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For so many of us, getting married on an island is the ideal destination wedding.
Aruba’s beautiful beaches and nearly unending days of sunshine assure flawless nuptials. But nothing can put a little sting into your wedding day than a sunburn. Aruba’s cooling trade winds can be deceiving—those rays are strong and sunscreen is your best friend on the island and should be applied daily while enjoying the outdoors.
Later in 2019, sunscreens with oxybenzone will be banned on Aruba, as the chemical is harmful to our precious coral reefs. Two local companies are producing mineral-based, reef-safe sunscreen, and adding these to your guests’ welcome goodie bag is a great way to support local products while also protecting your guests from the sun’s harmful rays.
Hand-crafted by local entrepreneur and owner of Arubalife Organics, Julienne Heronimo offers her Reef-Safe Organic Sunscreen Butter with natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, bee’s wax, and non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide. The ingredients are all biodegradable as well. While not waterproof, it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and should be reapplied after swimming or exercising. The SPF is 30, providing UVA/UVB protection.
You can order Arubalife Organic’s Reef-Safe Organic Sunscreen Butter online at arubalife.com. The products can be delivered to your address in the U.S., or you can save space in your luggage and have them delivered to your hotel on your arrival date.
Aloe has been cultivated on Aruba since 1840 and at one time the island was the largest exporter of aloe in the world. Today, Aruba Aloe (founded in 1890), produces a wide-range of aloe-based products, including a line of sunscreens and sun-care products. In 2018, Aruba Aloe introduced a mineral-based sunscreen that’s safe for our environment and offers broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also hypoallergenic and contains locally-grown, moisturizing aloe vera gel.
There are several Aruba Aloe boutiques on the island, as well as an online store you can visit at www.arubaaloe.com.
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