Scancos Conference focuses on all aspects of sustainable cosmetics

By Simon Pitman

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Personal care industry Cosmetics

The conference will be a two day event held in Malmo, Sweden to address all aspects of the growing trend towards the production of sustainable cosmetics.

Covering all aspects of green cosmetics, from the sourcing of ingredients to natural and organic certification, the event will open its doors on November 5 and run until November 6.

The event organisor, Scancos, the Scandinavian Society of Cosmetic Chemists, will focus on the evolution of the natural cosmetics market, currently one of the biggest growth drivers in the personal care industry, and will concentrate on both the current and future needs of this rapidly developing niche.

Natural cosmetics set to outgrow 'niche' label

Currently the natural and organic personal care industry is estimated to account for between 3 – 4 per cent of the total industry in Europe, however the rapid growth, which in many markets continues in double figures, means that it is likely to soon make the step from a niche category to become a second tier category.

Addressing the needs that have arisen from this rapid growth, the conference programme will start off by looking at the latest developments in the scientific field, an area that is increasingly important for companies wanting to develop natural-based products that are effective and comply with increasingly stringent certification requirements.

The event is being held at the Elite Hotel Savoy in Malmo and the first day of conferencing will start off at 1pm with an introduction from Scancos president, Mats Andersson, before giving way to the series of science-based presentations.

Science presentations

The first presentation will be given by Emma Sparr, from Lund University, who will discuss dehydration and humectants in lipid membranes, followed by another presentation by Joahn Engblom concerning drug bioavailability from topical formulations.

There will also be presentations on lipids and their skin protection properties, preservatives and risk management and consumer expectations.

The second day of the conference will start off at 9am, ends at 1pm and will include a series of six presentations that will focus on the development of sustainable cosmetics.

Market-based and trend presentations

The presentations will include an overview of ongoing ingredients issues, given by Gerald Renner, director of science and research at Colipa, together with an overview concerning how to market natural cosmetics given by Ulrika Lamberth, from Stockholm Consumer Co-operative Society.

Other presentations will centre on criteria for eco-labelling, safety assessment and risk management, consumer confusion over naturals and European cosmetics regulation.

For further information about the event and how to participate, please click here​.

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