in-cosmetics Korea: Look out for R&D and formulations emphasis

By Natasha Spencer

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in-cosmetics Korea: Look out for R&D and formulations emphasis
As the leading Asia-based cosmetics event prepares to open its doors next week, we take a look at the leading innovations and trends on the agenda at this year’s instalment.

In an age of increasing competitiveness in the personal care industry, in-cosmetics Korea hopes to enable cosmetics chemists to enhance their formulation skills and provide them with up to date insights on what new technologies will help them stand out in today’s growing marketplace.

Formulation Day

This year’s event will see a Formulation Day added to the in-cosmetics Korea calendar for the first time, on 13th June. This will provide technical information, proactive advice and consumer insights on R&D and formulations to help chemists and brands carve out a distinct product concept.

As K-beauty unveils the latest in creative innovations and technologies evolutions, formulators and R&D professionals will have the opportunity to attend exclusive sessions led by product development experts.

New formulations

Each attendee will also receive a Formulation Booklet that features 30 brand new formulations from 17 international suppliers including Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, Ashland, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, Seppic Asia and Grant Industries.
Cosmetic chemists are also invited to attend the established Formulation Awards, where new concepts and ingredients will be on display. This year’s awards have selected 16 formulations developed by the suppliers’ R&D teams.

The three-day event, running from 13th-15th June, will also demonstrate a whole host of new advancements, technologies, ingredients and solutions.  

Product trails

Three product trails will emphasise specific innovations in anti-pollution, encapsulation and preservatives.

Anti-pollution trail

Mibelle’s award-winning Moss Cell Tec, which utilises the natural resilience of moss to uphold cell nucleus health will be one of the eleven ingredients on the anti-pollution trail. CoSeedBiopharm’s Dust Smart Solution that inhibits inflammation to prevent ageing signs will also be present. The trail will also see Bitop’s Ectoin present, which aims to access natural extremophiles to prevent cell damage.


This formulation focus has been set up to help R&D teams locate and identify new ways to formulate leading products.

Solabia Group’s Solapearls Active Color is a 3D-based next-generation capsule that is used predominantly for anti-pollution and anti-ageing purposes. In addition, Evonik’s ‘Delivery Systems’ will showcase its customised capsule solution with multifunctional attributes such as anti-pollution, anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle. Preventing the oxidation of oil, Biogenics’ ‘Oil Capsule’ in anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle areas will also be on display.


Attendees will analyse and explore ten innovations designed and developed to check the formulation’s viability on the marketplace. 

Shin Seung Hichem will introduce Shines-115P, a newly- released emulsifier that offers antimicrobial activity and can be used as the sole emulsifier in oil-in-water emulsions.

Lonza’s team will also demonstrate its knowledge and understanding of the market by launching Geogard Ultra – a Cosmos and Natrue-certified, halal and vegan compliant preservative that provides broad antimicrobial performance and added moisturisation capabilities.

2018 in-cosmetics Korea

“This year’s event has been developed with one objective in mind – to help R&D teams further cement Korea’s position as the capital of the beauty industry,”​ enthused Sarah Gibson, exhibition director of in-cosmetics Korea.

“Our new Formulation Day will inspire cosmetic chemists, helping them create new ideas and craft more effective formulations, while the suppliers on show will provide R&D teams with the most efficient way to identify and source new ingredients,”​ Gibson added.

For more information on this year’s in-cosmetics Korea, particularly its 2018 education programme and Formulation Lab, registration at​.

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