plant extract

A plant extract is a substance or an active with desirable properties that is removed from the tissue of a plant, usually by treating it with a solvent, to be used for a particular purpose. Extracts may be used in various sectors of activities : Food and functional properties for foodstuffs (antioxidant, texturizer, etc…), Processing aids, additives – chemical replacers, pharmaceutical for therapeutic properties – preventive and/or curative – cosmetic for functional properties for beauty and well-being, etc…
Some sectors of activities clearly define an extract. For cosmetic uses, for instance, a “cosmetic product” shall mean any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odors and/or protecting them or keeping them in good conditions.
An extract may be common to different sectors based on its chemical description, although different sectors mean different technologies (different forms, solubility, stability), different regulation, different claim, different problematic. As representing manufacturers, we feel very concerned by the request of the end-users and may adapt its proposal.
An extract must also respect :
• The quality constraints in terms of irradiation, allergens, toxicity, adulteration, activity, stability, sustainable resources, traceability, etc…
• The chemical and physical request in terms of description (TLC, physical recognition, genotype) as well as heavy metals, nitrates, solvents, residues such as pesticides or residual solvents, additives, foreign bodies, etc…
• The regulation in terms of assay, solvent, environmental components, legal uses, registration or notification (reach, organic grades,…), labeling, claims, certification (GMP, ISO), etc…