Olea Europaea Leaf Extract



Olea Europaea Leaf Extract at a glance

  • Extract of the leaves from the olive plant
  • Has strong antioxidant properties
  • Contains phenolic compounds, including catechin and rutin
  • May have some photoprotective ability
  • Considered an environmentally friendly byproduct of the olive oil industry

Olea Europaea Leaf Extract description

_Olea europaea_ leaf extract is the extract of the leaves of the olive plant. Though the oil extracted from olive fruit is well known for its skin care uses (particularly in helping protect skin’s moisture barrier), emerging research shows that there are multiple benefits to topical application of olive leaf extract. Studies show olive leaf extract has a potent ability to fight free-radical damage, and phenolic compounds, including catechin and rutin. These qualities make it an excellent antioxidant to use in anti-aging skin care products. There is even some research demonstrating olive leaf extract may have some photoprotective ability and can help reduce UVA-induced skin damage, though more studies need to be done to see just how effective it is in this capacity. Usage of _Olea europaea_ leaf extract is also considered environmentally friendly, since it’s a byproduct of the olive oil industry. Usage levels of olive leaf extract in cosmetics range from 0.1–5%, depending on whether the extract is used on its own or is part of a blend with ingredients such as water, glycols or saccharides.

Olea Europaea Leaf Extract references

  • Food & Function, September 2022, ePublication
  • Molecules, August 2022, ePublication
  • Food Science + Technology, January 2022, pages 173-187
  • Antioxidants, February 2021, ePublication
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2020, pages 1,662-1,666
  • Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, April 2019, pages 162-171
  • European Food Research and Technology, January 2017, pages 89–99

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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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