AAK won with Lipex SheaLight, which replaces silicones or synthetic esters in personal care formulations. Since it is produced from shea oil, the functional material has both environmental and social impacts.
Mibelle Biochemistry was runner-up with PhytoCellTec nunatak. The anti-ageing active is sourced from an ‘ice age plant’ by sustainable processing methods.
Finalists were Induchem with Biogomm’age, and Berkem with saponins extracted from Opilia celtidifolia leaves.