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All Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, Biodegradable, Reef Safe by Tropical Sands, Water Resistant Great for Snorkeling, 8 fl oz

3.8 out of 5 stars 425 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide used is micronized - This allows our sunscreen to be more COSMETICALLY APPEALING compared to coarser particles. The protection is less visible, yet remains on the skin's surface and won't absorb into your skin
  • 100% ALL NATURAL Formula - Hypoallergenic, No Harsh Chemicals, No Nanoparticles
  • Certified Biodegradable Sunscreen! Safe to use in nature parks and other areas where chemical contamination is a concern. Formulated with GREEN TEA, a powerful antioxidant.
  • Great for use while Snorkeling - Water resistant, NO chemical fragrances, NO chemical preservatives (parabens) or emulsifiers. REEF FRIENDLY!
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Product Description

Tropical Sands Sunscreen SPF 30 - - - - This 100% All Natural sunscreen contains no harsh chemicals or nano-sized ingredients. With green tea, a powerful antioxidant, you can feel safe applying this to your skin, or your kids' skin. - - - - 100% Biodegradable and Reef Safe! For anyone needing added protection, including children, this lotion is healthy for the skin, providing high Broad-Spectrum UVA and UVB sunblock protection when applied as directed. - - - - It was originally discovered as a secret recipe of the natives in Acapulco, combined with mineral sunblock (6% zinc oxide and 6% titanium dioxide)... with no potentially dangerous chemical sunscreen ingredients to be absorbed into your body! This lotion is MADE IN THE USA in a FDA-approved facility. This concentrated natural sunscreen lotion creates a protective shield to reflect UV rays away from your skin. Water resistant, non-allergenic, no chemical fragrances, no chemical preservatives (parabens) or emulsifiers, and Non-Nano. - - - - Labels say "Biodegradable" and "Eco-Friendly" for acceptance in eco-nature parks

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.2 x 1.4 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • UPC: 885777566597 885255809987 885790382754 887351140551 650758727379
  • Item model number: Mex-9249
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,753 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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First and foremost, this isn't Coppertone sunscreen. Before you fire off a bad review after slathering it on you need to pay attention and understand how this product works. This product is a physical barrier sunscreen. So those that say it feels like it isn't soaking in, or that it leaves streaks, or it washes off...guess what? It won't totally soak in, it leaves streaks if you apply it wrong, and it does wash off. That's the idea, it's a lotion with tiny particles of zinc and titanium in it that block the sun.

Other sunscreens soak in because they're chemical barrier sunscreens (which BTW leads to harmful substances soaking into your blood stream). I'll admit those dry touch spray on sunscreens are quicker and more convenient, but my health is worth a few minutes of application of this stuff.

So if you don't like a sunscreen that doesn't totally soak in, has a slight white sheen to it, needs reapplication after getting yourself a favor and find something else. If you want a moisturizing sunscreen that is safe to use, won't mess up your hormone balance, won't give you cancer later in life, and don't mind sacrificing a little convenience then buy away. As others have posted, here are some tips to get the most out of this product...

1. A little goes a long way - if you glob, you'll end up streaky and white
2. Only rub until the color disappears - if you keep rubbing it begins to ball up and flake off
3. Apply BEFORE going out - usually about 15-20 minutes to let it soak in a bit
4. Re-apply after getting wet - it's water resistant, not waterproof

One final thought. Many countries outlaw mainstream sunscreen because they kill coral reefs. Yet we use those products everyday. Read labels, do some research, be informed, and stay healthy!
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My wife and I recently spent ten days in Mexico and she used this product to cover most of her torso and back. In years before when we spent excessive amounts of time in the sun she would develop a rash/ water bubbles around her neck, chest, and shoulder area. We did not know if it was sun poisoining, an allergic reaction to sunscreen, a heat rash, etc... We just knew she had a problem. So we decided to get an oxide based, naturals sunscreen to see if this would solve the problem. The past three years she has broken out but this past trip she never broke out once. We would spend approximately 4 hours in the sun in the morning and three in the afternoon and would apply once in the morning and once before heading back into the sun for the afternoon. She never once got burned and never once got the rash. This is a great product and I would reccomend to anyone. It leaves you with a great looking tan without the dangerous burn.

However, the product does have some quirks. The product is runny unlike most oxides which are thick and goopy, but it does not soak in good leaving the skin a little white. Not a whole lot but just gives a whitish tint. My wife is usually a freak about stuff like that but the slight tint did not bother her. This is a physical blocker that does not soak into the skin like coppertone or other benzone based creams which absorb into the skin. It actually creates a physical blocking agent on top of the skin. Another quirk is if you rub it too much it begins to cake on the skin and "flake". That was weird and have never seen anything like that before. Also once the caking area gets wet it will come off in the water but the sunblock still works. The first time it happened we were afraid that that area would get burnt but it never did.
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I bought this product 2 months ago and tested it first on a sunny day when I knew I'd be outside long enough to see results. I smeared a dot on each shoulder - should've put it all over because I ended up being out much longer than planned and burned each shoulder except for the quarter sized pale dot where the Mexitan had been applied. My husband and I use it frequently on ourselves and our 3 little boys - no one has gotten burned yet. We do apply it 20-30 minutes before going out so that it has time to work properly. The smell is not offensive, just clean and fresh smelling. I have very sensitive skin but haven't had any rashes, so that makes me happy.

Our only complaint is that if you rub it too long or apply to an area where you already just applied it, it can slough or roll off in little bits. It spreads very easily unlike some of the other sunscreens that are safer or more natural. Takes a little practice and getting used to - just spread quickly and thoroughly and don't overspread or overapply. I'm much better with it, my husband is not as patient, but getting there.

If you are swimming, heavily applied areas can whiten, but the excess disappears with a gentle swipe. That's the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, but hey, it's not full of chemicals so I think I can handle some streaking. We do exercise common sense by being careful to watch for signs of burning even when we're using suncreen, but we haven't had that problem so far with this product. So far our experience with this product has been positive.

4/15/13 Just wanted to add this: Another poster reminded me of something I didn't mention when I wrote this review: this is a mineral, or "physical" sunscreen, not a chemical type.
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