The awards set out to recognise leaders in the fields of innovation, green and sensory product development, and this year saw the addition of two new awards: for the show’s Makeup Bar, and for the first Flash Cosmetics pitching feature.
In total, around 100 entries were received from suppliers based across the globe, according to the event organisers, Reed Exhibitions. They were presented by Caroline Neville, President of CEW UK.
“Innovation from raw materials is the basis of creativity in the market place for finished products. Without the technical, savoire-faire many of the products that delight consumers today would not exist," commented Caroline.
Laboratoires Expanscience and Ashland took home the Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Gold Awards in the active and functional ingredient categories respectively, awards that consider any new ingredients that have been launched in the preceding six months.
The judging panel comprised of representatives from Neal’s Yard Remedies, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and L’Oréal Research and Innovation.
Laboratoires Expanscience impressed the judges with PASSIOLINE®, while Ashland was commended for its FiberHance BM Solution innovation.
Gattefossé (GATULINE® LINK N LIFT) and Lipotec (REPROAGE™ peptide) won the Silver and Bronze awards for their active ingredients. Meanwhile, in the functional category, Hallstar (Micah) and Inter Actifs – Aceto Corporation (Helicoidal Emulsion Technology) both received Silver awards, while Lucas Meyer Cosmetics (Siligel™) took the Bronze prize.
Belinda Carli, Director at The Institute of Personal Care Science and the head judge of the awards, said: “The quality of entries this year has been fantastic and it has been very difficult to choose a winner. The breadth of entries demonstrated just how creative the industry we work in has become.”
Sensory and green achievements
Introduced to celebrate the most innovative developments in sensory and texture, the in-cosmetics Global Sensory Bar award was also given across gold, silver and bronze.
Biesterfeld scooped the top prize for Body & Seoul – an innovative formulation kit containing seven products, such as a cleansing oil and overnight lip mask, that have been influenced by Asian trends.
Chemyunion took the Silver prize with its Emulfeel, while Evonik won Bronze.
In terms of the Green Ingredient category, Naturex’s Eliorelys won the top prize, with Biolie presented with the Bronze prize for Greentense, while Silver went to Kahai SAS for its new Cacay Oil product
Makeup and biotech
Ronald Britton was given the top prize in the Makeup Bar award, for its Bio-glitter - a biodegradable glitter element. Lubrizol’s Avalure™ Flex-6 Polymer was presented with the Bronze award, while Nikkol Group Nikko Chemicals Co. Ltd took home the Silver prize for its IRO-ODORI jelly eye shadow.
Finally, in an exciting first for the show, the Flash Cosmetics Pitch event took place, with biotech company Nuritas awarded as winner.