What is Bisabolol?
Bisabolol, also known as levomenol, is a chemical compound called a sesquiterpene alcohol, and it is the main constituent in the essential oil from the German chamomile plant. Bisabolol is a viscous, colorless and oily liquid that is used in a wide range of personal care products, including skin care, makeup, and hair care products.
What Does Bisabolol Do?
Functions of bisabolol include:
- Improves the appearance of dry skin – reduces skin flaking and improves skin smoothness and suppleness.
- Fragrance – bisabolol has a light floral aroma, so is often formulated into fragrances.
- Skin lightening – clinical evidence is limited, but one clinical trial found that 28 Asian women who applied a cream containing bisabolol to the skin daily for 8 weeks had significant lightening of the skin.
- Increases skin penetration of other ingredients
Potential Side Effects of Bisabolol?
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers bisabolol and German chamomile as “Generally Recognized as Safe” when used in spices or other natural flavorings.
- The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) expert panel has stated the bisabolol is safe for use in personal care products and cosmetics.