Preservation of Several Cosmetical Plants Mostly Used In Malaysia


Adirukmi Noor Saleh dan Md. Noor Saleh*


Simposium Sumber Alam Kebangsaan Pertama. Tema "Penggunaan Pengurusan Dan Pemuliharaan Alam Dalam Konteks Pembangunan Negara", Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kampus Sabah, Malaysia.




Malaysia, natural products, traditional cosmetics, preservation


Traditional cosmetics differ from contemporary cosmetics based on several reasons, among them; [a] it is a product that will fortify one's health and beauty in one step, for example products that are used in after birth care, [b] it is a product that will enhance one's outer and inner beauty for example to scent the body and refine the skin (outer) to refresh the mind and calm the feelings (inner) and [c] made from natural products that are easily obtainable, inexpensive, have no negative side effects and are more penetrating and enduring (e.g. henna, when applied to the fingers, produces long lasting colour and strengthens the nails at the same time). Plants that are used in traditional cosmetics are extracted from various sources, e.g. forests, gardens, wild plants etc.