Interest in natural and organic cosmetics continues to rise amidst a wider green beauty boom, but with little regulation around these two terms, certification schemes have taken on fresh importance - for industry and consumers alike.
The peel and seeds from industrial processing of citrus fruits can be used in an array of active skin care formulations for their bioactive compounds, though circular industrial frameworks need to be further developed to scale use, say researchers.
The UK’s organic beauty and wellbeing market has reported its 11th consecutive year of growth, largely driven by shifting consumer mindsets favouring environmentally friendly products, says British charity and certifying body the Soil Association.
Bee venom and other bee-derived ingredients may hold promise as skin care actives to target smoothness, nourishment and brightness, though commercialisation would require careful attention given allergenicity concerns, say researchers.
Bioprocessed algal cells can break down some hazardous and persistent cosmetic chemical pollutants, including parabens, phthalates and sulphates, but more research is required to fully understand this activity and upscale application, a review finds.
A raft of patents were filed in 2021 from industry heavyweights, including L’Oréal, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive and Estée Lauder. Here, CosmeticsDesign-Europe rounds up our coverage of the year’s patent-worthy innovations.
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The natural and organic cosmetics category will continue its growth in coming years, but broader green sustainability issues will become central for brands operating in the space, says the founder of Ecovia Intelligence.
As the beauty industry continues its push forward with natural and organic cosmetics innovation, focus must be placed on the biodegradability of ingredients – still surprisingly overlooked in the field, says a formulation expert.
Consumer interest is turning more towards natural and sustainable ingredients, and while plant extracts are a good potential avenue to satisfy that trend, more research is needed to effectively implement natural antioxidants.
India’s Forest Essentials believes its launch with UK beauty e-tailer lookfantastic will help it to boost its international appeal as prepares to expand its footprint to the Middle East, South East Asia and the US in the next few years.
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Plant peptides, plant hormones and cannabinoids should be more closely looked at for developing dual-action dermal and hair rejuvenation edibles and replacing retinoids that carry several negative side effects, say researchers.
The natural and organic cosmetics category will expand in pharmacies, beauty stores, salons, spas and e-commerce over the coming years, shifting outside of its traditional speciality retail setting, says Ecovia Intelligence.
International beauty major has developed a hair styling formulation for curly hair from a blend of sugar compounds and plant fibre, offering a natural and light-weight alternative to film-forming polymer and silicone products.
Finnish startup Innomost is scaling up production of its bioactive compounds from upcycled birch bark, offering a more sustainable alternative to palm, fossil and food origin ingredients for beauty and personal care, its founder says.
A recent clinical trial of postmenopausal women found daily supplementation with Korean red ginseng significantly improved mitochondrial function, antioxidant status, and reduced fatigue within eight weeks.
Extracts of Acmella oleracea formulated in an “all-natural” emulsion serum can reduce the appearance of wrinkles within two weeks, says a new study that also supports the safety and stability of the serum.
Extracts from the Southeast Asian tree Thanaka may offer natural alternatives for sun protection, according to a new systematic review from scientists at Jalan Universiti in Malaysia and Lancaster University in the UK.
UK natural skin care startup Zero by Skin Academy has expanded onto online beauty retail major Feelunique, continuing its non-D2C growth plan to upscale across multiple channels and engage mass consumers.
European Union (EU) marine research consortium Marisurf has released findings from its five-year project, identifying marine microbes as an important means to develop bio-based replacements for surfactants and emulsifiers in personal care, food and pharmaceutical...
There is a gap in the market for skin microbiome solutions to help treat atopic dermatitis, claims biotechnology company Marinova, for which it believes its brown seaweed extract could play a major role.
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Digital marketing and communications agency The Beauty Makers has developed a concept range of CBD makeup under its brand incubator that it says plugs real market opportunities and is an organic evolution of current trends.
Croda International-owned Iberchem Group has signed an agreement to acquire French fragrance house Parfex to strengthen sustainable and natural certified offerings and enhance European market presence.
A new study investigating the effects of two organic seaweed extracts on atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common type of eczema, suggests they may alter gene expression when used as a topical solution.
Naturalness is the most important aspect of a beauty product for consumers in Germany and France, but there are mixed views on what the term means and how it translates into cosmetics, finds natural and organic certifier Natrue.
British indie brand Five Dot Botanics has secured listings with The Hut Group on two of its mass beauty sites Lookfantastic and Mankind – a move set to take the natural, minimalist skin care conversation mainstream, its founder says.
Demands for natural, organic and effective beauty products developed for acne-prone and blemished skin are rising fast, particularly with the onset of COVID-19 and prolonged mask-wearing causing flare-ups, says the founder of French beauty brand Lady...
Beauty major Lush has developed a subscription letterbox service delivering an assortment of fresh cosmetics each month with an accompanying posy of flowers – a move it says aims to bring joy and new beauty experiences into the home.