Do Aesop SPF protective products contain chemical sunscreen filters and preservatives associated with coral bleaching?

The UV filters contained in our sunscreen products have a demonstrated safety record, and we can confirm that these formulations do not contain the following chemical sunscreen filters and preservatives, which are commonly associated with coral bleaching: PABA, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor and Butylparaben.

 Further, these filters have been subject not only to our own stringent research, but also to comprehensive safety and toxicological review by regulatory agencies in Australia and Europe, among others, and have been determined to be safe for use in SPF formulations. 

 For the most part, the ingredients utilised in our sunscreen products are biodegradable or readily biodegradable according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) guidelines. In addition, Protective Body Lotion SPF50 has also been demonstrated to offer water resistance, so the likelihood of the product and its ingredients to transfer from skin to water is greatly reduced.

Avail Body Lotion with Sunscreen and Avail Facial with Sunscreen contain two UV filters—Octocrylene and Avobenzone—which have limited biodegradability. Despite this, there is no evidence to suggest that these highly effective sunscreen ingredients have any negative impact upon aquatic organisms or water systems.

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