5 latest innovations in formulation and science for beauty: March

By Lucy Whitehouse

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5 latest innovations in formulation and science for beauty: March
From a new fermented-honey prebiotic ingredient to a ‘groundbreaking’ new soap noodle, in this Editor’s Spotlight, we look back at the biggest innovations seen recently within formulation and science for the beauty and personal care industry.

With innovations from Stephenson, Mibelle, Symrise, DSM and BASF leading the pack so far this year for formulation and science in beauty, 2019 is set to break plenty of new ground when it comes to formulating for personal care and cosmetics.

1. ‘Groundbreaking’ new soap: ultra-mild, 100% soap free, pH 5.5 base noodle

1. science

UK-based global speciality ingredients manufacturer Stephenson has launched what it calls a “groundbreaking new soap noodle”.

Syndopal, the noodle, is ultra mild and taps into trends around balanced pH and soap-free formulation. The company says that more than five years of research and development has led to a global first in the syndets market with the creation of this new product. Discover our full report here​.

2. Mibelle launches fermented-honey prebiotic skin care ingredient


Mibelle’s new Black BeeOme ingredient is derived from the honey of a rare and old honey bee in a Swiss mountain valley, which, once collected, the honey is then “fermented with the bacteria Zymomonas mobilis,”​ the company explains.

Fermentation is a process that resonates with consumers who trust both ancient food and beauty practices as well as a newly emerging skin microbiome science. Read our full report here​.

3. Symrise launches new multifunctional preservative

3. science

The Germany-based ingredients provider has launched a new alcohol-based multifunctional preservative for the cosmetics and personal care market, called SymOcide BHO.

The company is marketing the preservative as a broad spectrum protection against microbial contamination for a range of products, across most categories. Our full report can be read here​.

4. BASF opens new personal care lab in Nigeria: spotlight on the market

4. science

The ingredients company, major supplier to the global beauty and personal care industry, has opened a new Application Technology Laboratory in Nigeria.

The company’s Care Creations division, dedicated to personal care, has launched the lab, saying it is the result of the company having established local competence in application and formulation technology. Our report, including a spotlight on the Nigerian personal care market, is available here​.

5. DSM invests in skin microbiome startup

5. science

DSM Venturing, the venture investment arm of Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has made an equity investment in skin microbiome company S-Biomedic NV.

The investment from DSM completes S-Biomedic’s latest Series A financing round, and is a move that confirms DSM is taking the skin microbiome trend seriously, looking to lead on the development of the emerging trend. Our full report can be found here​.

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