Parceval Pharmaceuticals has been showcasing a select range of products at in-cosmetics Paris which have gained great interest from international visitors to the show. The company is focused on developing communities, protecting our planet and producing quality products, which speaks largely to one of the most prevalent consumer demands for eco-friendly, sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible personal care and cosmetics brands.
Parceval is another of one of the South African companies featured on the CBI pavilion at in-cosmetics Paris. The CBI contributes to sustainable economic development in developing countries through the expansion of exports from these countries. Along with the South African exhibitors, it is also hosting suppliers from Colombia, Indonesia, and Peru.
Clay products for a variety of applications
Its hydroglyrecite extract, readily available throughout South Africa from Carst & Walker, is the first of many interesting ingredients from the company. ‘The glycerine we use is vegetable derived,’ says Ulrich Feiter, CEO of Parceval Pharmaceuticals. ‘It is a humectant drawing atmospheric water onto the skin to aid hydration.’
It also has two clay prodcuts on show: Kalahari red clay and Cape white clay. The red clay, sourced from a mine in Potchefstroom, cleanses and detoxifies the skin and tightens pores. It is suitable for use in face masks, body wraps, face and body washes and can be used to add colour to bar soap. The white clay, which comes from the Eastern Cape, is mild and suitable for sensitive skin applications. It has a gentle exfoliating and cleansing activity and can be used in skin exfoliation products, deodorants or body creams for example.
Flagship Kraalbos offerings
Initially researched and developed by the University of Western Cape, Galenia Africana (known as Kraalbos in the Namaqualand) has now been taken into the cosmetics realm by Parceval, through its collaboration with the university. ‘Its traditional application is on scalp and hair for its anti-dandruff benefits. However, it has also shown anti-microbial and anti-fungal activity, making it suitable to assist with problem skins,’ explains Feiter.
The extract is high in polyphenolic flavonoid fractions, specifically pinocembrin, which is a major compound in honey and propolis. It has significant anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and is available in two variations.
GalenoSan is the powdered extract. It has been tested for safety and efficacy, and should be included in skin care preparations at a rate of between two and five percent depending on the desired level of activity. The second variant, GalenoSan Forte, is a potent, enriched and concentrated extract that supports the recovery of superficial wounds, scratches and spots. Initial safety testing has been conducted on the product using the brine shrimp method. Zero toxicity was proven at the recommended dosage of between 0.5 and two percent.