Plant extraction

Plant extraction expertise by Gattefossé

Gattefossé has long excelled at plant extraction. It all dates back to the turn of the last century, with distillation of essential oils in Provence, France. The company gradually expanded this core expertise to include selective recovery of phytochemicals to provide the cosmetic industry with innovative, effective actives.
Detailed botanical knowledge and an interest in their biological properties complete this skill set. Gattefossé scientists have curious minds that seek inspiration in ecology, ethnobotany, agriculture, phytochemistry, and plant physiology to select the best raw materials for high-quality products.



Plant extracts for concentrated strength and efficacy of actives

Through years of experience, we have identified ideal actives for skin care and proven their efficacy.
Green chemistry, eco-design, and naturalness are the focus of all our product developments. Our innovative ingredients satisfy consumer expectations without making concessions on quality or efficacy.


Exemplary supply chain for raw materials

Gattefossé plant extraction process

An extract is only as good as the raw material it originated from. So we begin at the planting stage, through a responsible commitment that involves all parties in the production chain, including farmers, harvesters, dyer-conditioners, traders, and transporters. Gattefossé goes above and beyond adherence to specifications and preservation of traceability: it cares about fair trade and both socioeconomic and environmental consequences. We ensure that our raw material supply chain is sustainable and worthy of trust.

Our raw materials are sourced worldwide in compliance with international agreements, usually through long-standing partnerships with suppliers.


Extraction processes at the forefront of innovation

We adapt our extraction procedures to each raw material and to the results we wish to obtain. Our engineers are constantly searching for innovations, to complete the range of available techniques and solvents that can be used. Conventional solvents, supercritical fluids, and microwave-assisted extraction are all part of their toolkit, and are behind many well-known extracts.

Recently, the acquisition and development of  Natural Deep Eutectic Solvent (NaDES) technology has leveraged our capacity to manufacture extracts with high substantiated efficacy. A pioneer in the use of NaDES technology, Gattefossé is now able to offer innovative yet totally natural products, based on plants or flowers. See our latest launch, Gatuline®  Link n Lift.

Gattefossé complements its extraction expertise with mastery of a wide range of separation techniques for extract purification and concentration. Some of our products undergo ultrafiltration, molecular distillation, or low-pressure chromatography during their manufacture.