Initiated by DNA Gensee (a company specializing in the DNA analysis of plants, algae and beehive products), the DNA & Cosmetics consortium aims to provide models to the cosmetics and perfumery sector to ensure the safety of plant raw materials and allow for better control of natural resources, from the plant to the consumer.

Using a scientific method based on DNA analysis, the members of the consortium [1] plan to build the first reliable database that will guarantee the botanical authenticity of the plant resources used in their products.

Guaranteeing the authenticity of plant raw materials

The members of this consortium are eager to commit to more secure supplies and controlled exploitation of plant resources used to formulate cosmetic products. The main purpose is to be able, when purchasing natural raw materials, to ensure that brands and their suppliers source the right plant (belonging to the desired botanical family, genus and species).

These issues are in line with the growing expectations of consumers in terms of safety, authenticity and transparency. They are also of major importance in connection with the application of the Nagoya protocol.

Reliable and precise technology

The DNA analysis technology can identify plant species and even varieties with great reliability: this analysis allows us, for example, to distinguish the white lily (Lilium candidum) from the royal white lily (Lilium regale).

As a matter of illustration, the consortium has undertaken a scientific work on lavender, an emblematic species in the cosmetics and perfume sectors.

According to the consortium founders - both cosmetic groups and ingredient suppliers - this initiative enables companies to act concretely to accelerate the ecological and solidarity transition while contributing to the health of all by guaranteeing the absence of fraud in raw materials.