Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract

What Is It?

Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract is the extract of the whole plant, Sigesbeckia orientalis, also called St. Paul’s wort. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract may be used in skin care products, cleansing products, hair care products and suntan preparations.

Why Is It Used?

Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract functions as a skin conditioning agent – miscellaneous.

Scientific Facts

Sigesbeckia orientalis, also called St. Paul’s wort, is an herbaceous plant that grows up to 32 inches tall. It is native to Africa, Asia and Australia.

Safety Information

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.

Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract 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.

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In selecting plant-derived ingredients for cosmetics and personal care products, formulators rely on the extensive history of their preparation and use. Such materials have been used for a long time and, based upon this experience, extensive knowledge of their safety has been gained. In the situation of newly identified botanicals in the cosmetic industry, appropriate ocular and skin safety studies are conducted prior to release into general commerce. There are many different references that describe the isolation, use and safety of botanical preparations.

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More Scientific Information

Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract belongs to a large and diverse class of materials that are not defined chemically. The majority of the materials in this class are mixtures derived from plants (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, or seeds). In naming plants, botanists use a scientific name (also called Latin name) made up of the genus and species of the plant. For example, under this system the plant, St. Paul’s wort is known as Sigesbeckia orientalis L., where “L” stands for Linneaus, 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, scientific 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.


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