Chapter 3

Industrial Uses of MAPs: Cosmetic Industry

M. Paz Arraiza, Carlos Calderon-Guerrero, Silvia C. Guillen and Miguel A. Sarmiento


Plants generate a considerable amount of antioxidants, preservatives, and synthetic colours. There is much demand for these in the cosmetics industry. The perfume sector also uses important quantities of aromatic plants. The dermatological properties of plants are many and varied: tonics, astringents, anti-inflammatory, antiseptics, anti-scarring, cleansers, moisturisers, relaxants, emulsifiers, decongestant, refreshing, etc. The use of different plants is determined by their physiological activity, which varies from plant to plant, so it is possible to find a plant for nearly all our aesthetic needs. There is also a wide range of formats of cosmetic preparations. We can find preparations of plant extracts in creams, emulsions, lotions, gels, oils, soaps, deodorants, etc. Regulations regarding these products apply to raw materials for use in cosmetics. They also refer to the vegetable extracts used in the manufacture of cosmetic products.

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