions manufactured after April 2017.
This combination of ingredients makes up the enzyme component of the natural preservative system for our water-based sunscreen lotions. These enzymes interact with the substrate component to create the antimicrobial effect of the preservative. Composed of non-GMO corn products, fermentation products and whey products.
Potassium Iodide – All SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotions manufactured after April 2017.
An inorganic salt that acts as an antifungal booster in our sunscreen lotions.
Steam Distilled Essential Oils (Certified Organic) – Both SPF 25 Rose Sunscreen Lotions
Rose, Lavender, and Chamomile. These are are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.
CO2 Extracts (Certified Organic) – Both SPF 25 Rose Sunscreen Lotions
Calendula, Rosehip, and Seabuckthorn. These are are added for their scents and antioxidant properties.
Pigments (from Iron Oxide minerals) – Tinted Rose Sunscreen Lotion
These give a natural matte finish to our tinted sunscreens and provide a light tint that reduces the whitening effect of the zinc oxide.
Jojoba Esters (from Jojoba) – Tinted Rose Sunscreen Lotion
This is a natural coating on the pigment minerals to help them mix evenly into the sunscreen.
This is a unique hybrid product that protects from the sun and bugs. The inactive sunscreen ingredients contain our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil and several essential oils such as Geranium, Cedar, and Citronella which, in addition to the Castor Oil, act as active anti-bug ingredients.
Are the sunscreens soy-free?
Our SPF 25 sunscreen lotions contain glycerin which is derived from soy. Our sunscreen creams do not contain any soy products.
Are the sunscreens gluten-free?
None of our sunscreen ingredients contain gluten; however, since the facility that fills the sunscreen is not a certified gluten-free facility, we cannot make the claim that the lotions are gluten-free.
Are any of these sunscreens Vegan?
A very small percentage of the ingredients in our sunscreen lotions are derived from whey, so they are not vegan. Our sunscreen creams and sticks contain beeswax and they also cannot be considered vegan.