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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.

Final call to submit for “Best Ingredient Made From Recycled Materials Award”

29-Aug-2016 - Tomorrow will be the last opportunity to submit entries for the Cosmetics Design award for best ingredient made from recycled materials.

Czech Republic leading on hemp beauty in Europe

19-Aug-2016 - The Czech Republic has been singled out as a leader in cannabis-infused topicals, with the country reportedly the major supplier of this type of personal care products for the European...

Halal and anti-pollution to top the bill at in-cosmetics Asia

16-Aug-2016 - As the market in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow at a strong pace, the halal and anti-pollution look set to dominate activity at the forthcoming in-cosmetics Asia event.

Current state of silicones: new white paper

09-Aug-2016 - With sensorial benefits a top consumer demand, seeking out ways to enhance the feel and application of skin care products is a major priority for formulators. Here, we take a...

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Top sites for correct ingredient information

09-Aug-2016 - With so much misinformation on the internet, how do you know which sites to trust for CORRECT ingredient information?

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Going natural means accepting a shorter shelf life for ingredients!

08-Aug-2016 - As a raw material distributor of only certified organic, I must comment on an increasing trend that is in conflict with GMPs and Quality Systems that do not consider Organic...

L’Oreal ‘beats its own forecast’ for removing microbeads

04-Aug-2016 - International beauty giant L’Oréal has announced that it is set to complete its commitment to reformulate certain products to eliminate microbead use by the end of this year, ahead of...

Tobacco as a renewable squalene source

03-Aug-2016 - Following next year’s harvest, tobacco-derived quantities of the compound will be available for cosmetics companies to test out in beauty and skin care formulations—thanks to a company called SynShark and...

SEPAWA Congress reveals this year’s programme

03-Aug-2016 - The programme of workshops and events set to take place at this year’s SEPAWA Congress has been revealed, with the science-focused trade event for the detergents, cosmetics and perfumery industries...

Scientists strike gold with sustainable approach to precious metal

27-Jul-2016 - Scientists have struck gold with a greener and more affordable way of synthesising gold nanoparticles, thanks to the trichoderma viride fungus.

New insight into how gels form has potential to improve cosmetic formulations

22-Jul-2016 - German scientists have discovered that the property of gels is due to directed chains of particles in their network-like structure which tend to contract as soon as they stretch through...

UK scientists ‘XCellR8’ alternative testing method developments

21-Jul-2016 - As the cosmetics industry strives to develop safer and more efficient alternative methods to animal testing, UK scientists have found a way to isolate human cells taken from skin samples...

The first natural salicylic acid hits the market

20-Jul-2016 - A new natural salicylic acid has been released by raw materials producer Alban Muller, with the company claiming it is the first 100% natural molecule of the acid to enter...

Study points to cancer risk from laser hair removal

19-Jul-2016 - The market for laser hair removal is still fast growing, with demand for home devices being particularly strong, but new study says that there could be a good a cancer...

IFF and Unilever partner to help vetiver farmers in Haiti

19-Jul-2016 - International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) and Unilever have teamed up on a project that also involves leading non-governmental agencies to enhance the lives of vetiver farmers in Haiti.

Dow launches 'collaborative model’ to keep formulators in the loop of latest innovation

19-Jul-2016 - Dow, a leading chemicals company, has launched a new ‘collaboration model’ centred around finished product concepts, aimed at helping “the personal care industry accelerate innovations to meet consumer demand”.

Ginger gene carriers also at higher risk of skin cancer, researchers say

15-Jul-2016 - Scientists in the UK have conducted research that confirms you don't have to have red hair to have a higher risk of burning or skin cancer, which could lead to...

Ingredients player makes first big investment in the UK since Brexit

14-Jul-2016 - Ineos Oxide says its investment to expand production of Ethyl Acetate (EtAC) at its facility in Hull, England, is the first major investment in manufacturing since the Brexit referendum.

Symrise scoops two prizes for sustainability

14-Jul-2016 - Personal care ingredients manufacturer Symrise has scooped two prizes at the DQS sustainability awards in Germany, recognising the company's continued focus on this area.

DSM unveils new technology to assess facial skin moisturitsation

13-Jul-2016 - DSM Personal Care has introduced a new method to visualise and assess the efficacy of facial skin moisturisation agents.

Croda acquires encapsulation tech from Brazil’s Inventiva

11-Jul-2016 - The team, technology, and territory of the company founded by Renata Raffin and Candice Felippi, which specializes in nanotech encapsulation of cosmetics actives, will add to Croda’s business in and...

Melanin synthesis discovery prompts hope of new cosmetics applications

07-Jul-2016 - New research that has deciphered the formation process for melanin could lead to further development of its use in a number of applications, including cosmetics.

Merck partners with Agrimer on marine-derived dermocosmetic active ingredient

06-Jul-2016 - Specialty chemicals giant Merck has entered into a long-term agreement to develop dermocosmetic active ingredients with agro-industrial player Agrimer.

Univar expands personal care footprint in Europe

05-Jul-2016 - Univar has announced the opening of a new technical facility together with a new distribution agreement for its personal care operations in Europe.

Facial recognition technology can now beat make-up

05-Jul-2016 - Colour cosmetics might make people look good, but lipstick and eyeshadow can also play havoc on facial recognition technology, which is what U.S. Army researchers have been working to rectify....

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