For sun protection and what's marketed as a safer alternative for the ocean, try Reef Safe Biodegradable Sunscreen in either SPF 15 or SPF 45. While each contains Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, these two chemicals are widely viewed as harmful to corals and can cause sunscreen-induced coral bleaching, the sunscreen has been validated coral safe by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Comes in a 4 oz bottle and water resistant for up to 75 minutes.
Available in SPF 15 and SPF 45. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of fifteen (15) suggests that someone can stay in the sun fifteen (15) times longer than if they had no sunscreen on and still be protected from ~93% of UVB rays and Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of forty five (45) suggests that someone can stay in the sun forty five (45) times longer than if they had no sunscreen on and still be protected from 97%+ of UVB rays per Consumer Reports.
3/15/19 - Reef Safe responded within < 24 hours to an email I sent asking for more details and to summarize, as the email is too big to publish here, they stand by the testing from Mote Marine Laboratory with this statement, "We accomplish being Reef Safe by responsibly formulating and processing our products. It’s not always about the ingredients, but how the final product is formulated and processed. Less than 3% of Reef Safe comes off our skin in the ocean in 80 minutes, and of that 3%, 99% biodegrades.".
Reef Safe claims their sunscreen biodegrades in oceans, lakes as well as rivers, is non toxic to sea life and is also bait safe. And to Reef Safe's credit, they have developed packaging that uses significantly less energy as it is a bio, not petrochemical, based resin which they claim has a negative carbon footprint. Clearly they seem to be trying to do the right thing, but it's up to each of us to make that decision for ourselves.
The Reef Safe SPF 15 has an expiration date of 2/21, it's no longer manufactured, so we've dropped the price from $7.95 / bottle to $4.95 / bottle as it will be effective for another 7 / 8 months. Given the discounted price, all sales are FINAL.
The Reef Safe SPF 45 has an expiration date of 6/21 and it's no longer manufactured.
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