Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract


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Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract

Equisetum Arvense Extract is an extract of the whole herb of Equisetum arvense.

Function(s): Skin-Conditioning Agent - Miscellaneous

Other names: Equisetum Arvense Extract, Arvense (Horsetail) Extract

Source:  EWG

Source: EWG

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What Is It?

Equisetum Arvense Extract is the extract of the whole herb Equisetum arvense. Leaf extract (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract) and leaf powder (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Powder) made from this plant may also be used as ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. Equisetum arvense is also known as common horsetail, field horsetail or shave grass. In cosmetics and personal care products, ingredients made from Equisetum arvense may be used in the formulation of many types of products including aftershave lotions, bath products, cleansing products, fragrance products, eye makeup, makeup, hair care products, skin care products and suntan products.

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

The ingredients made from Equisetum arvense function as skin conditioning agents - miscellaneous.

Safety Information: 

Botanical and botanically derived ingredients used in the formulation of cosmetics are generally mild and safe. Prior to marketing the finished cosmetic product, the safety of each ingredient must be substantiated in accordance with 21 CFR 740.10. Safety substantiation of cosmetic ingredients may include tests for ocular and skin irritation as well as allergenicity, phototoxicity, photoallergenicity and mutagenicity, depending on the application or intended use. There is a considerable body of information about the safety of botanical ingredients and a well established history of use. These resources are consulted to ensure the safety of these materials as they are used in cosmetics.

More safety Information: 

Equisetum Arvense Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract and Equisetum Arvense Leaf Powder may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_packaging/co0013_en.htm

In selecting plant-derived ingredients for cosmetics and personal care products, formulators rely on the extensive history of their preparation and use. Such materials have been used for a long time and, based upon this experience, extensive knowledge of their safety has been gained. In the situation of newly identified botanicals in the cosmetic industry, appropriate ocular and skin safety studies are conducted prior to release into general commerce. There are many different references that describe the isolation, use and safety of botanical preparations.

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ENoéma Editor