A substance extracted from the flesh of the kiwi fruit and commonly used in cosmetics and lubricants. It contains a number of beneficial chemicals including beta-carotene (the chemical precursor to vitamin A), and it may support healthy skin. It also has a pleasant aroma and taste.

While kiwi fruit extract is considered safe, it may cause a serious allergic reaction in some users. It contains actinidain, and people who are allergic to latex are especially susceptible to kiwifruit allergies. Common side effects include skin irritation, rash, and soreness; users should immediately contact their physicians if these symptoms occur.