Test: Here are the sunscreens without problematic substances

13. jul 2017

Sun creams can contain ingredients that are allergenic or suspected to be endocrine disrupting. A test from The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals gives you 14 good choices without problematic substances.

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Sunscreen test chemicals
Photo: Niels Søndergaard

Sunscreens tested for problematic substances

In a test of sunscreens 47 products have been examined by The Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals. The test focuses on ingredients that can be allergenic or are suspected of being endocrine disrupting.

The test shows that it is possible to find products without unwanted chemicals on the market. A total of 14 out of 47 sun creams received the best mark in the test and were without perfume and a long range of known problematic substances.

The UV-filter in the sunscreen can be problematic

The sun lotions with a low mark in the test typically contain a UV-filter which is suspected to be endocrine disrupting.

A sun cream with suspected endocrine disruptors does not constitute a health risk in itself. But scientists are worried about the so-called cocktail effect – the fact that you are exposed to problematic chemicals from many sources through-out your day. Therefor it is recommended that you avoid these substances when possible.

There are several sun creams with perfume in the test. If you want to minimize the risk of developing perfume allergy, you should also pick one without perfume.

In tests products receive the scores A, B and C

‘A’ – The product is a good choice. It does not contain a number of problematic substances.

‘B’ – The product is free from a number of problematic substances, but it contains perfume or substances that may affect the environment. You may choose to avoid the B products if you want to minimize the risk of fragrance allergy and take maximum account of the environment.

‘C’ - The product contains problematic substances, e.g. substances suspected of being endocrine disrupting. The substances are usually permitted for use and each product is not harmful in itself, but they contribute to your overall exposure to problematic substances.

See the full test (in Danish).

Products with an A are without problematic substances and perfume

Änglamark Sun lotion SPF 30

Apotekets Sol lotion SPF 30

Avivir Aloe Vera Sun Lotion SPF 30

Beauté Pacifique Stay Outside SPF 30

Derma Sollotion SPF 30

Green People Scent Free sun lotion SPF 30

Ideel Solcreme SPF 30

Irmas Tusindfryd Sollotion SPF 30

Levevis Sun protection lotion SPF 30

Lovena Sunspray kids SPF 30

Matas Sollotion without perfume SPF 30

Melissa SPF 30

Minirisk Sollotion SPF30

SunCircle Sun Lotion SPF 30

Products with B contain perfume and/or environmentally problematic substances

Annemarie Börlind Sun Milk SPF 30 (the fragrances benzyl alcohol, linalool, limonene, benzyl salicylate, citronellol and citral can cause allergy)

Avène Lotion SPF 30 (perfume can cause allergy and disodium EDTA which can be problematicproblematic inin the environment)

Biotherm Fluide solaire for wet or dry skin SPF 30 (the fragrances linalool, geraniol and citral can cause allergy. Disodium EDTA can be problematic inproblematic in the environment)

Cien Sun lotion classic SPF 30 (the fragrances linalool, limonene, benzyl salicylate, eugenol, citronellol and coumarin can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA can be problematic inproblematic in the environment)

Clarins Sun care cream SPF 30 (the fragrances hexyl cinnamal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, linalool, limonene, amyl cinnamal, coumarin, citronellol, alpha-isomethyl ionone and geraniol can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA can be problematic inproblematic in the environment)

Clinique Mineral sunscreen lotion SPF 30 (Disodium EDTA and zinc oxide can be problematic in problematic in the environment)

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sun Protection milk SPF 30 (the fragrances eugenol, linalool, benzyl alcohol can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA can be problematic in problematic in the environment)

Ilse Jacobsen Seaweed sun body lotion SPF 30 (perfume and the plant extract rosa canina fruit extract can cause allergies)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios lotion SPF 30 (Disodium EDTA can be problematic in problematic in the environment)

Lancôme Soleil bronzer SPF 30 (the fragrances eugenol, limonene, benzyl salicylate, benzyl alcohol, linalool, geraniol citral and the plant extract rosa canina fruit extract can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA can be problematic in problematic in the environment)

Lavera Sun cream SPF 30 (the fragrances limonene, linalool, geraniol, citronellol, citral, coumarin, eugenol, benzyl benzoate and benzyl alcohol can cause allergies. Limonene and benzyl benzoate can be problematic in problematic in the environment)

Nivea Sun protect and moisture SPF 30 (the fragrances linalool, limonene, benzyl alcohol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, citronellol and coumarin can cause allergies. Trisodium EDTA and limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Oh-lief Natural sunscreen body SPF 30 (zinc oxide can be problematic in the environment)

Rudolph sun body lotion SPF 30 (perfume can cause allergy)

Sun Milk Sensitive SPF 30 (Disodium EDTA can be problematic in the environment)

The Organic Pharmacy Cellular protection sunscreen SPF 30 (the fragrances limonene, linalool, hexyl cinnamal, geraniol, citral, eugenol and the plant extract rosa canina fruit oil can cause allergies. Zinc oxide and limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Vichy Fresh hydrating milk SPF 30 (perfume can cause allergy and disodium EDTA which can be problematic in the environment)

Vichy Ultra-melting milk-gel SPF 30 (perfume can cause allergy and disodium EDTA which can be problematic in the environment)

Vores Sollotion SPF 30 (the fragrances citral, citronellol, coumarin, geraniol, limonene and linalool can cause allergies. Limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Yves Rocher Comfort lotion SPF 30 (Perfume among other isoeugenol can cause allergy. Tetrasodium EDTA can be problematic in the environment)

Products with C contain problematic chemicals

Active by Charlotte I’m hot sun lotion SPF 30 (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is suspected to be endocrine disrupting)

Coola Classic body sunscreen unscented SPF 30 (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The plant extracts citrus aurantium dulcis fruit extract and rosa canina fruit extract can cause allergies)

Decléor Aroma sun expert SPF 30 (cyclopentasiloxane is suspected to be endocrine disrupting and it can be problematic in the environment. The frangrances benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, geraniol, citronellol, coumarin and the plant extracts jasminum officinale flower extract and rosa damascena flower oil can cause allergies. Tetrasodium edta and limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Estee Lauder Bronze goddess sunscreen SPF 30 (benzophenone-3 is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. Perfume and the plant extract jasminum officinale flower cera can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA can be problematic in the environment)

Garnier Ambre Solaire Light & Silky SPF 30 (ethylparaben and methylparaben are suspected to be endocrine disrupting. Perfume can cause allergy. Disodium EDTA can be problematic in the environment)

Korres Sunscreen face & body emulsion yoghurt SPF 30 (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. Perfume can cause allergy)

Lancaster Sun beauty velvet milk SPF 30 (BHT, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, propylparaben and sodium methylparaben are suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The fragrances alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, butylphenyl methylpropional, cinnamal, cinnamyl alcohol, citronellol, eugenol, farnesol, geraniol, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde and linalool can cause allergies. The plant extracts citrus aurantium amara peel extract and hydrolyzed citrus aurantium dulcis fruit extract can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA and benzyl benzoate can be problematic in the environment)

Murad Water resistant sunscreen SPF 30 (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and benzophenone-3 are suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The plant extract citrus limon peel and the fragrances citronellol, geraniol, limonene and linalool can cause allergies. Disodium EDTA and limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Nuxe Sun Delicious lotion SPF 30 (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The fragrances benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, limonene, linalool, geraniol and citronellol can cause allergies. Tetrasodium EDTA and limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Piz Buin Moisturising sun lotion SPF 30 (BHT and cyclopentasiloxane are suspected to be endocrine disrupting. Perfume can cause allergy. Cyclopentasiloxane and disodium EDTA can be problematic in the environment)

Riemann P20 lotion SPF 30 (Cyclopentasiloxane is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. Riemann P20 has other sunscreens without cyclopentasiloxane)

Shiseido Wetforce expert sun aging protection lotion SPF 30 (benzophenone-3 is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The fragrances limonene, linalool, butylphenyl methylpropional, benzyl benzoate, hexyl cinnamal, eugenol and geraniol can cause allergies. Disodium edta, distearyldimonium chloride, benzyl benzoate and limonene can be problematic in the environment)

Tromborg deluxe sun protection SPF 30 (benzophenone-3 is suspected to be endocrine disrupting. The plant extracts pogostemon cablin leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia extract and the fragrances linalool and limonene can cause allergies. Limonene can be problematic in the environment)

 

Content of nano is not taken into account in the assessment. The EU has approved the use of some nano materials in personal care products and has deemed rated it as safe as long as it is not used on damaged skin and not as an aerosol spray.