Vegetal active developed to eliminate body odour in a safer way

By Michelle Yeomans contact

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Related tags: Body odor, Deodorant

'Quillaja saponaria', an active extracted from the soapbark tree, has until now, been mainly sourced for use in the food industry. Here, Cosmetics Design speaks with Luigi Rigano, consultant at Pera Ingredients, about how this unusual extract acts as a key ingredient in eliminating body odour in a safer and more sustainable way.

According to Rigano, recent studies into the ingredient as to how it can be used in the cosmetics industry identified it as capable of treating the scalp and the skin in terms of fighting acne and greasy tendencies.  

But now the consultant says that Pera has discovered, on investing in the very specialised plant that only grows in Chile, it's anti-perspirant properties, which he believes should come as good news in the search for safe alternatives to aluminium chlorhydrate in deodrants.

In this video, Rigano reveals that in-vivo evaluations have confirmed the activity of this group of molecules in odour and sweat reduction while also pointing out that the ingredient would be a more sustainable and safer option for brands to use in their deodrant formulations as it is renewable and contains no synthetics.

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