n South African Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review - Harnessing our heritage : botanical focus

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-2028



Consumers' need for novelty is growing worldwide. There is a definite drive for new natural actives for cosmetics as the interest moves away from European plants to those of African and Brazilian origin. South Africa has the third highest biodiversity worldwide, yet our natural ingredients sector is still in its infancy. Discussions surrounding sector development have been ongoing among local industry leaders and various government departments. It's also been of great interest to the Netherlands-based development agency, CBI, which has been working with a number of stakeholders in South Africa to develop the viability of the sector for European export markets.

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