Natural plant materials for cosmetic, beauty and health industry
Pilot projects have been set up to extract natural plant pigments from fruit and vegetable by-product waste. Currently Blackberry, Beetroot, Tomato and Strawberry are being investigated. Anthocyanin, lycopene and isoflavones extraction techniques will be investigated, including their potential to be used in natural cosmetic products.
Update activities 2017
The test facility has been set up at the NIAB site at Hasse Fern where high quality phytochemicals are now being extracted and are being pilot tested for cosmetic products.
For different soft fruits, such a strawberry and black currant extraction and purification test are carried out. Also some applications are tested such as colouring agent for fabrics.