Icelandic skincare made from sheep placenta on the market

Sheep placenta is loaded rich in collagen and anti oxidants.

Sheep placenta is loaded rich in collagen and anti oxidants. Photo/mbl.is

Five students at the University of Iceland are developing a facial skin cream containing active ingredients made from the placentas of Icelandic sheep. 

The students obtain the placentas from organic sheep farms in Iceland where the placentas are usually destroyed. The project is called Hildir Organics and was developed in a course in innovation and creation of new companies. The cream was selected as one of the three best ideas in the course. 

Guðrún Edda Þórðardótt­ir, a student in health engineering and member of the group says that placenta is rich in collagen and anti-oxidants,  and that the cream is also helpful in scar prevention and to counteract rosacea.

The idea for using placenta in skin crem is not entirely new however. Rebirth, for example, is an Australian skin cream that uses sheep placenta.  Placenta has a mythical status and stars such as Kim Kardashian have eaten their own placentas or put them on their faces. 

The company has been in touch with the Icelandic Food Administration for licences and certificates as the cream aims to be organic. The farms which they contacted really like the idea says Þórðardóttir. "It's a resource that's unexploited because they just throw them away. The farmers simply have to freeze them so that they can be used."

She adds that if all goes well, the cream should be available in about one year or so. 

The cream from Hildr organics should be available in a ...

The cream from Hildr organics should be available in a year or so.

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