Oxybenzone
What is

Oxybenzone

A synthetic compound that belongs to a group of chemicals known as benzophenones. It is widely used in household products, sunglasses, food packaging, etc. In cosmetics, it absorbs UV radiation, protecting skin and the cosmetics product itself.

Origin

It is a naturally occurring chemical found in various flowering plants; however, the oxybenzone used in the cosmetics industry is of synthetic origin.

Consumer concerns and what we know

WHO defines oxybenzone as not an endocrine disruptor that affects growth and immune function.
On the other hand, Oxybenzone is suspected to be a potential endocrine disruptor in Europe, and the European Commission is conducting further safety investigations to decide its status as a permitted cosmetics ingredient.
The state of Hawaii prohibited sales of primary sunscreen products incorporating oxybenzone in July 2018 and Palau and Thai National Park ban the use of sunscreen containing oxybenzone for leisure purpose, due to its concerns around coral bleaching.

Our stance

We are developing and reformulating our products to remove oxybenzone in line with country regulations and our own safety criteria.