Formulation & Science

In 2023, Nivea enjoyed a record-breaking year for Beiersdorf, while its derma brands Eucerin & Aquaphor also saw strong sales

Beiersdorf CEO on record-breaking 2023 sales

By Kirsty Doolan

Nivea saw record-breaking sales in 2023, which offset the disappointing performances for La Prairie and Chantecaille. The CEO shared his action plan to boost these luxury brands.

Samaras said that Unilever R&D has around 12,000 microbiome samples from consumers of all ages, from all over the world, to get the fullest understanding of the skin

Innovating for Generation Alpha: Q&A with a Unilever R&D expert

By Kirsty Doolan

While the ‘tweens in Sephora’ headlines have raised a lot of eyebrows and some deeper concerns, it’s clear that Generation Alpha has a thirst for beauty products based on science and can potentially alter the future industry landscape.

Soeder hopes that its practices can showcase how other beauty and personal care brands can start to establish fully circular processes

Start the week with a startup: Soeder

By Kirsty Doolan

Every fortnight we talk to a game-changer startup brand about why it exists and how it plans to change the industry. This week we spoke to founders of the personal care brand Soeder, Hanna and Johan Olzon Åkerström, about its circular business model,...

Could the 'skinification' of hair further combine with the wellness movement this year? (Image: Getty)

What's new in the 'skinification' of hair care?

By Sarah Cohen

Actives traditionally used in skin care, as well as skin care-related regimes and claims are becoming more commonplace in the hair care category, as consumers take more interest in holistic hair wellness.

Cox said the company's future goals revolve around developing new sustainable and zero-waste packaging and ecosystems for clients, and swapping as many ingredients as possible with sustainable upcycled counterparts (Image: Getty)

Start the week with a startup: Genie Supply

By Kirsty Doolan

Every fortnight we talk to a game-changer startup business about why it exists and how it plans to transform the industry. This week we spoke to CEO of Genie Supply, Megan Cox, about how her private label business model could be the future of beauty product...

Fragrances may soon be able to mimic the DNA of individuals and align with their emotional states (Image: Getty)

Using AI for fragrance creation and innovation

By Sarah Cohen

To think of your favourite perfume in a purely scientific manner can dampen the magic a little, but it seems there is a formula when it comes to engaging the senses – and AI is giving perfumers a tool with which to find it.

SLS is widely used in shampoos and soaps for its cleansing and foaming properties  (Image: Getty)

Exploring EU regulations: SLS in cosmetics

By Kirsty Doolan

As the final story in our three-part series about regulations for the most misunderstood cosmetics and personal care ingredients, we focus on sodium lauryl sulfate, known as SLS. We explore why this ingredient was in the spotlight, and speak to regulatory...

Skin redness or erythema is a common side effect of the skin condition rosacea (Image:Getty)

3 breakthroughs that could treat skin redness

By Kirsty Doolan

Skin erythema – AKA skin redness or skin flushing – is a common complaint from people who suffer from rosacea and acne among other skin conditions, but can also be caused by sun exposure and allergies. We’ve rounded up three recent innovations in this...

Kaffe Bueno said this investment will help it

Kaffe Bueno prepares for growth with new funding from Borregaard

By Kirsty Doolan

Danish biosciences company Kaffe Bueno, which works with coffee by-products, has secured €6.2m in a series A funding round led by Norwegian biomass refining and eco-friendly biochemicals company, Borregaard, to help grow the business.

Beauty Forward 2024 Europe speakers…

Meet the Beauty Forward 2024 Europe speakers…

By Kirsty Doolan

On Tuesday 30th January at 2.30pm (GMT)/3.30pm (CET), we will air a two-hour broadcast dedicated to uncovering the mindset and values of the ‘next generation consumer’. As we unveil beauty industry trends for 2024 and beyond, we’ll put a special focus...

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The EMEA beauty events you won’t want to miss

By Kirsty Doolan

Going to trade shows is an essential way to keep up with industry trends, launches and developments. Scroll through our gallery of the key cosmetics events and conferences in the EMEA region in 2024…

Startup: Precision Skin: personalised skin care

Start the week with a startup: Precision Skin

By Kirsty Doolan

Every fortnight we talk to a game-changer startup about why it exists and how it plans to transform the industry. This week we spoke to founder and MD of Precision Skin, Dr Theodora Mantzourani, about its business model, how its disrupting the industry,...

In Europe, mineral oil is tightly regulated for use in cosmetics (Image: Getty)

Exploring EU regulations: Mineral oil in cosmetics

By Kirsty Doolan

As the second story in our three-part series about regulations for the most misunderstood cosmetic and personal care ingredients, we spoke to regulatory consultant at regulations and testing company CE.Way, Taja Plut, about the current scientific understanding...

Use of plant milking technology is set to be a big trend for the cosmetics industry this year (Image: Clariant)

What you need to know about plant milking for cosmetic ingredients

By Plant milking: what you need to know

Plant milking was pioneered over 15 years ago by French biotech company Plant Advanced Technologies and it’s back on the agenda this year, as the pressure is on to find more sustainable ways to work with plant-based beauty ingredients.

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Designing and branding synthesised ‘natural’ beauty products

By Kirsty Doolan

When a cosmetic or personal care product has been created with a biopharmed ‘plant-based’ ingredient rather than one from nature, should traditional design codes for ‘natural’ or ‘clean’ beauty go out of the window? Where do you start with designing and...

Givaudan said PrimalHyal™ 50 Life has “totally reinvented the production method for low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid”

Givaudan reveals precision fermentation hyaluronic acid breakthrough

By Kirsty Doolan

The Swiss manufacturer said it has completely “reinvented its fermentation process for low molecular weight hyaluronic acid” for a more sustainable and affordable product. Plus, it revealed that more ingredients around precision fermentation and the reinvention...

It's been a regulations-packed year for the cosmetics and personal care industry (Image: Getty)

Cosmetic regulations round-up: 2023

By Kirsty Doolan

From PPWR to MoCRA, EPR and deforestation laws, it’s been a regulations-heavy time for the cosmetics industry across the globe. We recap some of the most important regulatory updates in 2023 for companies that sell in the EU, UK and beyond...

Parabens in beauty products: EU law

Exploring EU regulations: Parabens

By Kirsty Doolan

As the first in a three-part series on the most misunderstood cosmetic and personal care ingredients, we explore the current scientific understanding of the use of parabens in cosmetics, with a specific focus on the EU’s Regulation 1223/2009 framework.