AHA Natural Fruit Extract


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Inci:Aqua, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract.

A concentrated liquid blend of five botanical extracts that provide a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which can be used in a cream, lotion, or gel.


A clear, colourless to pale liquid with a slight odour that does not show through in the finished product. It is a blend of alpha hydroxy acids extracted from blueberries, sugarcane, oranges, lemons, and sugar maple. The extraction process reduces colour and odour and concentrates the active principles. The extracts are then blended and concentrated even further by vacuum distillation.
  • Use at 1-2% for daily products and between 5-10% for more intensive, specific treatments.
  • Water-soluble, so cannot be used in oil only products.
  • It is not heat stable, so should be used in Stage 3 (cool stage) when making creams and lotions. We recommend storing it in the fridge when it is not in use.
  • The pH is between 4-5. Check your finished pH to ensure it is skin compatible.
It is usually best to combine AHA Natural Fruit Extract with other ingredients that are calming and soothing to the skin.However, if it is to be used in a rinse off product like a face mask, it may not be worthwhile to combine with other materials that are more beneficial when left on the skin.
Remember that adding higher amounts of an acid material may make a cream or lotion runnier.
Do not use in combination with exfoliating scrubs in the same product, as that may be too aggressive for the skin.
AHA Natural Fruit Extract contains the following concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids:
  • Lactic Acid (28-32%) which is a highly effective moisturiser.
  • Glycolic Acid (12-17%) which gives immediate skin softening.
  • Citric Acid (2-6%) which stimulates collagen synthesis.
  • Malic Acid (1% max) which boosts skin elasticity.
  • Tartaric Acid (1% max) which also boosts skin elasticity.
No alcohol is used in the extraction process. The plant materials are extracted individually with water at specific pH levels and temperatures.
There may be some sedimentation if the bottle has been standing for a while. This is to be expected with a natural product and does not affect the quality. The product may also change if exposed to the cold. Again, this does no damage, just bring it gently to room temperature.
Cosmetic Functions:
The individual materials that make up AHA Natural Fruit Extract are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here


Skin Care
  • Regular use of AHA Natural Fruit Extract can improve moisturisation levels in the skin and give a softer, smoother and brighter complexion. Use the higher percentage weekly masks or the lower percentage in daily products such as cleansers and toners.
  • The peeling effect of AHA Natural Fruit Extract allows active materials to penetrate the skin more effectively, making it a good choice in pre-conditioning facial treatments. Actives and skin nutrition, such as vegetable oils, will be absorbed better and will be penetrating the fresher skin and not the dead skin cells.
  • The combination of acids in AHA Natural Fruit Extract can freshen the skin andhelp reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A very desirable ingredient in products for dry skin, mature skin and anti-ageing water based serums.
  • Excellent to use in acne-prone skin products,

Hair Care

  • Excellent to use in exfoliating shampoos and clarifying hair conditioners. It works well in hair masks to clear the build up of other products on the scalp.


Click on the links below to be directed to a great recipe featuring AHA Natural Fruit Extract: