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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.

IFF and Unilever partner to help vetiver farmers in Haiti

19-Jul-2016 - International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) and Unilever have teamed up on a project that also involves leading non-governmental agencies to enhance the lives of vetiver farmers in Haiti.

Gemseal emollients for use in makeup and personal care formulations get US distribution

14-Jul-2016 - A deal, signed this month, between ingredient maker Total and distributor DKSH means that the hydrocarbon emollients will be available through that company to cosmetics and personal care product manufacturers...

Croda acquires encapsulation tech from Brazil’s Inventiva

11-Jul-2016 - The team, technology, and territory of the company founded by Renata Raffin and Candice Felippi, which specializes in nanotech encapsulation of cosmetics actives, will add to Croda’s business in and...

New data on the Amphisol K oil-in-water emulsifier

07-Jul-2016 - DSM Personal Care has just released new testing results for the ingredient that are meant to illustrate its advantages over similar potassium cetyl phosphate emulsification technologies, when used to formulate...

Croda puts spotlight on textures and sensorial

05-Jul-2016 - Cosmetics Design recently caught up with Denise Costrini, marketing manager for hair care at Croda to find out about some of the latest concepts the company's formulation lab has put...

Alban Muller targets fast-growing US naturals market with LA office

01-Jul-2016 - France-based Alban Muller is targeting growth in the US market for natural and organic products with the opening of a new office in Los Angeles.

How the search for sustainable palm oil took one supplier to Ecuador

01-Jul-2016 - Cosmetics Design recently spoke to Gay Timmons, the founder of ingredient supplier Oh Oh Organic, to find out about how her quest to find sustainable and ethically produced palm oil...

In-cosmetics Korea opens its doors next week!

30-Jun-2016 - In-cosmetics is set to open its doors next week in Korea for the second year running, gathering together the industry in one of the world's leading markets for beauty and...

More cultured ingredients coming to beauty, thanks to Ginkgo - Amyris partnership

29-Jun-2016 - Today as Ginkgo Bioworks announced the deal, Cosmetics Design caught up with Jason Kelly, CEO of Ginkgo, to find out why the two companies are collaborating to bring more biotech...

Harvard’s ‘bionic leaf’ has cosmetics potential - turning sunlight into liquid fuel

23-Jun-2016 - Scientists at Harvard Medical School  say they have developed an artificial photosynthesis system that can convert solar energy to biomass with more efficiency than that of the fastest growing plants....

New carbon nanocapsules could mean more ways to deliver cosmetic actives

21-Jun-2016 - Researchers at ETH Zurich, that city’s university for science, tech, engineering, etc., have created a new nanocapsule that’s hydrophobic inside and hydrophilic outside.

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Meeting consumer demands for ‘waterless’ products

10-Jun-2016 - Consumers are increasingly looking to balance their use of products with an environmental conscience, and we’re seeing this demand met by a new wave of products being promoted as ‘waterless’....

Getting stability and compatibility right for natural skin care formulations

09-Jun-2016 - June 15th is the date for the sixth edition of the Skincare Ingredients online event, and one of the highlights of the conference programme will be a webinar focused on natural...

Cosmetic ingredients to result from synthetic DNA deal between Gen9 and Amyris

08-Jun-2016 - Gene synthesis company Gen9 has agreed to supply the renewable molecule and ingredient maker Amyris with synthetic DNA constructs, which will be used to engineer new ingredients for use by...

Biotech beauty ingredient market growth underlined by Ginkgo Bioworks and Twist Bioscience deal

08-Jun-2016 - Biotech innovations require industry-scale resources to get alternative ingredients for fragrance and personal care to market. As that market grows, synthetic DNA manufacturing, like what Twist Bioscience does, is in...

Formulating for market success: skin care textures and sensorial attributes

07-Jun-2016 - In a global online event this month, Cosmetics Design will host a half-day program of presentations and conversations with cosmetics and personal care experts on skin care ingredient topics of...

Stephenson Personal Care launches sustainable emulsifier range

03-Jun-2016 - Stephenson Personal Care has launched a range of emulsifiers which it claims are more sustainable thanks to the use of a cold processing technique.

Researchers have grown skin in a lab, with all the features of real skin

01-Jun-2016 - Complete with hair follicles and sebaceous glands, the bioengineered 3D tissue has potential uses in cosmetics and personal care testing, say the team at RIKEN.

Nanoparticles in English Ivy could lead to synthetic cosmetic adhesives

31-May-2016 - Researchers at Ohio State University now have a good understanding of what comprises the glue that binds this plant to the trees, fences, and walls it so readily climbs.

Palm oil: BASF responds to the 'decisive factor' of sustainability

31-May-2016 - BASF, global specialty chemicals firm, has laid out a series of measures by which it hopes to raise the sustainability profile of its personal care ingredients offering, with a particular...

Clinical data from newly available alternative genomic testing method

26-May-2016 - Genemarkers CEO Anna Langerveld talked with Cosmetics Design at this month’s NYSCC Suppliers Day about tape strip analysis and the value that gene-expression data adds to cosmetic product development.

Ashland’s latest R&D informs next generation hair care formulations

26-May-2016 - The specialty chemical maker is developing personal care ingredients based on primary research in emerging economies as well as on changing formulator needs and consumer expectations.

Colombia’s undiscovered natural cosmetics ingredients

25-May-2016 - Areas of the South American country are largely uncharted when it comes to plant species because of the danger researchers face from decades of war and criminal gang activity. Now...

Cosmetic formulations may soon include self-healing polymers

24-May-2016 - Researchers at Penn State University have discovered that synthetic imitations of the sort polypeptides found in squid ring teeth have uniquely desirable qualities and have filed a patent for the...

Butter-coated powders standout among cosmetics and skin care ingredients

23-May-2016 - At this year’s NYSCC Suppliers Day event, Cosmetics Design checked in with Stellie Balthazard of Blue Sun International about that company’s butter-coated powder ingredients and the options that manufacturers have...

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