Our A Hint of Summer self tanning series doesn’t carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel due to the ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone), a sugar molecule that turns the skin golden brown, but which is suspected of developing the potentially allergenic formaldehyde over time and depending on storage. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel therefore no longer approves self tanners containing DHA.
Formaldehyde is everywhere in our everyday life. It is formed naturally in the body, it is in our indoor climate, as well as in air pollution outside. It is a part of our food and is also found as an impurity in many cosmetic products, although it is neither added deliberately nor should it be there.
The Nordic Swan label's greatest task is to respond to the latest knowledge and development. More detailed studies are currently underway, and the new policy is based on a precautionary approach. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel ensures the safety of those who suffer from allergic reactions and/or contact dermatitis by no longer certifying products containing DHA.
If you know that you are predisposed to allergic reactions and/or have previously experienced contact dermatitis or other types of allergic reactions, you can perform a patch test on your skin with A Hint of Summer. If, on the other hand, you have never previously experienced allergic reactions when using A Hint of Summer, you can continue to safely use the series' products.