Good snorkeling lip sunscreen can be challenging to find. We always choose mineral ones for our health and that of the creatures of the ocean. Water resistance and protecting our lips from sunburn are the two things we look for.
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. We also made sure we did not get burned lips.
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 two others that will do in a pinch.
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.
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Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick SPF 30 is our number one pick for reef-friendly snorkeling lip sunscreen. When we were searching for lip sunscreens, we realized that some companies were only offering stick sunscreens that were made to be used on lips along with other parts of the face, so this stick is larger than a normal lip balm. This one is rated 80 minutes water-resistant and turns out to be the one that stays on the best during a snorkel.
One confusing thing we don't like about this product is their use of the words "Clear Zinc" on their label. Those words are usually used by companies who use nano-sized zinc oxide, which is NOT reef-friendly. But, the zinc used in this product is non-nano sized and therefore believed to be reef-friendly.
It does go on slightly white, but has an easy spreading consistency. We did not get burned lips while using this snorkeling lip sunscreen.
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick SPF 30 Results
This Stream2Sea Cherry Sun Protect Lip Balm SPF 30 was the runner up in our tests for snorkeling lip sunscreen. The water-resistance was not quite up to the Babo Botanicals stick above, but it stayed on pretty well through numerous snorkels. The cherry scent/flavor was nice as well.
Another positive feature to this product is that 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.
Unfortunately, the texture on application is slightly sticky, which is not great for lip balm. This lip balm sunblock is also very white on your lips. We applied to one lip and spread it to both, but it was still quite white. You could look at the whiteness as a good thing because you can easily see if it is still on after a snorkel.
Stream2Sea Cherry Sun Protect Lip Balm SPF 30 Results
Zinc Oxide 12%, Non-nano Titanium Dioxide 1%, Persea Gratissima
(Avocado) Oil*, Beeswax*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Ricinus
Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Cherry Flavor*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa)
Seed Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green
Tea) Leaf*, Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Tulsi) Leaf*, Alaria Esculenta (Wakame
Seaweed)* and Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf*, Mixed Tocopherols, Hippophae
Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Eupatorium Rebaudiana Bertoni (Stevia)
Leaf Extract*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed (Tamanu) Oil*. * Certified
The All Good Lips Coconut Lip Balm SPF 20 is our third pick for snorkeling lip sunscreen. It is not rated as water-resistant, but we decided to try it snorkeling anyway. If we were on a shorter snorkel, this would usually stay on through it, but on longer ones it definitely was no longer on our lips when we got out. We did not get burned lips while using it, but if you are prone to getting burned lips, you should probably choose one of the other products above.
This lip balm is SPF 20, compared to the SPF 30 products above, so it blocks 2% less UV rays. It has a very nice consistency going on, but it is slightly white in appearance. It has a pleasant coconut flavor. It is the size of a normal lip balm tube.
All Good offers an unscented, unflavored version of this sunscreen lip balm, and they also offer some SPF 15 options as well. We did not test any of those though.
All Good Lips Coconut Lip Balm SPF 20 Results
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 8.0% (Non-nanoparticle), Organic Calendula*, Organic Comfrey*, Organic Lavender*, Organic Plantain* and Organic Yarrow* Infused in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, Organic Beeswax*, Organic Castor Oil*, Raspberry Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Flavor*, Non-GMO Vitamin E. *Certified Organic to USDA/NOP Standards.
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
This product has been discontinued. But, we wanted to mention that Badger is now offering a Clear Zinc Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15, but we will not even test it as the Clear Zinc sunscreen active ingredient is made from nano-sized zinc oxide and is not reef safe.
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.