- Derived from: Oats
- Pronunciation: \ˈōt-ˌmēl\ ˈek-ˌstrakt
- Type: Naturally-derived
What Is Avena sativa?
Avena sativa (also known as oatmeal extract), is derived from the oat plant
What Does Avena Sativa Do?
Oatmeal extract adds texture, absorbency and bulk to products. It can also be a gentle abrasive, skin and hair conditioner, and antistatic agent. It is in a variety of products like conditioners, moisturizers, shampoos, sunscreens, lotions, and soaps.
How Puracy Uses Avena Sativa
Oatmeal extract is a dermal moisturizer that can treat dry skin, especially in pets. This is why we use it in our Natural Pet Shampoo.
Is Avena Sativa Safe?
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has also concluded that this ingredient is safe as used in cosmetic formulations. Whole Foods has deemed oatmeal as acceptable in its cosmetic products.
How Avena Sativa Is Made
Oatmeal extract is manufactured by macerating milled oat kernels with ethyl alcohol and water. After distilling the ethyl alcohol off, oatmeal extract is formulated in glycerin and water with potassium sorbate. Via ingredients like oatmeal extract, biotin adds texture to formulations, adds shine to hair, and can even help to improve brittle nails or hair.
 Personal Care Council
 Environmental Working Group
 National Institutes of Health
 Whole Foods Market