H I T E S H U D A R
D E PA R T M E N T O F P H A R M A C E U T I C S
P D M U N I V E R S I T Y
• Herbal Cosmetics for Skin
• Herbal Cosmetics for Hair
• Guidelines for using Herbs
• Cosmetics are the substances that are used to enhance the odor
and appearance of human body.
• FDA defines cosmetics as “ intended to be applied to the human
body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or
altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure
• Herbal Cosmetics are the cosmetics which are prepared using
plant products having cosmetic actions.
• In cosmetics, both natural and Phyto-ingredients are used.
Natural products include oils, extracts, secretions etc. Phyto
ingredients include pure constituents obtained by various
CLASSIFICATION OF HERBAL
• Herbal cosmetics can be classified on the basis of:
– Dosage form
– Part of the body to be applied for
ON THE BASIS OF DOSAGE FORM
• Emulsions : Cold cream, Vanishing cream, liquid cream
• Powders : Face powder, Talcum powder, Tooth powder
• Cakes : Rouge compacts, Make-up cake
• Oils : Hair oils
• Mucilage : Hand lotion
• Jellies : Hand jelly, wave set jelly, brilliantine jelly
• Suspensions : Cosmetic stockings
• Pastes : Tooth paste, deodorant paste
• Soaps : Shampoo soap, shaving soap, toilet soap
• Solutions : After shave lotions, hair set solutions and lotions.
PARTS OR ORGAN OF THE BODY
TO BE APPLIED FOR
• Herbal cosmetics for Skin
– Powder, cream, deodorants, lotions, bath and cleansing products
• Herbal cosmetics for Hair
– Shampoo, tonic, beard softeners, Hair removers
• Herbal cosmetics for Nails
– Nail polishes, Manicure preparations
• Herbal cosmetics for Teeth and Mouth
– Tooth powders, Dentifrices, Mouth washes
HERBAL COSMETICS FOR SKIN
• The herbal approach of proper skin care is principally based on
three essential steps.
• Whatever may be the type of skin, these three steps acts as
external care for skin to protect it from the constant effect of
environment, stress and skins natural process of cell
HERBAL COSMETICS FOR VARIOUSTYPES OF SKIN
FOR DRY SKIN
Example of Herbs:
Rubia Cardifolia (Manjista), Triphla, Tulsi,
Glycerihza glabra in sesame oil.
Fruit face mask:
Banana or avocado pulp.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Example of Herbs:
Usheero, curcuma longa, triphala, azadircta
indica mustaka, nimba in coconut oil.
Fruit face mask:
Banana or pineapple pulp.
Tulsi, idhora, jatiphata, nimba, terminalia arjuna,
Triphla, curcuma longa, mustaka in musterd oil ,
milk, sour milk, cream and butter milk are used as
gentel natured cleanser.
Fruit face mask:
Strawberry or papaya
TYPES OF HERBAL CREAMS
It is an emulsion in which the fat predominates,
but the cooling effect produced when it is applied
to the skin is due to skin evaporation of the water
Vanishing creams are also called foundation
creams because they disappears when
rubbed into skins.
A satisfactory cleansing cream is water in oil
emulsion that melts at temperature of body and
spreads readily over the skin.
Formula: Chamomile cleansing creams
TYPES OF HERBAL LOTIONS
These also called the bleaching lotions actually
mask, rather than lighten, the color of skin.
Like the whitening creams.
Tincture of benzoin
Essence of rose
TYPES OF HERBAL HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
• Thehail oils used for dressings and nourishing the
hairs and grace to appearance of hasirs.
• This preparations is generally used to increase the growth of hair
and remains healthy.
• Hair oil should have following properties:
They should give luster to the hair.
Retain them soft and flowing.
Invigorate their growth.
Keep the brain cool.
Should not be sticky.
Hair care products.
Hair lotion has a stimulating effect upon the hair
follicles. They are generally perfumed with oil of
rosemary and others ascenes as it posses a good
These are preparations which are used for the
coloring of hthe hairs. They enhances the
attractiveness of gray hair. They are applied
externally on the hair with help of brush.
Shampoo is preparation of
surfactant in suitable form liquid,
solid or powder- which when
the condition specified will
remove surface grease, dirt,
skin debris from the hair shaft and scalp
without affecting adversely the hair, scalp or
health of the user.
QUALLITIES OF AN IDEAL HAIR PRODUCT
Protect the hair cuticle.
Cleans without stripping natural oils.
Replace lost protein, moisture, and
Condition without weighing down the hair.
Even without porosity and prevent moisture
Smooth abraded cuticle scales.
Prevent intense drying from environment.
Name Important herbal cosmetics Uses/ Claim
Herbal hair rinse Mint, bramhi & other herbal
Promote hair growth used
in combination with
Amla, sandal wood bramhi. And
other precious herbs
Prevent hair loss & act as
scalp deep cleanser.
Herbal hair Oil Arnica, Heena, Shikakai and other
Specially created to
prevent hair loss &
promote luxurious hair
Extracts of amla dates arnica and
rate herbal extracts
For normal to dry hairs.
Cleansing the scalp while
retaining & Stimulating
HERBAL HAIR PREPARATIONS
HERBALS USED IN DENTIFRICE
Dentifrice are the preparations intended for use
with a toothbrush for the purpose of cleaning
the accessible surfaces of teeth.
They have been prepared in paste, powder and to
a lesser extent in liquid and block form.
Oil of cinnamon
Oil of pappermint
Oil of clove
Characteristics of dentifrices:
It reduces the incidence of tooth decay.
Helps to maintaining the gingivae.
Reduces the intensity of mouth odors.
Good dental health increases the possibility of
good general health, leading secondary result of
They do not provoke allergic reaction & do not
have negative side effects.
They are easily incorporated with skin and hair.
With small quantity they are very effective
as compared to synthetic cosmetics.
Extracts of plant decreases the bulk property of
cosmetics and gives appropriate pharmacological
Easily available & found in large variety &
Easy to manufactures and chief in cost.
Herbal drugs have slower effects as compare to
Allopathic dosage form. Also it requires long term
They are difficult to hide taste and odor.
Most of the herbal drugs are not easily available.
Manufacturing process are time consuming
No pharmacopoea defines any specific procedure
or ingredients to be used in any of herbal
GUIDELINES FOR USINGHERBS
Stop taking an herb if any side effect develops
such as allergy, stomach upset, skin rash or
Purchase standardized herbal products.
Herbal products are not recommended for:
pregnant or lactating women
infants or children under six years of age
EVALUTIONS OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT
The finished product should be standardized in
Skin irritation test
STORAGE OF HERBS
Herbs should be stored in cool and dry place.
Moisture can damage the herbs.
Also moisture promotes bacterial and fungal
Dried herbs should be stored in air tight
Herbs should not be stored in direct sunlight.
The usage of herbal cosmetics has been increased to
many folds in personal care system and there is a
great demand for the herbal cosmetics.
The use of bioactive ingredients in cosmetics
influence biological functions of skin and provide
nutrients necessary for the healthy skin or hair.
There is tremendous scope to launch numerous
herbal cosmetics using appropriate bioactive
ingredients with suitable fatty oil, essential oils,
proteins and additives.
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