My bond to the ocean goes back to childhood years in Mauritius. As I became a reef scientist, I promised myself to fight for a world where future generations can experience the wonders of a vibrant, colourful reef like I did growing up. With People4Ocean we created a unique way of improving skin and ocean wellness hand-in-hand…both are so intricately connected after-all.
Born On A Reef
Our founders, Austin and Louise, met in 2012 on the Great Barrier Reef, while studying marine sciences. In 2015, they were called to the Indian Ocean to co-ordinate an international reef restoration project in the Seychelles, aiming to find and propagate coral reefs resistant to the impacts of climate change.
During their time in Seychelles working on the reef every day, Louise and Austin realised the sunscreen on their skin could be harming the very ecosystems they had dedicated their lives to protect. They were not sunscreen lovers to start with… Back then, they could only find sunscreen that was chemically-laden, unpleasant to use and harsh on the skin.
So, they set out on a journey to create sun care solutions genuinely good for people, and harmless to ocean life. Back in Melbourne in 2018, they joined forces with Australian skincare label LaGaia Unedited to create one-of-a-kind sun solutions eco-consciously formulated to protect the most sensitive skins while respecting our natural ecosystems and giving back to reefs worldwide. People4Ocean Sun Care was born!
In 2020, we entered People4Ocean sunscreens in the highly selective Australian Clean + Conscious Awards. Reviewed by a panel of 40 experts, the Awards celebrate products that work in perfect harmony with our bodies, our environment and our society.
We were incredibly proud, shocked and grateful when both our sunscreens received the highest rewards in all categories: GOLD Sunscreen & GOLD Kid Sunscreen.
This was an incredible milestone for our family-owned business and a validation of our incredible standards in safety, ethics, sustainability and responsibility.
Meet The P4O Leadership Team
P4O Sun Care is a story about skin health, ocean adventures and most of all, family. Together People4Ocean and LaGaia Unedited ; Mother, Daughters and Son, set out on a Global first. A natural sun system loved by skin, conscious of the environment and that gives back to ocean life. We believe our sun care solutions - and the people that use them - are a driving force towards healthier skin and cleaner oceans. Together we focus on what’s most important: Joie de Vivre and Mother Nature.
CO-FOUNDER & SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR
CO-FOUNDER & FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
At the age of 2, I took part in the "Swim with Dolphins" research program in Melbourne. Ever since, I was never too far from the ocean. My passion grew and eventually lead me to becoming a coral scientist. Corals never cease to amaze me in their beauty and diversity. They are an astonishing combination of plant and animal, and have bounced back from multiple extinctions throughout millions of years of evolution.
Jean & Kristen Laing
LAGAIA UNEDITED BEAUTY PARTNERS
Together Jean and Kristen have found the answer to the big question: what is 'wellness and beauty' and what do they really mean to women globally. Together, mother and daughter have modernised and streamlined LaGaia into its newest, UNEDITED form.