Manuka Oil



Manuka Oil description

Extract derived from the New Zealand tea tree; the oil is similar to that of the Australian tea tree, _Melaleuca alternifolia_. Manuka oil has antioxidant properties.

Manuka Oil references

  • Pharmazie International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, June 1999, pages 460-463

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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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