Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax



Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax at a glance

  • Wax derived from sunflower seeds
  • Emollient that deposits a moisture-locking layer on skin
  • Can be used to modify cosmetic formula textures
  • Found in a variety of beauty products including lipsticks, moisturisers, mascaras, and hair care

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax description

Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax is most well-known for adding moisturising properties and enhancing the texture of cosmetic formulations. It is also rich in fatty acids that may be beneficial for calming compromised skin. Similar to other cosmetic waxes, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax is popular in lipsticks and lip care products, where it helps the product hold shape, while also depositing a moisture-locking layer on skin. You can also find this ingredient in other kinds of beauty products, including moisturizers, mascaras, stick foundations, and hair care. As a raw material, this solid wax has a white-to-yellow hue. In 2016, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel deemed Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax as safe. Their report surveyed personal care products with up to 4% concentration.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax references

  • UL Prospector, Accessed January 2022, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, November 2016, pages 1-30

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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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