UV Filters

A diverse range of cutting-edge solutions for sun protection and skin care

UV Filters

dsm-firmenich boasts over 40 years of global experience in the sun care industry. Our expertise is translated into one of the broadest UV filter portfolios globally and a full palette of sun care solutions for our customers:

  • It all starts with our consumer insights capabilities – from proprietary surveys to social media listening – to provide an understanding of current trends and aspirations around sunscreen products.
  • To translate the market understanding into final products, we have the right in-house expertise to support our customers: Global and regional laboratories are led by suncare formulation industry experts and equipped with state-of-the-art testing tools and know-how.
  • Our global leading portfolio of UVA, UVB and broadband filters as well as skin care actives and sensory modifiers build our platform for innovative product formulations.
  • Our Sunscreen OptimizerTM is a freely available A.I. tool for industry formulation experts in early-stage development. It helps to define or even optimize formulations regarding SPF, formulation sustainability, skin feel and many other factors.
  • A highly experienced and dedicated team of regulatory experts for sun care ensures that our ingredients satisfy local registration, quality, and safety requirements.
  • We also think beyond pure ingredient needs and consider our customer needs regarding scientific support, claim substantiation and appealing olfactive profiles for innovative finished product launches.
  • Our expertise is strengthened by our determined focus on sustainability, our sun care ingredients reflect a holistic approach, which considers not only the efficacy of the UV filters but also their impact on the environment and overall skin health.
  • Finally, our specially trained panel of sensory experts carries out qualitative and quantitative blind assessments to optimize sensory properties of sunscreen formulations.

Thanks to these strengths, our customers see dsm-firmenich as a competent partner for all questions relating to safe, sustainable, and innovative product development in the sun protection industry.

Delivering unparalleled power on UV protection


Browse our UV filters

  • PARSOL® 1789

    PARSOL® 1789

    PARSOL® 1789 (INCI: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane) is a very strong and efficient UVA absorber for sunscreen and other skin care formulations. It enables broadband protection when combined with effective UVB filters and can also contribute to SPF.

  • PARSOL® 340

    PARSOL® 340

    PARSOL® 340 (INCI name: Octocrylene) is an effective UV-B absorber and the most effective photostabilizer for solid, crystalline UV absorbers like PARSOL® 5000, PARSOL® 1789, Ethylhexyl Triazone and Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate.



    PARSOL® DHHB (INCI: Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate) is an efficient UVA absorber for sunscreen, face care and color cosmetic formulations.



    PARSOL® EHS (INCI: Ethylhexyl Salicylate) is an effective UVB absorber for sun protection formulations. This colorless liquid UV filter is an effective solvent for many solid filters like PARSOL® 1789.



    PARSOL® EHT is the UV filter ingredient can be used to achieve a high SPF at low concentrations, so it has an attractive eco-profile that makes it ideal for developing high Eco-class sun care formulations.

  • PARSOL® Guard

    PARSOL® Guard

    PARSOL® Guard is a technical ingredient used to protect light-sensitive cosmetic products from degradation by UV radiation and as a stabilizer in cosmetic preparations. It consists of three registered safe UV filters: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Homosalate, Octocrylene, and Tocopherol (dissolved in sunflower oil). The UV filter is soluble in oils, ethanol and other alcohols.



    PARSOL® HMS (INCI: Homosalate) is an effective UVB absorber with SPF-enhancing properties. The UV filter integrates easily into the oil phase of sun protection formulations and is ideal for all kinds of sunscreen formulations.



    PARSOL® HS (INCI: Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid) is an effective UVB absorber for water-based sunscreen formulations. The UV filter is compatible with most cosmetic ingredients and shows good photostability.



    PARSOL® MCX (INCI: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) is a strong UVB absorber ideal for water-resistant sunscreen formulations. The UV filter is an excellent solubilizer for many solid UV filters integrates easily into the oil phase of sunscreen formulations.

  • PARSOL® Max

    PARSOL® Max

    PARSOL® Max (INCI: Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol) is a photostable broad spectrum UV filter which delivers outstanding performance that breaks through the boundaries of UVB and UVA to continue into the blue light spectrum.



    PARSOL® SLX (INCI: Polysilicone-15) is a silicone-based UV-B absorber. This colorless-to-pale yellow viscous liquid integrates easily with the oil phase of sunscreen formulation.

  • PARSOL® Shield

    PARSOL® Shield

    PARSOL® Shield (INCI: Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine) is a photostable broad-spectrum filter which efficiently contributes to UVB and UVA protection across the full range of application forms at low concentrations.



    PARSOL® TX (INCI: Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Dimethicone) is an inorganic UVB filter providing a very good SPF performance as well as a significant contribution to UVA protection into the blue light range.



    PARSOL® ZX (INCI: Zinc Oxide, Triethoxycaprilylsilane) is an inorganic UV filter with a broad UVA‐UVB absorption curve that also goes into the blue light spectrum. Our grade with a particle size ensures SPF and best UVA performance.

Product spotlight: PARSOL® DHHB

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. PARSOL® DHHB is an oil-soluble, off-white to pale yellow powder that must be completely solubilized in formulations. It is compatible with all UVB filters on the market and is compatible with zinc oxide and iron oxides, which makes it fit for purpose in hybrid formulations.

Visit our Sunscreen Optimizer

Our SUNSCREEN OPTIMIZER™ is a free tool allowing every formulator to develop the most efficient sunscreen formulation, optimize the existing one before going into a large number of in vivo SPF measurements.

Discover the Sun Smart Community

With more than 40 years of experience in producing, selecting and blending UV filters, and offering customers a complete package of expertise, DSM has always driven and advocated for safe, effective and sustainable sun care.

And now, we’re inviting our trusted customers and partners to join the UV conversation. The Sun Smart Community is a new approach to a UV knowledge-powered network. This dynamic, open, transparent and interactive community provides a space for all members to share their learnings and experiences – and together craft the future of sun care.

Leading the conversation and lighting the way is DSM’s UV Task Force, experts in sun care and driving excellence in innovation and cutting-edge research. Together, we’re positioned at the forefront of tomorrow’s UV solutions, overcoming current challenges in sun care so that we can continue to deliver future-fit protection for all.