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Medicines 2017, 4(2), 41;

Vetiver Essential Oil in Cosmetics: What Is New?

Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, ICN, Nice CEDEX 2, 06108 Parc Valrose, France
Université d’Angers, UFR Santé, 16 Boulevard Daviers, CEDEX 01, 49045 Angers, France
Extraits de Bourbon, 2 rue Maxime Rivière, La Réunion, 97490 Ste Clothilde, France
Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Hygiène, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 4 rue Larrey, CEDEX 09, 49933 Angers, France
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Academic Editor: Eleni Skaltsa
Received: 28 April 2017 / Revised: 13 June 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 16 June 2017
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Background: Vetiver is a key ingredient for the perfume industry nowadays. However, with the constant and rapid changes of personal tastes, this appeal could vanish and this sector could decline quite quickly. New dissemination paths need to be found to tap this valuable resource. Methods: In this way, its potential use in cosmetics either as an active ingredient per se (with cosmeceutical significance or presenting antimicrobial activity) has hence been explored in vitro. Results: In this contribution, we demonstrated that vetiver essential oil displays no particularly significant and innovative cosmetic potential value in formulations apart from its scent already largely exploited. However, evaluated against twenty bacterial strains and two Candida species using the in vitro microbroth dilution method, vetiver oil demonstrated notably some outstanding activities against Gram-positive strains and against one Candida glabrata strain. Conclusions: Based on these findings, vetiver essential oil appears to be an appropriate aspirant for the development of an antimicrobial agent for medicinal purposes and for the development of a cosmetic ingredient used for its scent and displaying antimicrobial activity as an added value. View Full-Text
Keywords: Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash; essential oil composition; cosmetic bioassays; Candida spp.; antifungal activities; antibacterial activities Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash; essential oil composition; cosmetic bioassays; Candida spp.; antifungal activities; antibacterial activities
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Burger, P.; Landreau, A.; Watson, M.; Janci, L.; Cassisa, V.; Kempf, M.; Azoulay, S.; Fernandez, X. Vetiver Essential Oil in Cosmetics: What Is New? Medicines 2017, 4, 41.

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