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Bakuchiol

What is Bakuchiol?

The plant where Bakuchiol comes from, the Psoralea Corylifolia, is endemic to certain Asian countries such as India Himalayan regions of Pakistan and China.. It is a wild species that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.

It is is a wild leguminous plant that grows from 60-100 cm and takes 7 to 8 months to reach maturity.

The seeds that contain Bakuchiol are wild harvested between December and January.

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Is Bakuchiol Natural?

Bakuchiol is obtained from the babchi seeds (psoralea corylifolia plant) through a monomolecular extraction, which means we extract only one molecule, over 99% of bakuchiol. It is natural.

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What is Babchi Oil?

Babchi is the traditional name of the seeds of the plant psoralea corylifolia. Babchi oil is not pure bakuchiol! Our laboratory measured between 1.6 and 12.1% bakuchiol content in babchi oils sold through e-commerce platforms. But more importantly, without proper purification, babchi oil naturally contains psoralens, photomutagenic and photocarcinogenic compounds that can be harmful for the skin. We do not recommend the use of Babchi oils for cosmetic purpose.

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Where to find pure Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is an active ingredient, it is not meant to be used pure on the skin. However, you can find bakuchiol in finished products in finished products. If you have any doubt whether the product contains bakuchiol or not, feel free to contact us.

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Is Bakuchiol Vegan?

Yes, Bakuchiol is vegan. It is obtained through vegetable source does not contain any animal based raw material.

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Where Does Bakuchiol Come From?

Bakuchiol is obtained from a plant, Psoralea Corylifolia, that grows in India and Himalayan regions of Pakistan and China.

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Is Bakuchiol Safe?

In a 2019 safety assessment taking into account all toxicological data available, a finished product containing 1% Bakuchiol with over 99% purity has been considered safe for topical application on the face

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How do you Pronounce Bakuchiol?

Traditionally, Bakuchiol is pronounced “buh-koo-chee-all”

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How Does Bakuchiol Work?

Bakuchiol is a retinol-alternative. It stimulates key anti-aging genes similarly as retinol, for instance retinoid binding and metabolizing genes. It is also an antioxidant, a stimulator of collagens and an inhibitor of lipo-peroxidation.

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Difference between retinol, retinoic acid, retinaldehyde, bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is not retinol, nor a retinoid compound. The chemically structure is different. However, it is considered as a retinol-alternative as it functions as a retinol without the drawbacks. Bakuchiol can be used during the day and is better tolerated by the skin.

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Is Bakuchiol a Good Anti-Aging?

Clinical studies have shown that Bakuchiol reduces significantly hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. In particular, the 2018 publication of University of California in British Journal of Dermatolgy, they concluded that Bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in reducing photoaging but it is better tolerated by the skin.

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Does Bakuchiol work against acne?

Bakuchiol helps to reduce inflammation, control overpopulation of bacteria, maintain the integrity of the sebum and reduces hyperkeratinization. Clinical studies have shown Bakuchiol is more efficient than salicylic acid to reduce acne.

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How Often to Use a Product with Bakuchiol?

A product formulated with 1% Bakuchiol can be used twice a day on the face

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Is Bakuchiol Photo-Sensitizing?

No, Bakuchiol is photostable, it can be used during the day.

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Can a finished product containing Bakuchiol be used topically by pregnant women ?

In the absence of data on reproductive and developmental effects, the use for pregnant women should not be recommended.

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What is the color of Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is extracted from the Babchi seeds,therefore the pure raw material is a yellow to yellowish brown liquid.

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Is Bakuchiol water-soluble?

No, Bakuchiol is oil-soluble, so it is not possible to find it in water-based serum (monophasic, no emulsifiers) with the recommended use level of Bakuchiol (0.5 to 1.0 %)

You can find Bakuchiol in emulsions, but only oil-based serum can provide a totally transparent solution.

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Is Psoralea Corylifolia an endangered species?

According to the CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), Psoralea Corylifolia is not on the list of endangered species.

http://checklist.cites.org/#/en

It’s a plant endemic to many regions in India and overly abundant in the wild.

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