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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.

UCLA scientists advance stem cell hair growth technique

18-Aug-2017 - Promoting hair growth using stem cell technology is not new, but scientists from UCLA believe they have advanced the technique by discovering a new way to activate hair stem cells...

Blendtek Ingredients and Fitoplancton Marino team up to bring microalgae ingredients to beauty makers

17-Aug-2017 - In an exclusive deal, announced this month, ingredient distributor and solutions provider Blendtek will be the official supplier of Fitoplancton Marino’s Easyalgae Plankton-Extract ingredient.

Open Academy to promote knowledge sharing for formulators

17-Aug-2017 - Open Academy is set to open its doors this October in Barcelona with the aim of promoting open discussion and learning among cosmetic formulation professionals.

Scientists develop new light therapy to tackle acne

17-Aug-2017 - A group of scientists at the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre have updated a light therapy to kill off bacteria in skin that causes both skin infections and bacteria.

CPL Aromas launches £1 million scientific research centres in UK and Indonesia

15-Aug-2017 - CPL Aromas, a fragrance house company, has announced the launch of two £1 million scientific research centres.

Microbiome takes centre stage at this year’s in-cosmetics Formulation Summit

15-Aug-2017 - With skin care that works with the body’s natural microbiome now firmly established as a hot emerging topic for the industry, in-cosmetics has announced that biobeauty will be the major...

Husks of berries can have antimicrobial effect in cosmetics

11-Aug-2017 - A research centre in Finland has claimed that the husks of berry seeds may be used in cosmetics to prevent the growth of harmful microbes.

Latest formulation buzz: enhanced delivery

07-Aug-2017 - The cosmetics industry is full of fantastic cosmeceutical actives to address all sorts of skin conditions, from acne in teenagers to anti-ageing of mature skin. But, with so many actives...

Symrise launches global preservatives challenge

04-Aug-2017 - Symrise is one major ingredients player responding to the rising demand for alternative and natural preservative ingredients, with the company now sponsoring a ‘Global Preservative Challenge’.

Ginkgo Bioworks new partnerships focus on enzyme production

01-Aug-2017 - In recent days the biotech company has announced deals with two enzyme producing businesses. While the bulk of what these companies develop and make will be directed to the food...

World Collagen Conference heads for London

28-Jul-2017 - The World Collagen Conference is gearing up for its 2017 edition, with organisers calling it the one and only global collagen event this year.

How to take a ‘holistic’ approach to sustainability: Sustainable Cosmetics Summit responds

27-Jul-2017 - The upcoming industry event is urging cosmetics and personal care industry players to take a holistic approach to sustainability, noting that “few companies appear to be looking beyond their environmental...

Is DNA the sunscreen of the future?

26-Jul-2017 - Researchers at Binghamton University, a State University of New York, and The University of Rhode Island published an article today that suggests topically applied product formulated with DNA could be...

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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.

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