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Cosmetopoeia, from the Traditional to the Recent Uses of Plant in Cosmetics

During the last decades, due to their ability to produce a very wide variety of molecules, plants have attracted a growing interest for research in cosmetics. The recent development of green technologies allowed the use of renewable raw materials and the development of new extraction processes more compatible with the rules of sustainable development. However, the use of plants is far from being a novelty. Human have historically exploited plants for their food, health or well-being, using, sometimes unknowingly, “basic chemistry processes” to extract bioactive ingredients.

Although there has long existed a pharmacopoeia that lists plants for therapeutic use, work in the field of traditional cosmetics is still poorly documented. From this observation, the concept of a cosmetopoeia was proposed to fill this gap. Thus, like the pharmacopoeia, the cosmetopoeia will be a register of the cosmetic use of plants.

This Group "Cosmetopoeia, from the traditional to the recent uses of plants in cosmetics" will focus on different aspects including (but not restricted to):

- Traditional uses (the new concept of ethnocosmetology) of plants, for the better knowledge and preservation of the traditional uses of plants in cosmetics.

- Rationalization of the biological activities of traditionally used plants and/or plant extracts using modern techniques.

- Development of new innovative and green extraction processes of bioactive ingredients from plants traditionally used for cosmetics.

These subjects will be developped in the following Special Issue of Cosmetics (MDPI):

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/cosmetics/special_issues/cosmetopoeia_plant

(Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019)

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Created by: Christophe Hano
Created on: 19 February 2019

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During the last decades, due to their ability to produce a very wide variety of molecules, plants have attracted a growing interest for research in cosmetics. The recent development of green technologies allowed the use of renewable raw materials and the development of new extraction processes more compatible with the rules of sustainable development. However, the use of plants is far from being a novelty. Human have historically exploited plants for their food, health or well-being, using, sometimes unknowingly, “basic chemistry processes” to extract bioactive ingredients.

Although there has long existed a pharmacopoeia that lists plants for therapeutic use, work in the field of traditional cosmetics is still poorly documented. From this observation, the concept of a cosmetopoeia was proposed to fill this gap. Thus, like the pharmacopoeia, the cosmetopoeia will be a register of the cosmetic use of plants.

This Group "Cosmetopoeia, from the traditional to the recent uses of plants in cosmetics" will focus on different aspects including (but not restricted to):

- Traditional uses (the new concept of ethnocosmetology) of plants, for the better knowledge and preservation of the traditional uses of plants in cosmetics.

- Rationalization of the biological activities of traditionally used plants and/or plant extracts using modern techniques.

- Development of new innovative and green extraction processes of bioactive ingredients from plants traditionally used for cosmetics.

These subjects will be developped in the following Special Issue of Cosmetics (MDPI):

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/cosmetics/special_issues/cosmetopoeia_plant

(Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019)

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