Designing natural cosmetics through the dynamics of naturally derived lipids

In recent years natural products have grown from a niche segment to one of the fastest growing categories in personal care. Although all attempts are being made to replace petroleum-based products with natural ones the substitution is far from complete, owing to the lack of in-depth knowledge of the raw materials as well as product formulations and stability. Application of natural oils and fats was severely restricted due to oxidative degradation of lipids resulting in malodors, color changes, viscosity increases, and changes in specific gravity, solubility and appearance. We recently described the development of a unique means of stabilization of exotic butters and natural oils, thus avoiding any cumbersome application of antioxidants and avoiding heating, homogenization, extra labor, and handling of additional powders.