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Saccharum Officinarum Extract

Also-called-like-this: Sugar Cane Extract
What-it-does: moisturizer/humectant

Official CosIng Information


Also known as Sugarcane, Saccharum Officinarum is a handy moisturizing ingredient mostly used as a humectant. This means that it can help the skin to attract water and then to hold onto it. 
It bears a close relationship to AHA superstar, Glycolic Acid that can be derived from it, so it's often claimed that Sugarcane Extract itself also exfoliates and brightens the skin. We could not find any research studies to back this up, but Saccharum Officinarum very often comes to the formula combined with other acid containing plant extracts trade named ACB Fruit Mix. According to manufacturer data, 5% of the fruit mix increases cellular renewal by 24%, while 4% pure Glycolic did the same by 33%. So maybe, a tiny bit of exfoliation, but if you want proven efficacy, stick to pure acids. 

Show me some proof

  • Faznurfariza Firdaus, Nicholas. Extraction of glycolic acid from natural sources. Diss. Universiti Malaysia Pahang, 2012.

Products with Saccharum Officinarum Extract

HUMAN NATURE Natural Lip Scrub Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub KOKUTOUSEI Premium Perfect Essence Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub Hello Gorgeous Purifying Facial Toner Natraloe Regenerating Aloe Gel SCT Gluta Kojic Ultra Intensive Whitening Toner Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum The Essential Azelique Age Refining Sugar Lip Scrub Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Dr Natasha Cook Concentrated Clarifier Serum SkinMedica Rejuvenative Toner iS Clinical Poly-Vitamin Serum Blithe Green Tea Patting Splash Mask Blithe Patting Splash Mask - Soothing & Healing Green Tea Brickell Instant Relief Aftershave Sephora Glow Peel Pads Skin Perfection Moisturizing Toner iS Clinical White Lightening Complex Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit Lip Balm Bali Balm Cinnamon & Burnt Orange Lip Balm Bali Balm Lemon & Black Pepper Lip Balm Bali Balm Sandalwood & Ginger Lip Balm Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes With Cotton Extract Conscious Chemist Porology Toner Dr. Jart+ Firming Sleeping Mask Glow Lab Gel Cleanser J.One Black Jelly Pack JMsolution Water Luminous Black Jelly Pack Kri Skincare Renew Brightening Serum LACURA Daily Cleansing Pads Missha Near Skin Simple Therapy Mist Toner Retrouvé Skin Brilliance Priming Pads Sbcskin Soft And Gentle Aha Pha Toner Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Pads The Inkey List Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum TonyMoly 2X First Essence Yes To Cucumbers Cooling Jelly Mask A'pieu Naked Peeling Gel (PHA) Algenist Concentrated Reconstruting Serum Beauty Counter Rejuvenating Radiance Serum Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum CHICA Y CHICO Urban Princess Mask - Lifting Dr Natasha Cook Concentrated Clarifier Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Facial Calming Mist Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Face Mist Garnier Fructis Argan Silky & Shiny Conditioner Glow Lab Brightening Exfoliator HUMAN NATURE Acne Defense Facial Toner