Gabriel Mojay on Carrot Seed Oil and SPF

 

Gabriel Mojay

June 10, 2014

The bogus claim that carrot seed oil and/or essential oil provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 38-40 is made largely on websites belonging to ‘Independent Distributors’ of Young Living products. The claim rests solely on an article that appeared in Pharmacognosy Magazine in 2009…

http://www.phcog.com/article.asp?issn=0973-1296%3Byear%3D2009%3Bvolume%3D5%3Bissue%3D19%3Bspage%3D238%3Bepage%3D248%3Baulast%3DKapoor

Having studied the article in question – and in particular the chart listing the un-named and therefore coded 14 ‘natural’ sunscreen products tested – I am convinced that it provides no basis whatsoever for claiming that carrot seed oil and/or essential oil provides a SPF of 38-40.

The reason? Because the only product tested (‘HS3’) containing Daucus carota, together with ‘Symplocos’ and ‘wheat germ’, listed here…

http://www.phcog.com/viewimage.asp?img=PhcogMag_2009_5_19_238_58167_t1.jpg

…is quite obviously this product…

https://www.ayurvikalp.com/home/search/0/?searchtxt=Biotique+BIO+Carrot+Face+%26+Body+Sun+Cream++SPF+40+UVA%2FUVB

…which contains zinc.

It is primarily the zinc which makes the cream SPF 38-40, not the carrot seed oil and/or essential oil (the ‘Independent Distributors’ tend to refer to them interchangeably).

People should be warned against making their own carrot oil-based sun protective cream, erroneously believing it will protect them against UV rays – especially where 3-year-old children are concerned…

http://www.newsreview.com/chico/sunscreen-naturally/content?oid=11201439