QOTW: What is a Supercritical Extract? October 26, 2012
Question: I noticed some of your products use ‘supercritical extracts’. What exactly is that?
Most of our serums do contain supercritical extracts. Supercritical extracts, also known as CO2 extracts or supercritical fluid CO2 extracts, are pure and potent botanical extracts created from a process of extracting compounds from raw material (such as berries, seeds, fruit) using carbon dioxide. They are different from essential oils and absolutes.
They are created using a relatively new technology that uses CO2 to pull pure plant essence from botanical matter. This process uses temperature and pressure changes to manipulate carbon dioxide and is considered extremely safe, clean, and non-toxic, as well as environmentally friendly.
Supercritical Sea Buckthorn Berry Extract is frequently used in our products
Supercritical extracts retain more of the beneficial properties of the plant material and resemble the full spectrum of the plants chemical structure than other methods of extraction. Supercritical extracts, besides being a pure, more bio active ingredient, are free from the need for preservatives so it keeps the overall formulation cleaner and the products lasting longer.