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lichen extract

The usnea family are basically tree mosses aka lichen. There are 86 species. Usnea barbata in particular is used in skincare for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties as a preservative and deodorant. Lichen extract is a natural bactericide, fungicide for deodorants, liquid soaps, creams and lotions. It’s use is not restricted in the USA, but may be in Europe.

Ash, Michael; Irene Ash (2004). “Lichen (Usnea barbata) extract”. Handbook of Preservatives. Synapse Info Resources. p. 437. ISBN 9781890595661.

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