Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen SPF 34 brings the best of chemical sunscreens to the natural market. Unlike mineral-based sunscreens, this formula rubs in relatively easily and doesn't leave a white film on skin. However, it's still free of the most harmful sunscreen ingredients, as well as fragrance- and paraben-free. It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and doesn't irritate sensitive skin.
Protects well, even in water. Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen SPF 34 is a natural, active sunscreen that performs well despite sweat and water, according to owners. In a New York magazine test, water beads and rolls right off the surface of the skin. This sunscreen also protects well against sunburn. Amazon.com owners don't report many cases of sunburn while wearing this product, and Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives it good sun-protection ratings. Most notably, it provides this sun protection without the inclusion of oxybenzone, a controversial ingredient, which EWG says is a hormone-disrupting compound that is capable of penetrating the skin and entering the bloodstream.
Fragrance-free but pleasantly scented. Though Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen SPF 34 is fragrance-free, several Amazon.com reviewers say they like the product's light scent, which is likely the result of its natural plant-based ingredients. Moreover, this formula is much easier to rub in than some other natural sunscreens. The moisturizing formula includes aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamins C and E. Owners say it doesn't leave a white film like mineral-based sunscreens. Though it's sticky at first, according to one tester, it dries to a matte finish.
1. Environmental Working Group
Beyond Coastal is rated by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and gets a low overall hazard rating of 2 (a particularly low score for the sunscreen category). It avoids both oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, the two sunscreen ingredients EWG warns against most often.
Review: Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen, SPF 34, Editors of Environmental Working Group, Not Dated
Owners at Amazon.com are generally pleased with Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen, giving it 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 65 reviews. They say it rubs in just like a traditional sunscreen, and a few owners even mention liking the light scent, which is not from fragrances, but rather a natural result of the sunscreen's ingredients.
Review: Beyond Coastal Active SPF 34 Sunscreen, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2014
At GoodGuide.com, Beyond Coastal is ranked number 65 out of nearly 900 sunscreens. It receives an overall rating of 6.6 out of 10, but a perfect health rating of 10. Editors say it includes no ingredients of concern.
Review: Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen SPF 34, 2.5OZ, Editors of GoodGuide.com, Not Dated
4. Bicycling Magazine
Emily Furia names Beyond Coastal Active one of the best sunscreens for bicyclists. She says it rubs in "like our favorite moisturizer." She also notes that it's fragrance- and paraben-free, and that the smaller sizes are "frequent-flyer friendly."
Review: Don't Get Burned, Emily Furia, Not Dated
5. New York Magazine
In this test of six sunscreens sold at Whole Foods, only two get generally positive reviews. Han says Beyond Coastal doesn't leave skin white and filmy at all, though he says the formula can feel a bit sticky before drying to a matte finish. Han says it is truly water-resistant, and notes that it's unscented. The only downside noted is that this formula is very expensive per ounce.
Review: Testing 6 "Natural" Sunscreens from Whole Foods, Christina Han, June 3, 2013