chrono0 min.

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. A first group of 14 substances will be treated as a priority in 2020.  Homosalate is part of this first group. According to the World Health Organization (WHO). definition, homosalate is not an endocrine disrupter.
  • Available scientific data do not show any endocrine disruption effect of homosalate on aquatic fauna. 

What is it used for in our products?

Text block 5

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 authorised worldwide. It 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.


Suncare products: understanding the protection factor

Play the video
  • What impact do ultraviolet rays have on our skin?

  • Sun protection: a real public health issue


Sun filters

Sun filters are ingredients that absorb or reflect the UV rays from sunlight to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

  • Mexoryl® SX

    See more
  • Mexoryl®  XL

    See more
  • Octinoxate

    See more
  • Octocrylene

    See more
  • Oxybenzone

    See more
  • Sun filters

    See more
  • Titanium dioxide

    See more
  • Zinc oxide

    See more