PHENOBIO™ Subcritical Water Technology by Lipotec



Lipotec is a well-known worldwide expert in advanced active ingredients for application in cosmetics.  Founded in 1987 in Barcelona, Spain, and acquired in 2012 by Lubrizol (Berkhshire Hathaway company).

As Lubrizol’s Global Center of Expertise for Skin Care, Lipotec™ Active Ingredients researches, develops and produces innovative products – from peptides, biotechnological molecules to botanical extracts and delivery systems.

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Laboratoire Phenobio brings innovative, green processes to products.

Lubrizol’s commitment to using clean, natural ingredients in its cosmetic and nutraceutical products was the reason behind its recent acquisition of a French company.

Laboratoire Phenobio has been doing groundbreaking work in subcritical water extraction (SWE), which is a new process of extracting botanical biomass with far less environmental impact than conventional methods. Laboratoire Phenobio, with headquarters near the Bordeaux region, has used the method to extract phytoactive from botanical raw materials with less energy and without using hazardous chemical solvents.


The acquisition allows Lubrizol to expand its capabilities to provide the botanical extracts and natural performance ingredients that consumers demand in products.


The 3DforScience team produced a video showing the importance of the new Phenobio technology acquired by Lipotec, where it shows what the extraction of innovative active ingredients consists of destined to the cosmetic industry, a sector in constant search of new natural active molecules.

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The developed extracts, whose effectiveness is scientifically proven, are obtained through ecologically responsible and energy-saving extraction technologies.

Phenobio is an Eco-friendly technology of botanical extraction. An alternative to conventional solvents, offering short extraction time, no thermal degradation and a broader range of phytoactive in higher concentrations.

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