First, this is my first post on this forum, do not hesitate to tell me if I didn't respect the guidelines.
During my quest for innovative ingredients with high market value, I encountered Pine Extvolat, an ingredient supposed to replace water in cosmetic formulations. This ingredient seems to be similar to any hydrosol, but despite being a plant-based extract, its manufacturers claims that it is a self preserving ingredient.
Furthermore, they also claim that this product is able to replace the preservative system, with no other requirements (so no use of hurdles or other means to inhibit microbial activity). They clearly state that a challenge test is needed to launch any product including this ingredient on the market to determine the % of Extvolat to allow self-preservation, so I guess it is not just a scam.
Being a water-based product, I find it a bit perplexing.
Has any of you had the opportunity to work with it/to gather informations on this ingredient ?
Can we really believe the promises of such an ingredient, or is it more a marketing trick ?
Thank you in advance,