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Want to stay up to speed with the latest cosmetic research developments in skin care, hair care, fragrance, and colour cosmetics? 

Bookmark this section to find out what scientists are up to in areas like natural polymers, microalgae, as well as other innovative ingredients and research being carried out by universities, researchers, ingredient suppliers and manufacturers.

Study questions potential fragrance allergen not currently declared in cosmetics

28-May-2015 - Linalyl acetate, a fragrance chemical that is one of the main constituents of the essential oil of lavender, may be an emerging fragrance allergen and should appear in the declaration...

Natural chemical could help fight tooth decay

26-May-2015 - A compound related to chemicals found in liquorice root could revolutionise the oral care market as it can stop bacteria harming teeth and help fight the resulting tooth decay, according...

COSMOS project aims to make oleochemicals market more sustainable

21-May-2015 - The EU-funded research project COSMOS got under way in The Netherlands aiming to reduce the dependence of Europe’s oleochemical industry on imported plant oils, by turning camelina and crambe into...

Dow Europe showcases expertise in oils and long-lasting soaps

15-May-2015 - Cosmetics Design caught up with Stephanie Sandrolk-Beunat, global strategic marketing manager, Dow Europe at the recent in-cosmetics event in Barcelona to find out about how the latest ingredient launches are...

Need sunscreen inspiration? Look no further than the zebrafish

14-May-2015 - When looking for an innovative idea for sunscreen, formulators may be able to draw on zebrafish as inspiration after a study found that the tropical fish produces a chemical that...

Naturex develops biomimetic botanical extracts for cosmetics with NaDES technology

14-May-2015 - Ingredient supplier Naturex has developed biomimetic botanical extracts using breakthrough NaDES technology for the cosmetics industry, having successfully applied for a patent.

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Science behind beauty: An evening with the CTPA and SCS

13-May-2015 - The SCS and CTPA hosted an interactive evening of lectures last night, to bring to life the science behind cosmetic products. Here are some of the highlights shared from the...

L’Oréal corners the market on bioprinted skin

07-May-2015 - The 3-D human tissue company Organovo filed a current report this week with the SEC stipulating the conditions of that company’s arrangement with L’Oréal USA, which is a game changer...

Seppic’s ‘States of Matter’ concept offers different formulas for different textures

30-Apr-2015 - States of matter – solid, liquid, and gas – they make up the world around us, we learnt about them at school, and now thanks to Seppic it is the...

Mibelle Biochemistry finds hair loss reducer in basil extract

29-Apr-2015 - Hair loss caused by increased sensitivity of the follicles is permanent and continues as one gets older, but with the power of a basil extract, Mibelle Biochemistry believes it may...

Croda: ‘As East meets West we see oil-based product popularity soar’

29-Apr-2015 - Oil-based products have soared in popularity over recent times and cleansing oils are part of this upsurge, taking influence from Asia in what ingredients supplier Croda is calling the ‘East...

Sun Care Special Newsletter

We need to talk about IR: Coty focuses on infrared radiation and sun protection

28-Apr-2015 - When we think of sun care and sun protection we often concern ourselves with UV exposure, but we should also be protecting ourselves against infrared radiation according to Coty, which...

P&G focuses on natural skin care ingredients to fight pollution

27-Apr-2015 - Procter & Gamble has joined forces with botanists at Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London to find effective natural-based ingredients for its latest range of anti-pollution skin care products.

Scientists invent inks to combat counterfeiting that are ‘impossible’ to replicate

24-Apr-2015 - Scientists have upped the ante in the battle against counterfeit products by inventing sophisticated fluorescent inks that could be used as multi-coloured barcodes for consumers to authenticate products that are...

Induchem showcases award-winning Brightenyl which activates on stratum microbium

23-Apr-2015 - Swiss ingredients supplier Induchem has introduced the first active ingredient to the market which is activated by a new layer of the skin, the stratum microbium.

Research shows magnolia scent has unique sex appeal

23-Apr-2015 - Magnolia scent could become the next hot fragrance ingredient after research underscored the fact that it is a unique pheromone receptor – a much sought after quality in this competitive category.

BASF and GENEL highlight the implication of a microRNA in the melanogenesis process

21-Apr-2015 - BASF Beauty Care Solutions and biotech firm GENEL have teamed up to identify a specific microRNA suspected to be involved in the melanogenesis process and could see a breakthrough in...

in-cosmetics coverage

Who knew! Sea anemone found to combat skin ageing

21-Apr-2015 - On speaking with Dr Alain Khaiat at in-cosmetics Barcelona, he directed Cosmetics Design's attention to his relationship with StartletDerma, whose work with sea anemones has led to a new method in collagen...

Plucking hair in a specific pattern or density helps regenerate hair

16-Apr-2015 - It may not be the complete cure to hair loss so don’t go reaching for the tweezers just yet, but scientists have found that by plucking 200 hairs in a...

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Building on the success of the world’s leading anti-dandruff shampoo

16-Apr-2015 - Head & Shoulders has been the world’s top-selling anti-dandruff shampoo for decades, so we spoke to the research term behind the brand’s formulation to find out how they have held...

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P&G research stays one step ahead on anti-pollution skin care

15-Apr-2015 - Anti-pollution is a claim we are starting to see more and more of on skin care products in Asia, and increasingly worldwide. This exclusive interview lifts the lid on how...

Exclusive interview

How P&G continues to advance its Head & Shoulders formulation

15-Apr-2015 - Procter & Gamble is the undisputed king of anti-dandruff hair care thanks to its Head & Shoulders brand. But the work behind maintaining its reputation is relentless, as the head...

Sun Protection Special

Cheap holiday boom means skin cancer more likely than 40 years ago

08-Apr-2015 - Skin care brand Nivea Sun is teaming up with Cancer Research UK to encourage people to protect themselves from the sun, after new research suggests that people over 65 are...

Scientists develop first ever perfume that makes you smell better the more you sweat

07-Apr-2015 - Wouldn’t it be great if the more you worked up a sweat the less you would have to worry about social awkwardness and the better you would smell? Well thanks...

Venn seeks drug industry customers for skin substitute used to test cosmetics

03-Apr-2015 - London-listed CRO Venn Life Sciences hopes partnering with academics will help generate drug industry interest in its recently expanded skin model tech business.