An introduction to DSM and Personal Care

DSM is active in the personal care, home care and fine fragrance markets and a leading player in UV filters, vitamins and skin bioactives, aroma ingredients, peptides and polymers. Our suite of services and ingredients are tailored to the changing needs of your customers and the planet – and delivered by a team of experts committed to your success.

To keep you ahead of the curve, we work continuously to make sure our innovative, scientifically proven and market-validated personal care solutions  answer your needs across a range of personal care markets. 


PARSOL® DHHB: UVA protection with excellent compatibility

PARSOL® DHHB (INCI: Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate) is an efficient UVA absorber for sunscreen, face care and color cosmetic formulations. It enables broadband protection when combined with effective UVB filters and can also contribute to SPF. With its good eco score, PARSOL® DHHB also enables formulators to develop high eco-class formulations (DSM Sunscreen Optimizer™ 2.0).


Taking action for a brighter future

Through a strategy based on tangible action, and driven by DSM’s overall corporate sustainability goals, we are working to build sustainable practices into the foundations of everything we do. Our approach targets all aspects of our business – from product development and manufacturing, to the way we work with suppliers and engage with local communities.

At product level, we provide clear information about the social and environmental footprint of our ingredients, their traceability and any applicable eco-certifications. And through sustainable innovation, from biotechnology to more eco-friendly suncare, we also hope to inspire conversation and overall change within the personal care industry.

Corporate sustainability goals in action

To make the world a brighter place we all need to work together. Our approach to sustainability is therefore driven by DSM’s overall corporate strategy - which is underpinned by five key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability on the product level

As socially and environmentally responsible cosmetic ingredients suppliers, DSM is committed to making all its products as sustainable as possible throughout the value chain. One way we are working towards this goal is with our Imp’Act Card™ which we have introduced to measure the sustainability of our products and to provide customers with transparent product information.

Sustainable innovation

To be fit for the future, we all need to consider the value we can bring consumers in terms of transparency and social and environmental responsibility. One way we do this is through our Impact Card system. As well as giving customers clear, tangible and comparable data about the sustainability of our current products, these cards provide a benchmark when developing new ingredients.

Certification and industry standards

To address customer and end consumer concerns about the sustainability of our products and practices, we strive to provide transparent and objective information about our production, processes and operations.

Transparency along the value chain

At DSM Personal Care & Aroma Ingredients we want to contribute towards a brighter, sustainable future and therefore have a strategy consistent with DSM’s overall corporate sustainability goals and underpinned by purpose led activities. For example, to improve the environmental and social footprint along the lifecycle of our products we are implementing various measures to optimize our production processes, reduce our emissions and waste, and offer equitable working conditions for our suppliers: Our ALPAFLOR® portfolio of skin actives is testament to this.

Social responsibility

Although skin cancer is a preventable disease, rates have been increasing for decades. According to WHO statistics, currently, between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year. In the USA meanwhile, the American Cancer Society reports that American people have a 20% chance of developing skin cancer by the age of 65. As a leading supplier of UV filters, DSM makes an important contribution to prevention of this illness. Our activities in this area are one of the key ways in which we support UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 - ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all - at all ages.

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