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Vitamin B3

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Vitamin B3 has multiple benefits in skin care formulations from lightening and evening out the skin tone to boosting collagen production and keeping the skin smooth and more elastic.

It is a white, crystalline, odorless powder with a low content of niacin. Niacinamide is the water soluble form of niacin.

Vitamin B3 belongs to the family of the B vitamins and is essential in the diet. Oral supplements are very useful but there has always been a side effect known as “Niacin flush” whereby the skin would appear flushed and prickly for a few minutes after taking the supplement.

This is a special cosmetic grade of Vitamin B3 with minimal residual nicotinic acid so there is no flush or prickling. It is for external use only and the skin is left feeling very comfortable when it is used in creams, lotions, gels, toners and serums.


According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Vitamin B3 are:


To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here.
Skin Care
Improves the appearance of aging skin by stimulating new fibroblasts and collagen secretion. This is extremely beneficial for all skin types but especially for more mature skin as it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use in daily creams, night creams, toners, gels and lotions.

It has powerful anti-inflammatory action with acne prone skin, reducing the severity of the eruptions. Use in spot control serums, toners and lotions. It enables acne prone skin to behave more like normal skin types. It will help to rebalance the pigmentation, refine the pores and leave a more even skin tone. Helps to give a shine free finish on the skin.

Excellent use in products for rosacea and age spots. It improves the resilience to external damage and reduces skin sensitivity giving a very comfortable skin feeling.

Very soothing to sensitive skin and can improve the appearance of hyperpigmented and photoaged skin. Use in calming sprays, gels and lotions.

Very good to help slow down skin aging. It improves the appearance of aging skin by stimulating new fibroblasts and collagen secretion. It supports the skin’s barrier function as well as new cell growth. Add to serums, face masks, night creams and toners.

It improves skin moisturisation and reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This is valuable in all skin types but especially so in men’s grooming products such as after shave creams and lotions as well as toners and gels.

It also encourages the production of natural emollients in the skin which keep the skin soft and improve the skin elasticity.

Hair Care
No specific hair care useage but it will make an irritated scalp feel much calmer and smoother.

Use at 1% to 5%. It can tolerate up to 70°C but it’s best to add it to the stage 3 (cool down stage) under 40°C. It needs to be in solution before adding to a formulation.

It is water soluble and dissolves easily in water as well as glycerine.

Suggested Blends
Vitamin B3 works well with Vitamin A Palmitate for an enhanced skin lightening effect.

Dissolve into flower waters to boost their effects as toners.

Soothing Skin Toner / Spritz
Stage 1: (room temperature)

57% Rose Water
10% Lavender Water
10% Chamomile Water
10% Aloe Vera Concentrate
5% Vitamin B3
4% D-Panthenol
2% Cosmetic Prebiotic
1% Allantoin Powder
1% Preservative 12
100% Total


Weigh all ingredients into a beaker and combine with a stick blender until the powders are thoroughly dissolved. Bottle and label.

Vitamin Enriched Facial Lotion
Stage 1: (above 75°C)

61% Boiled Spring Water
2% EmulsiGel Eco
3% Comfrey Glycerol Extract

Stage 2: (above 60°C)
7% Oat Oil
3% Pomegranate Seed Oil

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
5% Vitamin B3
5% Vitamin C
10% Frankincense Water
2% Vitamin E
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oil of your choice
100% Total


Mix the EmulsiGel Eco with the Glycerol Extract and then add to the hot water. Stick blend until thickened.

Add the stage 2 oils to stage 1 and stick blend briefly to combine.

Cool down in a pan of cold water whilst stirring with a spatula - not the stick blender.

Dissolve the vitamins into the flower water and then add to the remaining stage 3 materials.

Add to the lotion and stir again. Jar and label.

Toner for Problem Skin
Stage 1: (room temperature)

69% Orange Flower Water
10% Chamomile Water
10% Witch Hazel Glycerol Extract
5% Aloe Vera Concentrate
3% Vitamin B3
2% Cosmetic Prebiotic
1% Preservative Eco Plus
100% Total

Dissolve the Vitamin B3 in the Orange Flower Water, then combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Bottle and label. Shake before use.

Toner for problem Skin

For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Historical Information
Niacinamide was recognized in the early 20th century as the vitamin that prevents Pellegra, an epidemic disease with severe cutaneous lesions. Originally, niacinamide was named vitamin PP for Pellegra-Preventive.

After scientists realised that it had exceptional skin penetrating ability, research started as to the benefits of using it in cosmetic products.

Read more here.
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