The Journey

Lobster Season Release

We might be unaware of how our actions are affecting ocean ecosystems, not because we don’t care, but because we haven’t noticed.

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Necessary Precaution

Morgon was sixteen when her doctor informed her she needed to have a biopsy to check for skin cancer. “I have always loved being in the sun. My whole family tans well, so I would put on sunscreen if I remembered. But if I didn’t, no big deal.” Morgon is in the...

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New legislation will ban the sale and use of any sunscreen that contains the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.

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Good News/Bad News on Oxybenzone

What a week in the reef-safe sunscreen industry! First, the good news – the Hawaiian legislature passed rules banning oxybenzone in sunscreens to protect their coral reefs yesterday. The governor is expected to sign the legislation in June. Then the bad news --...

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Looking for reef safe sunscreen? Choose wisely!

  Sunscreen is probably on your list as you plan your outdoor excursions this spring – and hopefully you’re looking for a product that is “reef-safe.” (If not, check out the latest report from the International Coral Reef Initiative.) But just because the front of the...

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Why you should care about broad-spectrum sunscreen

If you don’t know (and don’t think you care) about why you need a broad-spectrum sunscreen, take a look at this picture from the New England Journal of Medicine. UVB light causes sunburn – a clear cause and miserable effect – but even a small amount of UVA light over...

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The reef-safe sunscreen journey continues — Thanks to You!

When we started Stream2Sea, we knew we’d need support from the thousands of adventurers and EcoConscious people who care about our planet. It’s not easy to explain how important it is to use a reef-safe sunscreen. Most people understand though, if you take the time to...

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Education and Understanding Sunscreens

The truth about UV blockers, SPF ratings and the difference between UVA and UVB rays   The UV blockers in most sunscreens contain harmful chemical-based ingredients such as: ▪ Oxybenzone ▪ Avobenzone ▪ Octinoxate ▪ Cinnimates ▪ Homosalate ▪ Octocrylene ▪ Camphor...

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What is a Chemical-Free Sunscreen?

Does your product contain ‘chemicals’? Chemical-free sunscreen - Everyone is asking about it right now.  I’ve been formulating natural skin care products for nearly 20 years.  Every ingredient I use is consciously chosen: sustainably sourced botanicals, nourishing...

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Going Green with New Year’s Resolutions

"I've made my 'Going Green New Year's Resolution,'" becomes an epic fail.  Why does it happen?  It’s inevitable. It happens every January 1st. Most everyone makes New Year’s resolutions committing themselves to lose weight, make more money and eat healthier. They want...

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The Importance of Choosing Your Sunscreen Wisely

By Autumn Blum for the Coral Restoration Foundation Hundreds of thousands of divers, snorkelers, fishers and water-lovers visit coastal reefs each year, all with the potential to directly impact our reefs with their personal care and sunscreen choices. A study...

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Organic Sunscreen What Does it Really Mean?

When most people think of organic sunscreen, they think natural, wholesome and safe. But, you might remember from high school chemistry that "organic" can also mean carbon-based chemicals. So what’s the big deal? When talking about organic sunscreen ingredients, it's...

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EcoConscious News

Happy Earth Day! We have some great news to share: We were selected by The Grommet Stream2Sea mineral-based sunscreen won 'Best in Beauty' Award The Blue Wild Expo this weekend - come see us there! The Grommet Launches Stream2Sea  Less than 3% of products submitted...

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Biodegradable Sunscreen: What You Need to Know!

Just because a sunscreen is biodegradable does not mean it is a safe sunscreen for aquatic ecosystems, particularly if it contain oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate and other harsh ingredients. Biodegradability means that the product will eventually break down within...

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Can Mineral Sunscreens Really Prevent Sunburn?

The fast, easy answer: Absolutely. Ask any lifeguard from the 1960s how well zinc oxide worked when they didn’t have another option. The truth of the matter is that mineral sunscreens are the single most effective and safe products on the market – when they’re...

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Featured on and News Channel 8

Eckerd College helps local company make sunscreen safe for marine life By Leigh Spann Published: July 13, 2015, 10:58 am Updated: July 13, 2015, 7:22 pm Link to ORIGINAL article [video width="642" height="352"...

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Body Care that is Safe for Our Bodies and Our Waters

The chemist knew that the body care and sunscreens available on the market often use FDA-approved ingredients that are linked to negative effects on the body—and that safer alternatives were available. She knew we could do better. The environmentalist knew that the...

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Keeping it Real: We Are Testing on Fish and Coral

Part of Stream2Sea’s business model is total transparency with our followers. In that light, I felt it was important to share more about the tough decisions we’ve had to make about product testing on live species.  We’ve discovered the hard way that just because a...

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Highs and Lows of Skin Care Product Testing

When I started Stream2Sea, I thought we’d have products showing up on store shelves by May because, well, that’s when people start buying our mineral sunscreen... but it didn’t play out that way. We probably won’t launch until late June. Because I'm keeping it real...

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Leaving No Trace in Ocean-Side Communities

One Diver’s Opinion - Guest Blog post by Michelle Montgomery When I moved to Key Largo in 2013, I was absolutely enamoured by the tightly woven relationship between our local reefs and the wellness of our community. Dive shops, snorkel operations, tour boats, fishing...

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6 Ways You Can Limit Your Impact Out on the Reef

There are so many ways we enjoy the ocean, aren’t there? Diving, snorkeling, boating, just sitting on the beach… For those of us who feel that magnetic pull, it’s easy to want to spend as much time as possible in, on or under the water. One of the things we should...

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Keeping it Real: Titanium Dioxide in Sunscreen

In my last blog post, I shared why we want our products to be "Eco-conscious" and I also mentioned that I hoped to share some insight on why we hand-picked the ingredients we're using. So this week I wanted to jump into why we chose to use Titanium Dioxide in our...

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Keeping it Real: What is “EcoConscious”

Ecoconscious: Marked by or showing concern for the environment. I used to spend a lot of time on the road working with sales reps and visiting various health food stores. One of my favorite things to do was educate the natural products reps and buyers on the...

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Keeping It Real: Do You Know What’s Going On Your Body?

I’m a cosmetic chemist. While I've never made lipstick or concealer, I have made my living creating therapeutic skin care like lotions, creams, hair care and bar soaps...and dog shampoo for pups with itchy skin, because (let's be honest!) dog's rock. When I decided to...

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Keeping it Real: Honest Eco-Conscious Skin Care

Knowing that every product we use on our bodies and in our hair ultimately reaches the ocean, our mission is to create the highest quality, biodegradable skin, sun and hair care products available. Each product is to be safe not only for you and your family, but also...

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Eco-conscious Body Care

Safe for you, your family, and our planet.

We Support the Coral Restoration Foundation

We love CRF for the amazing work they do in restoring our reefs worldwide. They also educate their volunteers on the effects sunscreen and other skin care products have on the reefs.

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