Japanese plant extracts for natural cosmetic ingredients
Do you know Camellia,Tachibana, Shekwasha, Kumis kuching, Akebia, or Ophiopogon? They are raw materials of unique plant extracts provided by NOF CORPORATION. We would like to introduce Japanese plant extracts to cosmetic formulators in Europe. Our plant extracts were made from plants grown in Japanese rich nature, and they can give your important customers the gifts of nature.Our plant extracts are useful for ingredients of natural cosmetics or organic cosmetics.
What is the gifts of nature?
NOF R&D team has revealed the effects and efficacies of our plant extracts as cosmetic ingredients. We can show you experimental data such as anti-oxidation, inhibition of melanin formation, enhancement on collagen formation, anti-inflammatory
effect, moisturizing effect, and so on. These features are collectively showed on bellow chart.
Features of plant extracts for cosmetics
This chart shows a lot of features of plant extracts provided by NOF. Each plant extract has unique features. In detail, please visit product pages.
What plants do we apply for the extracts?
Camellia (Camellia Japonica)
Camellia is native to Japan, and it has been popular as a
garden plant with beautiful flowers since ancient times in japan. Flower of the
camellia is known as a symbol of eternal beauty. The camellia was introduced to
Europe in 17th century, and came into fashion as a garden plant in
19th century. In a French novel “La Dame aux camélias" published in 19th century, the camellia
was described as a favorite flower of the heroine.
NOF provide not
only the camellia flower extract but also the seed and the leaf extracts. These extracts
have anti-aging effects.
Tachibana (Citrus tachibana)
Tachibana is a
citrus which has grown naturally since ancient times in Japan. Ancient Japanese
thought that the tachibana was a symbol of “eternal”, since it is an evergreen tree. Some Japanese family crests or Japanese Cultural
Medals are designed from the leaf and fruit of the tachibana. Also Japanese
family name “Tachibana” comes from this plant.
The peel is known
as Chinese herbal medicine ‘Kippi’. NOF provides the citrus tachibana peel extract
which can inhibit generation of melanin causing dark spots or freckles.
Shekwasha is a citrus which grows naturally in Okinawa islands, southernmost
of Japan. The peel of shekwasha contains
polymethoxyflavonoids (PMFs) such as nobiletin and tangeretin. It is said that
PMFs have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
NOF provides the shekwasha peel extract which is useful for not only
whitening but also anti-aging ingredient.
Kumis Kuching (Orthosiphon Stamineus)
Kumis Kuching is a
perilla, native to Southeast Asia. It is an important folk medicine in India, Malaysia,
and Indonesia. It is said that the kumis
kuching is useful for urethral
calculus and nephritis.
In Japan, the kumis
kuching is cultivated in Okinawa islands, and called as “Cats Whiskers” because
of its shape of the flower.
NOF provides the kumis
kuching extract which is useful as the beautification and whitening
Verbena (Verbena officinalis)
Verbena is distributed in Europe, Japan, north
America and China. It is known
to have an anti-inflammatory and a hemostatic action, and is used for herbal medicine
such as emmenagogue, jaundice, diarrhea, blister, and so on.
NOF uses the verbena which is harvested in
Okinawa, Japan and provide its extract. The
verbena extract shows antioxidant
Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis)
Passionfruit is native to subtropical zone in America. The fruit of passionfruit is eaten and also is
used for juice and jam. The fruit contains nutritional elements such as
β-carotenes and vitamins C and citric acids and so on.
NOF uses the passionfruit which is harvested in Okinawa,
Japan. and provide its extract. Passionfruit extract shows
Turmeric is native to India. It is used for spice of Indian
foods and food color. The turmeric contains wood polyphenols (curcumin) and essential oils. It is said that the curcumin
is useful for anti-oxidation, anti-inflammatory, improvement of liver actives etc.,
and essential oil is useful for secretomotor of bile and gastric juice, anti-cancer effect, and so on.
NOF uses special
kind of turmeric, which is harvested in Okinawa Japan, containing 6 times more
curcumin and 2.5 times more essential oils than ordinary turmeric. The turmeric
extract shows antioxidant effect and inhibitory effect on elastase activity.
quinata or Akebia trifoliata)
Akebia is native to East Asia and grows naturally in Japan. The
fruit of akebia is edible and the stem is known as herbal medicine “mokutsu” in
Japan. The mokutsu is useful for diuresis, anti-inflammatory and pain relief.
NOF extracts the stem of akebia with water. Since the extract increases the production of
natural moisturizing factor, it is useful for cosmetic ingredients.
Ophiopogon (Ophiopogon japonicas)
Ophiopogon grows naturally in East Asia. The root of ophiopogon
is called “bakumondow”. The bakumondow is useful for cardiovascular diseases
and antitussive as crude drugs.
NOF provides the bakumondow extract which increases the
production of natural moisturizing factor
Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)
Apricot is native to central Asia. The fruit of apricot is
edible and used as jam. The fruit is
known to help warm up bodies, and it is familiar for a long time in Japan.
APRICOT JUICE PH provided by NOF is the fruit juice obtained
by compressing the fruit of apricot. Since the APRICOT JUICE PH promotes
hyaluronic acid biosynthesis, it is useful for natural moisturizer.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Eucalyptus is distributed in South of Australia. Native
Australian has used the leaf of eucalyptus to heal injury. It is said that essential oil from the leaf has
sterilization, anti-inflammatory, pain relief effect.
NOF extracts 100% baby leaf of eucalyptus harvested in
Japan. The extract has anti-aging effect to prevent dark spots on skin or
Kurome (Ecklonia kurome)
Kurome is a seaweed which grows naturally on rocks in sublittoral
zone. It is mainly used for food in Japan.
NOF uses the kurome harvested in Amakusa islands which is
60km southwest of Kumamoto city in Japan. Amakusa is famous for fresh seafoods and historical church (world heritage). The extract from kurome is
useful for ant-aging ingredient of cosmetics to keep healthy and youthful skin
preventing dark spot on skin and wrinkles.
Fishermen with seaweed
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