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Published on 2009-05-21. Author : SpecialChem

Among the new ingredients showcased at Suppliers Day were Gorgonian Extract® GC/PTG from Lipo®. Gorgonian Extract® is a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that is safe, effective, and environmentally friendly. It is an extract from the marine organism Pseudopterogoriaa elisabethae (Sea Whip), which is a renewable resource harvested from the Caribbean Sea, which consists primarily of powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called pseudopterosins. Studies have shown that pseudopterosins inhibit the production of inflammatory mediators, and the activity has been assayed both in vitro and in vivo testing.


Gorgonian Extract® GC, INCI name Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Sea Whip Extract, as well as Gorgoniaan Extract® PTG, INCI name Pentylene Glycol (and) Sea Whip Extract, have been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory ingredient ideal for skin treatment products with potential to irritate, thus calming irritation, as well as sun and after sun products, after shave products, lotions, creams, gels, sensitive skin products, eye care, and after care for skin exfoliation treatment.

Bio-Botanica® featured a wide array of botanical extracts for use in pharmaceutical, food and beverage, as well as cosmetic and personal care industries. The company, which has more than 35 years of experience working with botanical extracts, collaborates with clients to develop new, innovative and functional products for the marketplace. Among the featured ingredients showcased at their booth, were Certified Organic Calendula Extract, INCI name, Glycerin, Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, which is the extract of the botanical Calendula in Organic Glycerin; and Certified Organic Licorice Extract, INCI name, Glycerin, Water, Glycyrrihiza (Licorice) Root Extract, which is the extract of the root of the botanical Glycyrrhiza glabra in Organic Glycerin.


Bio-Botanica notes that Calendula tea was used traditionally as a gargle for reducing inflammation in the throat, and was also used externally on wounds, burns, scrapes, and ulcers. The flowers contain high concentrations of carotenoids and other flavonoids, which are strong antioxidants. In cosmetics it is widely used for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, healing and soothing properties, which makes it ideal for crèmes, lotions, moisturizers, gels, sun care and other personal care products.


Certified Organic Licorice Extract, according to Bio-Botanica, has a long record of uses and remains one of the most important herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes sore throats, and it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory as well as anti-viral properties. Licorice is an excellent ingredient for cosmetic or medicinal skin care products. It helps fade sun and dark spots, is widely used in skin-whitening creams, lotions and personal care products.

Commonwealth Soap & Toiletries, a family owned and operated company located in Fall River, Massachusetts, manufactures and designs soap and toiletry products for many of the top retailers in the country. In addition to offering a wide variety of highly desirable ingredients, for use in scrubs, soaps, butters, and fragrances, Commonwealth also features an assortment of natural clays, suitable for use in soap manufacturing. Featured at the show was Commonwealth's Natural Black Clay Bar Soap, featuring hematite, for cleansing and conditioning skin; Pastel Pink Clay, featuring Kaolin, for balancing sensitive skin, Rhassoul Clay, from Morocco, rich in Magnesium and Potassium, for reducing dryness, as well as Goji Berry Bar Soap and others.


According to the company, Goji Berry Bar Soap features Goji Berry extract in Sunflower Seed Oil. It is nutritionally rich in beta carotene, Vitamins C, B1, B2, minerals and antioxidants. Commonwealth's Bar Soap is a vegetable-based soap that provides a luxurious, rich lather, and, says the company, the Goji Berry fragrance is a fruity blend of top notes of pineapple, peach, and fresh Goji berries. The heart of the fragrance is jasmine, geranium, violet and plum with a base note of sweet raspberry vanilla.

The company also showcased a list of its top ten hot ingredients for Bar Soaps, including Acaí, from Brazil and the Amazon, Argan, from Morocco, Cranberry, USA, Hemp, Europe, Canada, and China, Green Tea, Japan, Mangosteen, Southeast Asia, Pomegranate, Persia, Cupuaçu, Brazil, an excellent emollient in bar soaps, Coffee, from Latin America, southeast Asia, and Africa, to make skin feel smooth and elegant, due to a high content of linoleic and palmitic acid, and lastly Goji Berry.

In keeping with a natural approach to beauty, Desert Whale Jojoba Company, which exports jojoba to more than thirty countries around the world, made a strong case for natural plant materials at Suppliers' Day. Stating that "Mother Nature doesn't need makeup and bubble bath to stay pretty, just conscious communities and business that care about protecting our environment," Desert Whale emphasized that personal care is about physical health and beauty. In the aftermath of the slaughter of sperm whales, whose oil was used to make commodities like mechanical lubricants, cosmetics, and candles, the discovery of Jojoba as a plant alternative made ethical and economic sense.

According to the company, researchers in 1931 discovered that Jojoba Oil is not just another vegetable oil, but in fact is a valuable wax similar to sperm whale oil. Proponents of Jojoba publicized the similarities between the two oils and a national campaign was begun to plant Jojoba and depress the market for sperm whale oil. The small, oil-bearing seed that flourishes in the Sonoran desert became not only a valuable source of the oil, but a cash crop for Indian self-determination, and an economically and environmentally sustainable crop. The Desert Whale Company, founded by Soraya Rohde and Jeff Kazansky incorporated the company and began harvesting seed in Hyder Valley, Arizona, part of the Sonoran Desert region covering 120,000 square miles in Arizona, California and Mexico. The company, which has a longstanding commitment to native peoples, continually tests and refines the oil and derivative products. With 570 acres that are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI), Desert Whale Jojoba is free from pesticides and herbicides, and reflects a natural cycle of life. According to the company, Desert Whale lives up to the expectations of customers who want their cosmetic products "to be pure in the bottle, and clean in conscious."

Rainforest specialties from Beraca, in Brazil, featured BioScrubs made with natural plant particles, which provide a stimulating action, low abrasiveness, and gentle sensorial effect. Such ingredients as Acaí, Andiroba, Buriti, Cupuacu, and Murumuru, to rejuvenate the skin and improve circulation, naturally, were featured at the Beraca booth.

The ingredient applications include shower gels, liquid soaps and bar soaps, facial cleansing, and skin massage products. The company also showcased Active Performance Systems, with ARS (Active Revitalization Body system), featuring flavonoids, Medium Chain Fatty Acids, Omega 6, and Gama-oryzanol, for formulations in skin care products which have been shown to encourage skin regeneration, revitalization, moisturizing, silkiness and well being of the skin. According to the Beraca, the company is emphasizing the replacement market, moving from synthetic ingredients to the naturals market, and focusing on performance. This year Beraca relaunched BeraCare ARS, for hair care, which is a natural choice for replacement of silicon. It is 100% natural and is in the process of becoming organic certified. The product is efficacious as an anti-frizz and shine-inducing agent, and is also said to promote vitality and revitalize chemically treated and damaged hair.

Source: www.lipochemicals.com.

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