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What is homosalate?

Homosalate is an organic sun filter (from carbon). This filter mainly absorbs UVB radiation, which is responsible for tanning but also for sunburn and skin cancer. 

In our products, it appears in the list of ingredients on the packaging, under the name HOMOSALATE.

Where does it come from?

Homosalate is a synthetic organic compound (based on carbon, oxygen and hydrogen) that absorbs UV rays.

Where does it come from?

Why is it used?

Homosalate protects the skin from the sun's harmful effects, which can lead to skin cancer in the long-term. 
Homosalate remains stable and therefore provides effective protection during exposure to the sun.

  • Absorbs UV rays

  • Anti sunburn

  • Stability and effectiveness

Why is it questioned?

Homosalate is suspected of being an endocrine disruptor for humans and aquatic wildlife.  

The Facts

  • Under the European Cosmetics Regulation, the European Commission has identified 28 substances suspected of being endocrine disruptors. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) is responsible for examining their possible endocrine activity that is harmful to consumer safety. In this context, the SCCS published an opinion in June 2021, where it examined the specific case of facial sun protection products, excluding aerosol spray products. It stated that the use of homosalate as a UV filter in this type of product is safe for consumers, with a maximum concentration of 7.34%.
  • In the case of homosalate, the European Commission regulation of November 2022 states that as of January 1, 2025, the marketing of cosmetic products containing homosalate will only be allowed in the European Union for facial sun protection products (excluding aerosol spray products) with a homosalate concentration below 7.34%.
  • The available scientific data do not show any endocrine disruption effect of homosalate on aquatic fauna. 

What is it used for in our products?

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We use homosalate in our sunscreen products in combination with all other sunscreens. This sun filter is a very good solvent for other filters, thus limiting the use of other oily compounds and limiting the greasiness and stickiness of products.

Homosalate is biodegradable, does not bioaccumulate and has no known aquatic toxicity. Its favourable environmental profile is confirmed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

As with all our products, those containing homosalate are systematically subjected to a strict evaluation of their quality and safety for the consumer. This is a fundamental principle that we apply throughout the world.


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