A synthetic compound used in sunscreens to protect the skin against the damaging effects of UV radiation.
It is a chemically synthesized ingredient.
Consumer concerns and what we know
WHO defines octocrylene as not an endocrine disruptor that affects growth and immune function.
Octocrylene has been studied for a long time in Europe, but it was concluded in 2021 that there is no endocrine disruptor action in the range of the concentration where UV formulation is permitted.
Researchers are discussing the effects on corals in the ocean. As of 2021, octocrylene is a permitted sunscreen ingredient in Hawaii, and is banned the use of sunscreens including octocrylene in Palau and the Virgin Islands (US).
We use octocrylene following our internal safety criteria and in line with cosmetic regulations in each country.
We are assessing the impact on coral by combining joint research with University lab who are working on research related to reef-building corals and coral reef organisms, with advanced simulation on ocean concentration. We are also developing formulas for minimizing effect on corals when octocrylene is used in the sunscreen for marine use.
We pay close attention to regulatory and research on environmental impact in each country and take agile action.