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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.

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Plant stem cells are a natural way to speak about anti-ageing, says expert

18-May-2015 - Younger consumers in particular, prefer plant stems cells to traditional ingredients like retinol, giving brands an opportunity to tailor their messaging for different age groups in South Korea.

Dow Europe showcases expertise in oils and long-lasting soaps

15-May-2015 - Cosmetics Design caught up with Stephanie Sandrolk-Beunat, global strategic marketing manager, Dow Europe at the recent in-cosmetics event in Barcelona to find out about how the latest ingredient launches are...

Naturex develops biomimetic botanical extracts for cosmetics with NaDES technology

14-May-2015 - Ingredient supplier Naturex has developed biomimetic botanical extracts using breakthrough NaDES technology for the cosmetics industry, having successfully applied for a patent.

L’Oréal corners the market on bioprinted skin

07-May-2015 - The 3-D human tissue company Organovo filed a current report this week with the SEC stipulating the conditions of that company’s arrangement with L’Oréal USA, which is a game changer...

Croda breaks ground on first ever facility to produce sustainable non-ionic surfactants

06-May-2015 - Croda International has started construction on a site in Delaware that will be the first ever manufacturing facility to produce sustainable non-ionic surfactants.

Changing the face of luxury skin care with consumer genetics

30-Apr-2015 - GeneU is offering what may be the definitive personalized skin consultation, and the biotech community is paying careful attention to how beyond-the-lab genomics are playing out in various industries.

Analysing the motivations behind sun tanning and UV exposure

30-Apr-2015 - In Europe and the West, tanned skin can be seen as desirable and a sign of good health or wealth, and even beauty, and according to a university researcher, the...

Mibelle Biochemistry finds hair loss reducer in basil extract

29-Apr-2015 - Hair loss caused by increased sensitivity of the follicles is permanent and continues as one gets older, but with the power of a basil extract, Mibelle Biochemistry believes it may...

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We need to talk about IR: Coty focuses on infrared radiation and sun protection

28-Apr-2015 - When we think of sun care and sun protection we often concern ourselves with UV exposure, but we should also be protecting ourselves against infrared radiation according to Coty, which...

Dow Corning multifunctional skin care blend gets off to an award-winning launch

28-Apr-2015 - Ingredients supplier Dow Corning launched its new Liquid Satin blend at the in-cosmetics event in Barcelona and it couldn’t have got any better having won the gold for the event’s...

P&G focuses on natural skin care ingredients to fight pollution

27-Apr-2015 - Procter & Gamble has joined forces with botanists at Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London to find effective natural-based ingredients for its latest range of anti-pollution skin care products.

Adjusting the melting point of cocoa butter

23-Apr-2015 - Researchers at Penn State University identified the gene that determines the temperature at which the cosmetic ingredient melts.

Research shows magnolia scent has unique sex appeal

23-Apr-2015 - Magnolia scent could become the next hot fragrance ingredient after research underscored the fact that it is a unique pheromone receptor – a much sought after quality in this competitive category.

Weighing the pros and cons of nano ingredients

16-Apr-2015 - Use of nanomaterials is now widespread in the cosmetics industry - but what are the potential risks? We asked Jaydee Hanson, policy director for the International Center for Technology Assessment...

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Building on the success of the world’s leading anti-dandruff shampoo

16-Apr-2015 - Head & Shoulders has been the world’s top-selling anti-dandruff shampoo for decades, so we spoke to the research term behind the brand’s formulation to find out how they have held...

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P&G looks to expand its anti-pollution skin care offerings

16-Apr-2015 - In Asia, Procter & Gamble is already at the forefront in providing anti-pollution skin care solutions. In the second part of this exclusive interview we take a look at the...

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P&G research stays one step ahead on anti-pollution skin care

15-Apr-2015 - Anti-pollution is a claim we are starting to see more and more of on skin care products in Asia, and increasingly worldwide. This exclusive interview lifts the lid on how...

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How P&G continues to advance its Head & Shoulders formulation

15-Apr-2015 - Procter & Gamble is the undisputed king of anti-dandruff hair care thanks to its Head & Shoulders brand. But the work behind maintaining its reputation is relentless, as the head...

Biodegradable beauty wipe alternatives

13-Apr-2015 - Wet wipe makers are being urged to consider the post-consumer life of the product as buyer expectations and pollution figures mount.  

Lucas Meyer to introduce stem cell anti-aging ingredient

09-Apr-2015 - Lucas Meyer will be unveiling its latest anti-aging ingredient, an advanced self-regenerative stem cell solution, at next week’s in-cosmetics event in Barcelona, Spain.

Advancing skin science could deliver a lifelike synthetic

07-Apr-2015 - Researchers out of the US Department of Energy and the University of California, San Diego, have observed and documented how collagen makes human skin tear resistant.

New protein-based adhesive sets wet

06-Apr-2015 - The sticky material, with potential uses in the cosmetics industry, is a biomimetic developed at Indiana’s Purdue University from research on shellfish.

Biotechnology proves crucial to staying ahead in the innovation game

02-Apr-2015 - Advances in cosmetic formulation and ingredients are undeniably reaching new highs, and it is repeatedly biotechnology that is behind some of the most significant industry innovations.

Synthetic biology revolutionizing cosmetics formulation

02-Apr-2015 - Companies like Gen9 and 20n are building personal care and beauty ingredients with DNA synthesis, bacteria and software.

US cell-development company Cellular Dynamics International acquired

31-Mar-2015 - Fujifilm will pay $307m to add biotechnology company CDI to its business division focused on regenerative medicine and functional skin care cosmetics.