Ashland launches well-ageing active ingredient from Santalum album

Santalwood biofunctional is inspired by Japanese forest therapy

Ashland has introduced a new active skin care ingredient which claims to impart vibrancy and ‘glow’ for a well-ageing claim.

Santalwood biofunctional is a natural extract from Santalum album, obtained using supercritical CO2 extraction in Australia, that reduces skin cell senescence and helps mitigate air pollution damage.

It is also the first biofunctional to be developed by the company using artificial intelligence.

“Ashland has long looked to ancient ceremonies and trends to bring new technologies to the field of active ingredients for personal care that amplify the efficacy of our customers’ products and applications,” said Ashland’s Vice President Marketing and Business Development, Biofunctionals and Naturals, Joel Mantelin.

“For the first time Ashland is also combining artificial intelligence as the starting point in the design of an ingredient.

“Our scientific solvers discovered that skin olfactory receptors decline with age and Santalwood bifunctional was developed to fight the skin ageing process and ensure the integrity of our customers’ products and applications.”

“Our new biofunctional was inspired by forest therapy, which is an emerging trend in health and wellness, also known as shinrin-yoku in Japan,” added Anne Clay, Global Marketing Manager, Ashland.

“Forests often deliver large amounts of odourant molecules identified as forest volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Sandalwood produces forest VOCs that form only with the right mix of genetics and environmental factors.

“Ashland Santalwood biofunctional captures selective forest VOCs from the sandalwood and enhances skin olfactory receptors shown to decrease with age and air pollution.”

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