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Jennifer Grebow is editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook.
“The main step of the production is very comparable to creating a smoothie at home,” company rep says.
Those drawn to fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices will no doubt find appeal in a new line of cosmetic ingredients. Symrise (Holzminden, Germany) recently added manually pressed extracts to its Actipone line and claims to be “the first company offering the cosmetic industry fresh-pressed plant juices derived from the whole plant or the roots.”
“The usual way of using plants in the cosmetic industry is…extracting (mainly dried) plant material with solvents,” explains company representative Bernhard Kott. “For our Fresh Plant Juices, the plants are manually pressed directly after harvest to preserve as much [of the] valuable constituents as possible,” and no solvents are used.
He adds, “The main step of the production is very comparable to creating a smoothie at home.”
More importantly, the ingredients have been tested for efficacy, the company points out, stating in a press release that “state-of-the art in vitro screening has confirmed that fresh plant juices have especially strong antioxidant capacities as well as soothing and moisturizing properties.”
“Our plant juices are very efficient products, with proven efficacy [at concentrations] between 0.1%–1% or even below, giving them a strong cost-in-use level,” Kott adds.
The line now includes dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), horsetail (Equisetum arvense), Melissaofficinalis, ribwort (Plantago lanceolata), and stinging nettles (Urtica dioica), all grown and harvested in Germany, as well as ginger juice (Zingiber officinale) from Sri Lanka.
The fully traceable organic ingredients are suited for a wide range of cosmetics, including those for face, hair, and body care, the firm says.
Symrise has also made the ingredients easier for companies to use from a regulatory standpoint. The company says that all of the plant juices now have new unique International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) names, which regulators require for ingredient-labeling purposes.
“Our freshly pressed plant juices transfer the green juicing trend to cosmetics with fresh, unadulterated, effective and organic ingredients,” said Simon Peter, global product manager, botanicals.
The line won third place for “Most Innovative Natural Products-Raw Materials” in the 2015 BSB Innovation Awards during the In-Cosmetics trade show.
Nutritional Outlook magazine