Formulating workshops make debut at in-cosmetics Asia

By Katie Bird

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Related tags: Southeast asia

The in-cosmetics Asia trade show will be offering formulating workshops for the first time this year, giving delegates tangible advice on how to improve their formulations.

Run by Prof Dr Johann Wiechers, the two workshops will focus on how to achieve stability in formulations and ensure optimal sensory characteristics and skin delivery.

According to the show organisers, the formulating standards in the region are very variable between countries, and there is a real need for practical advice.

“The formulating standard in Asia has been the subject of much debate over recent years, so we thought offering a programme that really strips everything back and essentially starts from the beginning would be useful for many of our visitors,” ​marketing manager for in-cosmetics Asia Ivan Rahal told CosmeticsDesign.com USA.

According to Rahal, formulating styles vary significantly between countries in terms of stability, sensory aspects and delivery, with Japan and Korea producing very light formulas and India going for heavy formulas to cater for the domestic market.

“However, developing countries in South-East Asia, e.g Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam still need thorough training. In many South-East Asian countries, including Thailand, formulators are often trained on the job, hence the need for these formulating workshops which offer theoretical and practical advice from the very beginning,”​ Rahal explained.

Stability in formulations

The first of the workshops is titled HLB (Hydrophilic-lipophilic balance) in action: Theory and Practice of Stabilising Topical Formulations​, which will give advice on the physical stability of formulas.

Effective Formulating Beyond HLB: Advance Level​, the second of the sessions is designed to teach delegates how to optimise physical stability, sensory characteristics and skin delivery, all at once.

While this is the first time the in-cosmetics group has organised workshops of this kind, Prof Dr Johann Wiechers has lead similar training sessions in the past and Rahal described him as an ‘expert in formulations’.

In addition, similar hands on events were held at this year’s in-cosmetics Paris, the format of which according to organiser Lucy Gillam, was a success.

According to Rahal, the feedback from potential delegates has been really good and early signs suggest that the workshops will be a ‘resounding success’.

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