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Two-in-One: Reef Safe™ BackCountry SPF 30+ With Natural Citronella Oil

Shields More Than UV Rays

ORMOND BEACH, FL (Sept. 7, 2010): The Great Outdoors is meant to be enjoyed, and Reef Safe’s BackCountry is a must-have for all enthusiasts taking advantage of it. ReefSafe™ SunCare by Beach Buff® has added natural citronella oil to their biodegradable SPF 30+ Sunscreen Spray to make “BackCountry,” a sunscreen that shields against pesky insects.

Consumers reported that BackCountry also wards off yellow flies, sweat flies and no-seeums… a variety of uninvited guests that can turn your excursion from fun to frenzy.

Reef Safe SunCare by Beach Buff was introduced by Tropical Seas® of Ormond Beach, FL, as a sunscreen scientifically proven to biodegrade in oceans, lakes and rivers; thus protecting fragile ecosystems while protecting your skin. The sunscreen line was an immediate hit, and was named the official sun care product of the 2010 Professional Tarpon Tournament Series. Reef Safe was also field tested on the shore of Boca Grande Pass by numerous Captain and Crew members fishing the PTTS.

“For our consumers that spend long hours on the water, especially those in the fishing industry, sun damage and insects are two of their biggest annoyances,” says Dan Knorr, CEO and President of Tropical Seas. “After much experimentation to provide a sunscreen that also fends off insects, we’ve had great feedback on BackCountry with Citronella from fishing guides and captains, and we look forward to its launch in the market.”

But it’s not all about the double-duty formula, or the fact that it’s waterproof and easy to spray on. BackCountry still had to meet Reef Safe’s eco-friendly standards. There are other sunscreen and repel combos out there, but none, currently on the market, can scientifically substantiate a biodegradeable claim.

A comprehensive series of independent laboratory tests concluded that 99 percent of Reef Safe sunscreens biodegrade in oceans, lakes and rivers. Reef Safe’s non-toxic to sea-life formula in BackCountry gives an outdoorsman piece of mind by protecting their skin and the marine life they respect.

BackCountry 8.45 ounce (250 ml) retails at $10.00. Reef Safe by Beach Buff sunscreens are available in resort locations across the U.S. Sunbelt, Hawaii and throughout the Caribbean islands, and online.

About Reef Safe SunCare

ReefSafe™ SunCare by Beach Buff®, manufactured and distributed by Ormond Beach, Fla. based Tropical Seas, Inc., addresses well-documented concerns about the damage done to reefs and marine life by the 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of toxic sunscreens estimated to wash off swimmers into the oceans every year. Reef Safe sunscreens were subjected to a comprehensive series of independent laboratory tests to support and authenticate the biodegradability of the lotions. The research found that Reef Safe SunCare products biodegrade, on average, less than 90 days in seawater and freshwater. No evidence of toxicity to microorganisms and other sea life was detected. Research also found that Reef Safe’s waterproof formula allows less than three percent of the product to come off in water, which compares favorably to the estimated 25 percent of mass-market brand lotions that come off in water.

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