The global demand for natural colours in cosmetics continues to grow with increased belief among consumers of the perceived side effects associated with prolonged use of some synthetic colouring compounds. This is also driven by the current trend towards natural and organic ingredients in cosmetics.
According to Sabinsa, which develops and supplies herbal extracts, cosmeceuticals, minerals, dietary supplements and specialty fine chemicals, manufacturers are continually seeking natural colouring materials that offer additional multifunctional effects for foundations, lip care products, hair colouring, and other colour cosmetics.
In a white paper on natural actives and how they lend colour to cosmetics, two of the company’s technical experts, Lakshmi Prakash (PhD) and Muhammed Majeed (PhD) present an overview of three natural alternatives to synthetic dyes for creative use in cosmetics and nutricosmetics. Honing in on Henna, Sappanwood extract and Red Sandalwood extract, Prakash and Majeed share the benefits of these natural alternatives far beyond their colourant properties.
‘Plant pigments such as such as curcumin, beet anthocyanins, carotenoids from peppers and saffron, chlorophyll from green leaves have scientifically validated antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits,’ Prakash and Majeed say in the research document. They also discuss how plant pigments or dyes with a history of safe human use have evolved to meet industry’s requirements from traditional usage to being incorporated into food and cosmetics.
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