The formulator’s guide to safe cosmetic preservation
For a long time now, questions regarding the right preservative system in cosmetics have been neglected by most formulators. European legislators created a list of approved preservatives, called Annex V (former Annex VI) of the EU Cosmetic Regulation.

What makes a personal care company successful?
Personal care with its artisan beginnings is one of the oldest FMCG industries in existence. The craft began more than 2,000 years ago with skilled artisans producing candles, soaps, and fragrances, very highly valued products by those who could afford them at the time.

Ingredients focus: sun care
Protection from the sun’s rays is now recognised as one of the key components of a comprehensive anti-ageing strategy. Traditionally, UV (ultraviolet) rays were thought to be the sole contributing factor to skin ageing, it is now understood that infrared (IR) rays also play a part in premature ageing of skin.

Overview of sun protection factor assessment methods
Several studies highlighted the danger of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation to the human body. Indeed, plenty of biological damages are induced by UV light source and adapted protections are required in order to reduce them.

Benefits of hydrolysed jojoba esters in face masks
In a series of double-blind, vehiclecontrolled, randomised clinical studies, Floraesters K-20W Jojoba [INCI: Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters (and) Water (aqua)] was shown to increase skin elasticity, firmness, and hydration; decrease the number of enlarged pores and fine lines; and increase consumer preference when incorporated into a nonwoven facemask solution.

MQ resins in personal care applications
This article describes MQ resins, a series of silicone polymers that find application in many personal care formulations.

Shining a new light on old favourites
Green care is a big trend in cosmetics. Wild rose cream, mint and verbena shower gel or lavender bath soak have established themselves as firm fixtures in many bathrooms.

Bangkok show provides more insight and innovation
The personal care ingredient industry’s only pan-Asian exhibition, in-cosmetics Asia, returns to Bangkok from the 4-6 November, putting the latest innovations under the spotlight, alongside a host of new content providing exceptional insight into the latest trends, regulatory issues and market developments.

Too good to be true? A drinkable ‘sun cream’
In May 2014 the Daily Mail1 and The Telegraph2 newspapers both reported on a product launched by Osmosis Skincare3 called Harmonized H20 UV Neutralizer.4 The product, a drink, is claimed by the company to provide skin protection against UVA and UVB rays and be an oral dose alternative to topical sun protection products.

Novel multifunctional film-forming system
Film-formers are used extensively in personal care formulations. In hair care applications they can be used to aid styling and enhance shine; in skin care and sun care they can protect the skin, add water-resistance and ensure the even distribution and adherence of active ingredients.

Colour cosmetics trends assessed
In recent months there has been a trend for people to post ‘selfie’ photos of themselves wearing no makeup on social networking sites. Often affiliated with breast cancer awareness campaigns (though a number of celebrities have been posting carefully lit ‘no makeup’ images for some time) the trend has received considerable coverage in the media and sparked debate about the role of makeup in the lives of women.

Innovation in the spotlight in Hamburg
Held from 1-3 April, in-cosmetics welcomed 7,260 visitors to the Hamburg Messe, making it the largest in-cosmetics outside of Paris in the show’s history. The event was 2% up in terms of visitors on the Barcelona exhibition in 2012.

EU Regulation update: implementation in practice
Cosmetic products placed on the European market have been covered by strict legislation since 1976 (the European Cosmetics Directive [76/768/(EEC)]). On 11 July 2013 the Directive was completely replaced by the new

Intensity and colour travel of special effect pigments
Special effect pigments are unique materials employed in cosmetic formulations for captivating colour appearance.

Maternity market offers great potential
Pregnancy is a challenging time for the body. Hormone fluctuations result in significant changes within the body as well as outside in the skin and hair.

Overview of baby care ingredient areas
Gentle, protecting and soothing are three adjectives associated with baby and infant skin products. These terms also describe adult skin care products (especially products for sensitive skin), so it is not surprising to find mothers using baby products on themselves.

The growing demand for all things natural
The title might sound obvious given general personal care market trends but baby formulations have traditionally been centrally based on synthetic ingredients including mineral oil and petroleum jelly, and animal by-products such as lanolin.

Paris revisited after 16-year wait
Twenty-first century cosmetics has always been driven by consumer needs which require perceived performance. Cosmetic science is now at the forefront of product innovation and this covers three major aspects:

The youth protein klotho: new target for anti-ageing
The klotho gene was identified for the first time in 1997 in mice.1 Its mutation causes a premature apparition of all the traditional signs of ageing and leads to premature death.

Gaining knowledge and creating cosmetics
SCS Formulate will once again open its doors to the cosmetics and personal care industry from 11-12 November 2014 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK.