2D structural formula of Homosalate

HOMOSALATE

What is it?

“Homosalate, with the chemical formula C16H22O3, is an organic compound and an ester formed from salicylic acid and 3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexanol, a derivative of cyclohexanol.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the group:

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund) list the substance as a potential endocrine disruptor and a chemical that may enhance skin absorption, meaning pesticides are more easily absorbed in the body. The ingredient is on their Red List*.

* “The Red List includes chemicals found in personal care products that pose serious, chronic health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The list also flags chemicals that are banned or have use restrictions by the U.S. or other world governments, ingredients that adversely impact worker health, and ingredients that are widely used in products marketed to women of color.” – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

How is it used?

Homosalate is a chemical used as an ultraviolet (UV) filter in sunscreens and other SPF products. It is used in cosmetics⋆, especially in skin care products, with sun protection because it absorbs UV light.

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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