Formulation and evaluation of poly herbal transparent soap containing extracts of Mimusops elengi L., Senna auriculata, and Ocimum basilicum oil

K. Sujatha


Introduction: The most common type of skin infection is bacterial skin infection which demands immediate care
as well as continuous care to maintain healthy skin. The aim of this study is to formulate a poly herbal transparent
soap with the extracts of Mimusops elengi L. and Senna auriculata as well as oil of Ocimum basilicum having
antibacterial and antioxidant activity. Materials and Method: The 1% and 3% extract of the dried flowers of M.
elengi L. and S. auriculata and O. basilicum oil was incorporated into the glycerine base to produce polyherbal
transparent soaps in different concentration. The soaps were evaluated for physiochemical parameters as per the
BIS standards. The agar well diffusion method was used to test antibacterial activity. The antibacterial activity
of the prepared soap and extract was tested against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Results: The
physiochemical properties of the transparent soaps were satisfactory. The antibacterial investigation showed that
the soap with 3% concentration of the extract showed greater zone of inhibition which showed promising activity
against S. aureus. When it came to E. coli, the product proved less effective. Conclusion: The results indicate that
the prepared herbal soaps could be a viable alternative to commercially available chemical soaps.

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