Naturals and organics

UEBT set to launch 6th annual ‘Biodiversity Barometer’

UEBT set to launch 6th annual ‘Biodiversity Barometer’

By Lucy Whitehouse

The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) has announced it will launch this year’s Biodiversity Barometer in April, promising insights on the growing consumer demand for beauty brands to show evidence of biodiversity responsibility.  

Symrise moves towards sustainability with vanilla partnership

Symrise moves towards sustainability with vanilla partnership

In a move which confirms its intent to improve sustainability, Unilever’s supplier Symrise has announced a partnership which aims to improve the livelihoods of its vanilla producers with German development corporation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale...

Bioactive peptide to treat ageing from within

Bioactive peptide to treat ageing from within

By Michelle Yeomans

Following a study by scientists at the University of Kiel on the effect of bioactive collagen peptides (BCP), Gelita AG has developed an active for BFW products, that it says will reduce wrinkles from the inside out.

Deodorant releases increasingly targeting new markets

Deodorant releases increasingly targeting new markets

By Chris BARKER

As research reveals that deodorant is still one of the hottest sections for male grooming, European companies are increasingly investing in new technology both in packaging and formulation.

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Euromonitor: "More R&D" will make green cosmetics mainstream

By Chris BARKER

Despite the benefits brands positioning themselves as natural and organic can bring, they are likely to remain a small percentage of the market due to safety and efficacy issues, according to an analyst from the market research firm.

German manufacturer is opening a catalysis laboratory

Symrise green lab to focus on synthesis of new molecules

By Michelle Yeomans

The German flavour and fragrance manufacturer is opening a catalysis laboratory that it says will focus on advancing its strategic research focus in green chemistry and investigating the synthesis of new molecules.

Oriflame further invests in stem cell technology field

Oriflame further invests in stem cell technology field

By Michelle Yeomans

The Sweden-based cosmetic company has invested in a new plant that will solely focus on the cultivation of plant stem cell cultures as it further aims to develop stronger anti-ageing ingredients that can boost and rejuvenate the skin.

EU-developed active ingredients are decreasing...

EU-developed active ingredients are decreasing...

By Michelle Yeomans

According to the ECPA, the EU needs to unlock its innovation potential with active ingredients after finding the share of global crop R&D decreased in markets from 33% in the 80s to only 16% today.

Chinese herbal brand focuses on the West thanks to increasing demand

Chinese herbal brand focuses on the West thanks to increasing demand

By Michelle Yeomans

Herborist, a brand positioned at the crossroads of traditional Chinese herbal extracts and the latest modern biotechnical achievement has further invested in the German markets following increasing demand from consumers for more Eastern based formulations.

Uyuni salt lake’s water ‘eyes’ store these bacteria

Scientists find novel polymer to replace petroleum-based plastics

By Michelle Yeomans

As the quest for natural substitutes to petroleum-based plastics continues, scientists at the Polytechnic University of Catalonidia have discovered a microorganism in South America that produces poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate (PHB), which will come as good...

European SCS to tackle green formulations and packaging

European SCS to tackle green formulations and packaging

By Michelle Yeomans

Organisers, Organic Monitor has made green formulations and sustainable packaging focal themes at the next edition of its European Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, in a bid to cater to the growing pressure placed on the industry to reduce its carbon footprint.

SCS focuses on greater ways to reduce environmental footprint

SCS focuses on greater ways to reduce environmental footprint

By Michelle Yeomans

A call for greater steps to be taken to change consumer behaviour if the cosmetics industry is to reduce its environmental footprint was a key message highlighted in 4th North American edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit.

E.F.E.O AGM to review on-going essential oil legislation

E.F.E.O AGM to review on-going essential oil legislation

By Michelle Yeomans

The European Federation of Essential Oils is set to hold its 10th annual general meeting which will bring EU professionals together to review on-going legislation and developments in the segment.

Vegetal active developed to eliminate body odour in a safer way

Vegetal active developed to eliminate body odour in a safer way

By Michelle Yeomans

'Quillaja saponaria', an active extracted from the soapbark tree, has until now, been mainly sourced for use in the food industry. Here, Cosmetics Design speaks with Luigi Rigano, consultant at Pera Ingredients, about how this unusual extract...

Beauty segment continues to emerge in Natural & Organic event

Beauty segment continues to emerge in Natural & Organic event

The Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show, initially dedicated to the health food and organic sectors, has built momentum with beauty professionals as features like a 'Beauty and Spa’ division emerges as crowd drawing segments.

German natural cosmetics market returns to form

German natural cosmetics market returns to form

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

The German natural cosmetics market has recovered from growth of only 2.5 per cent in 2011, to sales up 5.5 per cent in 2012, according to the latest figures.

Middle Eastern influence amongst trending scents for 2013

Middle Eastern influence amongst trending scents for 2013

By Michelle Yeomans

According to various fragrance experts, this year, a strong Middle Eastern trend and tropical scents will influence and lead the way in the fragrance sector, seeing a rise in demand for the likes of exotic spices and retro floral ingredients.

EU project on deep-sea organisms claims to 'break new ground'

EU project on deep-sea organisms claims to 'break new ground'

By Michelle Yeomans

€9.5m has been invested into a project whereby scientists from various EU countries will collaborate to assemble and screen samples of mud and sediment from previously untapped, oceanic trenches to determine their potential for the cosmetics industry.

Is bee venom emerging again as a key skin care ingredient?

Is bee venom emerging again as a key skin care ingredient?

By Michelle Yeomans

Bee venom popped up on the skin care scene a few years back as a natural alternative to the hugely popular Botox trend, boasting restoration and plumping properties, particularly in menopausal skin. Years later, it appears skin care formulators are turning...

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