What Is It?

Fructose is a simple sugar found in fruit and honey. In cosmetics and personal care products, Fructose may be used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, eye makeup, face powders, hair care products and skin care products.

Why Is It Used?

Fructose functions as a flavoring agent, humectant and as a skin conditioning agent – humectant.

Scientific Facts

Fructose is the sweetest of all natural sugars. Fructose is produced from corn starch hydrolysate by partial enzymatic conversion of glucose to Fructose using a glucose isomerase enzyme preparation. Fructose is an isomer of glucose. This means that Fructose has the same chemical composition (C6H12O6) as glucose but the atoms are arranged in a different structure.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes high Fructose corn syrup on its list of direct food substances affirmed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). High Fructose corn syrup consists of 42 to 55% Fructose.

FDA: Link to Code of Federal Regulations for Fructose…

Fructose may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

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