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Natural Cosmetics

  1. Darrin C. Duber-Smith1,2,
  2. Yi Hsin Chang3,
  3. Amy B. Olson4,
  4. Azalea P. Rosholt5,
  5. Anne Marie Api6,
  6. Matthias Vey7,
  7. Annie M. Ugurlayan8,
  8. Viny Srinivasan9,
  9. Eric Antignac10,
  10. Esperanza Troyano11,
  11. Donna Mcmillan11,
  12. Katherine Sarlo11,
  13. Lijuan Li11,
  14. Rohan Wimalasena11,
  15. James Flanagan12,
  16. Mark Garrison13,
  17. Nava Dayan14,
  18. Brian E. Kilfoyle15,
  19. Jenna L. Terebetski16,17,
  20. Bozena B. Michniak-Kohn16,
  21. Sonali Bose18,19,20,
  22. Rajarajeswari Sivalenka21,
  23. Mangathayaru Putrevu21,
  24. Ina Schlenoff22,
  25. Robin Choi23,
  26. Stefan Gafner24,
  27. Jacquelyn R. Villinski24,
  28. Kan He25,
  29. Marc Roller26,
  30. Jennifer K. Saxe27

Published Online: 13 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471238961.natudaya.a01

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

How to Cite

Duber-Smith, D. C., Chang, Y. H., Olson, A. B., Rosholt, A. P., Api, A. M., Vey, M., Ugurlayan, A. M., Srinivasan, V., Antignac, E., Troyano, E., Mcmillan, D., Sarlo, K., Li, L., Wimalasena, R., Flanagan, J., Garrison, M., Dayan, N., Kilfoyle, B. E., Terebetski, J. L., Michniak-Kohn, B. B., Bose, S., Sivalenka, R., Putrevu, M., Schlenoff, I., Choi, R., Gafner, S., Villinski, J. R., He, K., Roller, M. and Saxe, J. K. 2012. Natural Cosmetics. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 1–35.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Green Marketing Inc.

  2. 2

    Metropolitan State College of Denver

  3. 3

    Global Ingredient Solutions

  4. 4

    Washingtonville, New York

  5. 5

    Ernst & Young LLP

  6. 6

    Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc.

  7. 7

    International Fragrance Association

  8. 8

    National Advertising Division

  9. 9

    L'Oreal USA, Inc.

  10. 10

    L'Oreal R&D, Worldwide Safety Evaluation

  11. 11

    The Procter and Gamble Companuy

  12. 12

    Coty Inc.

  13. 13

    Avon Products

  14. 14

    Lipo Chemicals, Inc.

  15. 15

    Diksha Kaushik

  16. 16

    Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

  17. 17

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  18. 18

    Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

  19. 19

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  20. 20

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

  21. 21

    Celgene Cellular Therapeutics

  22. 22

    Estee Lauder Companies

  23. 23

    New York College of Health Professions

  24. 24

    Tom's of Maine

  25. 25

    Naturex, Inc.

  26. 26

    Naturex SA

  27. 27

    EcoSafety Sciences

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 APR 2012

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The origin of the natural/organic products industry, with its roots in healthy foods and beverages, can be traced back to the beginning of the last century. The difference between natural and organic is that there are no definitions or regulations of natural products; organic products are largely defined and regulated within the United States. There are nongovernmental agencies working on standards and are able to supply eco-seals to products (ECOCERT and BDIH, for example). Advertising self-regulation has grown due to the public distrust of advertising claims in general. This article contains information on natural cosmetic formulations using natural fragrances, natural lipids, quercetin, curcumin, ayurvedic ingredients, and traditional Chinese herbs. Natural and organic cosmetic sales are part of the fastest growing sector in the cosmetic industry. Safety of the use of natural products is discussed. Natural does not always mean safe so extensive research is being performed in re toxicology, allergy problems, and whether the use of natural preservatives or preservative free can be considered safe. Biodegradability is a central aspect of the sustainability profile and environmental preferability of formulated products.


  • natural cosmetics;
  • natural ingredients;
  • biodegradability;
  • formulations;
  • preservatives

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Compound 4
Molecular Weight:302.2357
Molecular Formula:C15H10O7
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Compound 3
Molecular Weight:368.3799
Molecular Formula:C21H20O6
InChIKey:Not Available
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Compound 1
Molecular Weight:883.4162
Molecular Formula:C57H102O6
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Compound 2
Molecular Weight:963.5424
Molecular Formula:C60H114O8
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