Chemyunion sets course to meet the ingredient and formulation challenges of the future

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Chemyunion sets course to meet the ingredient and formulation challenges of the future

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The chemical maker specializes in ingredients and services that meet the needs of personal care product manufacturers today. And recent launches of alternative preservatives, anti-pollution and anti-aging ingredients, as well as the company’s commitment to the full Americas market make that clear.

Cosmetics Design spoke with Sérgio Gonçalves, marketing and international business director of Chemyunion, at in-cosmetics global in London last month to talk about all that and more. To ensure the company remains agile and innovative, Gonçalves invites current and prospective customers to “Challenge us!”

He explains, “that is our way of showing what we are capable of.” ​At the in-cosmetics global show the company made a good showing of what they are capable of, launching alternative preservatives, anti-pollution and anti-aging ingredients, as mentioned above, as well as a lightening active for hyperpigmentation, and a new ingredient for hair care and coloring.


“Accepting challenges is part of our vision and our culture as a company,”​ Gonçalves tells Cosmetics Design.

To meet those challenges, Chemyunion provides personal care and cosmetics industry customers with a full array of products and services. “Through robust processes supporting our business units and a flexible and highly committed team, Chemyunion has strengthened its capability to serve the market in many different ways,” ​explains Gonçalves.

“It’s worth mentioning that we are able to offer all of these services to our customers: create or co-create a solution; develop a new ingredient based on a market trend; test in vitro, ex vivo, and with clinical assessments for hair or skin care;  and develop a tailor-made product  from scratch.”

Recent launches

Among the new ingredients that the company launched last month at in-cosmetics global is an active anti-aging ingredient made using green chemistry.

“Revinage is a great product: a full vegetal derived ingredient that replaces retinols with the great advantage of not having the side effects,” ​Gonçalves tells this publication, adding that “Revinage links in the same receptors as retinol and by doing so triggers the anti-aging effect.” ​ And moreover, Chemyunion has now “made an in silico test which has confirmed our hypothesis of the mechanism of action,” ​says Gonçalves.

Also newly launched at in-cosmetics global is Chemyunion’s Hebeatol Range, a collection of alternative preservation ingredients. As Gonçalves explains it the “Hebeatol Range was developed to offer the formulator great alternatives to controversial preservative system. It is a functional ester and very well balanced blends.”

The range comprises three ingredients: Hebeatol Plus,  Hebeatol BA, and Hebeatol PS VG. In describing them each to Cosmetics Design, Gonçalves called Hebeatol Plus “functional esters of xylitol certified by Ecocert Cosmos.” ​And noted that, “it is also available in a global compliance version.”

“Hebeatol BA,”​ he describes as “functional xylitol esters in synergistic combination with benzyl alcohol for a broad-spectrum antimicrobial property.”​ While “Hebeatol PS VG [is a] synergistic combination of the xylitol esters with potassium sorbate for a broad-spectrum antimicrobial property.”

Beyond Brazil

The course Chemyunion has set for the future is about more than ingredients and product formulation solutions; it’s about serving the Americas region more completely.

The company is headquartered in Brazil. And just over one year ago now opened a US headquarters in New Jersey.

“We know the relevance of the Personal Care American Market in the world,”​ Gonçalves tells Cosmetics Design. And before putting down stakes in the US, he and the company fully believed “that our existing products and innovations would find room there.”

“So we have opened our new headquarter; and in partnership with our distributor/agent we have been able to achieve excellent results in developing our business and offers to this market,” ​says Gonçalves.

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