Oil Slick – John Harmon

Oil Slick Overview

Local SBCC student and surfer, John Harmon, was tired of cleaning the tar off his feet with harsh chemicals after he went surfing. So, he created his own eco-friendly non-toxic beach tar remover: Oil Slick™.

Oil Slick is a handmade formula designed to efficiently and effectively remove the beach tar off skin, shoes, sandals, and even surfboards. Oil Slick is completely non-toxic, eco-friendly, smells great and is made locally in the Santa Barbara County area.

Founder: John Harmon

About the Founder

John Harmon is currently attending Antioch University for a masters degree in Marketing and hopes to graduate by the end of 2017. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in entrepreneurship by growing Oil Slick into different markets. He grew up in Los Olivos CA and enjoys surfing, photography, hiking, traveling, and skateboarding.

I was always fascinated with the idea of starting my own business, I just never thought I would be starting Oil Slick. After participating in the Scheinfeld Center programs, entrepreneurship is now an option as a career which I am very interested in because I learned so much and have great confidence in what the program has given me.
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John Harmon's Story

John Harmon's Success Story

Oil Slick unique is unique because it provides a healthier and safer alternative to using other petroleum based products for removing tar off your feet such as gasoline, motor oil, and even baby oil is considered a petroleum based product.

The idea came about when John was walking back to his car after surfing and noticed a mom pouring gasoline on her young toddler, trying to get the tar off her child’s skin. It didn’t seem right to him, so he researched better ways to remove tar off skin and didn’t find an exciting result. That’s when he decided to develop a better tar remover people can trust.

Oil Slick is a handmade formula designed to efficiently and effectively remove the beach tar off skin, shoes, sandals, and even surfboards. Oil Slick is completely non-toxic, eco-friendly, smells great and is made locally in the Santa Barbara County area.

Awards & Scholarships

$5,000 for winning the 2015 New Venture Challenge. John used those funds to acquire a trademark for the brand and purchasing more inventory to sell.

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Oil Slick Beach Tar Remover