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J. Nat. Prod. Plant Resour., 2011, 1 (1): 24-32 (http://scholarsresearchlibrary.com/archive.html)
Herbal Plants: Used as a cosmetics
Shweta K. Gediya*, Rajan B. Mistry, Urvashi K. Patel, M. Blessy and Hitesh N. Jain Sigma Institute of Pharmacy, Baroda, Gujarat, India _____________________________________________________________________________ ABSTRACT The concept of beauty and cosmetics is as ancient as mankind and civilization. Women are obsessed with looking beautiful. So, they use various beauty products that have herbs to look charming and young. Indian herbs and its significance are popular worldwide. Herbal Cosmetics have growing demand in the world market and is an invaluable gift of nature. Herbal formulations always have attracted considerable attention because of their good activity and comparatively lesser or nil side effects with synthetic drugs. Herbs and spices have been used in maintaining and enhancing human beauty since time immemorial. Indian women have long used herbs such as Sandalwood and Turmeric for skin care; Henna to color the hair, palms and soles; and natural oils to perfume their bodies. Not too long ago, elaborate herbal beauty treatments were carried out in the royal palaces of India to heighten sensual appeal and maintain general hygiene. Key Words: Cosmetic, Hair, Medicinal plants, Skin. _____________________________________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION A large number of cosmetic and toiletry formulations have been developed based on Indian Herbs recently. Apart from traditionally documented applications, some modern trials have also established the utility of Indian herbs in Personal Care products. Herbal Cosmetics, referred as Products, are formulated, using various permissible cosmetic ingredients to form the base in which one or more herbal ingredients are used to provide defined cosmetic benefits only, shall be called...