Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract


Plant extracts

Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract at a glance

  • Variety of green tea plant that originated in China
  • Related to the Camellia sinensis green tea plant
  • A rich source of antioxidants, including the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
  • Has soothing properties

Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract description

_Camellia oleifera_ (green tea) leaf extract comes froms a variety of green tea plant that originated in China but is now grown all over the world. Like its sister plant _Camellia sinensis_ (the best-known type of green tea), it is a rich source of antioxidants and a welcome addition to any skin care product. Various studies have found _Camellia oleifera_ has multiple positive aspects, including soothing properties. As an antioxidant, it has free-radical scavenging capabilities, which has a many-tiered impact on the visible signs of ageing. One of the key components behind these benefits is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent polyphenol that is also present in the _Camellia sinensis_ variety of green tea.

Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract references

  • Molecules, April 2021, page 2,178
  • Future Medicinal Chemistry, November 2017, Volume 9, Number 17, pages 2,069 – 2,079
  • Food and Chemical Toxicology, June 2007, pages 888-95
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, February 2005, pages 779-84

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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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