Assessment of Some Tree Species in Semi-Arid Region of Nigeria with Potential of Enriching Organic Cosmetic Production

R. B. Shuaibu

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Nigeria.

K. D. Salami *

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria.

O. A. Farinloye

Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources Management, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria.

A. U Jibo

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


The interest of consumers around the world is presently increasing toward the use of organic cosmetics. Forest tree extracts play a major role in organic cosmetic productions. This study evaluates forest tree species within semi-arid region of Nigeria with potential to enrich cosmetic industry. Extracts of six (6) common forest tree species found within semi-arid region of Nigeria were collected and incorporated into soap and cream productions. The forest tree species were Acacia nilotica, Adansonia digitata, Azadirachta indica, Eucalyptus camadulensis, Moringa oleifera, and Salix babylonica. A comparative analysis before and after using the soaps and creams for ten (10) months by eight (8) volunteered individuals were carried out to determine the efficacy of the products. The result shows a complete disappearance of all the skin issues of those with skin conditions such as skin blemishes, acne, pimples, skin discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, body odor, and sores after ten months of usage. Skin glowing, smoothness, and even toned complexion were observed from those without skin conditions. Therefore, the development of cosmetic ingredients from various species of forest tree extracts can be an interesting option. It will encourage the cosmetic industries to go into large planting of different forest tree species needed for their cosmetic production and as a result the environmental pollution and degradation will be reduced.

Keywords: Tree extracts, organic cosmetic, potential, skin conditions, soap and cream

How to Cite

Shuaibu, R. B., K. D. Salami, O. A. Farinloye, and A. U Jibo. 2023. “Assessment of Some Tree Species in Semi-Arid Region of Nigeria With Potential of Enriching Organic Cosmetic Production”. Asian Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry 9 (3):75-81.


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