Natural Red, Lipophilic (Gromwell Root)

INCI: Lithospermum erythrorhizon root extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate

Usage rate: 0.03% to 2%

Solubility: Oil

Appearance: Dark Red Hue



Gromwell Root Extract, is an active plant extract that adds skin enhancing benefits to your products while also adding a pink to red hue (depending on the concentration used).

Gromwell Root Extract is a potent natural ingredient revered for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

This premium extract, derived from carefully selected gromwell roots, is ideal for enhancing a variety of cosmetic and personal care products. Its rich composition helps soothe irritated skin, reduce redness, and protect against environmental stressors, making it a versatile addition to your formulations.

Perfect for creams, serums, and balms, our Gromwell Root Extract promises to elevate your skincare creations with its remarkable benefits and exceptional quality.

It contains 19-21 % red coloring naphthoquinones which are soluble in oil and in alkaline environment blue-magenta color. The napthoquinones have skin caring, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, fungicidal and anti-oxidative properties.

Solubility: Lipophilic



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  • Calming and healing
    Gromwell root can help calm and heal skin, and can treat abnormal skin conditions like wounds, inflammation, and burns
  • Reducing inflammation
    Gromwell root can reduce inflammation that can trigger conditions like eczema, rashes, or acne
  • Balancing skin oils
    Gromwell root can help skin stay hydrated and healthy by balancing the natural oils on the skin’s surface
  • Antioxidant and skin-soothing
    Gromwell root has antioxidant and skin-soothing properties that can restore skin balance

Gromwell, a plant species of the Boraginaceae family, referred to as zicao in China, shikon in Japan, and jacho in Korea, has been used as an herbal medicine for the treatment of wounds and inflammation and the healing burns, and has also been used as a colorant in cosmetics, fabrics, and foods in diverse cultures.


• The Effect of Gromwell (Lithospermum erythrorhizon) Extract on the Stratum Corneum Hydration and Ceramides Content in Atopic Dermatitis Patients | PMID: 27303161

•Gromwell (Lithospermum erythrorhizon) root extract protects against glycation and related inflammatory and oxidative stress while offering UV absorption capability | PMID: 29906314