Sea Whip Extract


Plant extracts

Sea Whip Extract at a glance

  • Powerful soothing ingredient, especially beneficial for those with sensitive or redness-prone skin
  • Has the ability to halt skin-irritating triggers preventatively
  • Derived from Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae, naturally found in coral reefs
  • Tightly controlled harvesting practices are put into place for sustainable use

Sea Whip Extract description

Sea whip extract is backed by numerous studies validating its significant soothing properties. One study in particular showed it had the ability to halt irritation preventatively via topical application at a 0.02% concentration. While all skin types can benefit from this, it has been proven to be especially helpful for those with sensitive or redness-prone skin and is even suitable for skin prone to rosacea. Sea whip extract is derived from Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae, which is known as a “soft coral” (it does not produce a solid calcium carbonate skeleton like hard corals do). You can find _Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae_ in the Bahamas, Colombia, the Florida Keys, as well as some other coral reef areas. Harvesting for commercial purposes is tightly controlled to ensure sustainable growth.

Sea Whip Extract references

  • Microorganisms, July 2016, pages 1-23
  • Microbial Ecology, August 2013, pages 972-985
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries, July 2013, ePublication
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2009, page 480
  • Journal of Inflammation (London), March 2009, ePublication
  • Journal of Industrial Microbiology Biotechnology, August 2003, pages 495-499
  • Journal of Natural Products, January 2001, pages 100–102
  • Life Sciences, May 22, 1998, pages 401–407

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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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