Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

An antioxidant extract from sugar maple bark and sap – the same sweet sap used to make maple syrup. It has a faint vanilla smell and is used in skincare for its exfoliating properties. This is because of the small sugar crystals present in the extract.
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Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

Overview

Acer saccharum extract is extracted from sugar maple bark and sap – the same sweet sap used to make the famous sweetener, maple syrup. The sap consists of sugars (mainly sucrose), various minerals, and phenolic compounds (organic acids, vanillin, furanone). These compounds give the maple tree sap, and syrup too, its characteristic color and taste.

Sugar maple extract is used for its exfoliating properties in skincare products. This is because of the small sugar crystals present in the extract.

It has a faint vanilla or caramel smell due to the various volatile compounds it contains. The phenolic compounds have antioxidant properties, and the organic acids also help with skin exfoliation.

Science

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Perkins, Timothy D.; van den Berg, Abby K. (1 January 2009). "Chapter 4 Maple Syrup—Production, Composition, Chemistry, and Sensory Characteristics". Advances in Food and Nutrition Research. 56: 101–143.