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How is pomegranate extract produced?

Pomegranate extract is used in skincare for its regenerative, antioxidant, and hydrating properties. It is a key ingredient in our lip peeling product. We will detail the process of manufacturing this active ingredient.

An overview of pomegranate extract.

The name "Punica granatum" is used to refer to both the tree and the fruit of the pomegranate. This is a tree that grows between 2 to 5 meters high, belonging to the Punicaceae family. Originating from Central Asia, the cultivation of the pomegranate has spread to several countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, and even America. As a mythical fruit, numerous benefits are attributed to the pomegranate. In Egyptian mythology, it is considered a symbol of fertility. Its use also extends to medicine, and recently, to skincare and haircare.

To harness all of its benefits, the pomegranate is utilized in the form of an extract. This plant-based active ingredient is obtained through a process described below.

The process of producing pomegranate extract.

The pomegranate or Punica granatum is rich in antioxidants, including tannins, soluble polyphenols, and anthocyanins. This fruit undergoes various stages to maximize the preservation of these molecules before being incorporated into skincare and/or haircare products.

  1. Firstly, the fruits are harvested, typically in the Maghreb region.

  2. The barks are removed and ground.

  3. The resulting mixture is left to macerate in a 95° ethanol solution. This is referred to as extraction performed using an alcoholic solvent.

  4. The juice obtained is filtered and a desolventization process is carried out (a procedure in which the solvent mixed with the extraction meal is removed). We obtain a crude pomegranate extract (native extract).

  5. In order for this extract to maintain its molecules and functions until its incorporation into a skincare product, it is mixed with glycerin and demineralized water.

Source:

  • Toma Nardjes Mouas & al., Punica granatum l. Fruit parts from Algerian cultivar bioactive compounds and in vitro biological activities: a comparative study, Proceedings, (2021).

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