We have been trying to find good snorkeling lip sunscreen for many years. We are sticking to mineral ones for our health and that of the creatures of the ocean. But, often they taste funny, go on in a funky way, or are not water-resistant.
Good news! We have finally found some lip sunblocks that we can recommend.
Once we found some sunscreen lip balms to try, we took them snorkeling. We put them on at least 15 minutes before getting in the water. And then, we checked after the snorkel to see if we could feel or see them still on.
Similar to our regular sunscreen tests, we tested these snorkeling lip sunscreens for:
Also like our regular sunscreen tests, we only use and test reef friendly, biodegradable, mineral lip sunscreens (made with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, or a combination). We don't test ones made with chemical sunscreens known to harm reefs and not good for our health. Read more about these chemicals on our sunscreen page.
We are pleased to share with you our favorite snorkeling lip sunscreen and a good alternative one too.
We include the ingredient lists below so that you can verify you are using the same formulation we tested. If the company changes its formulation, it may not work the same as it did in our tests.
This Eco Lips Zinc Sunscreen Vanilla Lip Balm is our top pick for snorkeling lip sunscreen. The tube does not have a water-resistant statement on it, but it was always still on after every snorkel. And on the inner label, under directions, it says to reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating, so that might indicate it is rated water-resistant for 40 minutes.
It is a little oily in application, but very easy to apply. We applied to one lip and smeared between lips. Its appearance is slightly white. The vanilla flavor is pleasant.
This zinc sunscreen lip balm is not to be confused with Eco Lips Sport sunscreen lip balms that are not reef friendly. We used their zinc lip balm with the vanilla flavor, but they make it in berry and mint flavors too.
Eco Lips Zinc Results
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (6%), *Cera Flava (Beeswax), Fair Trade Certified™ *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fair Trade Certified™ *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Vanilla Flavor, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract; *Certified Organic Ingredients, Non-GMO Project Verified
Where To Buy Eco Lips Zinc Lip Sunscreen
We purchased it at our local natural foods store. But, it is also available directly from the company on Amazon.com.
This Stream2Sea Sun Protect Lip Balm was the runner up in our tests for snorkeling lip sunscreen. The good thing about this product is its water-resistance. It is rated for 80 minutes water-resistant, and it was. It was always still on after every snorkel. The vanilla lemon scent/flavor was nice as well.
Unfortunately, the texture on application is dry and slightly sticky, which is not great for lip balm. The texture is slightly better in warm temperatures. With their sunscreen, Stream2Sea says that application is easier over skin that has been moisturized. That is the case with this lip balm as well. It works better over another lip balm. But, it seems silly to have to carry two tubes around. Another down side is that this lip balm sunblock is very white on your lips. We applied to one lip and spread it to both with the help of our fingers, trying to lessen the whiteness. The whiteness can be a good thing because you can easily see if it is still on after a snorkel.
On the plus side, Stream2Sea is very eco-conscious, being the only company to have actually tested their products to be sure they are safe for the creatures of the reef. Many companies say reef safe, but there are no regulations for that claim. You can trust that their products are actually reef safe.
Stream2Sea Sun Protect Lip Balm SPF 13 Results
Ingredients: non-nano Titanium Dioxide (10%), Beeswax*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Oil*, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Extracts of Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower*, Camellia Sinensis (Matcha Green Tea) Leaf*, Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Tulsi) Leaf*, Alaria Esculenta (Wakame Seaweed)* and Olea Europa (Olive) Leaf*; * Certified Organic
Where To Buy Stream2Sea Lip Sunscreen
We recommend buying directly from Stream2Sea. But you can also buy it on Amazon.com.
Goddess Garden Lavender Mint Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30
We tested this lip sunscreen and found that it goes on nicely, has a nice flavor, and is rated 80 minutes water-resistant. Unfortunately after trying it numerous times, it did not stay on through a whole snorkel. It was gone. So, in our tests, it was not water-resistant enough to recommend.
Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 15
We tried this product numerous times and found we did not like the texture after wearing it for a while. It got sticky. Also, it is not rated water-resistant, and it is not in practice either. So, not a good snorkeling lip sunblock.
Tropical Sands - Coral Safe - Mexitan Lip Sunscreen SPF 15
We found the texture to be thick and sticky at application and after a little while. We also did not like the scent. The bottle is not labeled as water-resistant, and we found that it was not when we wore it snorkeling.
RAW Elements Lip Rescue 30+ SPF
Though this product is rated 80 minutes water-resistant, we could not bring ourselves to test it because we disliked the texture and scent so much.
All Good Unscented SPF 20
We found this brand in our local natural food store. It was a nice lip balm and worked as a sunscreen out of the water. But once we hit the water, it was gone, not water-resistant at all. So, not for snorkeling.
Rubber Ducky Lip Protectant SPF 30, Tinted
This lip sunscreen is tinted with iron oxide because it is SPF 30 and therefore very white. The tint stains clothes, so we stay away from it. The texture of this lip balm was too thick and sticky for us too. It is rated 80 minutes water-resistant, but we did not try it snorkeling due to the first two problems. They offer a non-tinted flavored lip balm, but we did not test it because of a bad rating on EWG.