What Does Reef Safe* Mean?

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

Some people want to criticize the idea of any soap being reef safe. But that's okay! At least they're thinking about what may or may not have adverse effects of our world's reef systems. So, I want to explain what Reef Safe* means.

What is NOT Reef Safe?

Australia and the State of Hawaii has banned the use of normal sunscreens because of the adverse effects of the sunscreen on the corals. And, by adverse effects, I mean toxic. The active ingredients in commercially produced sunscreen are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and/or octinoxate. These chemicals are made to block UV radiation and are washing off of sunbathers in such great quantities that they are literally starving corals to death. Corals are photosynthetic animals that thrive on the UV rays from the sun