• Derived from: bananas
  • Pronunciation: \ˈmyüzə \ˈsā-pē-ənt-um\
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: Banana Fruit Extract

What Is Musa Sapientum Extract?

Banana extract is derived from the Musa sapientum, or banana.[1] The fruit grows on trees that are native to wet, tropical areas. Bananas and plantains are the fourth most cultivated crop in the world.[2]

What Does Musa Sapientum Extract Do in Our products?

Banana fruit extract is a skin-conditioner.[3,4] We use the ingredient in our bubble bath. However, banana extract can also be found in sunscreen, conditioner, moisturizer, toners and astringents, and many other products.[5,6]

Why Puracy Uses Musa Sapientum Extract

Research shows that banana extract can have antibacterial properites.[8,9] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[10,11]

How Musa Sapientum Extract Is Made

Banana fruit extract is made by first drying the fruit. The result is then powdered. Ethanol is added, then the mix is evaporated using an evaporator.[7]

Sources

[1] Environmental Working Group
[2] EncyclopediaofLife.org
[3] Environmental Working Group
[4] Environmental Working Group
[5] Environmental Working Group
[6] Environmental Working Group
[7] Kumar M, Gautam MK, Singh A, Goel RK. Healing effects of Musa sapientum var. paradisiaca in diabetic rats with co-occurring gastric ulcer: cytokines and growth factor by PCR amplification. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;13:305. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-13-305. 
[8] Suan, Manacap, Maestrado, et al., “The antibacterial effect of Musa sapientum (Banana) peel crude extract on vitro culture of Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive) and Escherichia coli (Gram negative).”
[9] Baskar, Shrisakthi, Sathyapriya, et al., “Antioxidant Potential of Peel Extracts of Banana Varieties (Musa sapientum),” (2011) Food and Nutrition Sciences vol. 2 no. 10. 
[10] Whole Foods Market
[11] Whole Foods Market

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