Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract



Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract at a glance

  • Used in cosmetics to soften and condition skin
  • A rich source of more than 100 antioxidant compounds, including ferulic acid
  • Contains moisturising polysaccharides and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Is the brown outer layer of the rice kernel, a byproduct of milling rice

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract description

_Oryza sativa_ (rice) bran extract is a plant ingredient used in cosmetics to condition and soften skin. It’s also a chelating agent, meaning it prevents minerals in water from causing undesired reactions. The bran is the brown outer layer of the rice kernel. It’s a byproduct from milling of rice, but don’t take that to mean it’s a throwaway ingredient: rice bran is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol. The bran also contains moisturising polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. Rice bran and other parts of the rice plant have been assessed for safety and deemed safe as used in cosmetics, where it is typically used as part of a blend whose concentration is 5–10% of a formula.

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract references

  • Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, November 2017, pages 3,771-3,780
  • Food and Function, March 2017, pages 935-943
  • Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, March 2011, pages 2,269-2,277
  • International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 25, 2006 Supplement 2, pages 91-120

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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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