What are the ingredients Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, and Potassium Sorbate? Are they naturally derived?
Tocopheryl Acetate is a form of Vitamin E frequently found in skin car products. Tocopheryl Acetate is an ester of tocopherol. Tocopherol, or Vitamin E, is found in many plants, dairy products, meat, eggs. Yes, Tocopherol found in Caribbean Sol / Hawaiian Sol products is Naturally Derived.
Cetyl Alcohol is an alcohol used in products to thicken and add texture. It also improves feel and application. Cetyl Alcohol can improve moisturization and enhances viscosity when used in cosmetic products. Yes, the Cetyl Alcohol used in Caribbean Sol / Hawaiian Sol products is derived from natural, GMO/allergen-free vegetable oil: Palm Kernel and/or Coconut Oil.
Potassium Sorbate is a widely used as a preservative in cosmetic products as well as some foods and drinks. Yes, the Potassium Sorbate used in Caribbean Sol / Hawaiian Sol products is naturally derived. We use a Potassium Sorbate that is a salt of sorbic acid. It is a natural compound found in berries of the mountain ash.
Do you have a SPF higher than SPF 30?
We do not have a SPF higher than 30. We used to carry a SPF 50 however, the difference in Zinc was .10%. Our SPF 30 is 18% Zinc for SPF (higher than the average SPF 30) and blocks about 97% UVA & UVB rays. An SPF 50, with our formulations, would block less than 1% more than our SPF 30. As a company, we decided to discontinue the SPF 50 since there is less than 1% additional coverage at a much higher retail cost to our customer.
Does your sunscreen leave a white cast on skin?
Our sunscreens use the natural mineral Zinc. Zinc is a rock, when it is micronized (using non-nano technology) the particles are not large enough to enter pores. Zinc sits on TOP of the skin and acts as a reflective barrier of UV Rays. Due to its natural rock material and our use of non-nano technology, the zinc is white by default. However, with our lotion-based formula you will notice that a little goes a long way. Using a pea to dime sized amount and brushing rather than rubbing the lotion in with your skin makes for easier application with little to no white cast.
Are your products vegan? Gluten Free?
Yes, all our products are considered Vegan and Gluten Free by FDA standards
Are your products tested on Animals?
No, we proudly support cruelty free skin care standards and follow them.
Are your products reef friendly?
Yes, we are proud of the fact that our products are and have always been safe for our environment. Creating a people and environmentally safe sun care product was the origin of our company. We have been doing this and preaching the need for safe sun care for over 20 years and it is finally becoming “Newsworthy.”
What is the difference between Caribbean Sol and Hawaiian Sol
Caribbean Sol is our original, main brand. Hawaiian Sol was created as a sister brand for our Hawaii wholesale market. Many Hawaii retailers loved our Caribbean Sol brand and formula however, the coqui frog (in our logo) is actually an invasive species in the islands and that obviously Hawaii is not a Caribbean Island. Thus, Hawaiian Sol was created. There is no difference in the product formulas. There is a wider variety of products with Caribbean Sol.
Do your products have any added fragrances?
No, our products’ aroma come from their blend of natural plant and mineral ingredients.
What are the essential oils used in your products and what is their purpose?
The essential oils used in our products differ from product to product, please see the product descriptions for the specific oils used and their purpose.
Is the Zinc used in your SPF non-nano?
Yes, we use non-nano Zinc oxide as the active ingredient in our Sunscreens. Contrary to our competition, we use the old school mill process to grind the Zinc down into powder form to then be used in our formulas. This controls the size of the zinc particles, so they are unable to penetrate the pores. Remember, zinc sits on TOP of the skin and acts as a protective barrier against UVA/UVB Rays.
Where are your products made?
Our products are proudly manufactured and bottled in sunny Orlando, FL USA. Support local, support American Made!