Each of us has a carbon footprint which is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, and this footprint is measured in units of carbon dioxide. Kristian and Chris Birchby aim to minimize their carbon footprint and contribute to a cause that is close to their heart at the same time.
Happi: What are the benefits of organic sun care and how is this market growing?
Happi: What types of SPF ingredients are popular in organic sun care products and why?
CB: We are seeing an increase in popularity of natural sunblockers, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, also known as mineral SPF protection.In the past, these ingredients are most often associated with the telltale “white nose” that lifeguards can sometimes be seen sporting.Using advanced dispersion techniques, we have been able to distribute the mineral SPF particles so that they are almost evenly spaced from each other.This perfect distribution allows what would normally be opaque white zinc and titanium dioxide to apply totally transparent and greaseless without clogging pores.
Coola is a line of natural sun care that uses organic extracts.
CB: Natural phyto-protectors, such as plankton, beeswax and red algae, complement SPF products especially well.These ingredients have an innate SPF and enhance SPF protection naturally.
Happi: Your products have unique scents like cucumber and plumeria – how did you select these fragrances and why?
CB: We both thought that wearing SPF should be fun and definitely comparable with high quality skin care qualities that seemed to be missing in SPF products. We wanted clean and interesting flavor scents that would make the whole experience of SPF something unique and new[plumeria is Kristian’s favorite and mango is Chris’ pick].
Happi: What textures and forms are advantageous for organic sun care (sprays, gels, crèmes, etc.)?
CB: Crèmes are the best base formulation for SPF products, especially natural mineral SPFs.They allow for even dispersion of the SPF particles and keep them from going airborne.SPF sprays with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are potentially very hazardous if inhaled.
Happi: What is your future plans for the line?
CB: We have so many plans.We’ve been developing several exciting and unique products for the last two years that we hope to bring to completion soon.We’ll let you know when they’re ready!