What is octocrylene?

Octocrylene is an organic sun filter. It mainly absorbs UVB radiation, known to cause tanning but also sunburns and skin cancer. 


To identify octocrylene in our products, take a look at the ingredients list on packaging. It can be found under the name “octocrylene”.

Where does it come from?


Octocrylene is composed of organic compounds (carbon compounds that absorb UV rays) transformed to obtain this sun filter.

What is it used for?

Octocrylene protects the skin from sun damage and premature ageing. It also helps prevent risks of skin cancer.

  • This filter mainly absorbs UVB radiation, and also short UVA radiation, which is responsible for ageing but also for skin cancer

  • Octocrylene remains stable and thus effective during sun exposure. It enables the use of avobenzone, a sun filter that is particularly effective against UVA rays by stabilising it

  • It allows sunscreen products to be water resistant

Why is it questioned?

Octocrylene is questioned due to its allergenic potential. Some cases of allergies by exposure to the sun (photo-allergies) have been identified as well as cases of transient skin irritation in contexts of high concentration of octocrylene. This ingredient is also accused of being an endocrine disruptor.


●    Octocrylene alone does not induce photoallergy. In general, cases of allergies to this ingredient are very rare.

●    According to the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission, octocrylene is not considered a photo-allergen or even an allergen.

●    Lastly, octocrylene is not an endocrine disruptor according to the definition by the World Health Organization, whose role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations.

Why and how do we use it?

  • We use octocrylene at a concentration level of 7% in products for adults and 3.5% in children's products, even though it is authorized at a concentration level of 10% in all formulas, regardless of the target.

    Whenever possible we even go beyond the regulation. We have developed with pediatricians a specific formulation chart for products destined to children, which limits the concentration level of octocrylene to 3.5%.

  • Octocrylene is necessary to stabilise avobenzone: their use in association enables to ensure an optimal performance (UVA + UVB coverage). 

    Alternatives to octocrylene do not provide a level of protection that is as sufficient.

  • As it is the case for all of our products, those containing octocrylene undergo a strict evaluation of their quality and safety before they are placed on the market anywhere in the world.

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