Amaranth, Quinoa and Khoresan Wheat for Skin, Hair

Symrise has expanded its Extrapone botanical extract line with eight new grain varieties for a total of 11, which are marketed as "healthy grains" for use in skin care and hair care products

Previously, the company offered extracts of oat (Actipone Oats (INCI: Propylene Glycol (and) Water (aqua) (and) Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract (and) Lactic Acid), wheat (Extrapone Wheat GW (INCI: Glycerin (and) Water (aqua) PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (and) Triticum Vulgare (Wheat)  Bran Extract (and) Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil), and white rice (Extrapone White Rice GW (INCI: Glycerin (and) Water (aqua) (and) PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (and) Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil (and) Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract).

However, it has shifted its focus to what it terms "old, forgotten supergrains," with the addition of such grains as amaranth (Extrapone Amaranth GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Amaranthus Cruentus Seed Extract (and) Xanthan Gum), a millennia-old plant cultivated by the Aztecs; quinoa (Extrapone Quinoa GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Chenododium Quinoa Seed Extract), a nutritional staple of the Inca civilization; and khoresan wheat (Extrapone Kamut GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Hydrogenated Wheat Starch), a grain similar to wheat, originating from Egypt.

In addition, the company has introduced: black rice (Actipone Black Rice GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract), millet (Extrapone Millet GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Seed Extract (and) Maltodextrin), barley (Extrapone Barley GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract), rye (Extrapone Rye GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract (and) Maltodextrin), and spelt (Extrapone Spelt GW (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Glycerin (and) Hydrolyzed Spelt Starch) to its portfolio.

According to the company, quinoa, amaranth and spelt are not only valued for their nurturing, skin-rejuvenating and elasticity-enhancing qualities, but also are equated with the essence of healthy and natural living.

To accompany the new grain launches, the company has developed product concepts that are complemented by creative and inspiring fragrances. Applications for the Extrapone grains can include: facial, eye, and hand care products; cleansers; shower gels; shampoo and hair styling products, and more.

All the extracts are water-soluble and as such can easily be used in cosmetic consumer products. They grain extracts reportedly do not affect the fragrance or opacity of the final product, and are compatible with all prevalent raw materials utilized in cosmetic products.

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