Publication
Title
Insects as an alternative source for the production of fats for cosmetics
Author
Abstract
Insects may provide an environmentally friendly way of producing high-quality bio-based materials that can be implemented for cosmetic applications. Insects can be bred on organic waste, in high numbers, and on small surfaces, therefore, making large scale industrial breeding possible. Fats from three insect species: the black soldier fly (BSF) (Hermetia illucens), the locust (Locusta migratoria), and the house cricket (Acbeta domesticus) were evaluated for potential use in skin care. Insects were dried and fats were extracted using petroleum ether. The fats were further refined, and the fatty acid composition and the acid value were determined. The fats were used in a hand cream formulation and compared with the currently used mink-and plant-derived oils. Fatty acid analysis indicates that BSF contains >60% of lauric acid, which makes it less suitable for application in a skin-care product, whereas locust and cricket fats are rich in C16 and C18 fatty acids which makes them more suitable. Phospholipids and free fatty acid levels in the three insect species are relatively high compared with commercial, refined oils, and need to be removed by appropriate refining protocols. Odor and color also need to be removed by physical refinement to improve the applicability.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of cosmetic science. - London
Publication
London : 2018
ISSN
1525-7886
Volume/pages
69 :3 (2018) , p. 187-202
ISI
000442113800003
Pubmed ID
30052193
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 08.10.2018
Last edited 21.10.2021
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