Fragrance creative centre to open
Eurofragance, an international company dedicated to the design and production of fragrances, plans to open its new creative centre in Dubai in July 2015. An investment of more than 2 million euros went into the new centre which is aimed at boosting business in the Gulf area. The new creative centre will be located in Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, a reference business cluster in the area.

Technical service manager
The Personal Care Division of BRB Silicones has strengthened its European distribution network and started sales in Latin America. Therefore, as of 1 March 2015 Clara Gil Navarro will join BRB Silicones as personal care technical service manager for Europe & Latin America.

Probiotic used in skin care
LactoSpore, the proprietary Bacillus coagulans strain MTCC 5856 manufactured by Sabinsa Corporation for over 20 years, is for the first time included in cosmeceutical products with the launch of Massey Medicinals Candida Freedom Soap and Candida Freedom Bath Salts.

New SVP appointment announced
Vantage Specialty Chemicals has announced the appointment of Pat Brueggman as the new senior vice president & general manager of Vantage Personal Care.

Slimming and firming activity proven
Naolys presents active plant cells from the Great bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) with a slimming and firming effect to the body: Splint&Slim Great bougainvillea.

RSPO Supply Chain Certification for Surfachem
Surfachem has announced they are certified against the RSPO Supply Chain Certification System for ‘Purchasing, Storage, Distribution and Processing of Certified Palm Oil and Palm Oil derived Oleochemicals’.

New pigment releases
With Suprima, Merck is the first pigment manufacturer to launch a quality brand that groups several selected products under one umbrella. For the cosmetic market, Merck is launching the Ronastar Golden Jewel and Ronastar Noble Sparks products under the Suprima umbrella.

Customised broadspectrum preservation
Troy Corporation has introduced the TroyCare FE-series of customised broad-spectrum preservative blends developed specifically for personal care and cosmetics applications. “With the FE-Series of preservatives, formulators can now select a customised broad-spectrum blend with the optimum levels of bactericide and fungicide for their formulations, yielding the lowest total preservative cost,” said David Koehl, global business manager – Home & Personal Care for Troy Corporation.

Milan event goes from strength to strength
The second edition of Formulating Cosmetics and Making Cosmetics delivered an impressive number of visitors from across the cosmetic and personal care sector in Italy.

Video on skin’s self-defence
At in-cosmetics Asia, Mibelle Biochemistry launched PerfectionPeptide P7, which is a biologically active hepta-peptide that stimulates the transcription factor Nrf2. This is the master switch of the cellular self-protection and detox system.

Chile factory expanded
Naturex has inaugurated the expansion of its factory in Linares, Chile in the presence of state representatives, local officials, the French Embassy, staff, and company partners.

Hair fixative swells portfolio
Ashland has announced the commercial launch of Advantage 4910 polymer, a hair fixative with a long history of use in hairspray formulations. The legacy polymer known for lending lasting hold, stiffness and humidity resistivity to hair styles is included in more hairspray product launches than any other hair fixative. With the addition of Advantage 4910 polymer to its portfolio of hair styling, conditioning and fixative products, Ashland now offers hairspray manufacturers all of the major polymers required to produce today’s consumer-desirable formulas.

Summit looks at eco challenges
The Sustainable Cosmetics Summit drew to a successful close before Christmas, with the European edition finishing the sequence after the Asia-Pacific and Latin America editions.

Organoclays with certified palm oil
Elementis Specialties is now offering Bentone organoclays that contain palm oil derivatives that have been certified in accordance with the standard of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). “Elementis Specialties has discontinued the use of palm oil and palm oil derivatives that do not comply with RSPO in our organoclays. In doing so, we are taking a definitive stance on sustainability to better support our customers in reaching their sustainability targets,” said Luc van Ravenstein, global business unit director of the Personal Care Business.

New member for RSPO
The Lubrizol Corporation announces the acceptance of Lubrizol Advanced Materials into the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) association. RSPO is a not-for-profit association that unites stakeholders from seven sectors of the palm oil industry – oil palm producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks and investors, environmental or nature conservation nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and social or developmental NGOs – to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. Certification for membership is based on very stringent guidelines.

Intelligent repair of damaged hair
Croda has rebranded Keramimic 2.0 to Kerestore 2.0, in order to better highlight the restoring benefits of its unique biomimetic keratin, while providing a greater individual identity within the marketplace.

Experimental toolkit offered
DSM Personal Care has revealed that according to recent research, there is strong consumer desire for more diverse styling products.

Plant cell cultures explained
Plant cell culture has been under the spotlight in recent years. This eco-friendly production mode of cosmetic ingredients offers numerous advantages in terms of sustainability, sourcing, quality and safety. But what is exactly behind this technology?

Emollient base cream
The daily use of shower gels and soaps can reduce the skin’s layer of natural oils leading to dry skin and possibly exacerbate conditons such as eczema and psoriasis. Emollients are increasingly popular as moisturising treatments which are applied directly to the skin’s surface, offering a protectve barrier and reducing water loss.

Fixative gives sustainability
AkzoNobel has launched a new hair fixative that combines the performance of a synthetic polymer with the sustainability of a partially naturally derived material to offer the styling performance formulators require to meet consumer demand.