Plant stem cells as cosmetic active ingredients
When it comes to active ingredients, there are only two ways to go: either the molecule is from synthesis; or it has a natural source. More than a trend in today’s cosmetic industry, natural actives have become a necessity.

Searching for youth in marine environments
The identification of new sources to develop innovative and effective ingredients is a continuous market demand. Customers also highlight their desire to preserve nature, so it must be taken into consideration as a guide in the cosmetic industry.

Collaboration delivers novel green emulsifier
The natural and organic cosmetic market has been steadily growing in the past few years and according to market research this trend will continue for many years to come.

Ingredients focus: fragrance technology
Fragrance is a vital aspect to personal care products. The scent can transmit a sense of geography, luxuriousness, gender, mood as well as provide a signature fragrance that can act to enhance a brand.

Creating natural fragrances: techniques and processes
Natural fragrance offers us all a unique experience whether it gives warmth and comfort, cleanliness or relaxation; it evokes a powerful response. A particular scent can bring forth a rush of vivid memories.

Stabilising retinol in skin care formulations
The median ages of the populations in the European Union, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, Australia, the United States of America and China are all significantly greater than the world average.1

Plant extracts combination lifts the upper eyelid
Blepharoplasty (plastic surgery on the eyelids) is the third most practiced form of plastic surgery, after liposuction and breast augmentation, in the world. Each year, around 250,000 people undergo this type of intervention.

Antimicrobial efficiency boost via chelating agents
The continuing discussion of cosmetic preservatives has limited the number of accepted actives that can be practically used. As a result, a number of different methods and materials are being used to boost the activity of the remaining acceptable substances for microbial stabilisation.

Raft copolymers: solutions for challenging problems
Cosmetics and personal care formulations typically comprise a wide range of ingredients required to fulfill various functional roles. Combining these, often very different, ingredients into a stable formulation without sacrificing their respective functionalities is an ongoing challenge for the cosmetic industry.

Functional and sustainable emollient esters from shea
Lipex SheaLight [INCI: Shea Butter Ethyl Esters] and Lipex Shea WM [INCI: Shea Butter Oleyl Esters] are two high performance, safe and renewable emollient esters designed for functional and sustainable personal care formulations.

Superperforming hair conditioning emulsion
Conditioning and moisturising are still leading benefits for hair care products in the Asia Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand, and across the globe. As a result the two terms are still key benefits, claims and trends for shampoos and conditioners.1

Tools, information and advice for innovative products
Personal care and cosmetic products are constantly evolving, driven by raw materials, ingredients, regulatory and legal pressures as well as the constantly changing consumer preferences.

Rapid anticholinergic effect on skin relaxation
The enzyme acetylcholinesterase is found to be present in the synapses between nerve cells and muscle cells. When a motor neuron receives signals from the brain and spinal cord, it releases acetylcholine and causes muscle contractions.

IFSCC returns to home of modern cosmetics
The SFC, Société Française de Cosmétologie, will welcome cosmetic industry professionals to the 28th IFSCC Congress which will take place in the Palais des Congrès this year from 27-30 October.

Rejuvenating effect of snow algae analysed
Snow algae powder is a novel anti-ageing ingredient based on an extract of biotechnologically produced snow algae. In cell culture assays, the snow algae extract was found to induce a calorie restriction-mimetic effect by stimulating the expression of the Klotho gene and the activity of the AMPK protein.

Washing and bathing market update
The washing sector of the personal care market is often viewed as an area lacking in innovation and exciting new product launches. However, during frugal times consumers will often treat themselves to a luxurious bath soak to wash away the daily stresses we all encounter.

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.

Intense moisturising power restores skin balance
The transport of water and solutes in a highly organised structure such as the skin plays an essential role in maintaining its homeostasis and a healthy appearance. Skin moisturisation involves the entire skin structure through active and passive mechanisms.

Designing a men’s facial moisturiser
It is fair to say male grooming formulations in general are expected to be lighter in consistency and oiliness compared to their female-orientated counterparts.

Men’s grooming begins to find a voice
As soon as the bandwidth on the internet became wide enough to cope with images comfortably, women started using it to talk to each other about their clothes and their makeup.