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Gently Derived Pine Bark Extract for Preservative-free Cosmetics

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Exposing natural raw materials to a low-temperature (30°C) air flow can produce extracts suitable for use in manufacturing cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, at least according to one Russian ingredient supplier.

Extvolat products, meaning "extract + volatile" substances, created by PineAqua, Ltd.,  comprise biologically active microelements of natural organic origin. One such ingredient is the Pine Extvolat (INCI: Pinus Sylvestris Trunk Extract). Other extvolats are produced from trees, shrubs (i.e., larch, fir, cedar), plant roots, fruits and grains; medicinal plants and herbs; and vegetables and fruits.

According to the company, extvolats are intended to replace water in cosmetics, ideally omitting the need for preservatives. During production, temperatures are kept low and the process itself excludes the use of water. "That is why we save the majority of microelements and the valuable substances of a particular plant," the company explained, on its website.

The Pine Extvolat product demonstrates antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, tonic and refreshing properties. It is recommended for shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, face and/or body tonics, hair masks, creams, micellar waters, toothpaste, mouth washes, wipes, liquid soap, intimate hygiene, before- and after-shave balsams and more.

The COSMOS/Ecocert-compliant material is provided as a clear liquid and has a light pine scent. It serves as a multifunctional natural active base.

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