Equisetum Arvense Extract
What is it?
Equisetum Arvense Extract is the extract of the whole herb Equisetum arvense. Leaf extract (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract) and leaf powder (Equisetum Arvense Leaf Powder) made from this plant may also be used as ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products. Equisetum arvense is also known as common horsetail, field horsetail or shave grass.
In cosmetics and personal care products, ingredients made from Equisetum arvense may be used in the formulation of many types of products including aftershave lotions, bath products, cleansing products, fragrance products, eye makeup, makeup, hair care products, skin care products and suntan 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?
Equisetum arvense, or common horsetail, is a bushy perennial native to the northern hemisphere. It belongs to a genus of plants, Equisetum, that reproduce by spores rather than seeds. Equisetum arvense is rich in the minerals silicon, potassium, and calcium.
In Europe, Equisetum arvense has traditionally been used as an oral diuretic for the treatment of edema.