Some of the brands, as of 2015, that make sunblock that doesn't contain oxybenzone include Badger, Purple Prairie, Soléo Organics, UV Natural and California Baby. Other brands of sunscreen that don't contain oxybenzone are Little Forest, Vanicream, All Terrain, Carribean Solutions and Estion.
Oxybenzone's primary function is to absorb harmful ultraviolet light, although research shows that the compound can penetrate the skin and enter the body's bloodstream. The Environmental Working Group and other toxicology experts believe oxybenzone is potentially harmful and may be linked to hormone disruption. It is also hypothesized that the compound causes cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
In contrast, both the American Academy of Dermatology and the Food and Drug Administration state that oxybenzone is safe to use. The FDA approved the use of oxybenzone as an effective form of broad-spectrum protection from UV radiation in 1978. The FDA also approved the use of the compound in sunscreens for use on children older than 6 months.
When choosing a sunscreen, its SPF should be between 15 and 50. It should also offer UVA, UVB or broad-spectrum protection for the best defense from harmful rays. Some people who are concerned about using chemicals that are potentially toxic choose to avoid brands that contain ingredients such as oxybenzone and retinyl palminate.