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A sustainable, high performance, reef safe sunscreen that protects our skin and the environment.
A sustainable, high performance, reef safe sunscreen that protects our skin and the environment.
345 backers pledged AU$ 24,812 to help bring this project to life.

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AUSTRALIA'S FIRST CERTIFIED SPF 50 natural reef safe sunscreen packaged in tin 🥇

We are marine biologists who took a stand for better suncare. We realised two years ago that if we wanted high quality chemical free sunblock that wouldn't pollute our oceans we needed to make it ourselves. 

So our journey began with 5 handmade products, to nurture our skin and not harm the sea. 

THE BEST IDEAS START IN THE KITCHEN
THE BEST IDEAS START IN THE KITCHEN

We made it for ourselves, then friends wanted it, then businesses wanted to stock us! The success of our small business inspired us to go bigger. Could we dare change the Sun Smart message to include Environmentally and Ethically Smart without compromising on high quality sunscreen? Every tin we sold reminded us of the people out there who wanted this as much as we did. 

So we stayed true to the mission. Now 2 years have gone by and we've created a product that will change the way we see suncare :: 

“If you believe something needs to exist, if it's something you want to use yourself, don't let anyone ever stop you from doing it.” —Tobias Lütke
“If you believe something needs to exist, if it's something you want to use yourself, don't let anyone ever stop you from doing it.” —Tobias Lütke

"Natural" "Mineral" "Chemical Free" :: What does it all mean? 

Let's break it down. 

There are two types of sunscreen, PHYSICAL and CHEMICAL. 

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PHYSICAL SUNSCREEN is often referred to as "mineral" or "natural" and are the zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide UV blockers. They are called physical because they sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun's rays like a mirror. These blockers are also referred to as "natural" because they occur in nature and aren't made in a laboratory. They do not penetrate the skin, giving broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and have the lowest toxicity concern of any of the UV blockers known today 🙌🏼 Physical sunscreen is the best choice for sensitive skin as it is less likely to cause irritation. Also, as soon as it is applied it is acting to protect your skin from the sun, so there’s no need to wait before you can expose yourself... to the sunshine ☀️😉

CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS use synthetic chemicals created in laboratories such as oxybenzone and octinoxate as their UV blockers. These get absorbed into the skin, hence the usual advice to apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. They absorb UV light like a sponge.  Each chemical works in a narrow UV spectrum, that's why multiple chemicals are needed to protect the skin properly and you end up with an ingredients list as long as your forearm of words you can hardly pronounce.  What most people don’t know is that chemical sunscreen may cause the eyes to sting, clog the pores, increase redness, brown spots or discolouration of your skin. Furthermore, published research has shown chemical sunscreen to disrupt hormones and generate free radicals inside the skin 🤭 


SAVE OUR BODIES :: OXYBENZONE IN OUR BLOOD

In America the Center for Disease Control and Prevention routinely detect oxybenzone in more than 96 percent of people. Once in our blood it's not just our problem, it gets passed on to our children. Researchers have found chemical UV filters in 85% of women's milk samples, indicating that the developing foetus and newborns may be exposed to these substances (Schlumpf 2008, Schlumpf 2010).

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” —Amelia Earhart
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” —Amelia Earhart

So what's the problem with it in our bodies? Several common chemical filters appear to be endocrine disruptors. The most unnerving research comes from the National Institute of Health in New York, who found a link between poorer reproductive success in men and high exposure to certain chemicals in sunscreen. Men with greater exposure to UV blockers benzophenone-2 and/or 4-hydroxyoxybenzone  had poorer sperm quality (Louis 2015) and reported that it took longer for their partners to conceive (Buck-Louis 2014). 

 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” —Helen Keller
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” —Helen Keller

Well it's tough on the guys who use chemical sunscreen, but the ladies don't get away lightly either! Appart from passing on the chemicals to our children, it has been reported that females have an increased risk of developing endometriosis with exposures to oxybenzone and related chemicals (Kunisue 2012).


SAVE OUR SEAS :: 14,000 TONNES OF CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN IS WASHED OFF BATHERS INTO CORAL REEF SYSTEMS EVERY YEAR. 

On May 1, 2018, Hawaii became the first state to pass a bill banning the sale of chemical sunscreens. As it turns out, chemical UV blockers like oxybenzone and octinoxate contribute to coral bleaching and they are harmful to ocean ecosystems 🐠🐬🐋🦈

Coral bleaching is a phenomena that happens when the coral polyps eject their symbiotic algae hosts, zooxanthellae, loosing their colour and main source of energy. Corals can survive bleaching if they are recolonised quickly by free floating zooxanthellae, otherwise they die.
Coral bleaching is a phenomena that happens when the coral polyps eject their symbiotic algae hosts, zooxanthellae, loosing their colour and main source of energy. Corals can survive bleaching if they are recolonised quickly by free floating zooxanthellae, otherwise they die.

KNOWN CHEMICAL OFFENDERS AND WHAT THEY DO TO CORALS:

Oxybenzone is responsible for deformations in coral tissue causing larvae to die by encasing themselves in their own skeleton (Downs, 2015) ☠️

Other common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens such as, Butylparaben, Octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor can cause viruses that live inside the corals symbiotic algae to replicate uncontrollably until they explode killing the algae and causing the coral to bleach ☠️

Zooxanthellae are microscopic symbiotic algae hosts that live inside each coral polyp. They turn light into food for the coral, supplying it with much of its sustenance.  Without zooxanthellae the coral will starve and die. Gives a whole new meaning to eating your greens!
Zooxanthellae are microscopic symbiotic algae hosts that live inside each coral polyp. They turn light into food for the coral, supplying it with much of its sustenance. Without zooxanthellae the coral will starve and die. Gives a whole new meaning to eating your greens!

Nano particles are microscopic particles sometimes used in sunscreens and cosmetics that can penetrate your skin cells. Once ingested into the cells these particles can cause oxidative stress and free radical activity in sunlight. If they then pass into our waterways they can have the same effect on other animals and organisms ☠️

Goodness is about quality not quantity when it comes to food, adventure, friends and sunscreen! So firstly in our formula we have considered what sun kissed skin needs: Core ingredients with natural healing and restorative properties 🌱 We're not trying to impress people with how many herbs and spices we can fit in our formula - your skin isn't a slow cooked masala, we prefer the approach less is more, as long as less is from the BEST.  Secondly,  having fewer ingredients means less runoff of different substances into our waterways and less uncertainty of sustainability through the life cycle of every ingredient. 

That's why SunButter Sunscreen has been formulated to contain non-nano particle zinc oxide, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays and lends superior restorative and nurturing qualities for sensitive and/or weathered skin. We  use several derivatives of coconut oil to aid in spreadability and skin hydration.  Castor oil for it’s anti inflammatory properties and it's ability to help reduce acne prone skin. Plus vitamin E for its ability to improve skin elasticity and collagen production 🌻

KIS. Keep It Simple. Your skin will thank you for it and so will the planet 😁🌏

100g tins with rich non-aqueous solution means each tin lasts longer than the same volume of normal sunscreens, as well as locking in more of your skin's natural moisture.
100g tins with rich non-aqueous solution means each tin lasts longer than the same volume of normal sunscreens, as well as locking in more of your skin's natural moisture.

If our goal is to reduce chemical sunscreen pollution, we believe we also have to address plastic pollution, right?! That's why we chose to package our product in reusable and recyclable tins. They even have all their information printed directly on to reduce the plastic waste from stickers. We climbed a mountain of NO's until we got one YES, and that was all we needed to bring this packaging to life 💪🏼😎

REMEMBER REUSE BEFORE RECYCLE
REMEMBER REUSE BEFORE RECYCLE

Did you know many cosmetics packaged in plastic are made of containers using 5 layers of different types of plastic (therefore not recyclable)... 😖

Back in the 70's, David Bowie may have put on the old physical sunscreens to find it left a white cast after application, making his face look paler than his neck or leaving a white residue on his skin. I'm sure Bowie would have somehow pulled it off as one of his iconic and captivating beauty looks. Not you or me though 🙈 Thankfully, those ghost face sunscreens are history, we have finally solved the riddle of how to formulate safe and natural zinc oxide and coconut solutions that diffuse the SPF evenly without compromising silky smooth, luxury textures or creating a white old school coverage.


“Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” —Walt Disney
“Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” —Walt Disney

PROUDLY 1% FOR THE PLANET MEMBERS

Despite hand making our products on a micro level, we still signed up to be 1% for the Planet members, because giving back to the planet is at the heart of our business ❤️ 1% is a global organisation that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Currently only 3% of total philanthropy is given to environmental causes, so we're helping your dollars help the planet.  

Get ready world, it's time for a NATURAL SUNCARE REVOLUTION.  No products have been tested on animals, just our mates who are pretty wild 🐺 Each product has been trialled and tested to meet high performance requirements for:

SunButter Oceans was founded by a young couple, Tom from England and Sacha from Melbourne, as a solution to the problem of chemical sunscreen pollution. The pair began by hand-making SunButter sunblock on the Ningaloo Reef, Western Australian for the whale shark guides, photographers, spearo's, divers and fishermen.

So what about before SunButter was even a twinkle in the pairs eyes,  before the pair had even met? Tom ditched his place at London's School of Economics to become a dive master and travel the world. He managed a conservation island in the Seychelles before becoming a naturalist guide, with a particular speciality in coral reef restoration 🐠 Sacha jumped from engineering to marine biology, whilst always carrying a special spot in her heart for living a natural, healthy, organic lifestyle. Growing up, Sacha's Swiss mother instilled in her the powerful benefits of natural-healing by treating ailments from colds, to cuts, to skin allergies with herbal remedies 🌿 The combined life experience of Tom and Sacha has made the perfect collaboration for product development of high quality natural sunscreen with a strong focus on giving back to the planet where it is most needed 🙏🏼🌏

1. YOU are the game changers and the kickstarters. Be part of SPREADING THE BUTTER by commenting with the name of your local store where you want to see SunButter stocked. WIN a free tin if they get onboard 🤙🏾🤙🏿🤙🏽🤙🏻 We'll fill out the map as we go! #SPREADTHEBUTTER

SO FAR, THESE ARE THE SUNBUTTER RETAILER HOTSPOTS
SO FAR, THESE ARE THE SUNBUTTER RETAILER HOTSPOTS

2. LIMITED EDITION ALEX KYDD POSTCARD :: Hand written thank you from Tom & Sacha. Option to get one or two and we'll post the second one to your mate of choice with a love note from YOU ❤️😉 Noth'n better than a lil unexpected delight 💫💛 


3. Get yourself the FIRST EVER released tins of SunButter SPF50 reef safe sunscreen  🥇


 4. Limited edition LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS 👣 organic cotton tees :: UNISEX | XS, S, M, L, XL, 


 5. TIN TOTE & TEE combo! A homage to PLASTIC FREE JULY 🐢🐠🐋🦈


6.  Keen to meet Tom and Sacha? They're offering their skills to take you on an unforgettable Mornington Peninsula adventure of your choice 😝🤟🏽🥳

7. LIMITED EDITION WILDLIFE PRINTS :: Collab with images from co-founder Sacha, framed in recycled timber by Tallman Construction. Comes signed with personalised Thank You 💋 and story behind the image. Print size measures 42.0 x 60.96cm, 16.53 x 24 inches (approximately  A2).

NEMO THE 7 METRE WHALE SHARK ::
NEMO THE 7 METRE WHALE SHARK ::
STANDING ON SHOULDERS OF PELI-CANS ::
STANDING ON SHOULDERS OF PELI-CANS ::
SOUL GAZE WITH A BABY GIANT  ::
SOUL GAZE WITH A BABY GIANT ::

8. Tune in for the lyrical mastery of co-founder Tom's remake on the classic Rime of the Ancient Mariner by S. T. Coleridge. Tom's Rime of the Modern Mariner paints how comfortable we've become, how we have resigned our superstitions of wilderness and with that our respect for nature. Misunderstanding its worth and all its wondrous glory. But hope is not lost... read on 🧐😌 A verse to be released every day of the Kickstarter, click on the link below:

END GOAL :: Bring SunButter to a store near you so we all have a choice to make Environmentally Smart part of the Sun Smart philosophy
END GOAL :: Bring SunButter to a store near you so we all have a choice to make Environmentally Smart part of the Sun Smart philosophy

It was a simple idea we thought could be achieved in six months 💡 Wrong. You see in Australia, sunscreen falls in the same category as medicine. Regulations under the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) state that SPF certification can only be claimed by products made in TGA approved facilities, therefore we could not claim our hand made products to have an SPF, even though they had been tested. We always say, one must accept the challenges so you can feel the acceleration of victory. So after two years of working with pharmacists to source the most ethical, environmentally sustainable and non-toxic ingredients, we are ready to launch our TGA certified SPF50 chemical free sunscreen. JOIN US in taking it to the nation and be part of our suncare revolution 😎🥳☀️

😁 THANK YOU 😁
😁 THANK YOU 😁

Is SunButter Sunscreen a product you want to see everywhere? Can you think of a friend or family member who you know will love it? Here are some links to our content to help you #spreadthebutter 💪🏼😝 SHARE, LIKE AND WIN a decades worth of SunButter products. That's 3 tins of your choice per year, until 2029! JUST share our kickstarter, like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and don't forget to tag us with @sunbutteroceans @SunButter Oceans

Short Facebook and Instagram size Mission Video : https://vimeo.com/348567922/a4a08dcfbf

Short Facebook and Instagram size Choose Your Own Adventure video: https://vimeo.com/347416808/035240775c

Facebook size Mission Video (3min): https://vimeo.com/347416808/035240775c

Risks and challenges

There are a lot of moving parts which always have challenges, especially when it comes to timelines. But we have done our best to make sure all the loose ends are taken care of. We have our suppliers lined up and ready to go, having already successfully ordered a small batch. Once this project is funded, we are confident that we will be able to produce and deliver our exceptional product to a store near you.

We will keep everyone posted of any developments and do our absolute best to fulfill the rewards on or before the posted dates.

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

Our rich non-aqueous solution means each tin lasts longer than the same volume of most other sunscreens.

Reusability and recyclability

We package in tin not plastic, which can be used to store many more things for you after all the SunButter is gone.

Sustainable materials

We have tracked the life cycle of each ingredient to ensure it is sustainably sourced.

Environmentally friendly factories

We manufacture SunButter Sunscreen in the sunny state of Western Australia, in a factory that is run entirely on solar power.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

We use Better Packaging Co. home compostable postage satchels to reduce our plastic footprint in postage .

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    HI-5 FROM THE PLANET

    Every donation counts! So we want to give you a HUGE THANK YOU from us and the planet. Your contribution is helping to remove chemical sunscreen from our blood stream and waterways, making a better future for us all.

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    LIMITED EDITION POSTCARD

    A collaboration with Alex Kydd, Ningaloo Reef photographer and SunButter ambassador to deliver epic handwritten thank you postcards from the founders.

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    DOUBLE DELIGHT LTD POSTCARDS

    One for you and one for your bestie! Have a personal thank you from the founders sent to you on our limited edition Alex Kydd postcards, AND we will write and send the second one on your behalf to a friend. Let us know their address and your message and help us deliver some unexpected delight ❤️💫😁

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    TIN KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

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    TINS FOR TWO

    Buy 2 tins and split postage with a mate!
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    TIN & TEE KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

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    TIN TOTE & TEE HOMAGE2 PLASTIC FREE JULY

    Celebrating Australia's first plastic free and plastic free packaged sunscreen.

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    THE WOLF PACK

    For the influencers in everyones lives who introduce us to good ideas. Spread the Butter with the whole pack.
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    CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

    Join SunButter Oceans founders on the Mornington Peninsula and get an insight into the hobbies that inspire their for purpose business:

    1. Snorkel with weedy seadragons or seahorses
    2. Surfari of Western Port reefs and/or the Peninsula back beaches
    3. Private yoga class with Iyengar yoga teacher and SunButter founder Sacha
    4. Private intro scuba dive with PADI instructor and SunButter founder Tom Hiney
    5. DIY beeswax wraps and salty locks hair serum workshop for the alchemists amongst us
    6. Guided wildlife walk on some of the best trails on the Peninsula, eyes out for eagles, wallabies, echidna, koalas and forest birds.

    Join us for a day full of the adventure you choose. We will pick you up and drop you off at Frankston station. Picnic lunch of local food provided. We will be in touch once the campaign has ended to organise a date. Frothing! YEEEW.

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    FRAMED LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPH

    Collab with images by co-founder Sacha, framed in recycled timber by Tallman Construction. Comes with SunButter certificate of authenticity, a personalised Thank You and story behind the image. Print size measures 42.0 x 60.96cm, 16.53 x 24 inches (approximately A2. NOTE will be larger with frame). Your choice of images, check out the THE REWARDS section.

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