Q: It appears that under new ownership Think sunscreen formulas have changed and are not the same?
A: Think sunscreen formulas have the same, reliable core ingredients and the effective benefits of broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, with an upgraded update of a highly green-rated preservative system as well as the addition of Triethoxycaprylylsilane to improve spreadability and ensure an even application and all-over UV protection. In addition to our enhancements, we now disclose any “incidental ingredients,” or “A substance that is added to the cosmetic during processing for the technical or functional effect in the processing but is then converted to something already in the ingredient declaration,” in our ingredients listing.
Q: Is the Think Baby SPF50 sunscreen formula in the new packaging safe for babies?
A: Yes, the formula is safe for babies. RIPT Testing and Hypoallergenic Testing have been completed on this formula. Keep in mind that doctors recommend that babies under 6 months should be kept out of the sun.
Q: Does Think Baby SPF50 sunscreen have an aroma?
A: Yes. This sunscreen formula has always had an aroma or scent but at a low, safe level.
Q: What sunscreen testing has been done on Think sun care formulas to ensure they are safe and effective for everyone?
A: The list below is the testing that has been done on our Think sunscreen formulas:
- RIPT (Repeat Insult Patch Test): Sensitization test to assess the likelihood of allergic reactions and irritation to common ingredients.
- FDA (Food and Drug Administration): US testing for SPF determination
- ISO (International Organization for Standardization) testing: European testing for SPF determination
Q: What is Sodium Hyaluronate in the ingredient listing and what are its skin benefits?
A: Sodium Hyaluronate is the scientific name for Hyaluronic Acid, which creates a protective barrier to help improve skin texture and retain moisture. This super hydrating ingredient is a more bio-compatible molecule (meaning it is safe for humans) as it is naturally produced in skin to defend itself with barrier protection. Hyaluronic Acid is a suitable alternative to Aloe Vera Gel as both natural humectants with moisturization and conditioning benefits.
Q: Why did we change the way these ingredients (sunflower oil, olive oil, raspberry seed oil, jojoba seed oil, cranberry seed oil and papaya) are listed?
A: These ingredients are now accurately listed in their proper international convention names.
- Sunflower oil à Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Benefits: helps protect skin from free radicals and visible signs of sun damage such as fine lines and wrinkles)
- Pinewood resin à Hydrogenated Glyceryl Abietate – natural derivative replacement (Benefits: Natural polymer that makes sunscreen water resistant)
- Jojoba oil à Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Benefits: Can be linked to sunscreen molecules to form new UV filters on skin)
- Olive oil à Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Benefits: Helps relieve dryness in skin after sun exposure and aids in scar reduction)
- Raspberry seed oil à Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil (Benefits: Effectively protects against UVB and UVC radiation)
- Cranberry seed oil à Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (Benefits: Helps fight oxidative stress and the effects of sun exposure with Vitamin E, while Vitamins A, C, and K help against visible signs of aging from sun damage)
- Papaya à Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (Benefits: Vitamins A, B, and C to help prevent oxidative stress and visible signs of aging after sun exposure)
Q: What is Glucose & Glucose Oxidase and Lactoperoxidase and why is it not listed on the new, refreshed packaging ingredient listing?
A: The Glucose Oxidase and Lactoperoxidase were replaced with an updated green preservative system called Capryl Hydroxamic Acid that is broader in spectrum versus the previous preservative system. This means that this system is more efficient as it prevents all unwanted bacteria, giving you confidence that the sunscreen will continue to be even safer to use. Also, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid is both COSMOS and ECOCERT approved. COSMOS (European regulatory body) and ECOCERT (US regulatory body) both certified the highly rated green preservative Capryl Hydroxamic Acid to be deemed safe and mild. Glyceryl Caprylate is also listed in the ingredient listing and is another green preservative that works with Capryl hydroxamic Acid.
Q: Why are Hexyl Laurate and Polyglyceryl-4 Iso Stearate now in the ingredient listing as they were not previously listed?
A: Hexyl Laurate and Polyglyceryl-4 Iso Stearate were previously considered as “incidental ingredients” and not required to be listed; however, we are fully disclosing this on the new packaging. Hexyl Laurate is a coconut fat-derived emollient (helps with making skin soft and supple). Polyglyceryl-4 Iso Stearate is a green emulsifier alternative (a PEG replacement that helps optimize the blending of ingredients) that is naturally derived from glycerin and coconut oil.
Q: Why is Triethoxycaprylylsilane now in the ingredient listing? It wasn’t listed on the previous older packaging.
A: This ingredient allows the non-nano zinc oxide particle to block UV rays more efficiently by giving a finer dispersion, which makes the sunscreen more spreadable and helps with providing a more even sunscreen application for all-over coverage and UV protection.”
Q: Why is Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil in the formula?
A: The Grapefruit Peel Oil is an essential oil used to round out the scent/aroma component in the formula. This oil is highly refined and purified to remove any allergens. For a scent-free formula, please try our Think Clear Zinc options.
Q: What’s the difference between Natural Fragrance Oil v. Essentials Oils v. Fragrance (Parfum)?
A: The low level of Natural Fragrance Oil in some of our sunscreen formulas will be a blend of naturally derived aromatic components, whereas Essential Oils are pure natural oils, and Fragrance (Parfum) indicates that the scent comes from synthetic components.