Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil



Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil at a glance

  • Plant-derived oil extracted from Crambe abyssinica seeds
  • Emollient that helps skin seal in moisture
  • Contains soothing linoleic and oleic acids
  • Safe for used in cosmetics

Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil description

_Crambe abyssinica_ seed oil, also known as Abyssinian seed oil, is an emollient plant-derived oil extracted from the seeds of the _Crambe abyssinica_ plant. This plant is native to Ethiopia, though it can now be found in other locations. Applied topically, this non-fragrant seed oil forms a protective layer over the skin which helps it retain moisture. This promotes hydration, giving skin a soft, smooth and plump appearance. _Crambe abyssinica_ contains soothing linoleic and oleic acids. However, it’s erucic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that helps the skin to seal in moisture, which makes up most of this seed oil’s profile. _Crambe abyssinica_ seed oil contains between 50 and 65% erucic acid. This particular omega fatty acid is common within oils produced from members of the Brassicaceae family, of which _Crambe abyssinica_ is one. Due to its hydrating and conditioning qualities, this ingredient is also used in hair care formulations. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel determined that Crambe abyssinica seed oil is safe for use in cosmetics. The oil is used in cosmetics in amounts ranging between 0.1–20%.

Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil references

  • Agronomy, September 2020, ePublication
  • Fruit Oils: Chemistry and Functionality, May 2019, pages 433-450
  • International Journal of Toxicology, November/December 2017, pages 51S-129S

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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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