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After three years of collaborative research and development work, Unilever and its Hourglass brand have produced a vegan blend to replace carmine - widely used in the colour cosmetics market (Getty Images)

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‘Seemingly unconquerable’: Unilever to open-source vegan replacement for carmine red

By Kacey Culliney

Unilever and its prestige brand Hourglass have developed a vegan carmine alternative after years of supplier collaboration – a patent-pending innovation it plans to open-source in the coming year, says the global vice president of R&D for prestige.

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