In late 2007 the Germany-based company released a range of actives in partnership with Sabinsa for hair and skin care formulations. The original portfolio includes Tego Galanga for UV hair protection, Tego Policosanol for oily skin formulations, Tego Arjuna for anti-aging formulations and Tego Turmerone for skin radiance. Horse chestnut extract for imperfections On the back of this successful partnership Evonik is offering customers two more actives from Sabinsa's range - a horse chestnut extract, Venocin, and an acid obtained from Santalum album seeds. The horse chestnut extract benefits those suffering from skin imperfections such as varicose or spider veins, according to the company. The Xymenynic acid is extracted from the seeds of the Santalum album tree - a relative of the sandalwood tree often used as a fragrance ingredient - and the company claims it adds anti-inflammatory properties to formulations. The range of actives taps into the industry trend for natural and natural-based ingredients that currently shows no signs of slowing. "As these bio-active compounds exactly meet the needs of our customers, we want to offer them now another two Sabinsa cosmeceuticals for the development of innovative products and new applications," said Willy Klipp from Evonik's Care Specialties. For Sabinsa the extension of the partnership strengthens the global market presence of its ingredients. "Working with Evonik's business line Care Specialties not only allows us to strengthen the market penetration of our line of active ingredients for the cosmetics industry, but permits us to focus on our core competency of developing safe and effective ingredients for the global market," said Sabinsa CEO Dr Muhammed Majeed. Partnerships with local companies Partnerships such as these are becoming increasingly common within the industry as companies increasingly source ingredients from further afield. According to marketing manager at Evonik Betty Santonnat, a successful partnership with a local company with positive relationships in the area is indispensable to the successful sourcing of ingredients.