Reef Safe Sunscreen


What is Reef Friendly Sunscreen?

Reef-friendly sunscreen refers to a type of sunscreen that is formulated with ingredients considered environmentally safe for coral reefs and marine ecosystems. These sunscreens are designed to minimize the impact of chemical components on coral health, as certain traditional sunscreen ingredients have been linked to coral bleaching and other harmful effects. Reef-friendly sunscreens typically avoid oxybenzone, octinoxate, and other chemicals known to be detrimental to coral reefs. Instead, they often contain mineral-based ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are considered less harmful to marine life. Choosing reef-friendly sunscreen is a conscious choice to protect both your skin and the delicate balance of marine ecosystems.

Is there a difference between Reef-safe sunscreen and Reef friendly sunscreen?

No, not really. The terms “reef-safe” and “reef-friendly” merely categorize products that do not contain octinoxate or oxybenzone.

What is the HEL List?

The HEL LIST is a list of chemicals that are known pollutants in many different environments (freshwater streams, river, beaches, and ocean systems) or wildlife (e.g., corals, fish, birds, marine mammals, sea turtles). All of them pose a threat to Ecosystem Health (Haereticus Environmental Laboratory,2023)

What chemicals are on the Hel List we should be aware of?

All Sun cream Brands containing Toxic chemicals Avoid.
All Sun cream Brands containing Toxic chemicals Avoid.

We have always gone with the simple premise: if you cannot pronounce it, avoid it, as it is typically a mass-produced chemical. Simply read the ingredients on the back of the product, and if any of the chemicals listed below are present, put it back on the shelf.

The HEL LIST includes:

  • Any form of microplastic sphere or beads.
  • Any nanoparticles like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor
  • Octocrylene
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
  • Methyl Paraben
  • Ethyl Paraben
  • Propyl Paraben
  • Butyl Paraben
  • Benzyl Paraben
  • Triclosan
  • Homosalate
  • Octisalate
  • Butyloctyl salicylic acid
  • Propylparaben
  • “Any of the nylon powders used in cosmetics and personal care products, such as Nylon-6 (polyamide 6), Nylon-10 (polyamide 10), Nylon-11 (polyamide 11), Nylon-12 (polyamide-12), all of the Orgasol polyamide product lines, any of the polyester plastic powders such as polyester-8, polyester-25, nylon glitters, polyester glitters, HDI/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymers, any of the polycarolactones, and any of the polyethylene powders or fibers.”  (Haereticus Environmental Laboratory,2023)
All Ocean and Reef safe Friendly Products
All Ocean and Reef safe Friendly Products

Reef Safe Sunscreen Brands available in Fiji

Natural zinc sun mud the lotions reef safe sunscreen and dilo up sun block reef safe spf30 the best for your being product

The Projects Collective: stands as Fiji’s center for ethical artisans, harmoniously merging splendid and mindful brands with the pleasures of coffee, cocktails, and cake! Established in June 2018, it has expanded to two locations—one on the Coral Coast and the other on Denarau Road in Nadi, in proximity to the enchanting Denarau Islands in Fiji. You can purchase reef friendly sunscreen products whilst supporting local economy, a win win situation all around.  Discover More

Pure Fiji:  Established in 1996, Pure Fiji operates as a family business, considering every employee an integral part of their extended family. The essence of wild ingredients and the vibrant spirit of the Fijian people are intricately woven into their products, resulting in unmistakable quality. Explore their range of natural, reef-safe products and experience the beauty of ingredients inspired by the Fijian landscape and culture.  Product Link


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  • TPC (2023). DILO UP Sunblock 70gm [Photograph]. The Project Collective FIji. Link


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