Bisabolol to Calm Winter Skin, Sustainably

News January 12, 2021

The chill of the winter months can bring on a rosy glow, but caalso wreak havoc on your skin, leading to dryness and irritation. One way to fend off the irritating effects of colder temperatures is to look for bisabolol on your skincare ingredient label. But what, exactly, is this funny sounding wordBisabolol is an exceptionally calming ingredient that is traditionally extracted from either German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) plant or the candeia tree. 


The issue with both agricultural sources comes down to availability, purity and sustainability. When extracted from German Chamomilethe amount of bisabolol produced can vary greatly. It also requires a significant amount of plant material, making it cost prohibitive. Though the most common botanical source is from the endangered candeia tree. On average, it takes 12 years to grow a new tree, and a metric ton of tree material yields only about 7 kg of bisabolol. The limited availability of the candeia tree also leads to significant price instability and fluctuations in product supply.  


Through fermentation, we use highly sustainable sugarcane as feedstock to create antioxidant rich bisabolol, a multitasking skincare ingredient that moisturizes, calms the look of redness and helps visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. And through this sustainable process, we require approximately 230 times less agricultural land to produce the same amount of bisabolol compared to the endangered candeia tree. And since sugarcane is a rapidly renewable resource, it offers an affordable solution to both candeia and German chamomile sourced. 


In addition to all of the good stuff that our bisabolol provides, it enhances penetration of other skincare ingredients, making them more effective. Look for this skin calming wonder in a plethora of beauty and personal care products—from facial moisturizers, eye creams and body lotions to sunscreen, shaving products and deodorants—to keep your skin calm all winter (and year) long.