Ingredient

CAMELLIA SINENSIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM JUICE

Name of the plant

Assam Tea; Black Tea; Chinese Tea; Green Tea


Used plant parts

Flowers Leaves (or needles) Stems, stalks


Type of preparation

Vegetable sap


Function(s) of this ingredient in cosmetic products

ANTIOXIDANT

Inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen, thus avoiding oxidation and deterioration of ingredients

PERFUMING

Part of perfume oils and / or flavours


Origin

plant


Background information on use in cosmetics

As an easily digestible hot beverage with a soothing effect, green tea is very popular. However, as an ingredient in many cosmetic products, green tea (INCI: camellia sinensis) has likewise already been appreciated for a long time. Green tea contains, unlike black tea, all its active ingredients since the leaves are not fermented. One of the main components of the tea is caffeine. Caffeine dehydrates the skin which is tightened again. Moreover, it ensures that the cells are supplied particularly well with oxygen and nutrients. Apart from caffeine, green tea contains tannins, vitamins, minerals and other trace elements – substances which support skin health. Its antioxidative effect helps the skin to protect itself and regularly renew itself. As a matter of principle, cosmetics with green tea are suitable for all skin types. However, skincare products which contain green tea deploy their effect more particularly in the event of demanding and sensitive skin. In shampoos, green tea has a soothing effect for the scalp and a purifying effect on oily hair. Fragrances or mixtures of fragrances are often referred to in the cosmetics area as "perfuming agents" or "perfume oils" or "parfum oils". On the cosmetic products they are declared with the INCI name "PARFUM". These are undiluted individual substances or their mixtures which originate from natural raw materials or can be produced (semi-) synthetically. They are starting materials for the production of perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, eau de cologne and other perfumed cosmetic products. The average content of fragrances amounts in perfume to 15-30 %, in eau de parfum to 10-14 %, in eau de toilette to 6-9 %, in eau de cologne to 3-5 % as well as in skin creams, shampoos, hair and deodorant sprays to approximately 0.2-1 % and approximately 1-3 in deodorant sticks. The perfume oils include essential oils, resinoids and absolutes. The sources are, amongst others, flowers, leaves and stems, fruits and fruit peels or roots of plants; woods, grasses or herbs, needles, resins and balsams. Moreover, only compounds isolated from natural products such as aldehydes, ketones, esters, alcohols etc. are used (geraniol, citronellal, citral, eugenol, menthol) as well as semi-synthetic (citronellol, geranyl acetate, jonone) and synthetic scents (eg phenylethyl alcohol and linalool) are used. Scents of animal origin such as musk and ambra are only rarely used.


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