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Naturals and Sustainability Special Newsletter

By-products and re-used materials raise bar on formulation sustainability

21-Sep-2016 - Ethical and sustainability claims are proving among the hottest trends right now, and a new way for formulators to tap into this heightened state of consumer consciousness is to reuse...

Naturals and Sustainability Special Newsletter

Biotech: How science is helping the beauty industry source natural personal care and cosmetic ingredients

21-Sep-2016 - Biotechnology is nothing new. People have been modifying natural systems to make and alter products for thousands of years. What is new is the scale and specificity of biotech. Today,...

in-cosmetics made its North American debut this month, and here’s what happened

19-Sep-2016 - The bustling international cosmetics and personal care ingredient trade show held it’s first-ever event in New York City recently, and the educational sessions, live demos, trends presentations, award ceremony, formulations...

Kao opens up new research facility in Odawara City

14-Sep-2016 - Kao has invested significantly in a new beauty research and innovation center that will be situated in the within the existing Odawara Complex.

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Formulating for rapid results

13-Sep-2016 - As consumers become increasingly demanding of great results from their personal care products, how can you best formulate a product to ensure your consumer gets the rapid results they are...

Winners announced for the 2016 Cosmetics Design “Best Ingredient Made from Recycled Materials Award”

12-Sep-2016 - At the inaugural in-cosmetics North America event in New York City last week, Cosmetics Design announced the finalists, runner up, and honoree for the award, which recognizes the work ingredient...

Should ‘quality’ ingredients matter more than ‘natural’ ingredients?

30-Aug-2016 - At least one skin science and personal care research consultant thinks so. And, Cosmetics Design spoke with Nava Dayan about the formulation challenges and toxicity concerns that exist when the...

Complex carbohydrates research centre aims to benefit cosmetics and packaging

30-Aug-2016 - Adelaide Glycomics says that the opening of its carbohydrates research centre is the largest of its kind in the southern Hemisphere, and is likely to benefit a number of industries,...

Special Focus: Palm Oil

The guide on how to get palm oil right

25-Aug-2016 - Palm oil is an essential ingredient for cosmetics and personal care players, and if it’s sourced sustainably, it’s hard to beat both in terms of carbon footprint and efficacy....

PCHi 2017 unveils exhibitor presentation theatre amongst new additions

24-Aug-2016 - In 2017 a number of new exhibitor initiatives have been added for the 10th edition of the Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) trade show.

Scientific breakthrough leads to skin care line made from centipede poop

18-Aug-2016 - Scientists in Korea say they have now commercialised cosmetics using an antibiotic substance found in the centipede species scolopendra subspinipes.

Halal and anti-pollution to top the bill at in-cosmetics Asia

16-Aug-2016 - As the market in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow at a strong pace, the halal and anti-pollution look set to dominate activity at the forthcoming in-cosmetics Asia event.

L’Oréal to build solar installation in Kentucky

15-Aug-2016 - The world’s largest beauty company is making a strong move on sustainability in the heart of coal country. L’Oréal is on track to build the largest private solar facility in...

Guest article

Top sites for correct ingredient information

09-Aug-2016 - With so much misinformation on the internet, how do you know which sites to trust for CORRECT ingredient information?

Guest article

Going natural means accepting a shorter shelf life for ingredients!

08-Aug-2016 - As a raw material distributor of only certified organic, I must comment on an increasing trend that is in conflict with GMPs and Quality Systems that do not consider Organic...

Halal cosmetics: ingredients to avoid, and what to replace them with

28-Jul-2016 - Here, we take a look at some of the major traditional beauty ingredients that are not permitted under halal, and what they can be replaced with.

AmorePacific’s new skin brightening ingredient wins approval

26-Jul-2016 - One of the leading beauty companies in Korea, AmorePacific, has just obtained certification for its latest skin brightening ingredient, a move that suggests it is pushing ahead with R&D for...

The first natural salicylic acid hits the market

20-Jul-2016 - A new natural salicylic acid has been released by raw materials producer Alban Muller, with the company claiming it is the first 100% natural molecule of the acid to enter...

Study points to cancer risk from laser hair removal

19-Jul-2016 - The market for laser hair removal is still fast growing, with demand for home devices being particularly strong, but new study says that there could be a good a cancer...

Dow launches 'collaborative model’ to keep formulators in the loop of latest innovation

19-Jul-2016 - Dow, a leading chemicals company, has launched a new ‘collaboration model’ centred around finished product concepts, aimed at helping “the personal care industry accelerate innovations to meet consumer demand”.

Four key trends for the future of anti-ageing

14-Jul-2016 - At the recent in-cosmetics Korea event in Seoul, the in-cosmetics Group released a new market report revealing the latest key movements in the anti-ageing arena and predictions for future growth.

Anti-pollution: Lipotec's Pollushield ingredient found to remove microparticles

07-Jul-2016 - Anti-pollution is fast becoming the hot topic for cosmetics and personal care formulators across Asia, and chemicals companies are innovating to meet the demand.

Facial recognition technology can now beat make-up

05-Jul-2016 - Colour cosmetics might make people look good, but lipstick and eyeshadow can also play havoc on facial recognition technology, which is what U.S. Army researchers have been working to rectify....

‘Gemology’ anti-ageing facials build momentum in Tokyo

05-Jul-2016 - Gems are big in anti-ageing right now. While snail extract and bee venom has been capturing formulators' attention in recent years, diamond powder and precious gems have been rising through the...

How the search for sustainable palm oil took one supplier to Ecuador

01-Jul-2016 - Cosmetics Design recently spoke to Gay Timmons, the founder of ingredient supplier Oh Oh Organic, to find out about how her quest to find sustainable and ethically produced palm oil...

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