Symrise gets EC compliance for purer Bisabolol

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In reaction to the EC directive to regulate levels of Farnesol,
Symrise has launched a new purer grade of Bisabol - Dragosantol 100
- enabling cosmetic and personal care formulators to meet the
introduction of the regulation on 10 March.

The European Parliament's Directive 2003/15/EC affects new, tougher labelling requirements for Farnesol. This means that all Farnesol products packaged later than the the specified date need to indicate Farnesol in the list of ingredients, if the Farnesol content is greater than 0.001 per cent in leave-on products or 0.01 per cent in rinse-off products, respectively.

Currently, synthetic Bisabolol can contain up to 10 per cent of Farnesol as a by-product. In compliance with the regulation, the INCI name of this product will change from 'Bisabolol' to 'Bisabolol (and) Farnesol'. This means that using this active ingredient will necessitate a change in a product's label.

As the new regulation goes into effect, Symrise​ says it will launch the new, purer grade of synthetic Bisabolol - Dragosantol 100 - which guarantees less than 1 per cent Farnesol content.

The ingredient is said to have the highest purity of synthetic Bisabolol available in the market today. At a typical use level of 0.1 per cent Dragosantol 100, Symrise says that the finished product would contain less than 0.001 per cent Farnesol.

The company also says that existing customers can replace their current grade of synthetic Bisabolol with Dragosantol 100 in all of their formulations without altering the efficacy. Likewise the stability of current formulations is expected not to be affected by this change.

But perhaps most importantly, the company claims that using the new grade of Bisabolol will save cosmetic and personal care producers the trouble of having to change the labels on the packaging to fulfill the new EC regulation.

Symrise, a leading global supplier of fragrances, flavours, aroma chemicals and cosmetic ingredients for the fragrance, cosmetics and food industries, had sales of over €1.16 billion in 2003 and a market share of 9 per cent. Its cosmetic ingredients division manufactures product lines that include high-quality sunscreen absorbers, active cosmetic ingredients, as well as botanical extracts and functional products. To further the development of this segment, the company collaborates with a council of dermatologists and scientists.Symrise, a leading global supplier of fragrances, flavours, aroma chemicals and cosmetic ingredients for the fragrance, cosmetics and food industries, had sales of over €1.16 billion in 2003 and a market share of 9 per cent.

Its cosmetic ingredients division manufactures product lines that include high-quality sunscreen absorbers, active cosmetic ingredients, as well as botanical extracts and functional products. To further the development of this segment, the company collaborates with a council of dermatologists and scientists.

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