Know the Quality of Your Bakuchiol Source

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Are you meeting Bakuchiol for the first time?  The choices can be overwhelming as the skincare industry has recently hopped onto this wonder ingredient. It's known as the natural alternative to Retinol-- without the synthetic Retinol "uglies" (irritation, flaking, redness, etc.).

When we introduced our first Bakuchiol Serum, only a handful of Bakuchiol products were available.  The rest of the skincare industry finally 'discovered' this wonder ingredient!  Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about the purity and quality of the "Bakuchiol" used in many products. 

Bakuchiol is extracted from the seeds of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia, grown in India and commonly known as the Babchi plant.  However, there are Babchi or Bakuchi plant extracts which are much less expensive ingredients. Also used is the crude Bakuchi carrier oil.

There is only one authentic, highly purified, concentrated Bakuchiol. 


While we see claims of "pure Bakuchiol," it's best to know what this truly is. 

Bakuchiol is the name defined by the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), which is the organization that provides the INCI names listed on all cosmetic products, marketing, and product descriptions on websites. To use the official INCI name Bakuchiol, the ingredient must comply with the INCI ingredient registered as Bakuchiol. If the purity is lower than 99%, a product cannot be labeled as Bakuchiol.

If the purity is under 99%, it should be properly labeled by the Latin name of the crude oils or plant extract on the label, and any marketing materials. There are many products proclaiming  "pure." However, unfortunately, it may be a "pure" crude oil or extract but not the authentic 99% purified Bakuchiol molecule.


If the purity is not 99%, it should not be labeled "Bakuchiol". Crude carrier oils or extracts should be labeled as: " Psoralea Corylifolia Seed Oil" or "Bakuchi Fruit Extract (Psoralea Corylifolia Leguminosae)."  

A few ways to make sure it's authentic:

Products using an unpurified Bakuchi carrier oil, or Bakuchi Extract are typically much less expensive, and, sorry to say--simply not effective.  These unpurified Bakuchi crude carrier oils and extracts can have irritants, residues, harmful psoralens, and sediments. Also, the actual active percentage in these extracts and oils is almost nonexistent because they are not purified. 

Bakuchiol skincare products are not clear-colored and should be bottled in dark or opaque containers.

Bakuchiol products are not naturally purple (Bakuchiol is made from the plant's seeds, not its purple flowers).

Bakuchiol is a thick amber-colored lipid ingredient in either a facial oil or an emulsified cream product.  An all-water-based product cannot contain authentic Bakuchiol. 

If still in doubt, email the company and ask if they're using authentic Bakuchiol (Sytenol® A) and what percentage of it is used.

These Bakuchi ingredients are present for marketing "Label appeal". The marketing surrounding many products may suggest "contains Bakuchiol" which may further confuse and (unfortunately) fool consumers.


Only Sytheon, a French company, produces Sytenol® A - the patented, highly purified, and authentic Bakuchiol active ingredient that has the approved INCI name "Bakuchiol".

Sytheon uses a unique, patented extraction method to remove everything but the pure Bakuchiol molecule. It is an extremely thick, highly viscous ingredient with an earthy scent and an amber color. By isolating the Bakuchiol molecule and its concentrated purity, it is the only authentic Bakuchiol active.  

We only use patented Sytenol® A-- which is 99% pureWe offer Bakuchiol skin care products at the most reasonable prices possible, given the high cost of the ingredient.  

Bakuchiol is remarkable for all skin types, especially those with sensitivities, and for those who prefer the clinically proven quality natural ingredient over synthetic Retinol.

Our Bakuchiol Collection is unparalleled and now has 7 different products offering facial oil serums, light creamy serums, and a cream moisturizer for different skin types. Most of our Bakuchiol products use Bakuchiol at an industry high of 3%.

There is sure to be a choice to benefit your skin's needs, whether your goals are to help the appearance of aging, hyperpigmentation, the look of scars, increase collagen synthesis, or aid in reducing breakouts.  Authentic Bakuchiol helps obtain these goals without the irritating side effects of synthetic Retinol! 


 We invite you to read our previous Blog for more details about the beautiful benefits of the vegan, natural alternative to Retinol!

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