Fermentative ingredients, ferment, filtrate

Fermentation in biotechnology describes the deliberate (intentional) enzymatic or microbial transformation of organic substances. The process is triggered by the addition of enzymes (ferments) or fungi, bacteria or other biological cell cultures. The specific, natural microorganisms are capable of producing essential nutrients the chemical production of which is difficult or even impossible.  The process runs with or without oxygen (aerobic or anaerobic).


Fermentation ingredients in cooking, medicine, and industry

Fermentation has plaid an important role in food production for a long time, mainly in Asia. Pickled radish and Chinese cabbage (“kimchi”) are key components of many Korean dishes. Sake, the favourite Japanese rice wine, is made by fermentation as well as soy sauce.

In Germany, sauerkraut is the classic example of a fermented food.

The food products resulting from the activity of fermentative ingredients are not only tasteful but many of them are also extraordinarily healthy. The fermentation process builds many vitamins, antioxidants and natural amino acids, which are basic elements for the human body and essential to our health.

Fermentative ingredients help to eliminate toxins from the body and support the digestive system.

The “bioavailability” of vitamins and minerals is enhanced by fermentation. Fermentative ingredients are easier to absorb / to assimilate by the body.


The fermentation is applied also to raw tobacco and tea leaves.

In medicine, fermentation is of great importance. The production of insulin and antibiotics depends on it.

On an industrial level, fermentation ingredients are used to break down biomass in special plants to produce biogas which meanwhile has become indispensable.


The original purpose of fermentation was to preserve vegetables and fruits over the winter months.  The additional effect of the development of vitamins and minerals, which boost the health and the immune system, was unknown for a long time.


Fermentative ingredients in cosmetics: not just a fad

Asian cosmetics companies discovered that fermentation ingredients derived from plants are good for skin. They were the first to create fermented skincare and cosmetic products. They do without preservatives because they would destroy the microbes essential to the fermentation. Instead harmful bacteria that could cause acne or skin blemishes and impair the shelf-life of the product are separated by the natural ingredients. Thanks to the separation of the bacteria, cosmetic products containing fermentative ingredients are extremely non-perishable. And that is only one of many benefits. Fermentative ingredients are gifted specialists. Curative herbs, nuts, fruits, and rose petals are combined with special cultures and fermented to achieve a super-concentration of natural components with ultimate performance. Fermentation ingredients are not a short-lived fashion in cosmetics; they are a major step in beauty.


What effects do fermentative ingredients have on skin?

In cosmetic products they are especially favourable for persons with dry skin. Because of the acids they are great moisturizers. Precious amino acids (e.g. glycine) firm and invigorate the skin already at the first signs of aging. Glycine stimulates skin’s natural cell renewal and boosts collagen production. It is an antioxidant that protects skin from harmful UV-rays and reduces dangerous free radicals.

Beauty products with fermentation ingredients can help to bleach dark spots and hyperpigmentation and brighten the skin tone evenly all over the face.


Polyglutamic acid, built in the production of fermented soybeans, and fermented yeast extract are two highly effective fermentation ingredients. They accelerate cell renewal and boost cell growth; to summarize, they support skin regeneration. Fermentative ingredients represent a really innovative anti-aging formula increasing skin’s energy level and helping in the cellular repair process. The result is an excellently smooth and supple complexion.


A study proved that the antioxidative properties of fermented soy extract are superior to the non-fermented version. The anti-aging effect of fermented red ginseng in a test outdid that of the non-fermented substance. The demonstrations of the advantages of fermentative ingredients are impressive.


Fermentative ingredients vs. traditional substances, exemplified by hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid, an essential hydrating and anti-aging agent, today is mainly produced by fermentation. Its price is a little higher than that of animal-derived hyaluronic acid, however, its purity is superior. In earlier times, hyaluronic acid was made of cockscombs. The idea was disgusting to many consumers, and the allergy risk due to the animal protein was rather high. Moreover, the possibility of the transfer of pathogens to humans could not be completely excluded. An important benefit is that hyaluronic acid produced biotechnologically by fermentation has a considerable higher molecular weight; that means, it has many more positive qualities than the animal version.


To conclude, fermentative ingredients such as hyaluronic acid make great sense as alternatives from several points of view.

The production process of fermentative ingredients is easy to explain. Bacteria of the type of streptococcus zooepidemicus are used to ferment special extracellular proteins from yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae). Subsequently, the hyaluronic acid is filtered out.


Important fermentative ingredients – an overview:


Buckwheat Ferment Extract

INCI: Aqua (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Aspergillus/Buckwheat Ferment Extract

Use: antioxidant and anti-aging agent


DS-Kefir Ferment Extract

INCI: Lactobacillus / Soy Ferment Extract (and) Butylenglycol (and) Hexandiol (und) Aqua

Use: transparent liquid, ideal for hair and skin conditioning treatments


Fermented Yeast Extract

INCI: Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate

Special properties: rich in minerals, amino acids, and vitamins

Use: improves skin structure, enhances skin suppleness, protection against UV-rays, bleaching effect on dark spots



INCI: Lactobacillus/Milk Solids/Soybean Oil Ferment (and) Cyclodextrin

Use: macronutrient complex for skin, hydrating and vitalizing

Component in: creams, lotions, balms, hair rinses



INCI: Schizophyllum Commune Mycelium Ferment Filtrate Extract

Properties: boosts collagen synthesis, improves skin elasticity, anti-inflammatory, soothes UV-induced skin damages



INCI: Pullulan

Properties: a natural polysaccharide produced by fermentation from starch.

100 percent plant-based, film former.

Use: cosmetic and pharmaceutical treatments


Ferment oil Red Ginseng

Properties: rich in nutrients, improves skin feeling, is rapidly absorbed, not greasy

Use: skincare and sun protection



INCI: Aqua (and) Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract

Properties: a glycoprotein exopolymer from biofermentation, protects from redness and dryness caused by cold, reduces the depth of wrinkles, improves skin regeneration



INCI: Glycerin (and) Water (and) Bacillus Ferment

Properties:  especially suited for mature skin, helps to smooth wrinkles, hydrates skin and stimulates collagen production



We also like to use these fermentative ingredients:

Buckwheat Ferment ExtractAqua (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Aspergillus/Buckwheat Ferment ExtractRadiant
DS-Kefir Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Hexanediol (and) AquaDoosan Corporation
Leucidal Liquid PTLactobacillus FermentActive Micro Technologies LLCgutes Konservierungsmittel
ANTARCTICINE marine ingredient SA Aqua (and) Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract Lipotec
Bioyouth BriceSaccharomyces/Rice Ferment FiltrateBloomage Freda Biopharm
Leucidal Liquid SFLactobacillus FermentActive Micro Technologies LLCgutes Konservierungsmittel
MYFermUndaria Pinnatifida Extract (and) Lactobacillus FermentThe Garden of Naturalsolution Co
EXO-TButylene Glycol (and) Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment FiltrateLucas Meyer Cosmetics
Lanacityn PFAlteromonas Ferment Extract (and) Chrysanthellum Indicum ExtractLucas Meyer Cosmetics
SpecPed ACPBacillus Ferment (and) Water (and) Propylene GlycolSpec-Chem Industry Inc
Pauseile Glycerin (and) Water (and) Bacillus FermentLipoTrue
EXO-HButylene Glycol (and) Alteromonas Ferment FiltrateLucas Meyer Cosmetics
SeadermiumGlycerin (and) Water (and) Bacillus FermentLipoTrue
SirtaliceGlycerin (and) Water (and) Bacillus FermentLipoTrue
WORESANA ConcentrateLactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentLipoTrue
Metabiotics Resveratrol ECT GEOPichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract Lonza
Fermented Yeast FiltrateSaccharomyces Ferment Filtrate DKSH
WORESANA SerumLactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentNCD Ingredients GmbH
Metabiotics Resveratrol Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment ExtractLonza
Repair Complex CLR PFBifida Ferment LysateCLR Chemisches Laboratorium Dr. Kurt Richter GmbH
Biopeptide Mn (Manganese)Saccharomyces/Manganese FermentMacrocare Tech Co., Ltd.
Sooth-BA Brightening & Even Skin ToneBifida Ferment LysateOnlystar Bio-Technology Co.
MATMARINE blue ingredientPseudoalteromonas Ferment ExtractLipotec S.A.U.
Arborcide OCLeuconostoc Ferment FiltrateActive Micro Technologies LLC
Biopeptide Ca (Calcium)Saccharomyces/Calcium FermentMacrocare Tech Co
ÅrctalisPseudoalteromonas Ferment ExtractLipoTrue, S.L.
Sopholiance SCandida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment (and) WaterGivaudan Active Beauty
YogurteneMaltodextrin (and) Lactobacillus/Streptococcus Thermophilus/Soybean Extract FermentGivaudan Active Beauty
ANTARCTICINE marine ingredient CAqua (and) Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (and) Caprylyl GlycolLipotec S.A.U.
LactoliftLactobacillus Ferment LysateOnlystar Bio-Technology Co
WORESANA Conc.PNLactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentNCD Ingredients GmbH
WORESANA FluidLactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentNCD Ingredients GmbH
ProBioBalance CLR NPAqua (and) Lactose (and) Milk Protein (and) Bifida Ferment LysateCLR Chemisches Laboratorium Dr. Kurt Richter GmbH
LactoPro CLPLactobacillus/Milk Solids/Soybean Oil Ferment (and) CyclodextrinLonza
WORESANA Concentrate K 712Lactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentNCD Ingredients GmbH
WORESANA Serum H5Lactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentNCD Ingredients GmbH
WORESANA serum K712Lactobacillus/Rye Flour FermentNCD Ingredients GmbH
RiFermSaccharomyces/Rice Ferment FiltrateThe Garden of Naturalsolution Co.
Abyssine 657Alteromonas Ferment ExtractLucas Meyer Cosmetics
Biopeptide Zn (Zinc)Saccharomyces/Zinc FermentMacrocare Tech Co
Biopeptide Cu (Copper)Saccharomyces/Copper FermentMacrocare Tech Co
DeserticaScenedesmus Deserticola Ferment ExtractLABIO. Co
ProRenew Complex CLR NPLactococcus Ferment LysateCLR Chemisches Laboratorium Dr. Kurt Richter GmbH
Abyssine 657 PF Alteromonas Ferment ExtractLucas Meyer Cosmeticsohne Konservierungsstoffe
ResveradAqua (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Saccharomyces/Caragana Sinica Root Ferment ExtractRadiant
Leucidal LiquidLeuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment FiltrateActive Micro Technologies LLCgutes Konservierungsmittel
FLORANT-FGAqua (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Saccharomyces/Panax Ginseng Flower Ferment ExtractRadiant
Beauty Plus One-FLactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment ExtractThe Garden of Naturalsolution Co
SEACODE marine ingredientAqua (and) Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Citric Acid (and) Sodium SalicylateLipotec S.A.U
B9-VitapolWater (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Bacillus/Folic Acid/Soybean Ferment Extract (and) Sodium HyaluronateLABIO
VB9-PlusWater (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Bacillus/Folic Acid/Soybean Ferment Extract (and) Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (and) Sodium HyaluronateLABIO
LUMICEASE blue ingredientGlycerin (and) Water (and) Hydrolyzed Pea Protein (and) Glucose (and) Sodium Chloride (and) Sodium SuccinateLipotec
SC-GlucanSchizophyllum Commune Mycelium Ferment Filtrate ExtractOnlystar Bio-Technology Co
Fermentoil Meadowfoam SeedPseudozyma Epicola/Meadowfoam Seed Oil Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil OlivePseudozyma Epicola/Olive Fruit Oil/Soybean Flour Ferment FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil Macadamia SeedPseudozyma Epicola/Macadamia Seed Oil Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
CELLACTIVE SHAPEAqua (and) Alcohol Denat. (and) Caffeine (and) Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract (and) Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment (and) Citric AcidRahn AG
CELLACTIVE- WHITEAqua (and) Alcohol Denat. (and) Niacinamide (and) Zinc PCA (and) Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment (and) Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf ExtractRahn AG
Fermentoil ComplexCandida Bombicola/Glucose/Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment (and) Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (and) Angelica Gigas Root Extract (and) Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract (and) Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract (and) Argania Spinosa Kernel OilLabio
Ceramide3B DPS (0.5%)Water (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-Hexanediol (and) Pseudozyma Epicola/Olive Fruit Oil/Soybean Flour Ferment Filtrate (and) Mannosylerythritol Lipid (and) Ceteareth-20 (and) Ceramide 3 (Retired) (and) PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (and) PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (and) Polysorbate 20 (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PropanediolLabio
BIO-PlacentaWater (and) Lecithin (and) Acetyl Glutamine (and) sh-Oligopeptide-1 (and) sh-Oligopeptide-2 (and) sh-Polypeptide-1 (and) sh-Polypeptide-9 (and) sh-Polypeptide-11 (and) Bacillus/Folic Acid/Soybean Ferment Extract (and) Sodium Hyaluronate (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Butylene Glycol (and) 1,2-HexanediolLabio
Fermentoil ShiunkoPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/(Angelica Gigas/Lithospermum Erythrorhizon) Root Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil ArganPseudozyma Epicola/Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil Ferment FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil Green Tea SeedPseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Senensis Seed Oil/Yeast Extract Ferment FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil Safflower seedSunflower SeedPseudozyma Epicola/Safflower SeedSunflower Seed Oil Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil Sunflower SeedPseudozyma Epicola/Sunflower Seed Oil Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil Camellia seedPseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Japonica Seed Oil Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil AngelicaPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/ Angelica Gigas Root Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil ArtemisiaPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Artemisia Princeps Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil Red ginsengPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Panax Ginseng Root Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil GlycyrrhizaPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Licorice Root Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil LeonurusPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/ Saururus Chinensis Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil SaurunusPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/ Angelica Gigas/Lithopermus Erythrorhizon Root Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil ShiunkoPseudozyma Epicola/Apricot Kernel Oil/Olive Fruit Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil/Sweet Almond Oil/ Leonurus Sibiricus Extract Ferment Extract FiltrateLabio
Fermentoil complexCandida bombicola/Glucose/ Methyl Rapeseedate Ferment, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Lithospermum Erythrorhizon Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root ExtractLabio
White Snow GelThamnolia Vermicularis Leaf ExtractRadiant
Ferment Chaga ExtractSparassis Crispa ExtractRadiant
Fermented Soybean Milk ExtractLactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Fermented Cordyceps Sinensis ExtractCordyceps Sinensis Extract,Saccharomyces FermentRadiant
Fermented Red ginseng ExtractPanax Ginseng Root Extract, Saccharomyces FermentRadiant
Fermented Red ginseng FiltratePanax Ginseng Root Water, Saccharomyces FermentRadiant
Fermented Rice bran ExtractSaccharomyces/Rice Bran FermentRadiant
Fermented Soybean ExtractLactobacillus/Soybean Ferment ExtractRadiant
Fermented Yeast FiltrateSaccharomyces ferment filtrate Radiant
Fermented Coix FiltrateSaccharomyces/Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-yuen Seed Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Fermented Barley Seed FiltrateSaccharomyces/Barley Seed Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Fermented Potato FiltrateSaccharomyces /Potato Extract FermentExtractRadiant
Fermented Grape FiltrateSaccharomyces /Grape Ferment ExtractRadiant
Bifida Ferment FiltrateBifida Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Bifida Ferment ExtractBifida Ferment ExtractRadiant
Acerola Cherry Ferment filtrateLactobacillus/Acerola Cherry Ferment Radiant
Soybean Ferment ExtractLactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract Radiant
Soybean Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Soybean Extract Ferment Filtrate Radiant
Rice Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Rice Ferment Radiant
Soymilk Ferment ExtractLactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate Radiant
Hyacinth Ferment ExtractLactobacillus/Water Hyacinth FermentRadiant
Rye Flour Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Rye Flour Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Pear Juice Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Pear Juice Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Hibiscus Flower Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Pumkin Ferment ExtractLactobacillus/Pumkin Ferment ExtractRadiant
Milk Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Milk Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Ginseng Root Ferment FiltrateLactobacillus/Ginseng Root Ferment FiltrateRadiant
Wasabia Ferment ExtractLactobacillus/Wasabia Japonica Root Ferment ExtractRadiant
Pomegranate Ferment ExtractLactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment ExtractRadiant
SenasWater/Butylene Glycol/Aspergillus FermentSK Bioland
Algae ExtractScenedesmus Deserticola Ferment ExtractLabio
Fermented Black Rice Extract (S)Water, Lactobacillus/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol,Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-HexanediolSK Bioland
Fermented Green Tea ExtractAspergillus/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Ferment Extract Filtrate,Butylene GlycolSK Bioland
Fermented Honey/Rice Bran ExtractWater, Butylene Glycol, Bacillus/Rice Bran/Honey FermentSK Bioland
Fermented Kelp ComplexLactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, Butylene GlycolSK Bioland
Fermented Marine Collagen (N)Lactobacillus/Collagen Ferment Filtrate, Butylene GlycolSK Bioland
Fermented Prunus Mume Fruit ExtractLactobacillus/Aspergillus/Prunus Mume Fruit Ferment FiltrateSK Bioland
Fermented Red Ginseng WaterLactobacillus/Panax Ginseng Root Extract Ferment Filtrate,Butylene GlycolSK Bioland
Fermented Willow ComplexAspergillus Ferment Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract, SalixAlba (Willow) Bark Extract, Butylene GlycolSK Bioland
Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract (PF)Water, Saccharomyces/Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit FermentFiltrate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl GlycolSK Bioland
Honey Ferment Filtrate (HD)Saccharomyces Ferment Honey Extract, 1,2-HexanediolSK Bioland
Leuconostoc Ferment FiltrateLeuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, 1,2-HexanediolSK Bioland
Oriental Fermented ComplexWater, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Artemisia Princeps LeafExtract/Honeysuckle Flowerextract/Paeonia Albiflora RootExtract/Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract Ferment FiltrateSK Bioland
Prunus Mume Ferment ExtractWater, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Prunus MumeFruit/Leaf/Root Extract Ferment FiltrateSK Bioland
White Fermented Vinegar (V)Acetobacter/Saccharomyces/Apple Fruit ExtractSK Bioland



Fermentative ingredients: Cosmacon develops future-oriented formulations for you.

In the recent past, cosmetic suppliers from Korea and Japan have brought fermentative ingredients in the focus of their developments. The coined the expression “Korean Beauty”, synonymous with a perfect complexion and the special glow. New findings will lead to new approaches in the cosmetics industry in Europe in the next months and years. There is absolutely no doubt that fermentation ingredients will gain in importance. We already now are ready to develop adequate solutions matching your requirements. Please, contact us with your questions. We look forward to informing you about fermentative ingredients