Special Issue "Plants Used in Cosmetics"
A special issue of Cosmetics (ISSN 2079-9284).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018
Vegetal extracts and herbs have been used for cosmetic purposes by many civilizations since time immemorial, and plants were, for centuries, the only way to obtain colorants, fragrances and products for soothing and protecting skin. In more recent times, with the development of chemistry and petrochemistry, synthetic raw materials of interest to the cosmetic industry became available in huge quantities and at low price and largely replaced natural extracts and compounds. However, in the last few decades cosmetic ingredients based on plants or plants derivatives have made a powerful comeback, and claims referring to “plant origin”, “natural origin” and “naturally derived”—to name just a few—have become a major trend in the field of beauty. This trend reversal is largely consumer-driven and depends on several reasons; they include the increasing aversion for animal-derived products, ecological concerns and—probably the most important—the large number of myths about the safety of some controversial cosmetic ingredients that in recent times pervaded the media and the net. These health-related allegations involve specific chemicals (being parabens the most debated), and, although there is no conclusive scientific evidence of health risk for these compounds, a rising number of consumers are concerned about them and demand their replacement with natural alternatives, perceived as safer than synthetic products. As a consequence, plant ingredients in cosmetics are continually gaining popularity. Today, it is widely contended that the plant kingdom represents an enormous reservoir of biologically active chemicals, which are widely employed in medicine to treat all kind of illnesses and can also act as functional substances in cosmetic formulations. Products of plant origin used in cosmetics include vegetable oils and other lipids, essential oils used as fragrances or for their antimicrobial activities, ingredients for skincare and hair care, and antioxidants, to name just a few. Nowadays, plant material used to produce cosmetic ingredients comes from a variety of sources, which include not only conventional horticultural production (in field or greenhouse), but also wild harvest in developing countries and biotechnological methods (e.g., tissue cultures, hydroponic systems, fermentation of genetically modified organisms, microalgae cultures). The multiplicity of sources of plant cosmetic ingredients poses many different ethical and scientific issues previously not considered or underestimated, such as sustainability of the supply chain, preservation of biodiversity, improved isolation and extraction techniques, the evaluation of safety of new raw materials, and, finally, the development of innovative formulations.
This Special Issue is dedicated to plants used for the development of cosmetics (both botanical species of traditional use and exotic plants introduced in cosmetics to fulfil market demand), innovative plant-based cosmetic ingredients, and potential cosmetic use of plants traditionally intended for other purposes.
Original research articles and reviews are welcomed and encouraged.
Dr. Claudia Juliano
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- Natural ingredients
- Herbal products
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Review
Title: Contact Allergy to Plant Extracts in Cosmetics
Authors: A. Goossens, L. Gilissen, et al.
Affiliation: Contact Allergy Unit, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, K.U.Leuven Kapucijnenvoer 33, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Abstract: Contact-allergic reactions related to the presence of plant extracts in cosmetic products may be delayed-type reactions, i.e. allergic contact dermatitis (eczema), but also immediate-type reactions, i.e. contact urticaria and its syndrome, such as from proteins and their hydrolysates.
Reactions to plant materials are complex due to the very large number of ingredients contained in these products, lack of stability and standardization of preparations, possible role of oxidation and degradation, multiple positive reactions and cross-reactions in sensitized subjects, and variable sources of sensitization. Finally, Latin INCI names on the cosmetic labels used for plant extracts represent a pitfall.