Oxybenzone is a widely used sunscreen ingredient around the world. It is approved and recommended by the FDA and Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective sunscreen and has been used for over 25 years in combination with other sunscreen actives to help cover the broad spectrum of UV rays.
That said, a few years ago an American study came out showing that Oxybenzone may be a contributing factor to the bleaching/killing of our ocean reefs. While the study is highly contested by the corporate sunscreen community, we decided to start reformulating all of our products to remove this ingredient. There was just no way Sun Bum could take the chance of hurting the living and breathing reefs that create the waves we surf on…not to mention our little fishy friends we love.