Free shipping on all orders over $50  |  Play smart. Play safe. Non-toxic suncare

Sunscreen a MUST for Kendall and Kylie Jenner

by kelly / December, 16 2015 01:30
Say what you want about the Kardashian-Jenner family but one thing they believe in is sunscreen and I have to give them a thumbs up for that. At least this week I'm a fan because they have come out once again in support of sunblock. [More]

Tags: , , , ,

Ingredient Truths: What Are Antioxidants?

by kelly / October, 7 2015 01:30
This past weekend I was out to dinner with my girlfriends and while we were trading stories of diet and exercise, the subject of antioxidants came up. My friends all agreed they were important because they read something about them somewhere but no one actually knew what they were. Like my girlfriends, I'm sure most of you have heard or read about antioxidants. Have you ever wondered what they actually are and do? Well I'm here to help answer these questions in this week's Ingredient Truths post so you can be the smartest person at your next dinner party. [More]

Tags: ,

Ingredient Truths: Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate, Toxic or Not?

by kelly / August, 26 2015 01:30
I'm back with another one of our Ingredient Truth series blog posts and this time I'm tackling the two most commonly used forms of sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Why should you care? Well there's a lot of mixed info about their safety on the internet and since these two ingredients, according to some industry experts, can be found in close to 90% of shampoos and body washes, I think it's important to understand them. So is something this commonplace toxic for you? Well yes and no - I'll get to that below. [More]

Tags: , , , ,

The Unfortunate Reality of Sunscreen Shaming

by kelly / July, 15 2015 01:30
Yes sunscreen shaming is actually a thing that happens today and it's unfortunate. The whole idea of shaming - be it for shape, size, color or something else - is sad. With the growth of social media it's only made shaming more prevalent. Now we can add sunscreen to the list. I didn't think it was real until I saw an entire Reddit forum around it. Additionally, Allure did a recent article on this very subject. [More]

Tags: , , , ,

How Sunscreens Work: Mineral vs. Chemical

by kelly / July, 8 2015 01:30
Hope you are all enjoying the summer and getting in some fun at the beach and in the sun. Of course I also hope you are wearing sunscreen. I'm sure you are because you all are frequent readers of our suncare smarts education series! Lately a number of people have asked me how sunscreens work and specifically the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens. I'm here to answer this question for you all and add to our suncare smarts series... [More]

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Dangers of DIY Sunscreen

by kelly / June, 17 2015 01:30
There is a whole online DIY movement these days. I think in part due to the advent and popularity of great sites like Pinterest and Etsy. I'm a fan of this movement as it can create some really authentic products in our over-marketed environment. However I believe there are limits especially when it comes to sunscreen. I know you might be thinking, well that's convenient, you own a suncare company - but it's not about convenience - it's about safety and effectiveness. All sunscreens are actually a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated over the counter drug with multiple testing requirements. Additionally there are real dangers with creating your own sunblock. [More]

Tags: , , , , , ,

Ingredient Truths: Beauty Product Claims - Fact or Fiction?

by kelly / June, 10 2015 01:30
We all want a miracle drug that can completely reverse the signs of aging and make our skin look 10 years younger. And there are a lot of beauty and cosmetic products out there that market to that desire. But we've all heard the line that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. This week in our Ingredient Truths series I'm going to give some real talk about how these companies maybe making you over-pay for many false promises and how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is getting involved. [More]

Tags: , , , , ,

It's DON'T FRY DAY Today

by kelly / May, 22 2015 01:30
With Memorial Day around the corner and our great sale (ok I had to plug it) the official start of summer is here. Summer means warm weather, vacation, beaches and lots of sunshine. Of course at Block Island Organics summer also means sunblock (really it's year-round for us) and playing safe and smart in the sun. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention seems to agree. They've designated Friday, May 22nd as "Don't Fry Day" to encourage sun safety awareness as we head into summer. [More]

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Happy Earth Day!

by kelly / April, 22 2015 01:30
It's Earth Day today, April 22nd, 2015. Today is also the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. At Block Island Organics we are passionate about the outdoors so we care about the state of our environment. So in celebration we'd like to highlight some history, fun news and special offers around this important day. Additionally, we have our own special offer for Earth Day - use the code "earthday2015" from April 22-28th, 2015 to save 20% on our new Purifying Facial Cleanser and Revitalizing Night Cream. [More]

Tags: , , ,

Ingredient Truths: Phthalates, Should You and Can You Avoid?

by kelly / March, 25 2015 01:30
Ok I'm going to answer part of the question I pose in our title upfront. It's probably going to be difficult to avoid phthalates all together. Nevertheless there are ways to reduce your exposure to phthalates and we can help you with tips to do so. We want to present you with information on this topic so that you can make informed decisions. Finally we want to note that here at Block Island Organics our products do not contain phthalates. [More]

Tags: , , , ,