Oxygen Against Oxybenzone

Why do we sometimes have bad reactions to sunscreen? Oxybenzone.

Most of us are careful about what products we use on our skin, avoiding the supermarket shelf cleansers and moisturizers and instead opting for products with research and results. But when it comes to sun protection, most people just stroll into the pharmaceutical aisle, look out for the SPF they desire and add to basket. 

We all know that sunscreen is crucial for protecting the skin from premature ageing and melanoma, and just accept the fact use can trigger breakouts and irritation. Why do we sometimes have bad reactions to sunscreen? Oxybenzone. 

Oxybenzone is an ingredient used in over 40% of sunscreens that can cause hormonal imbalances, birth defects, and allergic reactions as it penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. Unfortunately, oxybenzone isn’t just harmful to humans. Recently, research has discovered that oxybenzone is extremely detrimental to coral reefs. Biologists discovered that oxybenzone reacts to DNA in the same way gasoline would. It halts the reproduction and growth of coral and causes deformities in the tissue which can lead to the destructions of entire reefs.

That’s why we’ve chosen the sunscreen ranges Soleil Toujours and We Are Feel Good Inc. that are proudly oxybenzone-free and works to improve the quality of the skin just like any of your other carefully chosen skincare products would. They are also not only kind to your skin, but the planet too, prioritising sustainability to reduce their footprint. 


They say that the best ideas are born out of necessity and when a group of six adventure seeking, outdoor lovers found themselves dreaming of a sunscreen that they could ‘feel good’ about – they decided to take matters into their own hands. It was around a campfire on a family surfing trip that three couples, including a doctor, a builder & a professional surfer, decided to stop dreaming, and start doing.


As a mother of three, Valerie McMurray, Founder and CEO of Soleil Toujours, became increasingly aware of the harmful ingredients in sunscreens – parabens, oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, to name a few. She was faced with two choices, either accept the chemicals, or succumb to white, chalky residue on her skin. She refused to accept either of those options and resolved to create something better.