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    SPF 32 is back! And it's better than ever!

    SPF 32 is back! And it's better than ever!

    Our SPF 32 sunscreen is back on our shelves and better than ever! It has a new improved formula and a cute new tube. To try it out, click here.

    In keeping with our ongoing efforts to provide full transparency, the following is a letter from our founders including details about our new sunscreen:

    To all of our loyal customers and fans,
    Since our launch over five years ago, we’ve been working hard at developing the safest, most gentle products for your family.   We are proud of the stringent standards to which we hold our company. Our Dolphin Organics™ line is certified to NSF/ANSI 305 standards by QAI Inc.  Recently, we also took the extra step to work diligently with the Environmental Working Group and are thrilled to now be EWG VERIFIED™. It is always our highest priority to create all-natural products which meet these premium standards and yet still deliver efficacy.       

    With regards to our DO Naturals™ broad spectrum sunscreen, this means providing an effective, safe product that has been honored with rave reviews by customers, retailers and the press. Our sunscreen has been given the thumbs up by The Baby Guy NYC, All Natural Mom 101, Glamorganic Goddess and Florum Fashion. And, our most scrutinizing panel – customers like yourself – have continuously posted 5 star reviews online .

    We highly value the feedback provided by our customers, partners and Dolphin Moms™.  Many of our customers love how well our sunscreen rubs into skin compared to other mineral sunscreens, but some found the consistency thick and told us that it left a bit more white residue than they desire. This is a natural side effect of any sunscreen that is free of nanoparticles, but we took a closer look at our formula to see if it could be improved upon. After much research, we established a new recipe that disappears better than ever and still provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.  

    The active ingredients in our SPF 32 sunscreen remain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and our sunscreen remains food-grade and vegan. Here are details about the changes we made to the other ingredients:

    • We removed Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Glycerin and Lactic Acid and replaced them with Watermelon extract, Pomegranate extract and Corn.
    • We removed Macadamia Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, so that our sunscreen could be used by families with nut allergies. We also removed Cocoa Butter and replaced all three with Avocado Oil which provides the same hydrating benefits.
    • We added Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate to improve the efficacy of our preservative system and ensure a stable product once exposed to the pools, beaches, sands and other outdoor elements
    • All of the other ingredients remain the same.

     

    Currently these changes have only been made to our SPF 32 sunscreen, but we do plan to make the same changes to our SPF 50 next summer.

     

    We are excited to share this new sunscreen with you and are looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    One of the many benefits of being a small family business is that we can remain nimble and responsive to your families’ needs.  We look forward to growing our family with yours.  
    Yours naturally,
    Ayo & Nigel Hart

    Founders

    Dolphin Organics

    5 Ideas to Spark Your Lunchbox Imagination

    5 Ideas to Spark Your Lunchbox Imagination

    Most of the staff here at Dolphin Organics™ are busy moms with school-aged kids. We realized in June that most of our kids were taking same things to school every. single. day. We all vowed to switch it up just a little bit this year to bring some variety to their lunchboxes.

    The challenge? Some of our kids are pretty picky eaters, while others have adventurous palates. We swapped tips and came up with 5 healthy ideas that can be tweaked to suit anyone's tastes.

    1. Pasta

    Whether a cold pasta salad or something warm served in a Thermos, pasta makes for a satisfying lunch. For extra staying power, use a pasta that isn't made from white flour. We like gluten-free brown rice spaghetti (the thinner the noodle, the closer the taste is to flour-made pasta). Or you can use a pasta-like whole grain, like quinoa or farro, as your base instead.

    Add ins: shredded cheese, olives, veggies (cooked or raw), tomato sauce, pesto, pine nuts, grilled chicken, a curry powder/oil combo, etc.

    Serve with: An apple, peeled orange, plum, grapes or other easy-to-pack fruit.

    2. Smoothies-To-Go

    Sound messy? It doesn't have to be. Plastic freezer jars make transporting vitamin-packed smoothies a possibility. Blend up your favorite combination of nutritious fruits and veggies ahead of time, then pour and freeze. Send the jar into school with a spoon. It'll be just the right consistency at lunchtime.

    Add ins: Smoothie possibilities are endless. We like this kid-friendly green smoothie. Other favorites: banana berry smoothies or, for an indulgent treat, a combo of frozen banana, milk and unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Serve with: Granola, crackers, nuts (if allowed), popcorn, or another carbohydrate-rich snack.

    3. Something-Butter Sandwich

    Many schools won't allow peanut butter in their classrooms these days, but there are tons of other smearable options. Pick your child's favorite bread and spread on something filling.

    Add ins: Almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter, soy butter and plain old cream cheese with an all-fruit jam are favorites.

    Sides: Edamame, yogurt, an easy-to-pack fruit.

    4. Hard Boiled Egg

    Packed with protein that keeps hunger at bay, a hard boiled egg is the easiest lunch of them all. Boil a batch on Sunday and keep them ready to pop in lunch boxes each morning. Peel just before packing so kids aren't fumbling with the shells during their all-too-brief lunch period.

    Add ins: Make deviled eggs with mustard/mayo/paprika and keep in a sandwich box; slice and put on top of rice or in a salad; or dice to make an egg salad sandwich or wrap.

    Serve with: Fruit, cut up carrots, celery or cucumber.

    5. Soup

    Break out that insulated container again and pack a hearty, healthy soup for lunch. Our picky eaters like chicken noodle or tomato rice, the more adventurous will nosh on Thai curry soup or veggie-packed minestrone and pasta fagioli.

    Add ins: Toss in cooked brown rice or another whole grain to make the soup more filling. For choosy eaters, you can try blending up a veggie and sneaking it in.

    Serve with: Crackers, a buttered roll, a cheese stick, fruit.

    Kids DOing Good

    Kids DOing Good

    It is truly inspiring to see how one idea, put into action, can make a huge difference.  Great ideas can come from anywhere – and all it takes is a group of dedicated people to turn these into reality.  Last month, Dolphin Organics had the chance to witness a success story in the making: a group of third graders at Stony Point Elementary in North Rockland, NY who truly had the chance to learn about the tasks involved in running a business, and subsequently created a successful one of their own. Just a few years ago, founder of Dolphin Organics, Ayo Hart discussed how she began and runs her business with this class of third graders.  This lesson plan inadvertently evolved into one of the most successful businesses I’ve ever come across, with 100% of its profits going to charity.  And so, Team LaBier was born. 

    We began the day in the third grade classroom where it all began.  By connecting with the students, Dolphin Organics was able to learn about how these CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc. run their successful business.  Several of the students hold positions in Team LaBier, such as the advertising team, financial team, research team, etc.
     
    Class member Emma excitedly exclaimed “I’m a CEO!...There are different teams who are in charge of different things.”  She discussed how the financial team helps to count the money, and the advertising team helps to make keychains.  Each and every student has a place in the business where they can truly see their actions making a difference. By working together, this class was able to raise over $20,000 for local organization, Friends of Karen, and also Stand Up 2 Cancer.
     
    The ceremony began with the teacher who started it all, Mrs. LaBier, who excitedly exclaimed the various successes of the team.  From Sports Day, to the support of countless community members, Team LaBier has truly made an impact this year, and this breakfast helped to celebrate those who made it possible.  Ms. LaBier and her students handed out various plaques to different businesses and people, all with a personal relation to either the students or the community.  After watching an inspirational video on Stand Up 2 Cancer, it was clear to see just how personal this charity is to the community, along with Friends of Karen.  In a world where so many are diagnosed with cancer, it is important to support charities like these that directly benefit cancer research and patients.
     
    After the ceremony, I had the chance to sit down and talk to the amazing LaBier students.  Most of them excitedly talked about Sports Day and how they individually called local businesses in order to find sponsors for the event.  There was a huge turnout, and many of them excitedly remember the day and just what it meant for their team.  One student Amara happily reflected on the fact that “the Sports Day money went to charity!”  The students can truly see how their initiative and dedication can make a difference.
     
    Team LaBier would not have been successful without Ms. LaBier herself, the teacher who propelled the students to action, Ayo Hart, with her business talk and sponsorship, and of course, the students themselves.
    by Stefanie Kushner