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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.

'One man's trash is another's gold': cosmetic metals found in human waste have value

27-Mar-2015 - The trace amounts of metals found in cosmetics, shampoos and food which are eventually excreted from the human body by, well, you-know-how, could now hold value, say scientists. Value that could...

Biofabrication will produce cosmetic ingredients of the future

24-Mar-2015 - Living cells, organic molecules and the like will be the raw materials that produce both living and nonliving biological ingredients for personal care products, according to scientists working in the...

Scientists develop targeted laser therapy to deactivate acne-causing glands

24-Mar-2015 - Scientists have found a way to deactivate the overproducing skin glands that cause acne, potentially offering a cure for the condition, using ultrasound, gold particles, and lasers.

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Mibelle: "Consumers now believe 'Made In China' can represent high quality"

24-Mar-2015 - Here, Cosmetics Design catches up with Dr. Fred Zulli, managing director of Mibelle Biochemistry, to find out how the Switzerland-based biotechnology ingredients provider is planning on increasing its footprint in...

Circadian rhythm research influences Ashland’s yeast proteins-based development

20-Mar-2015 - Ashland Specialty Ingredients introduces its yeast proteins-based extract aimed at revitalizing skin and protecting it against UV damage, after years of research highlighted the circadian rhythm as having an impact...

Nutritional supplement shown to be effective in reducing female hair loss

19-Mar-2015 - Hair loss is a distressing thing for anyone, and is particularly so for women, but scientists have found that taking a nutritional supplement can improve the overall scalp coverage and...

Engineered yeast could replace flowers in fragrances

19-Mar-2015 - Boston-based specialists in synthetic biology Ginkgo Biowork is using yeast to produce fragrances that are cheaper than using naturally sourced ingredients.

Muscat… Tasty wine, BUT also anti-ageing properties in skin cream

19-Mar-2015 - Muscat, commonly known for its sweet floral aroma when in wine form, can also reduce skin redness and acne when used in a grape-based cream, according to a new study.

Unilever files patent for assessing hair colour changes with rinse-off products

18-Mar-2015 - Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever has filed a patent which evaluates the potential colour protecting effect of rinse-off hair products.

Bangor scientists: 'microbeads are damaging Welsh marine life'

17-Mar-2015 - Scientists at Bangor University are reporting cosmetics containing plastic microbeads to be damaging Welsh marine life.

EC publishes indepth paper on nanomaterials

17-Mar-2015 - A publication commissioned by the EC; Thematic Issue ("Nanomaterials’ functionality") explores recent developments in nanomaterials research, as well as the possibilities for safe, practical and resource-efficient applications....

Ashland to delve into protein architecture and morphology of hair

13-Mar-2015 - Ashland's experts in hair mapping and polymer films will present their latest findings at in-cosmetics Barcelona, which they say may help to advance hair styling formulations of the future.

Cosmetics Europe week to focus on 'delivering innovation and growth'

12-Mar-2015 - Following last year's success, Cosmetics Europe has opened up registration for another week long, high-level scientific and policy-oriented forum.

Project looks to make skin creams from fish waste

12-Mar-2015 - New industrial processing techniques are being developed to obtain valuable proteins, antioxidants and oils from salmon and rapeseed waste that can then be used in skin care products as well...

JRC science hub recommends new skin allergy test

10-Mar-2015 - According to the Joint Research Center; to date, identifying chemicals that may induce skin allergies have been tested on animals, but now it is recommending a new method.

SEPPIC subsidiary claims a world’s first with new technology of macroalgal cell culture

06-Mar-2015 - French ingredient supplier SEPPIC claims to have developed the world’s first technology to cultivate macroalgal cells in the laboratory in order to propose active ingredients for cosmetics, in the form its...

Honeywell teams up with Metabolix on new biodegradable alternative to microbeads

05-Mar-2015 - Ingredients provider Honeywell has formed a technology alliance with biomaterials company Metabolix to develop a new line of biodegradable ingredients.

Croda invests in ‘superfood’ sources for skin and scalp care

05-Mar-2015 - Chemical supplier Croda has been working on superfood - Pisum sativum, based biopolymers to cater to the demand for skin and scalp care products.

Sun damage works long after exposure, finds new research

25-Feb-2015 - A new market could open up for ‘evening-after’ sunscreen to further protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet rays after a team of Yale-led researchers discovered that much of the damage...

Coty employs reverse mentoring program at UK manufacturing plant

25-Feb-2015 - An engineering student, cosmetics and robotics…. No, it’s not the start of a joke but rather the key components of Coty’s UK manufacturing plant’s new reverse mentoring program....

Ever wondered what sun damage looks like on your skin? New Nivea video shows you

24-Feb-2015 - Nivea is launching an international campaign to increase awareness about the risks of UV radiation with a video showing the effect that UV light has on the skin.

Lucas Meyer says phospholipids are the key to sensory success

23-Feb-2015 - The company’s new pledge is to ‘make you happy’, which it aims to do by highlighting sensory expertise that can give the cosmetic formulations the type of textures that has...

From the candy shop to your sunscreen: Licorice extract provides UV protection

20-Feb-2015 - We are used to seeing licorice in a sweet shop or as a flavour in food and beverages, but what if Nivea skin care maker Beiersdorf told you that topically...

Plasticizer alcohols production streamlined at Evonik

19-Feb-2015 - Thanks to a new catalyst component, ligand OxoPhos 64i, manufacturing of plasticizer alcohols and butadiene at the company’s facility in Marl, Germany, is running more efficiently.

Google patents personal fragrance device

18-Feb-2015 - Google technologies has secured a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a wearable fragrance emission device that deodorizes the moment body odor occurs.

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