Brand Breakdown: Is Supergoop a Clean Beauty Brand?

Discover if Supergoop is actually a clean beauty brand and if we would recommend them based on their ingredient breakdown.

Background on Supergoop

Founded by Holly Thaggard in 2007 with the intention to provide sunblock with local public schools instead of individuals. When she was younger, she had a very close friend in her early 30s be diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer. “Because I learned from my dermatologist that sun damage starts at a very young age, we must protect the children first,” Thaggard said.

Is Supergoop as clean as they claim to be? We reviewed the brand to find out. 

How we Rank the Brand

Green Heart – We approve of this brand’s products and they contain zero known toxins.

Yellow Heart – We approve of most ingredients in this brand’s products, they might contain some toxins or known allergies. 

Red Heart – We suggest you proceed with caution and limit your exposure and use of this brand’s products as there are toxins present.

Ingredients of Supergoop

Supergoop claims to “do things better” meaning they market themselves as “cruelty free, made with clean ingredients” and boast about using recycled materials. They even give a list of 1600+ ingredients that are in their “no” list, some of which probably don’t even need to be listed since they don’t really have to do with typical sunscreen ingredients. 

Below you will see a snapshot of their Supergoop Play Ingredients.


Breaking Down the Ingredients

From our findings, Supergoop uses chemical UV blockers such as Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, and Octocrylene as their active ingredients. What we know about the following ingredients of oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and avobenzone are that they are all systemically absorbed into the body after one use, according to the studies published by the FDA. The agency also found they could be detected on the skin and in the blood weeks after they had last been used. 

You can see below for individualized ingredient breakdowns to get a better understanding of what these actives do and how they can effect the body. 


Avobenzone is under assessment as to whether it is persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) (source) It induces mitochondrial dysfunction-mediated apoptosis leading to abnormal placentation during early pregnancy (source). Is being assessed for causing endocrine-disrupting activity (source) And functions as an obesogen interfering with normal lipid metabolism. Beginning January 1, 2023, Hawaii has banned the sale, offer for sale, or distribution in the state of any sunscreen that contains octocrylene and/or avobenzone.

Octisalate/ Ethylhexyl Salicylate

Octisalate has insufficient research data to determine its safety and effectiveness in sunscreen (source) but is thought to be very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects (source). There is also evidence that there are Biochemical or cellular level changes when using this ingredient. 


Octocrylene has insufficient research data to determine its safety, but has shown allergenic potential, concerns with endocrine distruption and is considered toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Beginning January 1, 2023, Hawaii has banned the sale, offer for sale, or distribution in the state of any sunscreen that contains octocrylene and/or avobenzone.


 EWG rates Homosalate as 4, and it also penetrates the skin. Scientists have found that Homosalate may interfere with the normal function of hormones by disrupting estrogen, androgen, and progesterone.It was found toxic to living cells and damaging to DNA (source).And can adversely affect human trophoblast cells that help protect an embryo in the uterus; therefore, pregnant women are advised to practice caution with personal care products containing homosalate (source).

Therefore, the EU Chemicals Agency database indicates that it has been assessed for endocrine disruption.

Caprylhydroxamic Acid

This ingredient in some of their products may not be suitable for those with eczema prone skin as it could cause irritation or an allergic reaction.  

Polyester-7 + 8

While these ingredients might not have any issues with the disruption of the endocrine system, there is not enough data or evidence to say otherwise. 

Methyl Dihydroabietate

While this ingredient might not have any issues with the disruption of the endocrine system, there is not enough data or evidence to say otherwise. 

Polyethylene glycols (PEGs)

While it’s only in one of their products (City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30) they claim that PEGs are on their “NO” list but still use this ingredient. There are no warnings on that products page, just a link to their “NO” list.  PEGs are manufactured with carcinogenic ethylene oxide whose traces may remain in the final product.


Again, this is on their “NO” list but they still use it in their (City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30) product. According to the 2011 Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel report, cyclomethicone is a mixture of cyclic siloxane materials.  This also includes cyclopentasiloxane (D5) and cyclohexasiloxane (D6) and occasionally cyclotetrasiloxane (D4), which is prohibited from use in cosmetic products in Europe.  In addition, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reports that cyclomethicone is suspected of damaging fertility and unborn child.

Flavor (Aroma)

Found mostly in their lipstick products. Flavor falls along the same terms as “fragrance” there are undisclosed ingredients that may interfere with the endocrine system, cause allergies, increase the risk of cancer.

Artificial / Synthetic Dyes 

Dyes such as Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, RED 22 LAKE (CI 45380) and RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) are in their lipstick products. Red and yellow synthetic dyes like these are very common in beauty products, even those labeled clean because the percentage is usually less than 1% but still may pose a threat to those with allergens.  

Going Beyond Beauty


Supergoop’s products are made from recyclable, post-consumer recycled materials. Plus they offer a free recycling program for their products, and their shipping boxes and packing contents are 100% recyclable. From production to packaging, they claim they are constantly identifying new ways to greenify their goods.

Giving Back

Supergoop participates in a campaign called Ounce by Ounce which is giving program that donates SPF to schools and communities across America, for free!

Cruelty- Free/ Vegan 

Supergoop is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny Certified but not 100% vegan, meaning that some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients.

Certified Organic

Supergoop is not certified organic. 

Where is it Manufactured

All Supergoop is made in the USA except City Serum.

Parent Company

Supergoop is owned by a parent company called Blackstone Group.

Final Rating:

While we hate to give brands a red heart, we believe that Supergoop is not as truthful and transparent as we wish considering their “No” list but still have at least one product that contains those ingredients. We also believe that truly non-toxic sunscreens contain NO oxybenzone, octinoxate, or homosalate. 

We would not recommend this Brand.

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