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Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract

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Also-called-like-this: Soapberry Fruit Extract
What-it-does: surfactant/cleansing

Details

Sapindus Mukurossi is a nice, big tree living in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia. Its fruit is commonly called soapberry or washnut - telltale names for its traditional use as a cleansing agent. It contains natural surfactants called saponins (10-11.5%) and forms a nice rich lather. It's great at cleansing the skin of oily secretion as well as washing the hair.

Apart from being a cleansing agent, Sapindus Mukurossi also has a bunch of other pharmacological effects: It's well-known for its insecticidal properties and is traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. As for other skin-care relevant things, it has promising tyrosinase inhibition, free radical scavenging (antioxidant), antimicrobial and anticancer activity.  

Show me some proof

  • Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo, Sept./Oct. 2012, Pharmacological effects of Sapindus mukorossi

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