Coral Reef Education

Chemical Sunscreens are killing our Coral Reefs. 

International research teams found the HIGHEST concentrations of oxybenzone around coral reefs popular with tourist, particularly those in  Hawaii  and the Caribbean. 

Oxybenzone alters corals DNA, making the coral more susceptible to potentially fatal bleaching and acts as an endocrine disruptor, causing baby coral to encase itself in its own skeleton and die.

An estimated 25 to 60 million bottles worth of sunscreen chemicals wash off into coral reef each year. And between 6000-14000 tons of sunscreen enters coral reef areas around the world each year. In Hawaii and the Caribbean concentrations were 12 times higher, according to the sea water testing.

Did you know that most of the sunscreens sold in stores are made with 

  • OXYBENZONE (benzophenone-3) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

  • Butylparaben – Preservative with several suspected human health effects.





  • OCTINOXATE(Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

ALL of these chemicals are toxic not only to our coral reefs but they are also toxic to the fish & humans causing hormone imbalances, even reproductive issues.

*OXYBENZONE* is one of the most common ingredients found in over 3,500 commercial brand sunscreens. 

There are other factors such as global warming, pollution, and human activities that are far greater threat to our coral reefs but that is no reason to ignore the results of this research. 

Why Choose Organic Mineral Sunscreen

Ao Organics Sunscreen uses Non Nano Zinc Oxide as our Active Ingredient for a SPF (Sun Protection Factor), a mineral which does not absorb into your skin. I have hand picked and highly researched each ingredient that goes into Ao Organics Sunscreen, ensuring they are the highest quality, organic, and reef safe.


Our skin is the body's largest organ and the majority of what you apply to it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. When you choose a mineral sunscreen made with non-nano active ingredients, the active ingredients does not absorb into the skin. Instead it acts as a protective layer on top of your skin, reflecting rays like a mirror. 

While all chemical sunscreens protect your skin from the skin-burning UVB rays, some don't offer protection from deeper-penetrating UVA rays. UVA rays are associated with premature aging, something I'm sure we'd all like to avoid!

Mineral sunscreens protect from both UVB and UVA rays.