Biotechnology has been heralded as a less costly, more efficient means of producing a range of active ingredients for beauty and personal care, but perhaps the biggest advantage is the sustainability factor.
Specialty chemicals firm Innospec has developed a proprietary blend of low and high volatile silicones to replace D5 cyclic siloxane – an important move given the upcoming European ban, says its head of technical services for personal care.
German speciality chemicals major BASF has developed a surfactant using RSPO-certified renewable resources that it says fits with market demand for sustainable, safe and free from personal care products.
A consortium of researchers in South Australia and international companies are to embark on finding ways to turn swathes of crop waste into value-added products, including chitosans from unwanted mushrooms for sunblock and anthocyanins from cherries for...
Allergies must be taken seriously, but the cosmetics industry should avoid going fragrance-free because even allergy sufferers deserve product enjoyment and contact reactions rarely occur, a medical doctor and allergist says.
A non-toxic, low-cost and easily processed foam that can mop up oil spills can be translated into cosmetics production, and may even have more uses in beauty than it could on polluted seas, says its inventor.