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An Overview on the Properties of Ximenia Oil Used as Cosmetic in Angola

CQB, CQE, and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal
CBIOS—Universidade Lusófona’s Research Center for Biosciences and Health Technologies, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisbon, Portugal
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Both authors contributed equally to the senior authorship.
Biomolecules 2020, 10(1), 18;
Received: 25 October 2019 / Revised: 11 December 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published: 20 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from Bio.Natural Meeting 2019)
Ximenia (Ximenia americana L.) is a shrub, or small tree, native from Africa and spread across different continents. In Angola, the seeds oil is used by local populations, to prevent sunburn, to smooth and hydrate the skin, and to give it a pleasant color and elasticity, to prevent stretch marks, in pregnant woman, and also as hair conditioner. Herein, an oil sold in the region (LPO), and two others extracted in laboratory, from seeds collected in the same region, were investigated in terms of their composition, chemical properties, UV transmission. The three oils are similar although the LPO is more acidic, 0.48 mg KOH/g. GC-MS analysis indicated that the major components are the fatty acids, oleic (31.82%), nervonic (11.09%), ximenic (10.22%), and hexacosa-17,20,23-trienoic acids (14.59%). Long chain fatty acids, n ≥ 20, accounted for 51.1% of the total fatty acids. A thin film of the oil showed a reduction in transmittance from 200 to 300 nm. Viscosity studies of the LPO indicated that at normal temperature of skin, the oil can be spread over the skin as a thin film. At concentrations up to 10 µg/mL, the LPO is not toxic to human keratinocytes, suggesting the safety of this oil. View Full-Text
Keywords: ximenia oil; chemical composition; viscosity; UV transmission; cytotoxicity; keratinocytes ximenia oil; chemical composition; viscosity; UV transmission; cytotoxicity; keratinocytes
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Satoto, G.; Fernandes, A.S.; Saraiva, N.; Santos, F.; Neng, N.; Nogueira, J.M.; Santos de Almeida, T.; Araujo, M.E. An Overview on the Properties of Ximenia Oil Used as Cosmetic in Angola. Biomolecules 2020, 10, 18.

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