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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.

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 face masks continue to grow in popularity, merging this dominant trend 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...

The re-branded in-cosmetics Latin America opens its doors, in photos

06-Oct-2016 - All eyes are on the in-cosmetics Latin America event as it opened its doors this week. The third annual show to be held in Sao Paulo, this is its debut...

Amyris and Gingko Bioworks collaborate on bio-based products

29-Sep-2016 - Biotech players Amyris and Gingko have confirmed the terms for their collaboration aimed at bringing cultured materials and ingredients to the market, both faster and more efficiently.

AOBiome conducts first of-a-kind trials for bacteria-derived acne treatment

28-Sep-2016 - Biotech skin care player AOBiome says it is conducting the very first of a kind trials to determine the effectiveness of a new topical bacterial treatment for acne sufferers.

in-cosmetics Latin America readies to open its doors

27-Sep-2016 - Next week the third edition of the in-cosmetics Latin America will open its doors in São Paulo Brazil, marking the evolution of an event that started off purely focused on the Brazil...

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Biomimetics: the future of beauty innovation from nature

27-Sep-2016 - Biomimetics - using concepts and principles from nature to create new materials, devices and systems - could offer huge opportunities for beauty.

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By-products and re-used materials raise bar on formulation sustainability

21-Sep-2016 - Ethical and sustainability claims are proving among the hottest trends right now, and a new way for formulators to tap into this heightened state of consumer consciousness is to reuse...

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Biotech: How science is helping the beauty industry source natural personal care and cosmetic ingredients

21-Sep-2016 - Biotechnology is nothing new. People have been modifying natural systems to make and alter products for thousands of years. What is new is the scale and specificity of biotech. Today,...

The 2016 in-cosmetics NA Formulations Challenge: An inside view

20-Sep-2016 - At the Reed Exhibition’s trade show earlier this month, Cosmetics Design was in the lab during the reality-TV style competition among accomplished cosmetic and personal care formulation teams, and now...

Noteworthy skin care ingredient launches of 2016

15-Sep-2016 - Skin care developments have been at the helm of North America’s cosmetics R&D focus this year. Here, we take stock of some of the most interesting and innovative advances....

L’Oréal calls attention to advanced research on predictive evaluation models for safety and efficacy

14-Sep-2016 - This year in Nature Scientific Reports, a team of scientists working in partnership with L’Oréal and the University of Central Florida published findings that improve on the company’s work towards...

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Formulating for rapid results

13-Sep-2016 - As consumers become increasingly demanding of great results from their personal care products, how can you best formulate a product to ensure your consumer gets the rapid results they are...

Winners announced for the 2016 Cosmetics Design “Best Ingredient Made from Recycled Materials Award”

12-Sep-2016 - At the inaugural in-cosmetics North America event in New York City last week, Cosmetics Design announced the finalists, runner up, and honoree for the award, which recognizes the work ingredient...

Advancements in nanotechnology and what it means for the industry

12-Sep-2016 - Nano particles are widely used in the cosmetics and personal care industry, particularly in the sunscreen and anti-aging categories. Here, we take note of major scientific advancements in this area...

Top beauty brands battle it out in innovative Formulation Challenge

08-Sep-2016 - Formulators from some of the best-known brands in the global beauty industry went head-to-head in the first ever in-cosmetics Formulation Challenge , which took place in the Formulation Lab at in-cosmetics...

Evonik develops new sensory tool for skin care formulators

07-Sep-2016 - Getting the sensorial qualities of a skin care product just right is make or break, which is why ingredients provider Evonik has developed its Sensory Kaleidoscope tool.

CD Buzz: in-cosmetics North America opens this month

02-Sep-2016 - The two-day event makes its New York City debut this month. And in this latest CD Buzz video, Cosmetics Design Senior Correspondent Deanna Utroske covers what attendees can expect and...

Johnson & Johnson buys into bacteria for skin care

01-Sep-2016 - The consumer side of J&J signed a research agreement, just last month, with Xycrobe Therapeutics to explore how engineered bacteria can be used in personal care and skin treatment products....

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