“Hand Wash & Body Wash with Built in Sunscreen? YES!” That’s the first thing you’ll see when you land on the Solise website. The basic idea is simple: they’ve managed to fuse body wash and sunscreen together, after using it in the shower, the sunscreen “bonds with your skin's natural oils.” When you're done showering, your body is equipped with SPF-15 on every square inch that you washed which is most likely from your ears to in-between your toes. And this isn’t some formula that’s being made up in someone’s bathtub. Solise managed to get awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation's prestigious Seal of Recommendation.

Solise has to be one of the most hassle free sunscreen ideas that’s come along in a long time, forget the cumbersome sun gloves and you can put away that that Suntegrity we’ve recommended because you’ll be getting protection from both UVA and UVB rays and a natural body wash in one. Or am I jumping the gun?

Well, someone once said all that glitters is not gold and that saying may just ring true for Solise. For one, we can’t find a list of all of the ingredients but the site did say this: “The identity of individual components of this mixture is proprietary information and regarded to be a trade secret.” Disappointing to say the least but they did inform us about the active ingredients that do make this a sunscreen, and there are a few.

In it you’ll find homosalate which can absorb UVB radiation but does not protect against UVA. The side effect of this chemical is drying of the skin but we figured that Solise added some mystery ingredients to counteract that. There is also Octisalate which like homosalate can absorb UVB rays. My confusion is that the ethylhexanol portion has oil-like properties that probably wouldn’t work well in a body wash yet Solise claims that their product is “non-greasy.” Keeping with the UVB protection trend you’ll find Octinoxate among the ingredients and Oxybenzone, which is used to combat UVA rays. As Marta notes in the passage, it might not be the safest ingredient:

"For many years, the dangers were ignored on the assumption that oxybenzone didn’t get absorbed by the skin. A team of researchers in Australia, led by Cameron Hayden, demonstrated otherwise using commercially available sunscreen with a 6% concentration  of oxybenzone. Haydon’s conclusion: the use of oxybenzone is inadvisable for large surface area application for extended and repeated periods."

Using Solise as a body wash on a daily basis would probably fit the description of extended and repeated periods. Their final listed ingredient is Titanium Dioxide. Titanium Dioxide is a UV blocker but it is believed that it may be absorbed into the skin and according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

The product also says it’s hypoallergenic, will not clog pores (for those worrying about washing your face with it in the shower), it’s paraben free, and it’s anti-aging. I have no idea what anti-aging means as there aren’t details about what ingredients would make it anti-aging aside from the sun protection you’ll be getting.

Overall, it’s hard to make a distinction as to how great this product is. They haven’t done any clinical test that I can analyze but did note “Our tests indicate that after showering in the morning with Solise, its SPF shield dropped to 12 by 5:00 PM that afternoon.” Once again, vague. The last time I checked, the morning can be anywhere from 3am to 10am. Perhaps worst of all is that right on the main page they proclaim “Solise has natural emollients, a gentle fragrance and effective skin conditioners.” The hazards of fragrance in products are very real so it was unfortunate to see that listed.

We love the idea of a paraben free sunscreen body wash that’s kind of affordable (8oz for $13.99). It’s also great that they offer a hand wash so you can avoid the sun gloves, but we’d like to know more about what’s in it and see some clinical tests done before we put this in our bathrooms.

Would you be willing to shower with this sunscreen on a daily basis or would you rather keep your body wash and sunscreen separate?