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Cosmetics 2015, 2(4), 322-341;

Green Cosmetic Surfactant from Rice: Characterization and Application

Intercos S.p.A., Via Marconi 84, 20864 Agrate Brianza (MB), Italy
Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia, University of Siena, Via della Diana 2, 53100 Siena, Italy
Progressus Srl, Via Beniamino Ubaldi, Gubbio, 06024 Perugia, Italy
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Academic Editor: Carla Villa
Received: 5 May 2015 / Revised: 14 September 2015 / Accepted: 23 September 2015 / Published: 10 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Cosmetic Ingredients)
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During recent years, microwave irradiation has been extensively used for performing green organic synthesis. The aim of this study was to synthesize, through a microwave-assisted irradiation process, a natural surfactant with O/W emulsifying properties. Our attention was focused on polyglycerol esters of fatty acids that are biocompatible and biodegradable non-ionic surfactants widely used in food and cosmetic products. The emulsifier was obtained using vegetable raw material from renewable sources: polyglycerol derived from vegetable glycerol and rice bran oil fatty acids. The natural emulsifier obtained was then characterized and evaluated for its emulsifying properties using different doses, oil phases, rheological additives, waxes, etc. The potential application in solar products, in comparison with other natural emulsifiers, was also evaluated. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural surfactants; rice bran oil; polyglycerol esters; microwave irradiation natural surfactants; rice bran oil; polyglycerol esters; microwave irradiation

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Hanno, I.; Centini, M.; Anselmi, C.; Bibiani, C. Green Cosmetic Surfactant from Rice: Characterization and Application. Cosmetics 2015, 2, 322-341.

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