Latest beauty formulation and science updates from around the world

By Lucy Whitehouse

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Latest beauty formulation and science updates from around the world
In this editor’s spotlight, we reveal where the latest and most impressive innovation is being seen within the field of formulation and science for beauty and personal care.

From biodegradable microbeads to the latest on China’s moves to end its requirement for compulsory animal testing on cosmetics, here are the key updates you need to know in formulation around the globe.

Vegan claims: Cosmax gains vegan certification for production plant


South Korean cosmetics firm Cosmax has earned a vegan certificate for its Hwaseong production plant to meet the rising demand for vegan cosmetics in the market.

Cosmax CEO Lee Kyung-soo said in a statement that the company had taken this step to keep up with the market demands for more ethical products.

Demand for environmentally friendly items, such as vegan and halal products, has been multiplying in the global cosmetics market​,” ​said Lee. “We will continue to make new products that meet the various needs of our global clients​.”​

Discover our full report here​.

China’s compulsory animal testing may take “more than five years” to stop

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One analyst has suggested that the challenges faced in removing the requirement for animal testing on cosmetics in China may mean it takes more than five years for that change to be implemented. Hedy He, regulatory analyst and editor of ChemLinked​​ told Cosmetics Design Asia in this dedicated article​:

“In the short term a total ban on animal testing is unlikely given the lack of testing infrastructure and the technical capacity shortcomings of the industry.”​

Sustainable Beauty Awards: finalists announced

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Ecovia Intelligence has announced this year’s Sustainable Beauty Awards finalists, with Aveda, L’Oréal, Weleda, Ashland and Clariant some industry names among those shortlisted.

Sustainability has risen to the forefront of industry concerns, meaning these annual awards have never been more relevant - and our full article can be read here​.

Biodegradable microbead replacement


Speaking of sustainability: in a move that sees a new biodegradable and natural microbead alternative hit the market, BASF has launched a new wax-based product.

The ingredients company says its ‘Cegesoft Peel’ product offers an experience much closer to that of the now out-of-favour polyethylene beads. Full details can be found here​.

5 ways biotech is working for the fragrance industry


To find out how biological design is working for fragrance, Cosmetics Design checked in with Christina Agapakis, creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks: a biological design company.

Ginkgo has (or has had) partnerships with several companies in the beauty business, including fragrance maker Robertet; ingredient maker Genomatica; enzyme maker Swissaustral; and Amyris, a renewable products company making both ingredients and the consumer beauty brand Biossance.

In our exclusive interview​, editor Deanna Utroske caught up with creative director Christina Agapakis on how the fragrance supply chain is making the most of biotech.

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