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Patent Issued for Coffee Cherry Cosmetic Composition and Methods

— According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by NewsRx journalists, a patent by the inventor Miljkovic, Dusan (San Diego, CA), filed on September 26, 2011, was published online on February 6, 2018 (see also VDF Futureceuticals Inc.).

The assignee for this patent, patent number 9884006, is VDF Futureceuticals Inc. (Momence, IL).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “Many cosmetic formulations include plant extracts or preparations from one or more plants to achieve a particularly desirable result. Typically, plants used in such formulations are those with known medicinal value. For example, chamomile extracts are frequently used to reduce inflammation, aloe vera extracts are used to relieve skin irritations, and calendula extracts are often used as antiseptic.

“Remarkably, most non-medicinal plants, and especially plants that are normally used for food or beverage preparation are commonly absent in cosmetic formulations, and the most notable uses of non-medicinal edible plants in cosmetics includes cucumber for masks, and almonds and apricots for skin peels. In another example, as described in U.S. Pat. App. No. 2004054534, extracts of roasted and unroasted decaffeinated coffee beans are topically used to treat greasy skin. While such extracts are reported to normalize sebaceous gland activity to at least some degree, various disadvantages nevertheless remain. Among other things, and depending on the particular formulation, chemical stability of such extracts may be less than desirable. Alternatively, as taught in U.S. Pat. App. No. 20020187239 and WO 2002062159, the inventors describe use of a plant waste product (e.g., use of coffee cherry pulp from coffee production) as a base material for preparation of a plant extract. However, coffee production typically demands harvest of ripe coffee cherries, which are known to have a substantial level of microbial growth. Consequently, the waste material (i.e. the pulp) is almost invariably and highly contaminated with various mycotoxins and must therefore be detoxified prior to use.

“Therefore, while there are numerous cosmetic formulations are known in the art, all or almost all of them suffer from one or more disadvantages, especially where such formulations include a portion of a coffee plant. Consequently, there is still a need to provide improved cosmetic compositions and methods.”

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, NewsRx editors also obtained the inventor’s summary information for this patent: “The present invention is directed towards various cosmetic compositions and methods in which the cosmetic composition includes a coffee cherry, or a portion and/or extract thereof.

“In one particularly contemplated aspect of the inventive subject matter, the cosmetic composition includes a coffee cherry preparation, and even more preferably a coffee cherry preparation that is prepared from a sub-ripe coffee cherry and/or quick-dried coffee cherry, wherein the sub-ripe coffee cherry is quick-dried such that a mycotoxin level of the coffee cherry is less than 20 ppb for total aflatoxins, less than 10 ppb for total ochratoxins, and less than 5 ppm for total fumonisins. Still further especially preferred coffee cherry preparations are alcoholic and/or aqueous extracts that are prepared from at least two of a bean of the coffee cherry, the pulp, the mucilage, and the hull of the coffee cherry.

“Contemplated cosmetic compositions may be formulated in a variety of formulations, and especially preferred formulations include shampoos, lotions, creams, balms, and ointments. Additionally, it is preferred that the cosmetic composition is associated with an information that the composition comprises the coffee cherry preparation, and it is further contemplated that an information may be associated with the composition that the composition has at least one of an antioxidant effect, an anti-inflammatory effect, a UV-preotective effect, an antimutagenic effect, a chemoprotective effect, a scar reducing effect, a skin-lightening effect, a moisturizing effect, a wrinkle reduction effect, and an antibacterial effect.

“Depending on the particular nature of the coffee cherry preparation, it should be recognized that such preparations include at least two classes of compounds selected from the group consisting of coffee acids, essential monosaccharides, coffee mucilage polysaccharides, and trigonelline, wherein these classes are present in the extract in an amount of at least 1 wt % total, and more typically at least 5 wt % total. Exemplary contemplated coffee acids include chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid, and essential monosaccharides include arabinose, fucose, mannose, xylose, and galactose.

“Consequently, a method of marketing a cosmetic composition may comprise a step of providing the cosmetic composition and a further step of providing an information that the composition comprises a coffee cherry preparation. In preferred methods, the coffee cherry preparation comprises an extract of the coffee cherry (most preferably a sub-ripe coffee cherry and/or a quick-dried coffee cherry), and the information is associated with the cosmetic composition (e.g., printed on the container containing the formulation and/or the package containing the container).

“Various objects, features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention.”

For more information, see this patent: Miljkovic, Dusan. Coffee Cherry Cosmetic Composition and Methods. U.S. Patent Number 9884006, filed September 26, 2011, and published online on February 6, 2018. Patent URL:

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