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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.

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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Natura’s head of R&D opens up about formulating with actives

01-Sep-2016 - We spoke with Alessandro Mendes, research and development director at Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura to find out about how the evolution of active ingredients has impacted the company’s formulation team....

Should ‘quality’ ingredients matter more than ‘natural’ ingredients?

30-Aug-2016 - At least one skin science and personal care research consultant thinks so. And, Cosmetics Design spoke with Nava Dayan about the formulation challenges and toxicity concerns that exist when the...

Complex carbohydrates research centre aims to benefit cosmetics and packaging

30-Aug-2016 - Adelaide Glycomics says that the opening of its carbohydrates research centre is the largest of its kind in the southern Hemisphere, and is likely to benefit a number of industries,...

Final call to submit for “Best Ingredient Made From Recycled Materials Award”

29-Aug-2016 - Tomorrow will be the last opportunity to submit entries for the Cosmetics Design award for best ingredient made from recycled materials.

Formulating, marketing, and innovating skin care in the age of good bacteria

25-Aug-2016 - Public appreciation of the skin’s microbiome is on the rise, and while the personal care and cosmetics industry has been working in this area for years, there’s much more to...

Last few days to submit for “Best Ingredient Made From Recycled Materials Award”

24-Aug-2016 - Does your company offer an innovative ingredient made from recycled or waste products? If so there is still time to enter for this brand new award, before the cut-off date...

L’Oréal’s new South Africa research centre opens for business

19-Aug-2016 - Global beauty player L’Oréal’s new Research & Innovation centre is now open for business, bringing its global R&D network to Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time....


Two Views: Smart science makes beauty better

18-Aug-2016 - In this edition of Two Views, industry experts weigh in on how science improves and enhances cosmetic, fragrance, and personal care products. Christina Agapakis, Creative Director of Gingko Bioworks, explores...

Hair care products made with biotech will limit hair loss

17-Aug-2016 - This month Daniel Alain Life Science acquired the intellectual property rights to a technology that the company plans to put to use in hair care and hair styling product formulations...

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Cosmetics Design proudly introduces the “Best Ingredient Made From Recycled Materials Award”

11-Aug-2016 - The Cosmetics Design USA team is introducing a brand new industry award that aims to find the best ingredient developed using recycled, repurposed, by-products or waste materials.

Dermatologists give topical probiotic skin care a nod of approval

09-Aug-2016 - In a newly published review of the emerging personal care subcategory, board certified dermatologist and nationally recognized anti-aging expert Dr. Patricia K. Farris acknowledges that topical probiotics can benefit the...

Key Industry Events

in-cosmetics Latin America

Sao Paulo / Conference and exhibition

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29th IFSCC 2016 Congress

Orlando, FL / Conference and exhibition

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The Healthy & Natural Show

Chicago / Conference and exhibition

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