PhytoCide Elderberry Oil Soluble in Cosmetic Formulation

PhytoCide Elderberry- Multi-functional ingredient delivers antioxidant, anti-aging, skin conditioning, natural antimicrobial and Cuross Bakhtiar

3/25/20242 min read

One of our favourite Oil Soluble Anti-microbiale that is natural and from Elderberries. It has anti-oxidant properties.

Ecocert/COSMOS Approved

Whole Foods Compliant


The super fruit trend is one of the largest growing segments in the cosmetics industry. These fruits are recognized not only for their health benefits, but also for their unique marketing appeal. Elderberry certainly fits the description of a super fruit. Several species of Sambucus produce this type of berry. Two common varieties of Sambucus are the American elder (S. Canadensis) and the European elder (S. nigra), which has also been naturalized to the Americas. These two are often discussed simultaneously in the literature given that they have several components in common and therefore provide similar cosmetic benefits.


Antioxidants, like those found in elderberries, are excellent additions to skin care regimens as they provide protection from free radicals that contribute to cell damage, aging, and wrinkle formation. Bioflavonoids, which can also be found in elderberries, exhibit astringent properties that help tighten the skin and provide additional anti-wrinkle benefits. This unique super fruit is also an excellent source of undecylenic acid, an organic fatty acid that provides broad antimicrobial benefits, but is especially effective against fungal microorganisms.

To capture both the cosmetic and the antimicrobial benefits of elderberry, PhytoCide Elderberry OS was developed as an efficacious, multi-functional natural alternative to the traditional preservatives used in cosmetic and personal care applications. This product is oil-soluble and can be used in a variety of anhydrous and oil-containing formulations. The effectiveness of PhytoCide Elderberry OS was evaluated to determine Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (MIC), as well as its performance in challenge testing.

A modified Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) test was performed to evaluate the antimicrobial benefits of PhytoCide Elderberry OS. The results demonstrate that concentrations between 1% and 5%, which are the suggested use levels for this product, are capable of inhibiting the growth of the test organisms. Please feel free to contact us with studies.

We always recommend that every formula undergo stability and microbial testing to ensure adequate preservatio

INCI Nomenclature: Sambucus nigra Fruit Extract
Appearance: Clear to Slightly Hazy, White to Light Yellow Liquid
Solubility: Oil Soluble
Suggested Use Levels: 1-5%
Suggested Applications: Skin Conditioning, Antimicrobial
pH: 4.0-5.5
Country of Origin: USA
Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
Shelf life: 12 months from the date of manufacture
This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate.

All products sold are cosmetic grade; External Use Only; Cosmetic & Personal Care Formulations Only.

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