Our goal is to educate our community on the importance of using natural and organic sunblock safe for infants and children all the way up to surfers while preserving our environment.
We pay close attention to the quality and purity of each ingredient, because with each batch we keep our ‘ohana in mind.
Here you will find information about our ingredients, the difference between UVA/UVB, SPF, and the effects chemicals in commercial sunscreens have on the environment.
Zinc oxide (Non-Nano)
Organic coconut oil
Hawaii macadamia nut oil
Raw Shea Butter
Organic vitamin e oil
Organic lavender essential oil
Organic frankincense essential oil
Myrrh essential oil
Learn more about our ingredients, HERE.
Understanding UVA/UVB and SPF coverage
Ultraviolet radiation is the electromagnetic light transferred from the sun to the earth. UV rays are the leading cause of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and nonmelenoma skin cancer. There are two important UV rays; UVA & UVB which cross the ozone layer and of are great concern.
UVA accounts for 95% of the UV rays reaching the earths surface and have a constant level of intensity all day, year round. UVA can penetrate clouds and glass. UVA is not responsible for typical sunburns, but is known as the tanning ray. Its rays penetrate the deeper layers of our skin which disturbs DNA synthesis leading to skin cancer.
UVB is the other harmful UV ray that will cause sunburn, signs of aging and of course skin cancer. Its level of intensity varies according to time of day, season and elevation.
Currently the US does not regulate the UVA/UVB protection, they do not require sunscreens to provide UVA protection, which is proven to cause cancer.
The higher the SPF the higher the UV protection right? Unfortunately, not true.
This is misleading information, double the spf is not double the protection. An SPF of 30 is not double the protection of SPF 15, but it does block ½ the radiation.
SPF 15 blocks 93% of UV rays
SPF 30 blocks 97% of UV rays
SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays
Imagine 100 rays or photons on your skin, this would be equal to not wearing any sunblock. An SPF of 15 allows for 7 out of the 100 rays/photons to reach your skin. An SPF 30 allows for 3 out of the 100 rays/photons to reach your skin. SPF 50 allows for 2 out of the 100 rays/photons to reach your skin.
There is no possible way to block 100% of UV rays, therefore an SPF of 70 or even 90 is no different than SPF 50.
Sunscreen labeling is loosely regulated and much of it is a marketing attempt to attract buyers.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) article about The Trouble With Sunscreen Chemicals.
We use Uncoated Non-Nano Zinc Oxide which means that the zinc oxide particles are too large and will not absorb into your skin compared to Nano Zinc Oxide that is found in commercial sunscreen.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics shared, “Preliminary scientific research has shown that many types of nanoparticles can be toxic to human tissue and cell cultures, resulting in increased oxidative stress, inflammatory cytokine production, DNA mutation, and even cell death. They can penetrate cell walls, including organ tissues, and are known to be highly reactive.”
Here is a study on Nanoparticles and its effect on marine life: Read Article
A study on Nanoparticles bleaching the reef. Mostly Titanium Dioxide: Read Article