Bakuchiol is not retinol, nor a retinoid compound. The chemically structure is different. However, it is considered as a retinol-alternative as it functions as a retinol without the drawbacks. Bakuchiol can be used during the day and is better tolerated by the... Bakuchiol is a retinol-alternative. It stimulates key anti-aging genes similarly as retinol, for instance retinoid binding and metabolizing genes. It is also an antioxidant, a stimulator of collagens and an inhibitor of lipo-peroxidation. Traditionally, Bakuchiol is pronounced “buh-koo-chee-all” In a 2019 safety assessment taking into account all toxicological data available, a finished product containing 1% Bakuchiol with over 99% purity has been considered safe for topical application on the face Yes, Bakuchiol is halal-certified.