South Korean citrus protects skin from indoor pollution


In Switzerland, a cosmetics active ingredient extracted from the green citrus unshiu has won the Sustainable Beauty Award at the recent Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in Paris.

Dubbed Eosidin, the ingredient is the first to protect skin from indoor pollution. Its developer, Clariant, says Eosidin does this by helping to regulate immunomodulation and decrease hypersensitivity. Additionally, unshiu cultivation does not require pesticides and the extraction process have been designed to reduce waste, limit the environmental impact, and be non-food competitive. The fruit grows in the Jeju Island natural reserve in South Korea.

Amarjit Sahota, President of Ecovia Intelligence, which organizes the event, says the ingredient caught the jury’s attention for showing how a green material can “push the boundaries of sustainability” in the beauty industry. “Not only is it based on renewable feedstock, it makes a significant difference through a low environmental impact and the active involvement of local citrus farmers in achieving a sustainable new source of income.”

Ecovia Intelligence hosted the awards on November 6, 2018 during the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit.