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AHA Natural Fruit Extract


What does this mean?

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 to help promote skin renewal.


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 fruit acids weaken the bonds that hold dead skin together which allows dead skin cells to be shed from the skin easier. 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 increases collagen production and rejuvenates the skin, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. It increases the elasticity of the skin which is very desirable in dry skin, mature skin and anti ageing water based serums.
  • Excellent to use in acne-prone skin products for diminishing pock marks and resurfacing the skin.
  • It can improve appearance hyperpigmentation when used in gels. This can also help with shaving marks and skin blemishes on legs when used in leg lotions.

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:


Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
No traditional use by aromatherapists.
Historical Information
People have always used acids in some form or another for exfoliating the skin. Cleopatra was known for taking milk baths where the lactic acid would help to soften her skin.
In the 1970’s Glycolic acid peels were overused and applied quite badly which left peels with a bit of a bad reputation. This modern blend of natural fruit acids is a much safer way to get good results.