IJPNI. 2016;3(1):1-1 doi: 10.15171/ijpni.2016.01
The demand of cosmetics from natural
sources is increasing. It is attracted by the consumer market for their
functional benefits. The phytocosmetics market of toiletries, perfumes and
cosmetics has grown in the world market.
This article aims to highlight and figure
out phytocosmetics in Africa (Fig. 1).
A survey from United States, showed the
growth in using herbs by adults in cosmetics and in treatment of medical
conditions in a rate of 3%- 12% - 21% in
the years 1990 – 1997 – 2001 respectively.1 It was reported2
that 38 million people from US used herbal therapies.
Developing cosmetics from Africa, as seed
oils and its components, are attracting to international companies with
The African beauty market is expected to be
doubled in the next decade with increasing rate in sales, in the rate of 5-10 %
of beauty care products.
Spending on cosmetics in Africa per capita ranges
from 10-20 times lower than in developed market, but Africans look for
resurgence of phytocosmetic products and marketers are interested in the future