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Ingredient Dictionary

Below are some common ingredients you will find in Tropical Seas® Reef Safe Products. Detailed information about individual product ingredients is available by viewing the M.S.D.S. link, provided on each of our product pages.


Mineral derived Plant derived

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer
Lotion emulsifier – stabilizing agent.

Algae Extract (Hawaiian Seaplant)
Natural moisturizer and skin conditioner with healing properties, proven to penetrate the skin layers to rehydrate the skin cells.

Allantoin
Skin soother, helps reduce skin irritation.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (aloe vera L.)
Natural moisturizer and skin conditioner with healing properties for the skin.

Avocado Oil
Used for its skin moisturizing abilities.

Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone)
Category one sunscreen, helps protect against UVA-UVB rays.

Carrot Oil
Natural source for vitamins A & D. Antioxidant.

Cetyl Alcohol
Thickening agent and skin emollient is a wax not alcohol.

Cetyl Dimethicone
Helps with waterproofing as well as the slip and feel.

Chamomile (matricaria chamolilla/recutita L.)
Cooling and moisturizing anti- inflammatory that helps to reduce puffiness.

Citric Acid
Used to adjust pH of product.

Cocoa Butter
Natural moisturizer and skin emollient.

Coconut Oil
Excellent natural moisturizer and emollient.

Comfrey Root & Leaf (symphytum officinate L.)
Soothing anti-inflammatory, which helps with wrinkles and dry skin.

Coneflower (echinacea angustifolia)
Soothing and moisturizing anti- inflammatory.

Dandelion (taraxacum officinale)
Anti-itch, dry skin and nourishing.

Diazolidinyl Urea
Broad-spectrum preservative to help maintain product freshness.

Dmdm Hydantoin
A broad-spectrum preservative to preserve product freshness and integrity.

Elder Flowers (sambucus nigra L.)
Soothing, moisturizing, emollient.

Flavor
Added for taste as well as to assist with the products fragrance.

Fragrance
Custom blended in our laboratory from special blends of natural and essential oils. We feel that fragrance will cause irritation on sun sensitive skin areas so we omit them from any high SPF products.

Ginko (ginko biloba L.)
Anti-inflammatory, increases circulation, tissue irrigation also helps as anti-allergenic.

Ginseng (panax quinquefolium L.)
Skin conditioner and rejuvenator.

Glyceryl Stearate Se
Excellent moisturizer and emollient, used to assist in viscosity as well as whitening of lotion.

Grapeseed Oil
Used for its skin moisturizing abilities.

Green Tea (camellia sinensis L.)
Anti-Oxidant containing polyphenols. Anti-inflammatory.

Isopropyl Myristate
Helps with the slip and smoothness of the oil, moisturizes and conditions.

Isopropyl Palmitate
Excellent skin moisturizer and helps with slip of the lotion.

Kelp (macrocystis pyriferae agarth)
Healing and moisturizing emollient.

Lauroamphocarboxyglycinate-Cocamidopropyl Betaine-Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
A special Tropical Seas "Island Formula" mild blend of surfactants that are derived naturally from vegetables and plants to gently cleanse skin while moisturizing.

Lavender (lavender angustifolia)
Soothing, anti-bacterial, antiseptic.

Lemon Grass (andropogon citratus dc)
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic.

Lidocaine Hydrochloride
Used as a topical anesthetic, helps relieve the pain. NOTE: we use the synergistic effects of lidocaine combined with allantoin and Aloe Vera to soothe sunburned skin, yet meets FDA requirements of no more than 5 mg of Lidocaine per retail package without a child proof cap and is not considered an OTC-Drug.

Marshmallow Root (althea officinalis L.)
Soothing, emollient used for irritated skin.

Menthol
Used as a natural skin cooler, also helps provide a natural fragrance note in the product.

Methylparaben (Food Grade)
Preserves product freshness in water-soluble ingredients.

Octyl Methoxycinnamate
Category one sunscreen ingredient, helps protect against UVA-UVB rays.

Octyl Palmitate
Helps shift UV wavelength of active ingredients and helps with slip and smoothness.

Octyl Salicylate
Category one sunscreen ingredient, helps protect against UVB rays.

Panthenol
Skin moisturizer and conditioner.

Polyethylene
Waterproofing agent.

Polysorbate - 20
A mild surfactant to that makes the oils soluble into the water phase.

Propylene Glycol
Humectants - adds/draws moisture back to the skin.

Propylparaben (Food Grade)
Preserves products freshness of oil soluble ingredients.

Safflower Oil (Hi-Oleic)
Ultra light grade, used as moisturizer and skin emollient.

Sda Alcohol (Ethanol)
Grain derived, used in spray mists, hair spray as vehicle carrier. Used in Hand sanitizer as the kill agent.


Sesame Seed Oil
Natural oil used as the ingredient vehicle, lightweight and non- greasy.

Sodium Hydroxide
Neutralizes just enough to balance pH of finished products.

Sorbitol
Natural Humectants – helps to attract moisture to the skin.

Spearmint Oil
Used as a natural skin cooler, also helps provide a natural fragrance note in the product.

Squalane
Derived from olive oil squalene. Excellent emollient/moisturizer miscible with Human Sebum and penetrates through skin to rehydrate.

Stearic Acid
Moisturizer and emollient, waxy type material also used to help build viscosity of product.

Sweet Almond Oil
Natural moisturizer and emollient.

Tetrasodium Edta (Food Grade)
Used as chelating agent to help tie up ions in the water, keeps them from interfering with other ingredients.

Titanium Dioxide
Category one sunscreen, we use micronized to help block out UV rays on our high SPF product. No Whitening!

Tocopherol Acetate - dl (Vitamin E)
Natural emollient, skin nutrient and antioxidant, helps repair skin damage.

Tricontyl PVP
Waterproofing agent.

Triethanolamine
Neutralizer to balance the final product pH to that of the skin. pH range of 5.5 to 7.5.

Vitamin A
Helps promote skin cell reproduction.

Vitamin D
Helps promote healthy skin tissue.

Yarrow flowers (achillea millefolium L.)
Promotes healing as well as cleansing.