InCoCells is a project, researching the possibility of creating cosmetics based on raw vegetable material, produced and harvested in a high-tech manner. It aims to give agricultural waste flows a new purpose and render animal testing unnecessary, and is backed by European funding.
According to the Flemish infocentre for agrictulure and horticulture (VILT), there are eleven different countries involved in the four-year-long scientific research project, and in Belgium, Flanders will focus on the search for innovative, high-quality cosmetic products from plants and plant cells.
“In the first phase of the research, we’ll try to map out as many plant species and parts as possible,” research leader Alain Goossens told VILT. “We are looking for relevant ingredients and corresponding production methods.”
According to brusselstimes.com, the researchers hope to find at least 50 new ingredients through testing for the presence of bioactive components with useful properties. “We’ll put the needs of producers and consumers first and ensure that these new cosmetic ingredients are suitable for the market,” Goossens added.
Fruits, vegetables and herbs are among potential candidates for cosmetics ingredients: tomatoes, carrots, apples, basil, ginger and lemon balm. They’ll also take a look at hops, liquorice and geraniums.