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Episode 199: The New doTERRA Sun Care Line

In this episode we sit down with Bekah Nixon, Vice President of Global Product Innovation at doTERRA, to talk about the exciting launch of the new doTERRA Sun Care Line. She'll discuss why the Sun Care Line was created, why it's so exciting, and some of the amazing ingredients that you can find in the sun care products.

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doTERRA: Dermatologists recommend wearing SPF every single day. But it can be hard to find a sunscreen brand you trust. Thankfully, that's where doTERRA steps in to provide you a natural solution you can count on.

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Today we're excited to talk to Bekah Nixon, vice president of global product innovation at doTERRA, all about the brand-new doTERRA sun care line. Bekah, we are so excited to sit down with you today. I think this is a topic that so many people are eager to learn more about. So let's just jump right in and start with why did doTERRA decide to create a sun care line?

Bekah Nixon: Well, first off, thank you so much for having me here! And that is a great way to kick it off. So now there's a few reasons, but the main one is because we knew the sun care industry needed more brands that were trustworthy.

Now, consumers haven't always been aware that sunscreens are traditionally formulated with a ton of chemicals that are not good for you. I mean, did you know this?

doTERRA: I mean, a little bit, but not to the extent that I should.

Bekah: So something happened in the last few years, and it was in 2020, that grabbed consumers’ attention around this issue. So more people became aware. And maybe that's when it really started coming to the top for you, too, as a consumer.

So benzene, which is a known carcinogen, was detected in sunscreen products across the market, and this resulted in a massive recall. Now, because of this, some of the heaviest hitters in the sun care industry lost the trust of their consumers.

And this left the door wide open for a new player to step in and change the game. And, you know, at doTERRA we built our reputation around being diligent in the hunt for clean and natural ingredients and providing those products that are safe and effective. So it felt like the perfect time for us to step up into this space and provide a solution for sun care.

doTERRA: I love that. And like you said, I love that doTERRA makes sure that that reputation for those clean ingredients and really providing something that you don't have to worry about. You don't have to wonder if in ten years there's going to be some news flash saying, “oh, you shouldn't have been using this,” because you can just rely on the care that doTERRA puts into their products.

Now, can you tell us a little bit about each of the different products in the sun care line?

Bekah: I would love to. So the Sun family consists of three types of SPF products. So we have a lotion, a spray, and a stick. And this line also includes an after-sun product. Now, all of the SPF products utilize a non-nano zinc oxide for all mineral sun protection. So that's key. This is a mineral—these are mineral based formulas. That's what makes them so safe.

doTERRA: Right.

Bekah: Now, these products range from SPF 30 to 40. They offer UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection, one of the key things you want to look for. And they utilize a proprietary blend of essential oils such as Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Helichrysum, and coconut CO2.

Now, most importantly, they're free from oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, dyes, synthetic fragrances. And one of my favorite features is they're vegan friendly. Another one is their cruelty free, reef safe, and water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes. So you can play a little bit longer in the sun safely.

doTERRA: Well, those are all the things that people love to hear!

Bekah: Yeah. Oh, and I’ve got to tell you what's in the after sun. So this is not just for after sun. It's for everyday use. But it really was designed to help restore the skin after you've been playing out in the sun. So it has Copaiba, Lavender, Peppermint, and Helichrysum as far as essential oils go and some other just amazing ingredients like aloe, you know, that are so soothing for the skin.

doTERRA: And that's what's amazing about this line is you not only have those mineral SPFs that are helping you out, but you have that extra benefit of the essential oils and doTERRA products that you already love for your skin.

Bekah: They are, I think, going to be one of the most popular lines that doTERRA has for people as they go out and have adventures. And it'll be a product they take with them everywhere. So we're really proud of this.

doTERRA: So, Bekah, you've detailed all of these amazing different ingredients and the thought behind it. Can you tell us more about why this release is so exciting?

Bekah: So, you know, on top of including innovative products and clean formulations, this is a particularly exciting product launch because it's been a long time coming. You know, we have multiple systems for submitting product ideas and requests and sun care has consistently been one of the most requested products.

doTERRA: Right, I absolutely agree. I think I have heard whispers of people wanting sun care for years and years. So it is just thrilling that doTERRA can fulfill that promise and on top of that, make a product that people are going to fall in love with.

Bekah: That's what gets us up every morning as a product team and gets us going is we love bringing our customers the best, latest innovative products.

doTERRA: So you mentioned a bunch of different ingredients. What are some of these special, amazing ingredients that you really want to highlight that we're going to see in doTERRA’s sun care line?

Bekah: Well, the most obvious one, and we've talked about it, is the non-nano zinc oxide, which is one of the most common mineral sunscreen filters. It's safe, water-resistant, and non-irritating.

The sunscreen lotion and sunscreen spray, those both contain restorative ingredients like avocado oil, raspberry seed oil, aloe vera, turmeric extract, jojoba esters, vitamin E, and more. I mean, these products are stacked. They are loaded with amazing ingredients.

The sunscreen stick, now, that one contains some amazing ingredients as well, including shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E.

And the after-sun mist has ingredients that are soothing, like aloe vera and hyaluronic acid and green tea.

And then, as I mentioned before, they all contain our CPTG® essential oils to boost the skin benefits of each formula and of course make them smell amazing.

doTERRA: I love all of that, and I especially love that they smell good. It is such a disappointment to open up a new skincare product and not like the smell of it because you know it's going to follow you around all day.

Bekah: Yes!

doTERRA: Now, Bekah, we have learned so much from you, and I feel so excited to get my hands on these new sun care products. But before we end, I have to know what is your favorite product in the line and why?

Bekah: Oh, my goodness. This is a tough question. It's like choosing my favorite child. You know, they're all amazing and they each have their place in my routine. So it really depends on the day. That said, I think the stick is so cool. It's just so cool. It's—I love it because it's just this chunky, twist-up packaging, and the formula just glides on your skin.

Also, I don't think I'll ever be able to live without the after-sun mist. I use it every single day. It's perfect for recovering from a day in the sun, but it's also just great for giving your skin a little love, rain or shine.

Now for our podcast listeners, I have an exclusive pro-tip. So straight out of the shower, I spray on the after-sun mist and then lock in the benefits with Yarrow|Pom body serum. I hope you've tried this. If you haven't, you're going to love this combo: after-sun and then Yarrow|Pom serum. It is the most luxurious, glowy, hydrating experience. So from head to toe, you are going to love this.

doTERRA: Well, that's something I definitely have to add to my routine. Bekah, it has been incredible to talk to you today to learn directly from the source about all these incredible products that doTERRA has designed for the sun care line.

Bekah: Thank you so much for having me. I can't wait for everyone to get these products into their home and hear how you're using them and the adventures you're taking them on and how much you love them.

doTERRA: Thanks for joining us and congratulations on living a healthier lifestyle with essential oils. If you want to try any of the products you learned about, click on the link in the episode description or find a Wellness Advocate near you to place an order today. And remember, if you liked what you heard today, rate, review, and subscribe wherever you listen.

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