Antioxidant Berries for Personal Care

Symrise has built its portfolio of extracts to include a number of berries, some of which are not well-known in the personal care industry. The company expanded its portfolio of berry extracts to answer the industry's need for antioxidant-rich antiaging ingredients. The new berry extracts, according to the company, contain antioxidants such as anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins. The following is a list of the berries that Symrise has introduced as part of its antioxidant berry portfolio.

1. Aronia (INCI: Aronia melanocarpa (chokeberry) fruit extract)-- Aronia is said to have a high antioxidant content. It is a shrub found in the wet woods of Eastern North America. It has been used by Native Americans for nutrition and medicine and was cultivated in Russia at the beginning of the 20th Century. It is recommended as a moisturizer for the face, hands and decolletage to help diminish the signs of wrinkles.

2. Bilberry (Huckleberry) (INCI: Vaccinium myrtillus (bilberry) fruit/leaf extract)--Billberry contains high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C and anthocyanosides. It also contains tanins, which can be an astringent or an anti-inflammatory. Bilberry is a shrub in Northern Europe, Asia and the US Rockies. It is a relative of the blueberry and has been used medicinally for centuries. It is recommended for formulation into cleansers, toners and moisturizers.

3. Elderberry (INCI: Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract--Elderberries contain anthocyanins and are thought to improve the immune system. They grow in Europe, the US, Central and South America and Australia. Although Egyptians used the berries to heal burns, the British have used them to fight colds. The company recommends the elderberry for formulation into an after sun moisturizer.

4. Blackberry (INCI: Rubus fructicosus (blackberry) fruit extract--Blackberry contains anthocyanosides, vitamins C and E and selenium. They are said to be an anti-inflammatory and they grow in North America and Western Europe. The blackberry can be traced back nearly 2,500 years and is recommended for formulation into bath products, body lotions and lip products.

5. Black Currant (INCI: Ribes nigrum (black currant) fruit extract)--Blackcurrant contains a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than any other fruit, according to the company. It contains potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B and C. The plant is native to Central and Norther Europe and Northern Asia. It was used in the Middle Ages as an herbal medicine, but it a popular tea flavoring in the United Kingdom. It is recommended for formulation into shower gel, body scrub, body cream and hand and foot treatment.

6. Cranberry (INCI: Vaccinium oxycoccus (cranberry) fruit extract--Cranberries contain high levels of anthocyanidins and vitamin C. The shrubs grow in the Northern United States and Canada. It was used by the Native Americans as a healing agent and stimulant; therefore, it is recommended for stimulant personal care such as invigorating shower gel and moisturizer.

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