Plants used in cosmetics

Phytother Res. 2003 Nov;17(9):987-1000. doi: 10.1002/ptr.1363.


This review describes the use of some natural products in cosmetic preparations, due to their low mammalian toxicity, with a brief description of the major use, plant parts used, the actives responsible for effect and the benefits of such products. Their use in skin care; such as dryness, eczema, acne, free-radical scavenging, antiinflammatory, antiaging and skin protection effects are explained, and also the use in hair care as hair growth stimulants, hair colorants, and for hair and scalp complaints such as dandruff. Essential oils when incorporated into finished products impart many benefits such as a pleasant aroma in perfumery, shine or conditioning effects in hair care products, emolliency and improving the elasticity of the skin.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Cosmetics*
  • Hair Preparations
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Oils*


  • Cosmetics
  • Hair Preparations
  • Plant Oils