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FSS PhytoCide Black Currant Powder:
20 grams price
226 grams price
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
3 kgs (6.6 lbs)


FSS PhytoCide Black Currant Powder


Ribes nigrum, or black currant, is a small fruiting shrub native to Europe and northern Asia. The edible fruit is a dark purple color and typically grows 1 cm in diameter. Often used in jam, candy and juices, the popularity of black currants has recently increased due to its high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamin C.

Interestingly, black currants are also an excellent source of phytochemicals that exhibit antimicrobial properties. These phytochemicals can be isolated from the fruit for use as antimicrobial agents in cosmetic and personal care products. The desire for alternatives to traditional preservatives is not novel, however the notion of an antimicrobial with a secondary active that provides value-added benefits is relatively new. Active Micro Technologies developed PhytoCide Black Currant Powder, an extract rich in phytochemicals that not only inhibits microbial growth, but also have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Black currants are rich in both ellagitannins and anthocyanins which are polyphenols with anti-inflammatory properties. Useful in an array of aqueous systems and emulsions specifically designed for sensitive skin, PhytoCide Black Currant Powder is an effective antimicrobial that can also act to preserve systems.

This incorporation will either reduce the level of traditional preservatives being used or help create a blend of natural antimicrobials. Additionally the anti-inflammatory properties of the black currant may help quell mild irritation associated with both sensitive and problem skin.

Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (MIC), using a standard growth media dilution method in addition to both bacterial and fungal cultures, were determined in order to evaluate the ability of PhytoCide Black Currant Powder to protect against microbial proliferation. The results shown in Figure 1 indicate PhytoCide Black Currant Powder can provide effective protection for cosmetic formulations.

A double challenge test using 2% PhytoCide Black Currant Powder was also conducted to evaluate the ability of the product to provide antimicrobial protection in finished personal care products. A basic O/W emulsion was used as the base. The samples were inoculated with E. coli, P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, C. albicans and A. brasiliensis and incubated for 28 days. During this period, samples were periodically collected and tested for the presence of viable microorganisms. Following the initial 28 days of incubation, the samples were re-inoculated with the microbial cultures for another period of 28 days. The results are illustrated in Table 2.

PhytoCide Black Currant Powder is stable and efficacious at temperatures up to 75°C and a pH between 3 and 8. Not only can this unique multifunctional ingredient be used to deliver the numerous benefits associated with black currants, but it can also be used as a natural antimicrobial agent in a wide variety of cosmetic and personal care applications.

We always recommend that every formula undergo stability and microbial testing to ensure adequate preservation

INCI Nomenclature:

Ribes nigrum (Black Currant) Fruit Extract

Suggested Use Levels:



Light Pink with Darker Specks Powder

Suggested Applications:

Hydrating & Conditioning

pH: (1% Solution in Water)



Partially Water Soluble

Storage: Protected from direct light and humidity at a temperature of 50°-77°F (10°-25°C)
Shelf life: 12 months, properly stored, in sealed container.
This product should be added to a formulation at the recommended usage rate

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