Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil



Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil at a glance

  • Non-fragrant plant oil rich in replenishing lipids and omegas
  • Plays a role in visibly improving signs of sun-damaged skin
  • Helps interrupt UVB damage within skin’s surface

Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil description

_Echium plantagineum_ seed oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that’s a rich source of saturated fatty acids and phospholipids for skin. In particular, it’s a very good source the omega-3 fatty acid linolenic acid plus an omega-3 precursor fatty acid known as stearidonic acid. These compounds help repair and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, in turn making skin less sensitive to external aggressors. The oil expressed from the seeds of this plant is also rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E and caffeic acid. Due to the inherent instability of the oil in the presence of heat, cold or non-heat solvent extraction methods should be utilized. Citric and ascorbic acids as well as sunflower oil have proven to bolster the oil’s stability. Usage levels for this plant oil vary and there are no restrictions on how much can be used in a cosmetic; for example, a brand could offer a 100% pure oil for topical use (it’s also marketed as an omega fatty acid supplement). Typical usage levels in cosmetics range from 1–5%, depending on formulary goals.

Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil references

  • Journal of Food Science, December 2021, pages 5,307–5,317; and February 2021, pages 411–419
  • Antioxidants, October 2021, pages 1–23
  • Frontiers in Pharmacology, May 2020, pages 1–17
  • Colloids and Surfaces, April 2014, pages 88-92
  • Food Chemistry, October 2012, pages 2,057-2,065

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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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