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Whole Plant ingredients VS Extracts in formulation of cosmetics.

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Whole Plant ingredients VS Extracts in formulation of cosmetics.

Jarett Quirk

The benefits of either one will enter you into a very philosophical debate.  A scientific point of view urges you to quantify healing possibilities by knowing the concentration of a chosen active ( constituent ) used to achieve proven results.  Other views accept the synergy of complex plant compounds which nature has already procured (which we may not fully comprehend though have certainly observed ) to be the more ideal choice for healing, protecting and repairing our bodies.

In the industry of cosmetics almost all products will contain either all or very high percentages of standardized ingredients. Standardized generally refers to chemically extracted active ingredients ( Extracts ). Two questions then immediately come to into the debate. Does one ingredient alone reflect the curative power in a given plant medicine ? And does this ingredient become more effective in higher concentration over the whole plant itself. 

The answer is not so conclusive here are the vantage points : 

 Scientific - Using laboratory technique to quantify an active ingredients benefits. Will  accept both the limits of a concentrated isolate and it's known side effects. Eliminating any constituents deemed superfluous thru strong solvent extraction to reach the desired concentration of active chemicals narrows the channel for science to evaluate and produce certain assumptions regarding an active compounds know limits. 

"These methodologies can and will reach a designated reaction when applied to your body although reactions and counter reactions will also be more apparent and non-apparent." J.Q.

Herbalist - There are no standardized active principles which solely or largely determine a drugs action. The gentle phytopharmaceuticals demonstrated in particular that with plant remedies one very often has a comprehensive complex of active principles, with individual components interacting with others, so that only the complex as a whole will produce the therapeutic action. 

" Scientific Testing only helps concerned consumers know if a product actually contains a listed ingredient"  J.Q.

I will end this debate as a formulator striving to balance my artisan formulations between science and nature. Nature defies science, science exceeds nature. The answer must truly blend between the lines. Beginning every formulation with the most powerful and positive natural ingredients shall only give way to overlay science and active compounds as symbiotically as possible. In essence I strive to create symphonies of ingredients based in nature and science . Either singular approach has only lead to failure. J.Q.

Imagine this:  The greatest meal you have ever enjoyed.  AHH IT BRINGS ME BACK !!

 Was it because you ate the most expensive ingredients ?  Was it because you had a 5 star Michellin chef prepare the meal ? Was it because your body was craving those ingredients or a certain combination there of ? Maybe our spirit was surrounded by the people you love ?  Apply those questions and science to your skincare and you have the answer to what your skin is truly craving. Integration of natural elements and lifestyle on a balanced level is key.

"Rudolf Fritz Weiss, M.D.:, in his highly respected book, Herbal Medicine, originally written to explain the relevancy of plant remedies in clinical medical practice. Learning to take medicinal plants for what they are, rather than seeking to isolate pure constituents, challenges the reductionist basis of the scientific process. Proofs run far simpler when synergy does not need to be accounted for in the pudding. Synergy refers to the actions of two or more substances to achieve an effect of which each is individually incapable. The notion that we need to standardize herbal preparations to achieve specified therapeutic effects essentially scoffs at the notion that herbal potency lies in synergistic alchemy. Science does not yet have a way to assess synergy. Concentrating the levels of so-called active constituents in an herbal remedy allows science to proceed."

Rudolf Bauer: Professor of pharmaceutical biology at Heinriche Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. "Manufacturers generally standardize echinacea products to either echinacoside, phenolic acids, or alkylamides. Echinacea purpurea does not contain the echinacoside (slated as having mildly antibacterial action in a 1950 study) found in Echinacea augustifolia and other species, so the “standard” more recently switched to total phenolic compounds. Phenols are a large group of compounds, not all of which necessarily have an isolated medical use. The concentration of any and all phenols in a standardized extract of echinacea essentially assumes an across-the-board approach to biological activity. That numbing sensation on your tongue when you take an echinacea tincture can be attributed to the alkylamides, some of which have been shown to be immunostimulatory. Yet the debate of which chemical standard best defines the potency of echinacea has one outstanding resolution: Put your trust in the whole plant remedy."

Jean’s Greens in Norway, New York, has sought to grab the bull by both horns in combining whole, unprocessed herb with an extracted version of itself. Milk thistle, saw palmetto, Siberian ginseng, and kava kava are offered as herbal dietary supplement capsules featuring the favored constituent of the day. The inference that science somehow makes herbal medicine more potent can be hard to dispute with a public bombasted by standardization logic. Reductionist thinking carries the day in modern culture. Perhaps combining the two-making the case for whole plant remedies as well as active constituent levels-reaches some of the people some of the time. Clever marketing helps if it pricks public consciousness into comprehending the whole truth.

I will end this debate as a formulator striving to balance my artisan formulations between science and nature. Nature defies science, science exceeds nature. The answer must truly lay between the lines. Beginning every formulation with the most powerful and positive natural ingredients shall only give way to overlay science and active compounds as symbiotically as possible. In essence I strive to create symphonies of ingredients based in nature and science . Either singular approach has only lead to failure.