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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.

Croda lab investment aims to give customers faster response times and more claims

25-Nov-2015 - Croda’s US division, part of the world’s largest cosmetic ingredients operation, says that significant investment at its laboratory facilities is helping to raise the bar on response times and product claims....

Adding chelants to hair care products can reduce hair damage

25-Nov-2015 - Procter & Gamble scientists have found that adding chelants such as EDDS and histidine to shampoos and conditioners could reduce the damage caused by free radicals and keep hair healthier.

Symrise says acquisition of renewable materials provider Pinova puts accent on sustainability

24-Nov-2015 - Symrise's acquisition of US-based natural and renewable materials provider Pinova Holdings is part of the ingredients provider efforts to increase its sustainability profile for fragrances.

More research needed into stretch mark causes before any treatment can be effective

24-Nov-2015 - A new study has urged caution when it comes to purchasing skin creams and lotions designed to prevent and reduce stretch marks, having investigated the causes, and stating that there...

New research aims to optimize anti-bacterial skin wash

19-Nov-2015 - US researchers are conducting studies that could eventually determine the optimal levels of bacteria on hands and how it can influence overall skin and human health.

Raspberry extract shows strong anti-ageing potential

19-Nov-2015 - Research carried out by two biotechnology companies has found that an extract from the raspberry plant is effective in promoting skin hydration and protecting the cells from excessive water loss,...

World’s second largest palm oil producer makes sustainability pledge

18-Nov-2015 - Golden Agri-Resources, the world’s second biggest producer of palm oil, has agreed to re-engage with The Forest Trust in an effort to improve its sustainability profile.

Biotechnology companies continue to invest in cosmetics and skin care

17-Nov-2015 - This week VDF FutureCeuticals and RXi both announced new initiatives in the beauty space and are moving ahead to develop products formulated with novel ingredients.

Naturally Australian Products taps into high demand for Antipodean botanicals

12-Nov-2015 - Naturally Australian Products has grown its product line up from just four products to create a portfolio of nearly 100 botanical-based offerings in the space of a few short years....

Research highlights new potential uses for zinc oxide

12-Nov-2015 - In the cosmetics and personal care world zinc oxide is best known as one of the most effective sunscreen ingredients, but new research points to highly effective anti-bacterial applications.

Croda bags Certified Sustainable Palm Oil for its global manufacturing facilities

09-Nov-2015 - With the growing importance on sourcing and processing sustainable palm oil, Croda has fulfilled requirements for all of its manufacturing facilities to comply with industry standards.

Specialty chemical distributor Univar acquires Arrow

05-Nov-2015 - The global distributor just announced its purchase of outstanding stock in Arrow Chemical, which  will mean a stronger cosmetics and nutraceutical business for Univar.

Rita formulation expert highlights trends driving natural-based ingredients

04-Nov-2015 - There is no doubt that natural-based formulation is leading the way in formulations trends these days and in this interview with Rita Corporation formulation expert Tom Keech, we discover how...

Creating personal care products with the help of plants

29-Oct-2015 - Rebecca Blahosky of Botanic Innovations spoke with Cosmetics Design reporter Deanna Utroske at the SCC Suppliers Day event in Long Beach, California, this month about sourcing and formulating with ingredients...

It’s official! The dates are confirmed for in-cosmetics North America

29-Oct-2015 - Reed Exhibitions has taken the bold move of adding a fifth event to its burgeoning in-cosmetics portfolio after it confirmed the dates for in-cosmetics North America.

SETAC Annual Meeting focuses on environmental impact of cosmetics

29-Oct-2015 - The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is holding its 35th Annual Meeting, which this year has a session devoted to the environmental impact of cosmetic and personal care...

An evolving personal care market inspires new ingredients from Dow Corning

27-Oct-2015 - At Univar’s recent Personal Care Affair conference for cosmetic chemists, the silicone ingredient specialist presented chemical details and functionality notes on a selection film formers and fast-drying hair care ingredients—some...

Scientists focus on blocking enzymes to enable hair growth

27-Oct-2015 - A group of scientists at the Columbia University Medical Center claim research they have carried out shows that suspending a certain family of enzymes in hair follicles can help restore...

The low-down on sub-micron encapsulation

How sub-micron encapsulation is taking cosmetic product efficacy to new heights

26-Oct-2015 - At the recent Suppliers Day California 2015 event, Cosmetics Design caught up with the Shai Sheffer, CFO at New Jersey-based Salvona, to learn all about sub-micron encapsulation and how it is...

CD Buzz: News and analysis from the California Suppliers' Day

23-Oct-2015 - The California chapter of the SCC has just rounded off the latest biannual edition of its Suppliers' Day for the West Coast. The Cosmetics Design team was at the event...

in-cosmetics brasil organizer eyes expansion into a pan-Latin American event

22-Oct-2015 - The Cosmetics Design team spoke to in-cosmetics group director Lucy Gillam at the recent event in Sao Paulo. A considerably expanded event, we learnt how the event has grown into...

Expert highlights trends and technologies at in-cosmetics brasil

21-Oct-2015 - During the recent in-cosmetics brasil  Cosmetics Design caught up with Belinda Carli of the Institute of Personal Care Science, who highlighted some of the most interesting trends and new product...

More research highlights threat to coral reefs from sunscreen chemical

21-Oct-2015 - A new study by scientists from Tel Aviv University provides further proof that sunscreens can be toxic to the delicate eco system that sustains coral reef.

Fashioning hair care, one chemical at a time

20-Oct-2015 - Cosmetics Design checked in with specialty chemical company AkzoNobel to discuss functional ingredients, customized material formats, sparking innovation within a global company and more.  

Lubrizol offers multi-category new solutions at Suppliers’ Day California

20-Oct-2015 - Lubrizol was one of a number of major cosmetic ingredient players that made the more unusual move of launching new products and formulation solutions at last week’s California Suppliers’ Day 2015...

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