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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.

Azelis forges new agreements to expand ingredients offerings

20-Oct-2016 - Azelis Personal Care has signed a number of agreement with leading ingredients providers that will help expand its global portfolio in a number of key areas in Ireland and the...

Can an olive oil waste product reduce the cost of biosurfactant production?

19-Oct-2016 - Researchers from Brazil and Europe have found a use for an oil byproduct that they believe could save cosmetic ingredient manufactures money.

What’s the science behind anti-pollution skin care?

18-Oct-2016 - Ahead of this week’s in-cosmetics Formulation Summit, we catch up with event speaker and anti-pollution expert, Dr Julia Fussell from Kings College London.

Korean Leaders Cosmetics team up to market sun care products

18-Oct-2016 - Leaders Cosmetics, a global leader in facial masks and skincare products, has joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) as an official marketing partner.

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Strict selection process leads anti-pollution skin care development

13-Oct-2016 - As consumers become increasingly aware and concerned about the effect pollution has on the skin, we speak to Alain Khaiat, President at Seers Consulting who gives us the latest on...

Lipotec new testing facility announced

12-Oct-2016 - Ingredient manufacturer Lipotec has opened a new clinical testing facility for in vivo testing at its Barcelona site.

Cargill launches ‘revolutionary’ new cosmetics ingredient

12-Oct-2016 - Cargill has launched a new vegetable oil it says will ‘revolutionise’ the industry, in a move which follows the global ingredients giant’s recent announcement that it will be targeting the...

Biotechnology leader Ginkgo Bioworks opens enormous new foundry

11-Oct-2016 - As September came to a close, Ginkgo opened a facility that changes the scale and scope of biotech ingredient and organism production exponentially. And, it’s at sites like this where...


Two Views: Is beauty ready for bacteria?

06-Oct-2016 - The microbiome, probiotics, and bacteria are buzz-worthy topics in personal care and cosmetic formulation. For this installment of Two Views, Cosmetics Design asked Kelly A. Dobos of Sun Chemical and...

Stem cells in skin care don’t actually work, claims expert

06-Oct-2016 - We don’t currently have the technology to use stem cells in skin care properly, a specialist in the topic has claimed.

Is preservative-free formulation realistic?

05-Oct-2016 - With consumer demand for ‘truly natural’ beauty products continuing to grow, Cosmetics Design considers whether preservative-free formulation can be realistic for the industry.

L’Oréal awards women in science in Sub-Saharan Africa

04-Oct-2016 - Beauty giant L’Oréal is investing again in the scientific community in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 14 scientists having just been awarded as part of its Women in Science programme.

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‘Embrace microbes to go truly natural’ says skin care expert

04-Oct-2016 - Currently, there is no naturals trend in the beauty and personal care industry, according to skin care formulator and director of JooMo, Nick Wallen, because very few brands offer truly...

New lipid testing technique launched with applications for beauty

27-Sep-2016 - A new testing method for lipids has been launched, which the company behind it claims has applications for backing up cosmetics claims and efficacy testing for the beauty industry.

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Biomimetics: the future of beauty innovation from nature

27-Sep-2016 - Biomimetics - using concepts and principles from nature to create new materials, devices and systems - could offer huge opportunities for beauty.

Naturals and Sustainability Special Newsletter

By-products and re-used materials raise bar on formulation sustainability

21-Sep-2016 - Ethical and sustainability claims are proving among the hottest trends right now, and a new way for formulators to tap into this heightened state of consumer consciousness is to reuse...

Naturals and Sustainability Special Newsletter

Biotech: How science is helping the beauty industry source natural personal care and cosmetic ingredients

21-Sep-2016 - Biotechnology is nothing new. People have been modifying natural systems to make and alter products for thousands of years. What is new is the scale and specificity of biotech. Today,...

SILAB broadens ingredients offering for dermatological problems

20-Sep-2016 - French ingredients supplier Silab has announced the launch of a natural ingredient for use in skin care products targeting consumers who suffer from dermatological complaints.

EU funding give UK lab a boost in hunt for animal testing alternatives

16-Sep-2016 - EU funding has been awarded to a UK research lab looking into alternatives to animal testing for beauty and household products.

Noteworthy skin care ingredient launches of 2016

15-Sep-2016 - Skin care developments have been at the helm of North America’s cosmetics R&D focus this year. Here, we take stock of some of the most interesting and innovative advances....

L’Oréal calls attention to advanced research on predictive evaluation models for safety and efficacy

14-Sep-2016 - This year in Nature Scientific Reports, a team of scientists working in partnership with L’Oréal and the University of Central Florida published findings that improve on the company’s work towards...

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Formulating for rapid results

13-Sep-2016 - As consumers become increasingly demanding of great results from their personal care products, how can you best formulate a product to ensure your consumer gets the rapid results they are...

Winners announced for the 2016 Cosmetics Design “Best Ingredient Made from Recycled Materials Award”

12-Sep-2016 - At the inaugural in-cosmetics North America event in New York City last week, Cosmetics Design announced the finalists, runner up, and honoree for the award, which recognizes the work ingredient...

Top beauty brands battle it out in innovative Formulation Challenge

08-Sep-2016 - Formulators from some of the best-known brands in the global beauty industry went head-to-head in the first ever in-cosmetics Formulation Challenge , which took place in the Formulation Lab at in-cosmetics...

Evonik creates amino acid alliance with Univar for Europe

06-Sep-2016 - Univar, global distributor of specialty and basic chemicals, has taken over the supply of Evonik amino acids for Europe.

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