chapter  24
16 Pages

Formulating Natural Sun Care Products

Introduction 508

Formulation Focus 508

UV Absorbing Ingredients 509

Increasing SPF 511

Natural Fragrances 512

Natural Standards 513

Points of Difference 514

Environmental Concern and Aromatherapy 514

The Environmental Principle 514

Aromatherapeutic Principle 514

Natural Aromas as they Relate to Sun Care Products 515

Preservatives 516

Next-Generation Sun Care 518

Biological Effects Due to Sun Exposure 518

Conclusions 519

References 520


The word “natural” has evolved, over the past several years, to mean the exclu-

sive use of plant-based ingredients to create a finished product. Consumers now

seek out products that claim to be “natural” or “all-natural,” even though the FDA

has not issued regulations to define the term “natural” when applied to cosmetics.

Just recently, C&T Magazine reported, “new ingredients-vitamin C and natur-

als such as aloe vera and chamomile are also finding their way into sun product

formulations to make them more attractive to customers” (1). The sunscreen

development process, therefore, must not stop at adding a few natural ingredients

to an otherwise traditional product. It must start with a re-examination of all the

components that make up a sunscreen, with an eye to maximizing the efficacy and

sustainability of each. Then, and only then, can a formulator put together a

sunscreen product that is truly “natural.”