Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil



Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil at a glance

  • Oil extracted from domesticated soybeans
  • Has antioxidant properties
  • Contains fatty acids
  • Helps replenish skin’s natural moisturizing factors

Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil description

_Glycine max_ (soybean) oil is the oil extracted from domesticated soybeans, as opposed to wild soybean (_Glycine soja_). Though there are some genetic differences between the two varieties, _Glycine max_ oil shares many of the same benefits of _Glycine soja_ oil. In addition to the antioxidant properties most plant oils have, _Glycine max_ oil contains fatty acids – among the linoleic, oleic, and linolenic acids – which help restore skin’s natural moisturizing factor and shore up its barrier. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has deemed several components of the _Glycine max_ (soybean) plant safe as used in cosmetics, as well as the oil of the related _Glycine soja_, though it has not ruled specifically on _Glycine max_ oil yet.

Glycine Max (Soybean) Oil references

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2022, pages 4,931-4,941
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, July 2020, ePublication
  • International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemical Research, December 2015, pages 1,167-1,171
  • Molecules, November 2013, pages 14,448-14,454
  • BMC Genomics, January 2013, ePublication
  • International Journal of Current Biological and Medical Science, April 2011, pages 49-62

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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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