When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with early stage melanoma which is the most deadly form of skin cancer. As someone with fair skin, who lives in Southern California, and has a history of skin cancer, I am definitely someone who needs to wear sunscreen every day but didn’t.
I tried to find the perfect sunscreen I could wear every day and ended up learning about all the toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. Chemicals, like oxybenzone, found in sunscreens are comparable to synthetic estrogen which disrupts your hormone function and I was not okay with putting that on my body. On top of that, these chemicals are harming the ocean! They damage the DNA of coral reefs and have been linked to coral reef bleaching. I began to try natural sunscreens but they never worked with my makeup, usually had a weird smell, and were a workout to rub in. I knew there had to be an alternative and when I didn’t like any of the options available, I decided to make my own - and that’s when Coural Care was born!
During this time, I was an undergraduate student at San Diego State University studying Business Management, Entrepreneurship. I got involved with the startup incubator on campus, ZIP Launchpad, where I met amazing people and had resources available to explore this idea to see if it would be a viable business. After confirming there is a need for this product, I started the development phase. Throughout that process, I knew Coural Care had to be organic, plant based, reef safe, and cruelty free. I was not willing to budge on any of those values and even though that made this process way more difficult, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I would never sell anything that I didn’t love and am beyond excited that the idea is now a reality. Not only did I have skin cancer but I also have acne scars, mild eczema, and mild rosacea so I am quite the good test subject. After trying Coural Care for months and actually seeing my skin improve, I could not be more excited to share this with you.
I’m often asked why Coural Care is spelled the way it is with a “u” in there. It incorporates the beginning of my name, Courtney, because this started from my experience with melanoma. But I’m on a mission to help protect your skin while we protect our ocean and the only way to really make a difference is with “u”. So, thank you. :)