Many cosmetic ingredient manufacturers have developed proprietary processes for the extraction of cosmetic actives from botanicals, or for using chemistry to create a synthetic material or a delivery system with special properties.
These technologies lie behind the plethora of ingredients offered to the cosmetics industry in general.
But occasionally manufacturers will produce a tailor-made ingredient for exclusive use by a client. These are some of the processes offered to produce such unique materials.
Botanical extracts are an area where clients often demand a certain plant, the source's sustainability or the method of extraction involved
'Tailor-made' can involve a simple substitution of a preservative in an aqueous extract, or sourcing and using an ingredient that meets with COSMOS approval as a substitute for one to which the client has an objection.
Botanical extracts are