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The thickest and toughest sunscreen you'll find. Stays on to defend and nourish skin through saltwater, sweat and surf. Pat, dot, smear and rub on this sunscreen and you're good to go for hours.
True Broad-Spectrum+ Blocks over 97% of UV rays. — Stays on thru heavy physical activity. Won’t run or sting eyes.
Hypoallergenic + Biodegradable Formula. — One stick covers over 100 applications and in recyclable tubes.
Exceptionally Gentle on Sensitive Skin. — Whitish cast shows where it’s working (and where it isn’t).
NO Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or Benzene — Won’t damage gear, repel fish or stink up lures.
Uncommonly Safe — Matched to both human and marine bio-systems. Safe for people and reefs.
Uncommonly Effective — It costs more, but you'll use it all season. Plus you'll know your skin is protected.
Uncommonly Clean — Skin is nourished under the protection of 4 certified organic ingredients.
"Waxhead is one of the best sunscreens for kids."
"Waxhead is one of the best Beach & Sport, Kid-Friendly sunscreens.”
"Waxhead provides full protection and you won’t damage the oceans."
Ingredients used effectively for thousands of years
Waxhead uses modern holistic science and traditional ingredients to restore human’s healthy relationship with the sun. We use only superior quality, minimally processed ingredients. Our sunscreens contain only non-nano, uncoated, French process Zinc Oxide, 100% certified organic edible-grade inactive ingredients, and absolutely NO petrochemicals. Our zinc oxide formulas deliver the most effective protection across the entire UVA/UVB spectrum.
4 Total Ingredients
1. 25% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide
2. Certified Organic Coconut Oil
3. Certified Organic Beeswax
4. Certified Organic Cocoa Powder
Ingredient Details + Source of Origin
1. 25% NON-NANO ZINC OXIDE
Zinc oxide absorbs UV energy via bandgap absorption and reflects and scatters in the visible spectrum, preventing skin penetration and cell damage. The broadest spectrum UVA/UVB reflector that’s FDA-approved for sunscreen use, zinc oxide is also the only FDA-approved active ingredient for use on children under 6 months of age. Zinc oxide holds tight to its electrons when it absorbs UV energy, limiting the creation of free radicals that cause oxidative damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. We use non-nano, uncoated, French process Zinc Oxide as our sole active sunscreen ingredient, and all our sunscreens contain 25% - the most of any brand.
EWG Rating: 2
Origin > USA
2. CERTIFIED ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has been a skin softener for 1000s of years. Our certified organic extra virgin coconut oil is extracted from the meat of the coconut and is fairly traded and less processed than refined coconut oil. Due to its high content of saturated fatty acids, coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturizer, providing necessary hydration to keep skin nourished and help repair damaged skin cells.
EWG Rating: 1
Origin > India, Philippines, Sri Lanka
3. CERTIFIED ORGANIC BEESWAX
A top moisturizer, Beeswax protects and repairs rough, dry or chapped skin by locking in moisture. Beeswax has emollient properties, softening and rehydrating skin while aiding in cellular reconstruction. It is also non-comedogenic: it won’t clog pores. Plus it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in the treatment of acne. We use only non-GMO, certified organic beeswax in our skincare products.
EWG Rating: 1
Origin > Argentina, Turkey
4. CERTIFIED ORGANIC COCOA POWDER
After cocoa butter has been extracted from the cacao bean, the remaining solids are ground into a fine cocoa powder that’s light to medium brown in color, which works perfectly as a tint. Cocoa is a rich substance, high in minerals and nutrients, including flavanols that decrease effects of UV rays and reduce skin roughness. Cocoa also enhances skin elasticity, density, and hydration, while stimulating blood flow. We use only fair-trade certified natural organic cocoa powder.
EWG Rating: 1
Origin > Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Nicaragua
Sunscreen Stick FAQs
Will this sunscreen make my skin white?
We've added certified organic cocoa powder to conceal the typically white appearance of zinc oxide sunscreens. When used properly, zinc oxide sunscreen gives skin a visible hue.
When will this sunscreen expire?
Technically 3 years from purchase, but the useful life of our sunscreens has no practical limit, since our active ingredient zinc oxide is a mineral and does not lose its sunscreen capabilities over time, EVER. However, the FDA requires all sunscreen products to list a 3-year shelf life (mainly because petrochemical active ingredients in common sunscreens degrade quickly, even on the shelf). Regardless, if you ever feel a Waxhead product has spoiled, just let us know, and we'll send you a free replacement.
How many applications does this product contain?
The answer depends on what areas you're covering. If face only, our sunscreen stick will deliver roughly 75-100 applications. If the entire body, about 20-30 applications.
Does this Tinted Stick stain?
Yes, our tinted sunscreens can stain clothing. We use natural organic cocoa powder as a tint in this sunscreen. These stains should be able to be removed with standard laundry options. For more details, see here.
Why does Waxhead cost more than other sunscreens?
Our prices represent a true cost to the world. We source our top-grade ingredients only from reputable, fair-trade, cruelty-free companies that are almost entirely US-based. We don’t purchase ingredients from countries with questionable labor or production practices. Learn more.
How to apply Waxhead Sport Sunscreen Stick
Thick and tough, our sunscreen takes a bit of effort to apply, but a little goes a long way, you can see exactly where you’re applying it, and once on, it delivers the safest, most effective, most eco-friendly sun defense available anywhere.
Push it slowly up from bottom. If you push the stick too far out, tap container bottom firmly against a hard surface. Sunscreen will slide down back into the tub. Use stick to directly dot sunscreen onto the skin (this will help warm up sunscreen too), then spread and rub into skin.
Step 1: Press and dot sunscreen onto skin in sections
Slowly push up the product from the bottom of the tube, then press sunscreen in small dots and stripes onto sections of the face and body. (Retract product back into stick container by smacking bottom against a hard surface.)
Step 2: Spread out over one area at a time
Once applied, spread into an even layer across your skin.
Step 3: Rub in
Further rub into a thinner coverage, leaving a slight hue that will deliver complete coverage. Our sunscreens will not fully absorb into the skin like petrochemical sunscreens.
One of my favorite things about this product is that it doesn't burn or sting eyes. The other kids in our party all ended up with bright red sunburn around their eyes, but because I could spread the waxhead sunscreen right up to the lash line, we had ZERO sunburn, and ZERO crying about sunscreen in kids' eyes.Another big plus is that it is very long-lasting. I didn't reapply it on my kids as often as I had intended to, but the sunscreen stayed put and did its job all day. We might not have been as lucky if the kids had been in and out of the water more frequently, so I still recommend reapplying every 80 minutes.The biggest issue with the tinted waxhead is that it gets everywhere, and requires some special treatment with dish soap before laundering. I was willing to spend the time stain treating all our swimwear and hats, but if you want to avoid that, buy the un-tinted kind.Finally, this stuff smells like chocolate silk frosting when you're spreading it on. Yum.
I've been using this tinted sunscreen stick for well over a year. I work outside and I have very fair skin, so sun protection is essential. Until I found this product, I have never been able to use ANY sunscreen/sunblock. I am sensitive to most commercial ingredients. The few ingredients in this stick are natural and non-irritating to my eczema prone skin! In fact, it's almost soothing. The color seems to blend right into my fair skin. Occasionally, the color (cocoa powder) will stick to dry patches and look a little uneven. Not a problem though. This product is literally my everyday foundation now. It works great on my face. (I do have super dry skin). Scopping a little blob out and warming it in the palm of my hand makes it easy to spread.
I bought this stick for trekking abroad and tried it at home. Good product for travel through airports and I've found no staining from the tinted version on my first few applications.
I really like this sunscreen. The color is natural for my medium skin tone, and the texture is not dry or greasy. Thank you.
I’ve used a lot of reef safe sunscreens and this is by far the best. I have not had any run so far when it gets wet, no more stinging the eyes! Very sticky, definitely has some staying power. I’ll rub and touch my face while surfing and after 2ish hours, this stuff still works even in the intense Hawaiian sun. Highly recommend!
Why Choose Waxhead?
Because Biochemistry Matters
Waxhead products are designed using top-level biochemistry knowledge.
We use a complete holistic appreciation for how our formulations react with skin in the sun and how they affect our environment.
Because We Take Care of our Customers
We pretty much cherish our customers. When they have questions about skincare, we give our full unbiased info and opinions.
In the rare instances when they have problems, we do all we can to make them happy.