Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine) Stem Extract



Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine) Stem Extract at a glance

  • Stem from a vining plant whose flowers smell like chocolate.
  • Good source of soothing, redness-reducing antioxidants.
  • Shown to help protect skin from oxidative damage.
  • Helps maintain a firm look and feel.

Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine) Stem Extract description

_Akebia quinata_ (chocolate vine) stem extract comes from a large woody wine whose flowers smell like chocolate. Phytochemicals in this east Asian plant include potent antioxidants, primarily isochlorogenic acid C, whose documented soothing properties are even suitable for skin prone to visible redness from rosacea. Other compounds found in the stem of this plant are various triterpene glycosides which research has shown to moisturize skin plus minimize visible effects of free radical damage. These glycosides are also found in licorice, _Centella asiatica_, ginseng, and shea butter, among other plants. Used topically, it helps to visibly reduce wrinkles by helping to reduce collagen-degrading enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases. Offsetting this visible damage helps skin maintain a firm look and feel. Usage levels of _Akebia quinata_ (chocolate vine) stem extract are typically 0.5–2% where it’s part of a water-based blend. The actual content of this specific extract is much lower, meaning it doesn’t take much for skin to benefit.

Akebia Quinata (Chocolate Vine) Stem Extract references

  • Biomedicines, February 2022, pages 1–17
  • Nutrients, November 2015, pages 9,337–9,352
  • Phytochemistry, December 2014, pages 157–170
  • Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, September 2007, pages 1,319–1,324

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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