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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 Chemists! SCC issues call for papers

23-Feb-2017 - In advance of the Society for Cosmetic Chemists’ 71st annual scientific meeting, a call for submissions has gone out. The society is accepting proposals from scientists working across the industry,...

Opinion

Two Views: Beauty product development

23-Feb-2017 - There are many ways to build a better beauty product. In this installment of Two Views, Alyssa Lindsey Ceto, who works with contract manufacturer Colorado Quality Products, and Tamar Lara...

Guest article

What customization means to the personal care industry

13-Feb-2017 - Customization is set to be one of the biggest trends for personal care in 2017 – so just what does it mean to the Personal Care industry and what should...

Attendee registration opens for first New York City edition of NYSCC Suppliers Day

07-Feb-2017 - The annual personal care and cosmetics ingredients trade show has long been held outside the city in Edison, New Jersey, a town central to many ingredient and manufacturing facilities, but...

Colorescience and Solésence go in together on skin care

06-Feb-2017 - The makeup company Colorescience and the sun care company Solésence are working together on a new collection of products that merge skin care and UV protection.

Researchers from North Carolina State University develop wearable, wireless skin hydration sensor

01-Feb-2017 - The team’s findings are slated for publication in the Wiley journal Advanced Healthcare Materials and are likely to have applications in not only health monitoring but in cosmetics and personal...

Hydromer secures patent for antimicrobial soaps

01-Feb-2017 - The biotech company makes polymers, coatings, ingredients, and the like for an array of industries including cosmetics and personal care. With this new patent, Hydromer plans to launch a personal...

Croda releases new data on bond multiplying hair care system

30-Jan-2017 - The specialty chemical company has completed its latest round of testing on the Croda Plex multistep hair repair formulation system—a system in the same vein as Olaplex or L’Oreal Professional...

Government funds help Mazza put last piece into commercialization puzzle

26-Jan-2017 - Water extraction technology pioneer Mazza Innovation has received an $840,000 ($1.1 million CDN) investment from the Canadian government to install new drying technology at its plant in British Columbia.

Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce announce 2017 scholarship award recipients

24-Jan-2017 - The professional organization has announced this year’s honorees. And in keeping with the WFFC guidelines, Anna Horowitz and Christina Chen were invited to attend the group’s annual business meeting to...

New study considers how solvents influence skin properties

24-Jan-2017 - A study by researchers at the University of Lund, in Southern Sweden, is taking a closer look at how solvents used in creams and lotions can impact the skin.

Olay and 23andMe release skin aging data

23-Jan-2017 - The P&G skin care brand is hinting at personalized, DNA-based beauty products and, in the meantime, sharing stats from a study on how skin ages. Good news for Olay: it’s...

Scientists look at hair on a nanoscale

19-Jan-2017 - Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with a scientist out of Zurich, Switzerland, have published new data on the structure and mechanics of hair that has...

New research on the prevention of scars has anti-aging potential

11-Jan-2017 - An international team of scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California–Irvine, New York University, and more, have just published their findings on the potential of myofibroblasts to...

Bioprocol launches ingredients made from rare Colombian fruits

11-Jan-2017 - Colombian ingredients maker Bioprocol has tapped into some of the unique flora found in the country to launch two new ingredients that tap into rare plant extracts.

Johnson & Johnson at work on skin care that modulates bacteria

05-Jan-2017 - The multinational company has partnered with a biotech firm specializing in probiotic skin care and cosmetics as part of its new JLINX program.

Opinion

Two Views: Developing a color cosmetics palette

22-Dec-2016 - For this installment of Two Views, Cosmetics Design reached out to two creative professionals—Michelle Rotbart, who works with an agency, and Marisa Fazzina, who works independently—to weigh in about the...

News focus

Anti-pollution claims: how to test them?

15-Dec-2016 - With no single, clear definition for the anti-pollution trend, how can brands test their ingredients and finished products for efficacy when it comes to protection claims? We get an industry...

Welch's and Blue Marble Biomaterials team up on fragrance and cosmetic ingredients

13-Dec-2016 - The grape juice maker has a plan to turn its side stream components into biochemicals for use in beauty product formulations; to do so Welch’s has partnered with petrochemical replacements...

How biotechnology has impacted the cosmetics business in 2016

12-Dec-2016 - Biotechnology continues to play an ever-increasingly important role in cosmetics formulation. Here we take a look at some of the most significant developments in this field during the past year.

Almond Board of California raises investment to develop cosmetics ingredients

12-Dec-2016 - The Almond Board of California is targeting expansion into the cosmetics and personal care industry through a research initiative designed to find new uses for byproducts from almond processing.

Opinion

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.”

Guest article

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...