Brazilians create a natural and sustainable shampoo from mangabeira

A natural shampoo made from Mangabeira, who knew? And it was from the bark, stem and leaf of the tree that Brazilian scientists developed a stable product and serum for the skin.

Mangaba, native to the Brazilian Cerrado and Caatinga, is rich in natural extracts that are great for hair and skin, in addition to being delicious. Knowing this, researchers from the Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), the Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (Unesp) and the Lutheran University Center of Palmas (Ceulp/Ulbra) began by developing a cosmetics plant, and the result was: good luck!

The development of these two products, shampoo and cream, more natural and sustainable because they avoid the use of synthetic ingredients, was published in two scientific articles: one on the serum published in March and the second now on the shampoo, Brazilian Journal of Biology;

The project

Researchers have found that most of the mangabeyra is rich in antioxidants and saponins.

Pharmacist Julian Farinelli Panontin, who is one of the authors of the project, explained that he started studying the plant during his doctoral thesis. When he saw that besides the fruits, the tree also has rich compounds for our body, he had the idea to develop the product.

“Since mangaba is seasonal, we tried to explore in simple terms other parts of the plant that could be turned into cosmetics so that the community could organize production. The thesis discussed ways of legalizing the production of cosmetics by the community, among others,” explains Juliana.

In screening tests, the team found that the leaves contain saponins, substances that can be used for cleaning. From there, they started designing whatever they wanted.

“So we make a plant extract and put it in a shampoo formulation that we make without sodium lauryl sulfate, a synthetic substance responsible for cleansing,” says the researcher.

The serum is also a research center for the scientist, and he explains that the product has excellent purposes due to the qualities it possesses.

“He [o sérum] is an antioxidant made with mangaba bark extract. It is used to treat and prevent signs of skin aging,” explains Juliana.


Juliana also explains that the next step is to commercialize a sustainable shampoo and skin serum made from mangabeyra.

He said the team wants to grow. Industries producing it could buy extract from small extractive communities.

The scientist reminds that the province of Sergipe is the largest national producer of mangaba, which facilitates large-scale extraction.

Mangaba is an antioxidant-rich fruit that benefits skin and hair – Photo: reproduction

With information from Planet Connection

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