Sustainable Ingredients Science: Natural Oils

Jun 1, 2013 | Contact Author | By: Giorgio Dell'Acqua, PhD
Your message has been sent.
(click to close)
Contact the Author
Save
This item has been saved to your library.
View My Library
(click to close)
Save to My Library
Title: Sustainable Ingredients Science: Natural Oils
natural oilsx buritix tomatox Aleppo pinex arganx baobabx marulax moringax
  • Article
  • Media
  • Keywords/Abstract
  • Related Material

Keywords: natural oils | buriti | tomato | Aleppo pine | argan | baobab | marula | moringa

Abstract: However, the growing market demand for natural alternatives to synthetic is pushing brands to continue to consider the use of natural oils in their formulations.

View citation for this article

G Dell'Acqua, Sustainable Ingredient Sourcing: Natural Oils, Cosmet & Toil 128(6) 396 (2013)

Market Data

  • Global demand for organic personal care was more than $7.6 billion in 2012, and is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018.
  • The global organic market has grown due to increasing consumer concerns regarding personal health and hygiene.
  • Widening distribution channels and new product development have contributed to growth.
view full article

Excerpt Only This is a shortened version or summary of the article you requested. To view the complete article, please log in or create an account. Registration is Free!

Most natural oils are formulated in skin or hair care for feel, consistency and emolliency; however, their added value on skin physiology due to their chemical characteristics (from their fatty acid profile to their content of vitamins, phytosterols, etc.) is often underestimated. Their use in personal care has been limited not only by their stability against oxidation, with possible oxidation leading to rancidity and instability of the final formulation, but also by their color, smell and cost. To appreciate a sensorial difference, high amounts of these oils may have to be utilized, with the aforementioned limitations considered. These limitations, together with the common problems of lacking skin safety profiles and unrefined materials, have pushed the industry to invest in more stable, inert and less costly synthetic oils—many of which demonstrate excellent sensorial properties. However, the growing market demand for natural alternatives to synthetic is pushing brands to continue to consider the use of natural oils in their formulations.

In the past few years, formulations containing jojoba oil or apricot oil have increased, natural oil-based formulas with exotic oil blends have become popular, and cosmetic lines containing argan oil (and most recently baobab oil) have appeared with a certain frequency on the market. The increasing presence of natural oils in finished products has pushed marketing and R&D departments to argue efficacy claims linked to these oils, although these claims are mostly based on traditional usage feedback and rarely supported by scientific evidence. On the supplier side, the high market demand has forced traders to consolidate and leverage their supply chain to avoid risk of shortage and discontinuation. At the same time, these traders are identifying novel sources for less known but promising natural oils, with particular attention to sustainable sourcing.

Sustainable Sourcing

Recent market analysis has shown that consumers are increasingly looking for finished products with sustainably sourced ingredients. Sustainable sourcing is often communicated to consumers as ethical sourcing. In effect, sustainable sourcing defines the search for ingredients derived from sustainable development that would include actions linked to and promoting economic development, social equity and environmental protection. By doing business with ingredient producers operating within this framework and, therefore, respecting, protecting and promoting social and environmental issues, the supplier has an ethical and virtuous approach. A finished product formulated with ingredients derived from sustainable development can communicate an ethical business model and world vision to consumers.

Excerpt Only This is a shortened version or summary of the article you requested. To view the complete article, please log in or create an account. Registration is Free!

This content is adapted from an article in GCI Magazine. The original version can be found here.

 

Close

Table 1. Unsaturated fatty acid profile and key components of natural oils

Table 1. Unsaturated fatty acid profile and key components of natural oils

*Note: Values are averaged from supplier and scientific literature and may be incomplete or vary.

Biography: Giorgio Dell'Acqua, PhD, Freedom Actives Corp.

Giogio Dell

Giorgio Dell’Acqua, PhD, is a scientist with 15 years of experience in applied biomedical research and 12 years in cosmetic science. He is the co-founder of Freedom Actives Corp., a company specializing in the development and supply of natural and sustainable ingredients for the cosmetics, food and nutraceutics markets. He is also a consultant specializing in skin care ingredients and finished product development. Dell’Acqua has helped to bring more than 100 successful skin care active ingredients and finished products to the market, and has authored more than 40 publications in medicine and cosmetic science.

Next image >

 
 

Close

It's Free...

Register or Log in to get full access to this content

Registration includes:

  • Access to all premium content
  • One click ingredient sample requests
  • Save articles in the My Library tool

Create an Account or Log In