Palm Oil Developments No.61 (December 2014) p1-6

Synergy of Palm and Plant Extracts for Application in Cosmetics

Rosnah Ismail*, Zafarizal Aldrin A. Hasan* and Hazimah A. Hassan*

Oleochemicals are chemicals derived from oils and fats, however, the term ‘natural oleochemicals’ often refers to oleochemicals derived from vegetable and animal oils and fats to differentiate them from ‘synthetic oleochemicals’, which are derived from petroleum. Oils/fats are triglycerides formed from one molecule of glycerol and three molecules of fatty acids. The reverse of this reaction, i.e. the hydrolysis of oils/fats to the corresponding fatty acids and glycerol, forms the basis of the oleochemical industry.

Author information:
* Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB),
6 Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.