Most Effective Antioxidants for Long-term Oxidation Mitigation of O/W Emulsions?

What are the most effective low odor antioxidants (bio-based derived from plant origin feedstocks) available to minimize the oxidation of O/W emulsion skin products over the long-term (for 18 - 24 months)?

Grape seed extract and vitamin E (tocopherol) have long served as tried and true antioxidants while bringing other skin benefits to skin products.  I know I can look up Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values.  But I would like to know what works in the real world of cosmetic products.

What are other low odor/low scent antioxidants (preferably with additional benefits beyond protection from oxidation) that give skin products similar or even greater antioxidant protection than grape seed extract and vitamin E?



  • You could try looking into extracts of green tea or rosemary.

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  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    BHT and BHA work at very low levels (0.2% or less), and have zero odour
    UK based cosmetic chemist with 13 years' experience at the bench. I've worked with pretty much everything apart from pressed powders, soap, solid lipstick and aerosols.
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