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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.

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Microbial diversity: 'key benchmark in the coming Third Wave cosmetic revolution'

14-Jul-2017 - The impact of the microbiome on skin care is fast becoming a key area of research and innovation for the beauty and personal care industry. We caught up with a...

SIMPPAR 2017 review: sweet smell of success at Paris event

14-Jul-2017 - The Salon International des Matières Premières pour la Parfumerie continued to build on its profile of a well-respected fragrance industry event in this year’s recent edition in Paris....

Ingredients’ carbon footprint in the spotlight: DSM touts its Vitamin E’s credentials

11-Jul-2017 - With sustainability now demanded right through the supply chain, ingredients manufacturers are becoming increasingly quick to herald their portfolios’ green credentials.

Sustainable Beauty Awards open for entries

07-Jul-2017 - Ecovia Intelligence has announced the launch of its annual Sustainable Beauty Awards, saying it is now accepting submissions.

One stabilizer, many emulsions

06-Jul-2017 - Researchers have created a particle emulsifier that can stabilize both oil-in-water emulsions and water-in-oil emulsions. The work suggests the possibility of a truly universal particle-based emulsifier and that similarly effective...

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Science of preserving beauty: staying ahead of consumer and regulatory demands

06-Jul-2017 - As consumers become more sensitive to the contents of their cosmetics, manufacturers may find they need to come up with new formulations, says PLG’s Diaraf Yaradou in this guest article....

Researchers find a cheap, new way to make structural color

05-Jul-2017 - The shimmering shifting hues of insects come not from pigment but from carefully arranged particles. And new scientific research, documented in an article published by the American Chemical Society, suggests...

Nail polish adhesion rig to allow for ‘smudge free, fast drying’ products

05-Jul-2017 - Stable Micro Systems, a texture analysis equipment manufacturer, has designed a Nail Polish Adhesion Rig, which it says will give cosmetics manufacturers an accurate measurement of nail polish drying time.

Symrise receives Fragrance Foundation Award 2017

04-Jul-2017 - Fine fragrance player Symrise recently scored an industry accolade - the Perfume Extraordinaire France Foundation award - which the company describes as ‘prestigious’.

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Estée Lauder Companies research shows how pollen affects the skin and what can be done about it

29-Jun-2017 - In data presented at this year’s annual meeting for the Society for Investigative Dermatology, a team of scientists from the Estée Lauder department of skin physiology and pharmacology and from...

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Carob seed boosts structural protein production, shows P&G research

28-Jun-2017 - To find out the how and why of carob’s anti-aging benefits, Cosmetics Design reached out to Mike Flagler, senior scientist of Olay Beauty Technology Development.

Firmenich innovation sharing collection launch

28-Jun-2017 - Firmenich launched its 2017 Collection of Sharing Innovation ingredients during the SIMPPAR exhibition last week in Paris, with a focus on natural mint.


Heat Styling Protecting Materials: the best options

23-Jun-2017 - This video article takes a look at the harmful impact heat and styling products can have on hair and the different solutions that are out there to protect it from...

Is cellulose the answer to eco-friendly microbeads?

23-Jun-2017 - Scientists at the University of Bath have developed biodegradable microbeads from a sustainable source that could be a viable alternative to plastic microbeads.

Topical treatment offers safer tanning

22-Jun-2017 - Scientists at the Harvard Medical School say they have developed a way of increasing skin pigmentation in levels using a topically applied compound.

Can we re-engineer synthetic cosmetics products into natural versions?

22-Jun-2017 - Ahead of a new Open Academy for the industry in Europe, we caught up with one of the speakers on the hunt for natural alternative, and how one new technological...

SEPAWA Congress 2017 calls for papers: final day

20-Jun-2017 - The  SEPAWA annual congress for the detergents/cleansers, cosmetics and perfumery industry in Europe has put out its final, extended call for submissions.

Tune in to our probiotics skin care webinar – June 21st

15-Jun-2017 - As part of our seventh annual edition of the Skincare Ingredients online conference, we are bringing you a carefully curated discussion panel to shine the spotlight on the fast evolving...

Save the date for our 2017 Skincare Ingredients conference – June 21st

14-Jun-2017 - Cosmetics Design is readying its seventh annual edition of the Skincare Ingredients online conference, a chance to keep up to date on trends, network and stay on top of this...

Eleven specialist workshops planned for Makeup in Paris

09-Jun-2017 - With Makeup in Paris’s 2017 edition fast approaching, the show organisers have released a programme featuring eleven specialist workshops across sustainability, colour trends, and packaging.

New research: ‘first ever’ mechanism for determining if skin is prone to cosmetics allergies

07-Jun-2017 - JooMo, a brand keen to be at the forefront of the potential of skin microbiota, is behind new research that proposes a mechanism for working out if skin is prone...

Fragrance ingredients made via fermentation have arrived on a commercial scale

31-May-2017 - Robertet and Ginkgo Bioworks collaborated on a production strategy, using designer yeast, that can now create fragrance notes at a scale sufficient to meet the needs of the cosmetics, perfume,...

New industry ‘Open Academy’ education event ahead

30-May-2017 - The industry association Cosmetics Consultants Europe is gearing up to launch a new event promoting knowledge sharing and discussion, with its first Open Academy this October.

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Food waste enters cosmetics formulations part I: Innovation opportunities

30-May-2017 - As organisations develop their sustainability plans, David Tyrrell, Global Skincare Analyst for beauty and personal care at Mintel looks at how food waste is attracting both large-scale and niche companies.

SIMPPAR gearing up to welcome perfumery players to Paris

26-May-2017 - The Salon International des Matières Premières pour la Parfumerie is set to host its biennial international exhibition in Paris, 14th-15th June.

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