If you’ve seen my video on Youtube about my lip balm collection you may have noticed that I wasn’t that happy about the lip balm I presented from Domus Olea Toscana. But then I discovered a research paper from the University of Florence. That didn’t change my opinion about the lip balm but it changed my overall impression of that brand and made me curious.
I really like how Domus Olea Toscana collaborates with the Phytolab in Florence to evaluate and guarantee the efficacy of their anti-ageing products in terms of anti-free radical properties and how the Phytolab is researching and improving methods to gain a qualitatively and quantitatively good production of vegetable extracts from Urtica dioica L. (Nettle leaves), Vitis vinifera L. (Grape leaves), Olea europaea L. (Olive leaves) and Helichrysum italicum (Roth) (whole plant) for cosmeceutical use.
Especially as I am a biologist I was very curious about the paper and the results and I recognized some procedures I already performed myself during my time in university. Also, I would love to do that kind of research about natural cosmetics myself later in my career and collaborate with green beauty brands to confirm their products are safe and useful to make the masses wake up and grab those products! So if anyone knows a Germany-based company that offers something like that, please let me know. Furthermore I’d like to know if other brands use these tests and lab results for their products, too.
The results of the paper look promising as Domus Olea products have a significantly higher amount of anti-free-radical function (measured in anti radical activity ARR) compared to a reference cream. Also, less product is required to neutralize 50% of free radicals.
These good results are due to the technology Phytolab uses. They say: thanks to patented extraction technologies, PHYTOLAB is able to achieve plant extracts, which have a content of antioxidants and anti-free radicals from 5 to 10 times higher than the extracts commonly available on the market. And those extracts are used in Domus Olea products.
But what I’d like to know is which cream they did take for reference as this may play a role in evaluating the results. What I also miss is a proper labelling of the axes. There is no unit stated that would relate to the numbers on the y-axis. Other than that I am very happy about a brand presenting those lab results for public insight.
Have a look at the paper yourself here.
Would you like to see more scientific papers and posts about the combination of research and green beauty? Are you working in a scientific field, too? Please feel free to comment below 🙂