The beauty of biocatalysis: sustainable synthesis of ingredients in cosmetics

Nat Prod Rep. 2022 Feb 23;39(2):335-388. doi: 10.1039/d1np00027f.


Covering: 2015 up to July 2021The market for cosmetics is consumer driven and the desire for green, sustainable and natural ingredients is increasing. The use of isolated enzymes and whole-cell organisms to synthesise these products is congruent with these values, especially when combined with the use of renewable, recyclable or waste feedstocks. The literature of biocatalysis for the synthesis of ingredients in cosmetics in the past five years is herein reviewed.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Beauty*
  • Biocatalysis
  • Cosmetics*


  • Cosmetics