As some of you may already know, I started Ao Organics after becoming a new mother. Being an ocean-loving family, we spend most of our family days at the beach, playing under the sun all day long! Because of this, sunscreen has always been a staple in our beach bag.
When I started to learn how toxic the sunscreens we were using were, with their harmful ingredients and chemicals, we completely stopped using them. However, at the time, it was challenging to find a brand we could trust that was 100% organic in stores. That's when I stepped into my kitchen and started making my own.
Four years later, and we've expanded our line of products since our days of just churning out reef-safe sunscreens. Here are mine and Shannele's four must-have items in our beach bag!
1. Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Our sunscreen features Hawaiian beeswax, which gives your skin water-resistant protection–perfect for all adventures under the sun! And most importantly, protects your skin from harsh UVA & UVB rays.
When my ‘ohana (family) is in the ocean and at the beach I have to pack our Liquid Reef-Safe Sunscreen because it is the easiest to spread, very much like a lotion!
2. Sunscreen Sticks
These are just like our Liquid Reef-Safe Sunscreen, but in a compact form and fun-sized–so our Sunscreen Sticks are perfect for the keiki!
Our sticks are my favorite for the kids. They can easily put it on themselves, and because of the thicker consistency from the Hawaiian beeswax, it stays on really well.
3. Golden Hour Tanning Oil
For getting your glow on, we offer five different reef-safe tanning oils, but my all-time favorite has to be the Golden Hour Tanning Oil. I love the tropical mango coconut fragrance and shimmers it leaves on my skin!
4. After Sun Spray
Our After Sun Spray is perfect after a long day under the hot Hawaiian sun. It features a blend of cucumber, lavender, Hawaiian aloe vera and spearmint–all these natural ingredients work together to soothe, calm and moisturize your skin.