Upcycling is the reuse and converting of wastes into resources to create new products with a greater value than its original material.
With a view of respecting the environment, an intelligent use of resources that involves reducing wastes and using the circular economy as much as possible, becomes a strategic opportunity that is now applied in all sectors including Personal Care industry.
Our goal is to further improve the environmental impact of the processes to produce our ingredients which led us to look at upcycling for our Personal Care division and creating SABOMEL, a line of emollients, active agents and ingredients made from apple waste.
From the apple to ingredients for zero waste natural cosmetics
The apple, a superfruit used for its natural, healthy components, becomes the main ingredient for the production of natural cosmetic products.
The process starts from the tree and the fruit destinated for the food industry. The fruit is cultivated and harvested and then apple juice is extracted for the production of beverages. Waste from this process can be used in two ways:
- The Biomass waste used as natural fertiliser in agricultural fields for Eco-friendly culture.
- The Pomace used as a raw material source for Personal Care Industry.
As mentioned, each component of the apple pomace waste is carefully selected and processed to create cosmetic ingredients:
Apple seeds separated from the pulp are cold-pressed to extract an oil that is used to produce SABOMEL-A MB, an active emollient with moisturising, anti-aging and antioxidant properties used in Personal Care formulations.
The tiny skins of the apple seeds are dried and micronized to create SABOMEL-ASP an active scrub with mild exfoliating, anti-aging properties giving skin firmness. Moisturising and antioxidant.
The pulp of the apple is dried and micronized to create SABOMEL-MP another active scrub with mild exfoliating, antioxidant, anti-aging properties, skin cell renewal and lightening thanks to the natural AHA contained in the apple.
The Upcycling process described here extends the life cycle of the by-products generated from the food industry, saving resources and energy while reducing the emission of waste into the environment as much as possible.
The upcycling process that leads to the production of SABOMEL is illustrated and summarised in the infographic on this page.