What is it?

“Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (INCI) is an organic compound used in sunscreens to absorb UVA radiation. It is marketed as Uvinul A Plus by BASF. DHHB has an absorption maximum of 354 nm.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

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Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (DHHB), commercial name Uvinul A Plus, have been found to affect human sperm function in a in a progesterone-like manner. Progesterone is a type of hormone.

Researchers from Danish EDMaRC have found that almost half of all approved UV filters  -including DHHB – in traditional sunscreens interfere with the function of sperm, which can lead to the sperm failing to fertilize an egg.

How is it used?

Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate (DHHB) is a chemical sunscreen used that functions as a UV filter in cosmetics and sunscreen products. DHHB protects the skin from the sun by absorbing UV light. It can also be used for protecting products from UV light, in the US, for example, it is only allowed to be used for this purpose and not as skin-sunscreen).

EDmaRC has found the following “Biomonitoring studies show that over 90% of the Danish population excretes UV filters in their urine not only during the summer period but throughout the whole year. It is caused by the wide industrial use of UV filters, not only in sunscreens but also in many other everyday consumer products, such as personal care products, food packaging, furniture, clothes, detergent, toys, cleansing agents and many others. Widespread use of UV filters is caused by their unique properties to protect colors from blushing and to protect plastic from melting due to sun exposure.”

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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