Nutritious Pure Herbal Whitening Sun Cream Processed from Seed and Leaf of Moringa oleifera Fortified with Red Rice

Kumalaningsih and Arwani: Nutritious Pure Herbal Whitening Sun Cream Processed from Seed and Leaf of Moringa oleifera Fortified with Red Rice



Moringa oleifera tree is one of the most important agricultural crops and has been cultivated in india in a long time ago.1 This tree has so many potential uses starting from the leaf, stem and also the seeds and pods.2 The leaf has essential amino acid compound and used as raw material for few people.3, 4 Whereas the seed has been extracted for edible oil which has been documented as excellent product, due to contain a medium chain fatty acid, namely oleic acid profile and has been used for cosmetic and also perfume.5

In Indonesia Moringa oliefera tree has not yet being cultivated estate crops and non-cultivated plat, grow as shade plants and growth beside on the road side. The leaf and the seed mainly used as vegetable and some time as animal feed.1-3-6

Looking at the nutritional value of the seed oil and also the leaf, it is expected the use of the seed oil mix with the young leaf of Moringa tree as raw material for making sun cream is should very nutritious slurry of sun cream. However, the utilization of seed oil and leaf of Moringa for making sun cream has not yet been explored. The extraction of oil from the seed should be control in order the MCFA not being destroyed.7 The temperature and time of extraction of the seed and also the oleic acid contain should be carried out. Bhutada, Jadhav, Pinjari, Nemade, Jain8 stated for the seed oil extraction used 70 to 100 °C is promising, however to protect the oleic acid the used of temperature in the range of 70 to 100°C and the time of extraction of 20 hours is therefore may produce high oil but can maintain the decrease of oleic acid. Furthermore, the use of oil and the leaf as raw material for making sun cream need to be fortified with compound having antioxidant activity. Red rice is another valuable compound contain ZnO and according to Yora, Wahyuni, Afifatul9 having high antioxidant activity. The fortification of red rice onto slurry is expected to have an excellent valuable nutritious sun cream. Since red rice not only having an antioxidant activity and also may produce gelatinous compound during melted in heating. However, the time of steaming and the red rice concentration has not yet been evaluated. A combination treatment of concentration of red rice and time for steaming is important to control the non-protein nitrogen (amino acid compound). The aim of this study was to find out the best processing method for making a nutritious high valuable sun cream.

Subjects and Methods
Seed oil preparation

Seed of Moringa oleifera was obtain from Malang region East java province. Cleaned soaked in petroleum ether for 5 hours to softened the peel. The seeds were dried crushed in to powder and then kept in solvent hulls and place in an extraction chamber. The seed oil was mixed with water in ratio 1:1. The mixture of solution containing chloroform: methanol: petroleum ether were purchased from chemical shop. The fatty acid component was determined by gas chromatography (GC), in accordance with AOAC Official Method 2012.10

Preparation of Moringa oleifera leaf Powder

500 grams green leaf of Moringa was blended and dehydrated at 60°C and crushed, screened at 60 mesh hole. The procedure used for determining of moisture and protein contain was according to AOAC Official Method 2012.10

Slurry preparation

50 ml of Moringa oleifera seed oil was mixed with 50 ml water and steamed until the oil was mixed with water. This mixture was then added onto the 200 gram of leaf powder and then added with red rice at a concentration and time of heating according to treatment, placed in a plastic container and then pasteurization under UV light 30 minutes, stored at room temperature.


As shown in the Table 1, the chemical composition of the oil was excellent. The oil contained 72.9% oleic acid, 0.7% linoleic acid, saponification value 181.7 and iodine value 63.7. As expected the oleic acid extracted was 72.9% it means the method has been carried out excellently because can protect the amount of MCFA which is very important for sun cream. Another factor affected the extraction process is due to the seed is big or mature and also the outer skin is very thin. This influence the powder of the seed is very dried and also the free water is very low. Free water found in the slurry may affected the extraction process.11

The extraction of the seed using soxhlet extraction containing mixture of solution petroleum ether, methanol and chloroform has been successfully extracted. This is consistent with the finding obtain by Bhutada, Jadhav, Pinjari, Nemade, Jain.8 The temperature used was not ruined the oleic acid. This is consistent with the finding obtained by Bhutada, Jadhav, Pinjari, Nemade, Jain8 and also Garba, Medugu, Gwaski, Amusat7 mentioned that MCFA mostly stable at temperature not higher than 60°C, as long as not being exposed to the high temperature.

There was a significant interaction among the treatment on the oleic acid contain. The highest amount was obtained on the treatment of 60°C with heated in 20 hours. This result was higher than that obtained by Bhutada, Jadhav, Pinjari, Nemade, Jain.8 This is due to the temperature used in this treatment was lower, and the seed was bigger and have soft outer skin. The leaf amino acid was shown in Table 2.

The young leaf of Moringa oleifera contain several essential amino acid shown in Table 3, this finding is consistent with previous research.3 All of the essential amino acid found in the young leaf were found not ruined by temperature. Apparently, treatment to led the leaf at room temperature caused the evaporation of free water found in the leaf is not ruin the parenchyma of the leaf, hence may prefund the denaturation of amino acid. This is quite difference if the leaf was blended and then dried, because it will rupture the cell wall and also the amino acid contain. The amino acid contain found in the leaf is consistent with the finding obtained by Leone, Spada, Battezzati, Schiraldi, Aristil, Bertoli 1

Table 1

Characterization of oil from seed of Moringa oleifera.

Specific gravity0.8984
Acid value3.9
Saponification value181.7
Iodine value63.7
Unsaponifiable matter3.05
Palmitic acid7
Stearic acid6
Oleic acid72.9
Myristic acid1.4
Linoleic acid0.7
Table 2

Effect of time and temperature on the yield and oleic acid contain.

Temperature (°C)Time (Hours)Yield (%)Oleic Acid (%)

[i] Values on the same row followed by different superscripts differ significantly at p≤0.05 Samples were taken in triplicate and mean ± standard deviation value reported

Table 3

Amino acids contain in leaf powder.

Components8 gram leaves extract

The time of steaming at 60 minutes and 15% concentration of red rice resulted in the lowest moisture content (40.4±0.12) and the NPN content was 41.5±0.12 as shown in Table 4. After the slurry reached 40% moisture it was found that the slurry was very viscous and shiny. May be due to the present of red rice in the slurry caused the slurry very viscous. As stated by Saxena 12 red rice contain amylose and amylopectin compound which could coagulated during the course of heating. The addition of red rice reduces the water contain, but by steering the slurry continuously although NPN was not destroyed. The non-protein containg mainly contain amino acid or ammonia (NH3) but the ammonia compound was not detected. Further examination of the sun cream is depicted in Table 5.

Table 4

Effect of red rice concentration on the moisture contain, protein and non-protein contain of nutritious sun cream

Time of steaming (Minutes)Concentration of red rice (%)Moisture contain (%)Non-Protrein Nitrogen(g/l)

[i] Values on the same row followed by different superscripts differ significantly at p≤0.05 Samples were taken in triplicate and mean ± standard deviation value reported

Table 5

Characterization of nutritious sun cream.

Oleic acid36.4
Myristic acid0.7
Linoleic acid0.35
ZnO370 (ppm)
Table 6

Organoleptic evaluation of sun cream during storage.

ComponentWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4

As shown in Table 5 the characteristic of nutritious sun cream was excellent, mainly on the oleic acid, linoleic acid leucine lysine, arginine and ZnO. In this table, it was shown that the sun cream of made from mixture of seed oil, moringa leaf and fortified with red rice having excellent chemical composition, the oleic acid and linoleic were 36.4 % and 0.35 % respectively, and also contained essential amino acid. The fortification of red rice causes the present of ZnO which may protect the skin from sun burn.

Based on the organoleptic evaluation the storage stability of sun cream at room temperature was shown at Table 6. It was found that during 1-month period the compactness, odor and color still excellent indicated that there is no environmental factors affect the stability of the sun cream.


The processing of sun cream containing seed oil, young leaf powder and 15% of red rice shown the best promising sun cream containing MCFA with several amino acids and ZnO.


Further experiment should be carried out for further study to get detail information about the SPF (sun protective factors) which is found in the natural herbal sun cream and also the impact of the skin after using natural herbal sun cream. From this result above it can be recommended for large production the seed oil extraction should be use hydraulic presser for scaling up the processing.



  • Moringa seed oil with high MCFA profile.

  • Moringa leaves powder contain various amino acid.

  • Fortification with red rice to produce herbal sun cream.


The authors thank to Universitas Brawijaya for the publication funding.


Prof. Sri Kumalaningsih: Is Professor at Agro-Industrial technology, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Universitas Brawijaya.

Muhammad Arwani: Is graduate student at Agro-Industrial technology, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Universitas Brawijaya.


[3] Conflicts of interest CONFLICT OF INTEREST There is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.



Medium Chain Fatty Acid


Non-Protein Nitrogen

UV light

Ultra Violet light


Zink Oxide



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