Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil

What Is It?

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil is an edible oil expressed from the seeds of Limnanthes alba. Addition of hydrogen to Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil results in Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil.

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil may be used in bath products, cleansing products and make-up, as well as skin care products.

Why Is It Used?

When used in cosmetics and personal care products, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil functions as a skin-conditioning agents – occlusive and Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil functions as a skin-conditioning agent – miscellaneous.

Scientific Facts

Limnanthes alba is a flowering plant native to North America. The oil from Limnanthes alba seeds, contains over 98% long chain fatty acids including 52-77% eicosenoic acid (20 carbons long). The high content of long chain fatty acids in this oil results in this oil being very stable.

Safety Information

The safety of Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel.

The CIR Expert Panel evaluated scientific data and concluded that these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products. Botanical and botanically derived ingredients used in the formulation of cosmetics are generally mild and safe. Prior to marketing the finished cosmetic product, the safety of each ingredient must be substantiated in accordance with 21 CFR 740.10.

Safety substantiation of cosmetic ingredients may include tests for ocular and skin irritation as well as allergenicity, phototoxicity, photoallergenicity and mutagenicity, depending on the application or intended use. There is a considerable body of information about the safety of botanical ingredients and a well-established history of use. These resources are consulted to ensure the safety of these materials as they are used in cosmetics.

CIR Safety Review:

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil were included in the CIR Expert Panel’s review of plant-derived fatty acid oils. Based on a history of safe use in food, the composition of the oils, and data indicating that these ingredients were not dermal irritants or sensitizers, the CIR Expert Panel concluded that plant-derived fatty acid oils including Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil were safe as used in cosmetic products.

More information about botanical ingredients.

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil and Hydrogenated Meadowfoam Seed Oil may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/co0013_en.htm

More Scientific Information

In naming plants, botanists use a Latin name made up of the genus and species of the plant. For example, under this system meadowfoam is known as Limnanthes alba Hartw. ex Benth., where “Hartw. ex Benth.” stands for the names of the people who first described the type of plant specimen.

Plants are also known by a common name that has been handed down through generations. These common names may vary from country to country.

Therefore, Latin names, which are more likely to be recognized in many countries, are frequently used on the label of a product to identify an ingredient made from plants.


Cross Reference for Common Names and Latin names for Botanical ingredient: http://www.personalcarecouncil.org/botanicals-cross-reference-latin-bino…

Find out more about the history of using plants to obtain beneficial materials:

Search the Code of Federal Regulations http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm

EU Cosmetics Inventory http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/