What is it? Bisabolol (more specifically, α-bisabolol) is a naturally occurring antioxidant, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant ingredient. It can be sourced naturally or synthesized; the naturally occurring version is more active than the synthesized version. Natural sources include chamomile essential oil, panama plinia, and salie.
INCI Bisabolol
Appearance Clear to pale yellow liquid
Usage rate 0.1–1%
Scent Weak floral scent
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? Bisabolol offers soothing and anti-irritant properties to our formulations.
Do you need it? No
Refined or unrefined? I would recommend the natural version as it is more active than the synthesized version.
Strengths Excellent soothing ingredient at low concentrations.
Weaknesses Not very commonly available.
Alternatives & Substitutions Chamomile essential oil or an oil-soluble calendula or chamomile extract would be a good place to start. Check the bisabolol content in your chamomile essential oil to see how much bisabolol you’re getting and consider adjusting if necessary.
How to Work with It I typically include it with the essential oil blend in a formula, adding it during cool down.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, bisabolol has a stated shelf life of 24–36 months after manufacture (check with your supplier for details on what you’ve purchased).
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks Try including up to 1% bisabolol in your formulations for an anti-inflammatory boost.
Recommended starter amount 10mL (1/3fl oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Bisabolol


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January 21, 2019