Mixing science with nature - Part two
Sam Loader, the man who adds the science to Triumph and Disaster’s products, was particularly challenged when it came to creating the sunscreen No Dice.
The concept was for a natural sunscreen that was light and non-greasy.
Added in to the mix was the New Zealand regulation that the SPF has to be 20 per cent above than on the label. And then there were the stringent Aussie rules to comply to.
From the original concept Sam worked with the natural SPF agents zinc and titanium.
He then worked with sunscreen formulations that could be manipulated to give a non-greasy feel.
“With No Dice it is the oils that go into the product,” Sam says.
“By using light oils we could give an absorbing feel that left the skin feeling dry. We used a few natural extracts to help promote skin care and anti-oxidant properties, such as green tea, sunflower extract.”
It was a challenge to get the zinc to become invisible. Cricket fans will be familiar with how zinc was used as a kind of war paint by the likes of Aussie Glen McGrath. White lines were drawn across the top of players’ faces. It may have been effective on the cricket pitch but it is unsightly in real life.
“You need a high amount of zinc and it will remain on the surface of the skin, but you wont feel it and it wont be white. Sam says. It took a good six to eight months to perfect the formula.”
It was worth the time and effort to produce a truly exceptional sunscreen. Triumph & Disaster founder Dion Nash says working together on No Dice worked well.
“Even though it took a while it was a really clean process. We first developed a really great sunscreen that was performing well but was a little too heavily reliant on a few synthetic ingredients. So, we said you have got the performance right but we need to make it more natural. It was a really good process and we worked really well together on it. These guys brought some incredible science to the table and we thought it was amazing.
There is always a great moment when you have an idea and what comes back is actually better than you thought was possible.”
Sam feels proud when he sees the finished Triumph & Disaster product on the shelves, even though he doesn’t get any credit on the label. He also uses the product himself.
“Not only being a chemist but male as well, the products are functional. They do a lot of specific things that I want them to do.
There is a lot of natural product, which is a bonus. They are good for your skin and more forgiving on the environment.
It has been a learning curve and there have been some challenges and a lot of hours spent researching. But that is the way with products that are at the forefront and that is what Triumph & Disaster is doing, they are at the forefront of men’s cosmetics.”
Plenty of science and nature.