Clary Sage


Plant extracts

Clary Sage description

Also known as Salvia sclarea, the extract from the clary sage plant (not to be confused with common sage leaf) has antioxidant properties, although it isn't nearly as well researched as several other plant extracts with antioxidant benefits. Note that the oil form of clary sage can be a skin sensitizer and should be avoided. The main antioxidants in clary extract come from the seeds, and include vitamin E, lutein, and various carotenoids. Clary extract and its derivatives have generally recognised as safe status, including for use in foods.

Clary Sage references

  • Chemistry and Biodiversity, September 2017, ePublication
  • Interdisciplinary Toxicology, September 2014, pages 146-153
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology, June 2014, pages 1-5

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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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Not Rated