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Aesculus hippocastanum is the scientific name for horse chestnut. Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract is the extract of the nut of the horse chestnut. In cosmetics and personal care products, this ingredient may be used in the formulation of many types of products including aftershave lotions, bath products, soaps and detergents, cleansing products, deodorants, eye makeup, foot products, makeup, hair care products and skin care products.
Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract functions as a skin conditioning agent - miscellaneous.
The horse chestnut is native to Southeastern Europe. In Europe, horse chestnut seed extract taken orally is widely used to treat chronic venous insufficiency.
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.
Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract 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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Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract belongs to a large and diverse class of materials that are not defined chemically. The majority of the materials in this class are mixtures derived from plants (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, or seeds). In naming plants, botanists use a scientific name (also called Latin name) made up of the genus and species of the plant. For example, under this system the plant, horse chestnut is known as Aesculus Hippocastanum L., where "L" stands for Linneaus, who first described the type of plant specimen. Plants are also known by a common name that has been handed down through generations. These common names may vary from country to country. Therefore, scientific names, which are more likely to be recognized in many countries, are frequently used on the label of a product to identify an ingredient made from plants.
Cross Reference for Common Names and Latin names for Botanical ingredient: http://www.personalcarecouncil.org/botanicals-cross-reference-latin-bino...
Find out more about the history of using plants to obtain beneficial materials:
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EU Cosmetics Inventory http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/
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