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Want to stay up to speed with the latest cosmetic research developments in skin care, hair care, fragrance, and color cosmetics? 

Bookmark this section to find out what scientists are up to in areas like natural polymers, microalgae, as well as other innovative ingredients and research being carried out by universities, researchers, ingredient suppliers and manufacturers.


Two Views: Educating the cosmetic chemists of tomorrow

01-Dec-2016 - Online learning and in-lab training both have their advantages. For this installment of Two Views, Cosmetics Design checked in with a pair of educators about how tomorrow’s cosmetic scientists and...

The Women in Science fellowship from L’Oréal is accepting applications

30-Nov-2016 - Between now and February 3, 2017, the multinational beauty corporation, in conjunction with The American Association for the Advancement of Science, is welcoming applications from prospective fellows—five winners will be...

New nanoscience suspends oil in clay, expanding the possibilities for cosmetic and personal care emulsions

30-Nov-2016 - Last week, the open access journal Scientific Reports published the latest work of physicist Jon Otto Fossum, and his findings “may lead to new emulsion or encapsulation technologies.”

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5 top functional ingredient launches of 2016

29-Nov-2016 - 2016 was a year that saw an increased focus on fast-to-market formulations, continued growth of the natural sector and a huge explosion in interest in the sensory aspects of a...

Cosmetics Design launches Beauty Industry Awards!

28-Nov-2016 - The Cosmetics Design team is delighted to announce the launch of its regional and global Beauty Industry Awards, the first award of its kind to recognize achievements in the entire...

Aloe Vera substitutes spark lawsuits against private label skin care brands

23-Nov-2016 - Wal-Mart, Target, and CVS are expected to face class action suits following an investigation by Bloomberg News that found those stores' own brands of Aloe Vera personal care products were...

Ingredient launches you may have missed at IFSCC 2016

16-Nov-2016 - This year’s IFSCC congress in Orlando, Florida, was jam-packed with informative scientific talks and poster presentations. But among all the opportunities for education were two days of supplier exhibitions, a...

Shiseido wins poster award at 29th IFSCC congress

10-Nov-2016 - The leading Japanese personal care producer wins the poster award for its research on dermal cavitation as a skin aging mechanism.

How ingredients suppliers are reacting to the sensorial and textures trend

08-Nov-2016 - Gone are the days when consumers would settle for any old gloop. If a product does not have the right skin feel consumers won’t be back for more.

Beraca launches a pequi-based ingredient for curly hair

07-Nov-2016 - Beraca got the attention of formulation professionals at the recent in-cosmetics Latin America event with the launch of a hair smoothing ingredient that is sourced from the Amazon. The company's...

Angus Chemical Company focuses on increasing its profile in the Brazil market

03-Nov-2016 - Angus Chemicals is making moves to increase its footprint in the important Brazil market by focusing on raising its branding profile. We spoke to one of the company's technical experts,...

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How does that work? A look at the technology behind Biomod’s Infusers

03-Nov-2016 - The category-defining waterless masks from Biomod, are poised to disrupt the skin care market and are, in the meantime, sparking a fair amount of curiosity among industry insiders. Cosmetics Design...

Mintel analyst identifies the next generation skin care formulations

03-Nov-2016 - At the recent in-cosmeticss Latin America event, Cosmetics Design caught up with Mintel analyst Vivienne Rudd who, among several key trends, identified how the next generation of skin care products is...

Dow Chemical highlights the importance of customization

02-Nov-2016 - Alongside the all-defining sensorial and wellbeing trends, Dow Chemical's Thelma Bayout spoke to Cosmetics Design at the recent in-cosmetics Latin America about how customization is also playing a significant part...

Improve USA launches aloe vera-derived anti-aging ingredient

01-Nov-2016 - Enderma is a clinically proven ingredient made from aloe vera extract that is said to improve overall skin health and help smooth out wrinkles within one week.

Innovating ‘beyond dreams’: IFSCC opens its doors

01-Nov-2016 - The International Federation of the Society of Cosmetics Chemists has opened its doors for this years edition of its annual congress, inviting delegates to look ‘beyond dreams into new frontiers’.

Croda highlights how texture is determining its skin and hair care development

31-Oct-2016 - During the recent in-cosmetics Latin America event Cosmetics Design caught up with Caroline Gomes de Fritas from Croda to discover how the skin and hair care solutions it was platforming...

Cosmetic and personal care product development to benefit from tissue chips

27-Oct-2016 - In universities around the US, researchers are testing and cataloging data on tissue chips that could soon be used for toxicity and product safety assays.

Refined glycogen helps avoid harmful effects of sun exposure

26-Oct-2016 - A recent study shows that a newly-refined glycogen product supports the sun care and skin care damage prevention market by alleviating cell degradation and aging effects on the skin.

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Innovative plant-based face mask enters naturals market

25-Oct-2016 - As the face mask trend continues to grow in popularity, merging this dominant sector with the naturals market leverages its appeal to skin care-conscious consumers.

There’s a new way to make aldehydes, alcohols, olefins, and paraffins

20-Oct-2016 - This month in the scientific journal, researchers published findings that could make large-scale chemical production more efficient.

Organ-on-chip technology will be moving out of the lab and into the commercial market

20-Oct-2016 - This week, Emulate announced new funding and research partnerships that will advance the technology, which has significant potential for cosmetic and personal care development and testing.

Can an olive oil waste product reduce the cost of biosurfactant production?

19-Oct-2016 - Researchers from Brazil and Europe have found a use for an oil byproduct that they believe could save cosmetic ingredient manufactures money.

Biotechnology leader Ginkgo Bioworks opens enormous new foundry

11-Oct-2016 - As September came to a close, Ginkgo opened a facility that changes the scale and scope of biotech ingredient and organism production exponentially. And, it’s at sites like this where...


Two Views: Is beauty ready for bacteria?

06-Oct-2016 - The microbiome, probiotics, and bacteria are buzz-worthy topics in personal care and cosmetic formulation. For this installment of Two Views, Cosmetics Design asked Kelly A. Dobos of Sun Chemical and...

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