Abundant Produce

Past project

ASX-listed Abundant Produce leads to successful face cream development, through supercritical fluid extraction of bioactive compounds from tomatoes.

Overview

UNSW Chemical Researchers and Abundant Produce partnered to develop natural, one-of-a-kind tomato infusion face cream. The face cream would be made of Lycopene from tomatoes, an active material with powerful antioxidant properties that can absorb the damage of the sun's rays and reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Approach

Researchers firstly assessed the feasibility of using supercritical carbon dioxide for the preparation of extracts containing bioactive compounds from selected vegetable products. They then developed an extract from tomato skin that is rich in lycopene and other carotenoids. Through the development of their unique process using CO2 to remove the lycopene at a low heat, they were able to produce a completely natural extract, which in turn can be used to make face cream.

Abundant Produce tubes lying next to tomatoes

Outcome

Due to the successful extraction of lycopene from tomato skin, a new face cream known as Tomato Infusion has recently been released into the market. Furthermore, the team is discovering other plant traits to develop further natural extracts for cosmetic formulations.

Upon completion of the project, a position was offered to one of the students involved.