Inventive cosmetics development using bioactive compounds in tomatoes

Case Study

2018

ASX-listed Abundant Produce leads to successful face cream development, through supercritical fluid extraction of bioactive compounds from tomatoes.

Idea

The researchers set out to develop a completely natural, one-of-a-kind tomato infusion face cream, by using Lycopene, an active material with powerful antioxidant properties that can absorb the damage the sun’s rays would ordinarily inflict upon your skin and reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Approach

The team assessed the feasibility of using supercritical carbon dioxide for the preparation of extracts containing bioactive compounds from selected vegetable products. They developed an extract from tomato skin that is rich in lycopene and other carotenoids. Through the development of their unique process using CO₂ to remove the lycopene at a low heat, they were able to produce a completely natural extract which in turn can be used to make the cream.

Outcome

Due to the successful extraction of lycopene from tomato skin, a new face cream known as Tomato Infusion has recently been released into the market. Furthermore, the team is discovering other plant traits to develop further natural extracts for cosmetic formulations.

Upon completion of the project, a position was offered to one of the students involved.

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