Natural Defence SPF40

Our new silky formulation is perfect for sensitive skin and free from nasties with a low whitening near-clear finish.


Serious sun protection

SPF40 blocks 97.5% of UVB rays, so you're ready for the Kiwi summer sun.


Sunscreen that's skincare

With a near-clear finish, make Natural Sun Defense part of your daily skin care routine.

Silky smooth, rubs in beautifully

Discover our totally new sunscreen formula - Natural Sun Defence SPF40 sunscreen for Face & Body with Kawakawa + Calendula. It's safe for sensitive skin, silky to apply, rubs in easily with low whitening and offers effective mineral sun protection. Made with non-nano, marine friendly mineral sun filters.

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Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024

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    WINNER: Best SPF at the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2024
    WINNER: Best Coral Safe Sun Care Product at the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2023.

    Our award-winning, smooth, light moisturising sunscreen is made with our native Kawakawa and a host of natural or naturally-derived ingredients. It's SPF40, broad spectrum, rubs in beautifully, dries to a matte finish and has exceptional skin feel. Low whitening.

    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 is dermatologically tested as safe for those with sensitive skin and is gentle enough for babies and little ones. With a matte finish, it's also great under makeup, making it ideal as part of your beauty routine!

    Uses non-nano mineral sun filters (zinc and titanium dioxide) so it's safe for the whole family and reef friendly. Keep in mind this is a physical non-nano sun product so there will be a degree of whitening, however, this effect lessons once the sunscreen absorbs and you have the confidence of knowing it is free from any chemical sun filters, some of which have been shown to affect hormonal balance.

    Meets the Australian & New Zealand Sunscreen Standard, AS/NZS 2604:2021

    See FAQs below for more information.


    Apply our natural sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming.

    For the face, apply a little moisturiser to the skin and follow with Natural Sun Defence SPF40. Allow product to absorb for 5-10 minutes before applying foundation and makeup if using.


    Safe for all ages, including little ones. Perfect for under make up. Designed for sensitive skin (always patch test as everyone's skin is different). Friendly for the marine environment Natural Sun Defence SPF40 is made with non-nano mineral sun filters.

    BLOCKS 97.5% OF UVB

    A sunscreen rated SPF 40 is certified to block out 97.5% of the harmful UVB rays that cause sun burn, which can lead to malignant melanomas.


    Zinc oxide (non-nano), Capric/caprylic triglycerides,Coco caprates/caprylates, Cera alba, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Titanium dioxide (non-nano), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet almond) Oil, RicinusCommunis (Castor) Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate, SorbitanOlivate, Heptyl Undecylenate (natural emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate (plant-based stabiliser), Aluminium Hydroxide (natural skin protectant), Silica, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Stearic acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate (natural emollient), Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate (natural emollient), Macropiper Excelsum (Kawakawa) Leaf Extract, Isostearic acid (natural stabiliser), Hydrogenated Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Rhus Succedanea (Sumac) Fruit Wax, Ascorbyl palmitate (antioxidant) , Tocopherol.


    Kawakawa, Calendula, Shea Butter


    Free Shipping

    Orders over $85 delivered free in NZ, standard shipping is $6.50.

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    Refunds and returns

    If you change your mind, simply return unopened, unused product for a full refund. In the very unlikely event of a negative reaction, get in touch to share your experience and discuss returning the product to us for a refund. If you have been using steroid cream, skin can be more sensitive and you will need to wean into use gradually. Need help? Get in touch for a chat.

    Our Returns information is here.

    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 - Winner, Best SPF 2024
    • Safe for sensitive skin & little ones

      It's dermatologically tested as safe for sensitive skin and like the rest of our range is made with eczema-prone skin in mind.  

    • Made with 100% plant-based ingredients

      We've sourced innovative plant-based ingredients that give great skin-feel, eliminating the need for silicone and petroleum-based ingredients.

    • Flawless under make up

      It's perfect for the whole family, safe for little ones, ideal for face and body, and provides a beautiful, flawless finish under makeup.

    Why you'll love it

    Easy to apply, even on wriggly kids, with a silky smooth application and superior skin feel thanks to innovative plant-based ingredients.

    Safe for little ones. Made with 100% non-nano (micronized) mineral sun filters - zinc and titanium dioxide so no harsh, potentially hormone-disrupting chemical filters, and friendly for our precious marine environment.

    No thick chalky residue and minimal whitening.

    Exceptional skin feel, light texture and a matte finish. Perfect on the face or under makeup.

    Dermatologically tested safe for sensitive skin. Made with 100% natural or naturally-derived ingredients and free from potentially irritating fragrances or preservative systems.

    A little goes a long way. Our oil-based formula contains no unnecessary fillers or water.

    Infinitely recyclable tin ideal for summer fun.

    Meets the Australian & New Zealand Sunscreen Standard, AS/NZS 2604:2021

    FAQs for Natural Sunscreen



    A sunscreen rated SPF 40 is certified to block out 97.5% of the harmful UVB radiation that causes sun burn and can lead to malignant melanomas.

    SPF50 only blocks 0.5% more UVB rays.

    Why are mineral sunscreens safer than chemical?

    For one thing, they work instantly!

    For another, if they are true mineral filter only sunscreens, they can be free from potentially damaging (hormone altering) Sun filtering chemicals.

    Is your sunscreen safe for sensitive skin?

    Yes. Like all our products it was created to be gentle on sensitive skin and provide the soothing goodness of Kawakawa. Natural Sun Defence SPF40 has been dermatologically tested as safe for sensitive skin.

    Its always a good idea to patch test for peace of mind.

    Is this sunscreen safe for my baby?

    Absolutely - our sunscreen is gentle and designed for sensitive skin.

    We always recommend a patch test for peace of mind, just in case your child has a special sensitivity.

    Will this leave a greasy layer and a thick white cast?

    Natural Sun Defence SPF40 is a moisturising sunscreen. It has been designed to be a light
    formula that offers high sun protection with minimal whitening and dries to a matte finish.

    Note, we don't say 'invisible finish' as it is impossible to have a completely invisible physical barrier (without using any chemcial sun filters or nano size mineral sun filters), however, we believe Natural Sun Defence SPF40 rubs in more fully than any other all-natural/nature derived sunscreen on that market that offers high protection - that is above SPF30 - while also being marine friendly and free from horomone disrupting chemical sun filters.

    Is it water resistant?

    It’s important to remember to apply sunscreen before and after swimming, exercise and heavy perspiration and always every 2 hours, no matter the SPF rating or water resistance claim.

    Being a water-free oil based balm, Natural Sun Defence naturally sits on the skin even after time in water.

    We’ve had Natural Sun Defence SPF40 water resistance tested in Italy, but new regulations mean we’re unable to use the water resistance claim as a different testing methodology was used.

    Can I recycle the packaging?

    Yes! The tin can be infinitely recycled.

    The box is printed with vege-based inks and can be kerbside recycled or torn up and put into the compost.

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