Litsea Cubeba Fruit Extract


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Litsea Cubeba Fruit Extract at a glance

  • Derived from the Litsea cubeba plant
  • Primarily used as a perfuming agent in cosmetics
  • Contains volatile and skin-sensitizing aromatic compounds
  • May cause dryness, redness and itchiness

Litsea Cubeba Fruit Extract description

_Litsea cubeba_ fruit extract is a cosmetic ingredient derived from the _Litsea cubeba_ plant native to parts of Southeastern Asia primarily used for its citrus-like scent. Although this _Litsea cubeba_-derived extract and oil contains antioxidants, it also contains the skin-sensitizing fragrant compounds citral, linalool and limonene. These volatile ingredients become pro-oxidants when exposed to air, making them problematic for all skin types. Overall, it’s best to seek out antioxidants that don’t also harm skin. For more information, please see the entry for _Litsea cubeba_.

Litsea Cubeba Fruit Extract references

  • Contact Dermatitis, January 2023, pages 43-53
  • Journal of Essential Oil Research, February 2013, ePublication

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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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