• Derived from: oats
  • Pronunciation: \ˈōt-ˌmēl\ ˈek-ˌstrakt
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Oatmeal Extract?

Oatmeal extract, also known as hydrolyzed oat protein, is derived from the oat plant, which is an annual grass that grows up to 1.5 meters tall.[1]

What Does Oatmeal Extract Do in Our Products?

Oatmeal extract adds texture, absorbency and bulk to products; it can also be an abrasive, antioxidant or a skin-conditioning agent.[2] In addition, it is a hair conditioning agent and antistatic agent.[3] It is in a variety of products, such as hair conditioner, moisturizers, shampoo, sunscreen, lotions, soaps and other products.[4,5]

Why Puracy Uses Oatmeal Extract

Oatmeal extract is a dermal moisturizer that can treat dry skin.[10] The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has also concluded that this ingredient is safe as used in cosmetic formulations.[11] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its cosmetics products.[12]

How Oatmeal Extract Is Made

Oatmeal extract is manufactured by macerating milled oat kernels with ethyl alcohol and water. After distilling the ethyl alcohol off, the oatmeal extract is formulated in glycerin and water with potassium sorbate. Some manufacturers start with powdered kernels.[6] Oatmeal contains biotin.[7] Biotin, via ingredients such as oatmeal extract, adds texture to formulations, adds shine to hair, and can help improve brittle nails or hair.[8,9]


[1] Personal Care Council
[2] Personal Care Council
[3] Environmental Working Group
[4] Environmental Working Group
[5] Environmental Working Group
[6] Personal Care Council
[7] National Institutes of Health
[8] Cosmeticsinfo.org
[9] Environmental Working Group
[10] Personal Care Council
[11] Personal Care Council
[12] Whole Foods Market

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