Know Your Naturals: Clove and Lavender Antibacterials on the Rise


'With the latest focus on the coronavirus and the importance of keeping hygiene front and foremost in consumer thinking, many of our customers are exploring how they can integrate natural antibacterial functionality as well.'

Dora Bert, supplier development manager at Kerfoot Group, added, “We’re in a whole new era of formulation thinking. In response to consumer enlightenment around the environment, many brands are talking to us about integrating natural, organic and sustainable oils into their formulations." As such, the slight "course correction" toward naturals with antibacterial properties is a relatively easy move.

Kerfoot Group, a supplier of natural and organic oils, essential oils, waxes and butters for the personal care products sector, has reported an upswing in demand for products with natural antibacterial properties for skin and hair product formulations. 

According to the company, particularly effective against Salmonella typhi, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are:

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary

Clove essential oil, in particular, is reportedly among the most effective tested but can be aromatically challenging for personal care product applications. On the other hand, lavender, a preferred choice for calming and soothing products, is known for its versatility in use and contains antiseptic, disinfectant and antiviral properties, ideal for skin care solutions.

Bert added, “...the formulator [must] ensure that a premium lavender oil is selected. We see a lot of oil adulteration on the market; [e.g.], oils incorporating fragrances rather than pure lavender oil. To achieve the antibacterial or antiviral performance that is so important, formulators must seek out authentic, premium lavender oils that are fully accredited and have clear, demonstrable supply chain provenance.”

For more information, visit the Kerfoot Group website.

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