Article by: Perry Romanowski

On a previous post about the Natural cosmetics market, someone left a comment that suggested I was anti-natural. This is not true, although I can understand how someone would get that impression.

Natural ingredients are important to cosmetic chemists because they help to sell products. They’re also important to cosmetic marketers so as a cosmetic chemist you need to keep your eye on news about the latest ingredients.

Here was an interesting news story about the use of Honey as a treatment for wounds. According to scientists Manuka honey has been clinically shown to treat bacterial infections. The researchers suggest that it could be used in place of antibiotics that some bacteria have become resistant to.

Interesting. For skin formulators, this kind of information could be the basis for an interesting lotion story.


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    Cuross Bakhtiar

    Honey does have hydrogen peroxide which is anti-bacterial. As a rule of thumb the darker the colour of honey the more hydrogen peroxide. However adding 1-3 % may make the end product sticky and the sugar may help increase the bacterial growth in your formulation.

    Manuka is the Mouri name for Tea Tree and the extra pollen found in this honey increase the bacterial strength. When applied neat to wounds (have to make sure that they are not diabetic) the sugar concentration will inhibit bacterial growth.

    What some products contain is not Manuka Honey but Manuka Oil. Hence a different story. Hope what I have writtent helps calrify this point.

    Kind regards,

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    When reading that article, I was thinking the same thing, Perry!

    There are quite a lot of natural brands doing this, like for example this one:

    Maybe nice to do a ‘read the label’ entry about such a product sometimes? 😉

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