A water resistant, high performance mineral based sunscreen for effective sun protection that has both the body and earth in mind. Stream2Sea products have been rigorously tested for biodegradability and aquatic toxicity, ensuring that your time in the sun is not only healthy for you, but for our oceans as well.
Founded by a chemist, an environmentalist and an explorer, Stream2Sea is dedicated to developing skincare that is environmentally thoughtful and transparent – their products are biodegradable, reef-safe, composed using natural ingredients and packaged in recyclable, bio-based tubes made from sugarcane resin.
Note: Eco-conscious mineral-based sunscreens may create a whitening appearance to skin while applied – this is due to the fact that they do not employ nanoparticles which offer sunscreen a less opaque look, but are also known to cause significant development issues in marine life even in extremely low concentrations. Applying mineral-based sunscreen may be different than you are used to – apply in sections, remember a small amount will go a long way and moisturize skin prior to using to help reduce the whitening effect.
Ingredients: 6.6% Titanium Dioxide (Non-Nano), Deionized Water, Organic Aqueous Extracts of Camellia Sinenis (Green Tea) Leaf, Organic Ocimum Tenuiflorum (Tulsi) Leaf, Organic Alaria Esculenta (Wakame Seaweed) and Organic Olea Europa (Olive) Leaf, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cocoglycerides, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Methylcellulose, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Stearic Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Alumina, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid
Directions: Apply liberally before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating or immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hrs.
Testing: ‘We tested our safe sunscreen products to ensure they will not be harmful to fish and other aquatic life when used as directed. We are adamantly opposed to animal testing when there are other alternatives. At this time, there are no cellular cultures or models that effectively assess aquatic toxicity to the extent that we feel is necessary. Therefore, our testing included the use of purposely bred live fish and EcoConsciously and scientifically obtained coral larvae.’
At the heart of each member of the Stream2Sea team, there is an obsessive drive for discovery. Scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, hiking, camping, skiing…these are all part of our regular day-to-day living as a true necessity. ‘We just happen to be cosmetic chemists and environmentalists, too. So when we considered the ingredients commonly used in our skin care products and what their effects were not only to our bodies but on our planet too, we realized we could do better: we could create eco-conscious skin care products.’
What the Cosmetic Chemist said…
Biodegradability, aquatic toxicity and healthy attributes: these three concerns are hard to balance in any skin care product, especially when you consider the wide range of preservatives, additives and chemicals that are approved for use by the FDA despite having been deemed harmful to either the body or the planet. We have developed our formulas by consciously choosing each ingredient for its efficacy, integrity and non-harming influences.
What the Environmentalist said…
Fact: Over 6,000 TONS of skin care products enter coral reefs from tourist activities alone. This number doesn’t take into account the products entering our rivers, lakes and streams through run off, sewage, and more. While some brands in the market today claim to be “reef safe” and “ocean friendly,” many contain ingredients that are known to harm the fragile ecosystems and marine life of our waters. We have allotted a significant portion of our start-up costs to eco-lab testing so that we can state, with complete confidence, that we are the safest product on the shelves.
What the Explorer said…
We, as explorers of this awesome planet, have the ability to make educated decisions on the products we use to protect and care for our bodies. You shouldn’t have to be a chemist or environmentalist to know what ingredients are used or how those ingredients may impact our body or waters. You shouldn’t be misguided by false advertising either. So Stream2Sea has chosen to be totally transparent in our journey to bring our products to you, so that you not only understand what you’re using, but can help other Explorers understand as well.
‘We don’t like plastic either and are very excited to announce that we are using 100% recyclable tubes made from sugarcane resins. When using paper products, cartons and brochures, we use eco-friendly inks and recycled papers including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified papers. FSC is an independent organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. When you see this logo, you can be confident that buying it won’t be harming they world’s forests.’