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Information required for Botanicals as Cosmetic ingredients

SpecialChem / Vispi Kanga – Mar 2, 2009

Marketers seeking to create impact with performance are using Natural ingredients as a key element of their marketing strategy in cosmetics and toiletries with a noticeable shortage of clinical data that actually proves that these products are effective. The FDA regulation defines a botanical drug substance as a "drug substance derived from one or more plants, algae, or macroscopic fungi, but does not include a highly purified or chemically modified substance derived from such a source." The lack of legal standards for the content of active ingredients in botanical extracts sold in the U.S. fosters near-total reliance on manufacturers for the quality of their extracts. Extracts vary in potency due to variations among plant crops and the length of time they sit on the shelf. Also, plant species are often improperly identified by the manufacturer - resulting in poor quality extracts. There is a gradual trend towards the use of botanicals as functional actives. The use of phytohormones in cosmetics has been growing, particularly in the anti-aging products.

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