Degussa Goldschmidt Personal Care has launched a new emulsifier that has been specifically targeted for use in natural and organic cosmetics.
Pitted for use in applications such as facial, body and baby care applications the emulsifier and texturiser, Tego Emulprot, has been created using milk and sugar and is produced using a biotechnological process.
The Germany based company claims that the emulsifier can be used with all common cosmetic oils, but works best with pure natural oils as they are said to compliment the natural milk/sugar base of the emulsifier - with the company targeting the massive organic trend in the cosmetics industry at present.
According to the company the PEG-free O/W emulsifier enables formulators working with natural oils to reduce the greasy effect in soft and creamy products, in turn leaving a soft feel to the skin.
Available as a powder and suitable for hot processing, formulations made with the emulsifier are said to stable without additional thickeners.
The technology of the product is based on hydrolyzed milk protein in combination with Xanthan and Guar Gum, with the recommended usage concentration being 2.5 - 5.0 per cent.
Degussa Personal Care has been extending its foothold in many growing segments of the cosmetics industry with the recent announcement of the partnership with The Sabinsa Group in the creation of a cosmeceutical range.
The Sabinsa Group confirmed this news by announcing a distribution agreement with Degussa to allow it deeper market penetration for its cosmeceutical range, set to benefit from Degussa's extensive client base.
The partnership is aimed at developing products that are set for launch in the second half of 2007.
Degussa's partnership with The Sabinsa Group is among the first in a long line of mergers in the lucrative cosmeceutical industry with Laboratoires Cegipharma and Laboratoires Expanscience joining forces.
Health care provider Alltracel recently joined in on the act, calling on an unnamed leading commercialisation player to help create a six-month product development programme to create a cosmeceutical skin care range.
The world's cosmeceuticals market is estimated to be worth US$60bn, with a growth rate of 8 to 12 per cent per annum.
In terms of the geographical market for cosmeceuticals, Japan is by far the biggest market, valued at $6bn to $8bn dollars.
The US is estimated at around $5bn to $6bn, and the EU $3bn to $5bn. There is also a notable difference between genders. For women, the prime target is those who are 50-years plus.
But in men it is the 25 to 34 age group that is showing the most interest in products for outward appearance - "single men on the run to find the right date".