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“Only took a small amount and no sunburn at all!” - Jim

The thickest and toughest sunscreen you'll find. Stays on to defend and nourish skin through saltwater, sweat and surf.

  3.7 oz pushup stick
  4 edible-grade ingredients
  Exceptionally water resistant
  Protects, moisturizes and nourishes
  Keeps your skin healthy

coral reef safe sunscreen

Sport Sunscreen Stick


Biodegradable Sunscreen

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.



Sport Stick FAQs


Will this sunscreen make my skin white?

Yes, some. When used properly, zinc oxide gives skin a visible whitish hue. We offer tinted versions to provide a more skin-colored 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.

 

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Cheryl Liebman
Waxhead Sport Sunscreen Stick 5 PLUS STARS ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We LOVE the SPORT SUNSCREEN STICK! This is my third summer using it. My whole family uses it. Is it thick? Yes, but if it’s not thick than I’m not interested. Does it stay on? Yes, but if I’m not using a makeup pad remover to take my sunscreen off at the end of the day than I’m not interested in the product. Does it smell good? Yes- it’s a very subtle vanilla/coconut to give you a hint of summer. Does it sting if you get it in your eyes? No- The product does not bleed and stays put so it does not get into your eyes. I recently read an article that WAX HEAD STICK is on the “approved list” due to its ingredients. This made me even more happy. The stick resembles an ice cream pop and is easy to use since the stick part is nice and wide. The stick is expensive but it lasts me all summer. If it gets dirty, than I just scoop the top off. I was really surprised when I called waxhead recently because I was interested in pursuing another waxhead product and their customer service department not only emailed me back immediately but also offered to talk to me on the phone. What a super cool company!

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Matthew L.
Great product, great customer service

Just what I needed, smells great too.

Customer service, for a minor issue, was tremendous!

Great product, great company.

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Elizabeth Beckwith
Love it!

New to clean sunscreen- Found waxhead and thought I’d give it a try. Love that I’m supporting a Momma.
I thought I’d have more of a problem with the white rubbing in but it’s actually perfect! The mix of oil to zinc is well thought out. My kids are used to a quick spray sunscreen and they didn’t give any complaints with the stick or the baby lotion taking a tad more time.
We got a little burnt the first time using it. It’s definitely an adjustment still seeing the white on your kids but needing to reapply. The second time was perfect. Definitely love the product and know my kids are getting the best.

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Douglas Moore
Great Sunscreen!

Absolutely the best I've ever used. Doesn't get into my eyes when using under my eyes and on my nose. A perfect product!

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Deborah Addy
Waxhead Sun Defense - just what I needed

I had knee surgery a couple of months ago, and the one thing that was stressed was to wear sunscreen on the scar for at least a year. I'm not an athletic person, but I go out to me garden daily, and since it's summer and California, I need to protect my knee. All I wanted was something to roll onto the area, without having to get messy from sprays or liquids. This product is perfect. I also use it on my grandson when he's over and we're going to be out "planting". This product is perfect for me.

 

Ingredients used effectively for thousands of years

Waxhead uses modern holistic science and traditional ingredients to restore human’s healthy relationship with the sun.

 

Uncommonly Safe Ingredients

Waxhead uses 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. Although the FDA recognizes many active and inactive ingredients for use in sunscreen, very few meet Waxhead’s elite standards.

Uncommonly Effective Ingredients

Waxhead sunscreens provide true broad-spectrum coverage. Unlike common sunscreens containing petrochemicals or titanium dioxide, our zinc oxide formulas deliver the most effective protection across the entire UVA/UVB spectrum, defending the skin by absorbing and scattering UV radiation, protecting effectively against both sunburn and deep tissue damage.

 

Sport Stick 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 VANILLA EXTRACT

Vanilla beans are picked when their green tips turn yellow, then cured to produce their characteristic rich color, flavor, and aroma. Our certified organic vanilla extract is a good source of B vitamins and rich in antioxidants, and its antibacterial properties make it beneficial for the treatment of acne. The smell of vanilla is known to directly enhance brain activity and induce calmness.

EWG Rating: 1
Origin > USA

 

 

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.

 

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 to reduce whiteness

Further rub into a thinner coverage, leaving a slight whitish hue that will deliver complete coverage. Our sunscreens will not fully absorb into the skin like petrochemical sunscreens.

 

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SUNSCREEN STICKS

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.

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waxhead stick pushed up too far

 

 

 

Waxhead Sunscreen FAQs

 

Are Waxhead sunscreens safe for the environment, reefs, and fish?

Absolutely. Our products are biodegradable and contain none of the petrochemicals known to have feminizing effects on fish, coral toxicity, or bio-accumulation issues. Most brands that claim to be reef safe are absolutely NOT safe for reefs or any marine life since they contain several petrochemicals, just not the few currently banned.

 

Are Waxhead sunscreens water-resistant?

Waxhead sunscreens are all water-resistant. Our sport stick and field tin formulations are rated via FDA protocols for up to 80 minutes, the highest legally allowed, and our other sunscreens are designed to be as water-resistant. We will not market such ratings until we have official testing results.

 

Does Waxhead zinc oxide contain nanoparticles?

No, we do not use nano or micronized zinc oxide. We only use non-nano zinc oxide, and the particles will not enter your bloodstream or interfere with fragile marine environments (because the particles are too big).

 

Are Waxhead sunscreens safe for children?

Yes, all our sunscreens are safe for children and babies. Zinc oxide is the ONLY active ingredient FDA approved as safe for use on babies younger than 6 months.

 

Are Waxhead products cruelty-free?

Yes, Waxhead uses absolutely NO animal testing. We test our sunscreens on humans using federally mandated FDA sunscreen testing protocol in order to accurately calculate our products’ SPFs for labeling.

 

Do Waxhead sunscreens expire?

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, but the FDA requires sunscreen products to list a 3-year shelf life, mainly because petrochemical active ingredients degrade over time. Our inactive ingredients are relatively resistant to oxidation, and zinc oxide acts as both an antimicrobial and anti-fungal preservative. However, if you ever feel a Waxhead product has spoiled, just let us know, and we'll send you a replacement.

 

How does Waxhead Zinc Oxide provide UV protection?

Zinc oxide is simply THE best active sunscreen ingredient, and by a wide margin. Covering the entire UVA/UVB spectrum by itself, it has the most consistently effective absorption capabilities, which never degrade. In contrast, petrochemical sunscreens need multiple active ingredients for complete coverage, which degrades quickly on the shelf, and even titanium dioxide needs significant help (from zinc oxide) to cover a large portion of the UVA spectrum range.

 

Will Waxhead sunscreens make skin appear white?

Zinc oxide can give skin a whitish hue depending upon the amount applied and the natural skin tone of the user. We offer tinted versions that use either certified organic cocoa or iron oxides to provide a more skin-colored hue.

 

How is Waxhead different from other sunscreens?

Most sunscreens (even ones labeled “all-natural” or "healthy") contain unsafe ingredients, including petrochemicals, along with other questionable or even toxic ingredients. Waxhead sunscreens use only non-nano zinc oxide along with other certified organic and completely safe inactive ingredients. Each of Waxhead's products are top-rated by EWG.

 

Why do Waxhead sunscreens cost more?

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 here.

 

Are Waxhead sunscreens tear-free?

All our sunscreens and skincare products are tear-free. We use only non-nano uncoated zinc oxide along with other edible grade, certified organic inactive ingredients.

 

Are Waxhead sunscreens greasy?

They are significantly thicker and less greasy than common petrochemical sunscreens. About 10-15% of our customers consider our sunscreens “greasy” – compared to 60-80% of common sunscreen customers.

 

Are Waxhead products vegan?

Because we use certified organic beeswax, our sunscreens are not technically vegan. However, they are certified organic and cruelty-free.

 

Are Waxhead sunscreens ok for the lips?

Yes. All our sunscreens use only top-grade non-nano zinc oxide and certified organic, edible grade inactive ingredients. For our vanilla sport stick, this includes vanilla extract, beeswax, and coconut oil. Just like our lip balms, our sunscreens are thick and tough and take a bit of time to spread and rub in on the lips, but once on, it would deliver the safest, toughest, most eco-friendly lip protection you'll find anywhere.

 

Are Waxhead containers made of plastic?

Yes, our sport sticks and tubes currently use #4 recyclable plastic. We are working to source a more eco-friendly container, and in our search have found that both compostable and biodegradable plastics may actually have a higher carbon footprint than high-grade conventional plastics. Once we find a definitively improved material, we will make the shift to the new material. Also note that our 0.5 oz field tins, in both vanilla and cocoa tinted, contain the same formulations as our sport sticks, but contained in a reusable, pocket-friendly tin.

 

Are your sunscreens moisturizing?

Yes, our tube sunscreens contain certified organic extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, and vegetable vitamin E. Our sticks and tins contain certified organic coconut oil and beeswax.

 

Will beeswax in the product clog pores?

Beeswax is actually fairly non-clogging, a 2 of 5 (with 5 being BAD for clogging) on the comedogenic rating system. Beeswax is very good at helping skin retain moisture and allows our sunscreens to stay effective longer once applied. The most clogging ingredient in our sunscreens is coconut oil, which is a bit more clogging than jojoba oil and olive oil, but we include it for its antioxidant and other properties that support healthy skin, especially in the sun.

 

 

 

 

Why Choose Waxhead?

Because we are thoughtfully committed to health, sustainable practices, and the environment. Choose Waxhead for your skin, your health, and your planet. The sunscreen you use matters and Waxhead is the best choice you can make for healthy living in the sun.

 

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.

 

We blend modern science and old school sense to design eco-friendly tools
for humans to play outside.



 

Ingredients Matter

Regardless of marketing messages, it’s the actual ingredients that matter. We use only superior quality ingredients.

Our products are FDA-approved and contain certified organic, edible-grade inactive ingredients. See the roster of all our ingredients.

 

Waxhead is TRULY Reef Safe

Instead of just eliminating oxybenzone or octinoxate, Waxhead sunscreens don’t contain ANY petrochemicals. Instead we use non-nano zinc oxide as our sole active ingredient.

This means all our products are truly reef safe, completely safe for marine systems, lakes, reefs and fish (and humans).

 

Waxhead products nourish skin.

Our products don’t just avoid harming skin. They actively nourish it, with certified organic ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, natural vitamin E and vitamin D, shea butter, and beeswax. After a day of wearing Waxhead in the sun, your skin actually feels good.

Buy Waxhead, protect our coasts.

Besides making human-friendly, eco-friendly products, we give a portion of our profits and our time to support well-run coastal and oceanic conservation and cleanup organizations. We consider this vital to help preserve fun sunny days for generations to come.

Read more about Why Waxhead here.

 

The Waxhead Promise

REEF + MARINE SAFE

CONSERVATION SUPPORT

NO TOXINS OR PETROCHEMICALS

GREEN PRACTICES

CLEAN INGREDIENTS

CRUELTY FREE

Waxhead is the only sunscreen that can hold up under hot and humid conditions. I don't sweat it off. It also keeps my skin very smooth and hydrated all day.

- Susan

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