Nina Kocevar Glavac, SLOVENIA

Vegetable butters and oils: scientific evidence for cosmetic and therapeutic use

Nina works at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She studied pharmacy and then completed her doctorate in 2010. Her pedagogical and research work is closely related to the activity and complexity of botanical compounds. At the Faculty of Pharmacy, she gives lectures in the area of medicinal plants, including topics such as pharmacognosy and cosmetic ingredients of natural origin, as well as aromatherapy and apitherapy as forms of alternative medicine. She also educates members of different professional associations, herbal associations and the general public about the therapeutic and safe use of medicinal plants, and cosmetic formulators about cosmetic ingredients in natural cosmetics.

Her research work involves the development of phytochemical methods for the analysis of natural compounds, e.g. capillary electrophoresis, high-performance liquid chromatography and antioxidative tests. In recent years, the focus of her research has been the study of vegetable butters and oils as therapeutically and cosmetically active ingredients.

She has written numerous scientific, professional and popular publications, with her main achievements being ‘Modern Phytotherapy, Evidence-Based Use of Medicinal Plants’ (book in Slovenian) and ‘Modern Cosmetics, Ingredients of Natural Origin, A Scientific View’. Both books have received the highest Slovenian award for scientific communication. Nina is the editor-in-chief of the Pharmaceutical Journal of Slovenia.