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 Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

A concentrated liquid blend of five botanical extracts providing a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which can be used in a cream, lotion or gel to help promote skin renewal.


AHA Natural Fruit Extract 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.
No alcohol is used in the extraction process.
The plant materials are extracted individually with water at specific pH levels and temperatures.
The individual materials that make up AHA Natural Fruit Extract are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
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.
When combined like this, the AHA's also weaken the bonds that hold dead skin together. When these bonds are weakened, the dead skin cells can be shed from the skin easier which results in fresher, smoother and younger looking skin. It also means that any other actives or skin nutrition such as vegetable oils, will be absorbed better and will be penetrating the fresher skin and not the dead skin cells. This way, they will be much better absorbed and utilised.


It is usually best to combine with other ingredients that are calming and soothing to the skin.
If it is to be used in a rinse-off product like a face mask, do not bother to combine with other materials that are more beneficial when left on the skin.
It is water soluble.
Add in the cool down stage (Stage 3) under 40°C when used in gels, creams and lotions. It cannot be used in oil only products.
Use at 1-2% for daily products and between 5-15% for more intensive, specific treatments.
The pH is between 4-5. Check your finished pH to ensure it is skin compatible.
Remember that adding higher amounts of an acid material may make a cream or lotion runnier.
Skin Care
Regular daily use stimulates cell renewal so use in daily cleansers and toners.
Its peeling effect allows active materials to penetrate the skin more effectively making it a good choice in pre-conditioning facial treatments.
AHA Fruit Extract moisturises, soothes and softens the skin which is beneficial in daily use skin products like lotions and creams.
It stimulates collagen synthesis and increases the elasticity of the skin which is very desirable in night creams and anti aging water based serums.
It brightens the skin, revitalises dull and lifeless skin when used in face masks. It can improve appearance hyperpigmentation when used in gels.
This can also help with shaving marks and skin blemishes on legs when used in daily leg lotions.
Hair Care
Excellent to use in exfoliating shampoos and clarifying hair conditioners.
It works well in hair masks to clear build of other products on the scalp.


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


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 gave peels a bit of a bad reputation. This modern blend of natural fruit acid peels is a much safer way to get good results.