Yes! All our products are made with certified natural and certified organic ingredients. We do not use any chemicals, fragrances, synthetics or dyes, so they are great for kiddos with allergies as well. They don’t run or sting the eyes either. Our Baby + Kids products are specifically formulated for kids with limited, gentle ingredients. We do suggest consulting your doctor for kids under 6 months.
Yes, our sunscreen is safe to use while breastfeeding. All our ingredients are either certified organic or certified natural (because they don't offer organics certifications on all ingredients). Our active ingredient is 23% non-nano zinc oxide, which is the only blocker that does not absorb into the skin/bloodstream (it actually stays on top of the skin and reflects the UV rays). The rest of the ingredients in our sunscreens contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts that moisturize and continue protecting your skin after sun exposure.
Many sunscreens contain ingredients that wash off our bodies and kill coral reefs. Using a “reef safe” sunscreen means that no ingredients in that product will cause harm to the reefs or any other marine life. To learn more on this topic, click here.
“Nano” refers to the size of a particle. Nano-size particles are small enough to enter the bloodstream, whereas a non-nano size particle will not. Here are the many reasons we use non-nano zinc oxide as our only active ingredient: - Sits on top of the skin, creating a physical barrier that both reflects UV rays away from the skin and effectively blocks UVA1, UVA2 and UVB rays. It does not absorb into living skin cells. - The only FDA approved Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection ingredient - EWG’s first choice for sun protection - Stable in sunlight and won’t degrade or lose potency over time - Does not produce skin sensitivities and rashes nor does it initiate the creation of free radicals or hormone disruptors - The only reef safe active ingredient - For more info on this, click here.
Apply enough to leave an even, visible film over the desired coverage area, then rub in until you get the desired look. According to the FDA, an adult wearing only shorts must use one full ounce of sunscreen per application to cover their body properly. Approximately a teaspoon size amount is needed to adequately protect the face, ears and neck. Using less than the correct amount drastically reduces the sunscreen’s ability to protect the skin and the SPF claim will not be met.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, Broad Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 30 and active ingredient of Zinc Oxide (18% or higher) do an excellent job of protecting your skin when applied properly. Research indicates that an SPF higher than 30 is mostly marketing and that high ratings give people a false sense of security, which leads to inadequate use and increased exposure.
In the majority of our products, the only ingredient not considered vegan is beeswax, which is a bee product. It is removed from the hive in a way that neither the bees nor the hive are harmed. Some people do consider this to be an animal derivative and others do not. In the Pink Lip Shimmer product there is one ingredient that makes up .14% of the product that is not vegan. We are actively reformulating, sourcing a vegan replacement for this.
No (which is awesome)! When you first put it on, you should apply enough to leave an even, visible film over the desired coverage area. You can leave it like that or easily rub it in. We also have tinted versions of our products that do not go on white.
Yup! Brian created our products to keep up with the most extreme athletes. There is no water in any of our sunscreens. All our sunscreens are water resistant up to 80 minutes, but we do suggest reapplying after swimming, excessive sweating and towel drying. Our Eco Stick and Eco Tint Stick are great if you’re on the go, you can even apply them under water!
There are a ton of chemicals and ingredients (both active and inactive) that are bad for us and the environment. Some of the most popular are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, ethylhexly methoxycinnamate, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene. They can cause harm from killing corals to causing reproductive issues.
One of the biggest challenges with natural sunscreen tubes is the lack of room to knead and shake the formula well. We specifically designed our tubes and fill to address this problem, allowing shaking and kneading to be much easier. Also, in the event that the product passes through heavy heat or cold, the room to knead will easily address any minor oil separation that may occur.
As we move away from plastics, we crafted both of these products in glass jars and larger volumes, which makes them heavier and more fragile than our sunscreens. They must ship in a box, whereas our sunscreens can ship in an envelope. We have also made the switch to plastic-free, green packaging to further reduce our use of plastics.