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Bio-based ingredient Zemea moves in to a new personal care category

By Deanna Utroske

Last updated on 15-Mar-2017 at 16:04 GMT2017-03-15T16:04:22Z

Bio-based ingredient Zemea moves in to a new personal care category

DuPont Tate & Lyle has just debuted an SPF facial moisturizer prototype formulation, using the ingredient. The announcement came as part of the tenth anniversary celebration of DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, a 50/50 venture between to two companies to develop performance-forward specialty ingredients through biotech.

Zemea is already used in moisturizer formulations but this is the first time the ingredient was built in to a sun care product.

The DuPont Tate & Lyle ingredients, like Zemea, are developed to be more than just alternatives to petroleum-based specialty chemicals. And it’s the performance benefits of the Zemea ingredient that the company aims to demonstrate with this new formulation.

Sun care

Daily SPF products are more and more commonly part of consumers skin care routines. And along with that, “there is a distinct desire for skin care products that are aesthetically pleasing, but at the same time provide proper protection from the sun,” says David Shaw, marketing manager with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, in a press release about the new broad spectrum daily moisturizer formulation. “This formulation is able to capture both and we look forward to scientists experimenting with these innovative techniques to improve their sun protection products.”

In the prototype (an oil-in-water emulsion), Zemea is said to keep organic actives in solution while the product is applied to the skin. Beyond that the company notes that the ingredient also improves humectancy and the sensorial attributes of the finished product.

Technical notes

At next month’s in-cosmetics global event in London, the DuPont Tate & Lyle team will be presenting formulation strategies for working with Zemea in sun care and presumably in other personal care products as well. And, samples of the newly released water-resistant, SPF 25+ facial moisturizer will be available to event attendees.

After in-vivo SPF testing, water resistance testing, critical wave length and broad spectrum testing, the company believes that Zemea could also be useful in beach-appropriate sun care products.

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