Annato Extract


Plant extracts

Annato Extract at a glance

  • Seed-derived natural colorant
  • A good source of carotenoid-based antioxidants
  • Used in cosmetics, foods, paints and textiles (clothing)
  • Deemed safe for all intended uses

Annato Extract description

Natural plant colourant derived from the flesh surrounding the seed of _Bixa orellana_, a shrub native to South America. It produces a deep yellow-orange to red colour.

Annato Extract references

  • Materials, July 2021, pages 1–18
  • Korean Journal for Food Sciences of Animal Resources, August 2016, pages 476–486
  • Journal of Advanced Research, May 2016, pages 499–514
  • The Scientific World Journal, June 2014, pages 1–11
  • Journal of Food Protection, June 2003, pages 1,074–1,078

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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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