Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract
What is it?
Malva sylvestris is the scientific name for mallow, also called common mallow or high mallow. Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract is the extract of the whole plant. The plant part(s) used to make the other ingredients made from Malva sylvestris are stated in the ingredient names (Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Powder, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaf Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaf Powder, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Leaf Water).
In cosmetics and personal care products, ingredients made from Malva sylvestris may be used in many product types including aftershave lotions, baby products, bath products, soaps and detergents, cleansing products, makeup, eye makeup, hair care products and skin care products.
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.
Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?
Malva sylvestris is an herbaceous plant that generally grows 3 to 5 feet tall. It is native to Africa, Asia and Europe, and has been cultivated and naturalized elsewhere.