Are biopolymers potential deodourising agents in wound management?

J Wound Care. 2009 Jul;18(7):290, 292-5. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2009.18.7.43112.


Objective: To investigate the odour-adsorbing properties of biopolymers, with a view to using the findings to develop a novel dressing with odour-adsorbing properties.

Method: The odour-adsorbing properties of a selection of biopolymers (aloe vera, tea tree oil, neem oil and manuka honey) and three commercially available dressings containing activated charcoal cloth (ACC) were quantitatively assessed using laboratory test equipment. An aloe vera-containing composite dressing, designed and developed by the authors, was also compared with the ACC dressings.

Results: Aloe vera was the most adsorbent of the biopolymers and a 40% dilution had comparable values to those of the ACC dressings. Furthermore, values for the novel composite dressing were similar to those of the ACC dressings.

Conclusion: The novel composite dressing may be a potential alternative to ACC dressings, and has the added advantages of having antimicrobial properties as well as the ability to promote a moist wound environment. However, more research is needed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aloe
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / therapeutic use
  • Bandages / standards*
  • Biopolymers / therapeutic use*
  • Charcoal / therapeutic use
  • Cyclodextrins / therapeutic use
  • Deodorants / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Glycerides / therapeutic use
  • Honey
  • Humans
  • Necrosis
  • Odorants*
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Tea Tree Oil / therapeutic use
  • Terpenes / therapeutic use
  • Wound Healing / drug effects
  • Wounds and Injuries / pathology
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Biopolymers
  • Cyclodextrins
  • Deodorants
  • Glycerides
  • Terpenes
  • Charcoal
  • neem oil
  • Tea Tree Oil