Sun Care Brand myDerm™ Selects Honeywell Solstice® Propellant To Power New Spray Mineral Sunscreen

Sun Care Brand myDerm™ Selects Honeywell Solstice® Propellant To Power New Spray Mineral Sunscreen

The dermatologist-recommended formula uses an ultra-low-global-warming-potential propellant for optimal performance with reduced environmental impact.

MORRIS PLAINES, N.J., APRIL 11, 2023 – Honeywell today announced clinical sun care brand myDerm is utilizing Solstice® Propellant (HFO-1234ze) in its latest broad-spectrum sunscreen, Mineral SPF 50 Clinical Sunscreen Continuous Spray.

Solstice Propellant is a ready-now, non-ozone depleting hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) solution that has an ultra-low-global-warming-potential of less than one. The propellant helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 99% compared with alternatives commonly used in aerosol products.

With globally-adopted phase-down regulations to reduce carbon emissions eliminating traditional propellants such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) or hydrocarbons, Honeywell's Solstice Propellant offers environmental, regulatory and performance benefits, and supports myDerm’s focus on sustainable ingredients.

"At myDerm, it is all about the ingredients we use to create our clinical strength sun and skin care products that our customers can trust,” said Diana Alderson, vice president of marketing, myDerm. "Our newest sunscreen is not only dermatologist-recommended, but also Hawaii-approved with the highest formulation standards. This new formula is free of isobutane, oxybenzone, octinoxate and parabens, and the incorporation of Honeywell’s Solstice Propellant also enables us to help protect people without sacrificing performance or impact on the environment.”

"Brands like myDerm that place importance on sustainability are turning to Honeywell Solstice Propellant for its superior performance and reduced environmental impact,” said Joanna Minion, general manager, Aerosols, Honeywell Advanced Materials. "With something as important as a sunscreen, ease and precision of application are just as important as potential impact on the environment. Ultra-low-GWP Solstice Propellant both ensures high-quality performance and is better for the environment. It continues to be a top choice for innovative skin and hair care brands with aerosols.”

Solstice Propellant is also volatile organic compound (VOC)-exempt — per the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) — meaning it has negligible contribution to ground-level smog formation. This allows formulators to reduce the use of VOC ingredients like hydrocarbon propellants, particularly in continuous spray sunscreen applications.

myDerm’s mineral SPF 50 Clinical Sunscreen Continuous Spray is now available at myDerm.com.

Honeywell has invested more than one billion dollars in research, development, and new capacity for its Solstice technology, having anticipated the need for lower-GWP solutions to combat climate change more than a decade ago. The product line, which helps customers lower their greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance, includes refrigerants for vehicle, commercial and residential air conditioning applications, heat pumps; blowing agents for insulation; aerosol propellants; solvents for cleaning solutions; and are being evaluated for use in metered-dose inhalers.

Use of Honeywell Solstice technology has helped avoid the potential release of the equivalent of more than 326 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equal to the carbon emissions from nearly 70 million gasoline-powered passenger vehicles per year.[1]

Honeywell is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035 and recently announced a new set of commitments that further advance its sustainability goals, including committing to set a science-based target with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) that will include scope 3 emissions and participation in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Climate Challenge. The company also supports the Paris Climate Agreement. These efforts build on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. In 2021, approximately 60% of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment was directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

For more information on Solstice Propellant, its applications and impact, visit: sustainability.honeywell.com/us/en/products/personal-care

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

[1] Calculations are based on actual sales of Solstice products (in lbs) from Jan 2010 through Dec 2022, and utilize the EPA GHG equivalency calculator for conversion.

Stephanie Agresti
Sr. External Comms Specialist