Editor’s Spotlight

2018 cosmetics and personal care ingredient launches

By Deanna Utroske

- Last updated on GMT

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© Getty Images / (ktsimage)
Certainly no year passes in the beauty industry without a significant number of new ingredient technologies coming to market. Here, we look at selection of standout ingredients that made headlines on Cosmetics Design over the last 12 months.

Many specialty chemical, biotech, and ingredient producers opt to launch products during global industry tradeshows. So it’s no surprise that new companies like Geltor, the maker of N-collage, was exhibiting and speaking with beauty makers from around the world at events like in-cosmetics Global in Amsterdam this past spring and again at in-cosmetics North America this fall. Geltor used these events to introduce the industry to its first biotech ingredient, which CEO Alexander Lorestani describes as an animal-free collagen. Learn more here in our video interview with Lorestani.

Of course long-standing ingredient makers were also showcasing new technologies on the global stage this past year. Sensient, for instance, introduced its Sensisorb CF+ ingredient at the in-cosmetics Global tradeshow. Sensisorrb CF+ is basically a UV absorbing ingredient that, when included in fragrance and personal care product formulations, resists color and fragrance degradation—a benefit that’s practical both in terms of stability and social media marketing. Learn more about several new technologies from Sensient in this Cosmetics Design interview.

In the America’s region

New Jersey-based Tri-K Industries also used in-cosmetics Global earlier this year as a new ingredient launching pad. The company added NaturePep Amaranth and NaturePep Quinoa to its existing portfolio of natural peptides.

NaturePep Amaranth is the first hair care ingredient in the company’s NaturePep collection. In-house testing has shown that the peptide “increases [the] diameter of individual fibers for fuller hair…reduces friction to increase bounce and movement of hair…adds gloss and shine for healthier looking hair…[and] improves manageability and helps prevent damage.” Find out more about both new NaturePep ingredients in this Cosmetics Design article.

Beraca specializes in natural and organic ingredients sourced from Brazil. This year the company added Tucuma Butter to its portfolio of plant-derived oils and butters. Framed as an alternative to silicone, “Beraca's Tucumã Butter is 100% natural, non-hydrogenated, and lightweight,”​ according to the company website. “Together with its natural oil properties and benefits, it can be used to promote a silicone-like sensorial feel in health and personal care formulas, with fast absorption and high spreadability, promoting shine and smoothness to formulations.” Cosmetics Design spoke with R&D manager Juliana Checon earlier this year to learn more.

In the Asia Pacific region

This summer, with the help of new regional distribution partners, Cargill launched a portfolio of bio-based ingredients in the region. As Natasha Spencer reported for Cosmetics Design Asia​ at the time, Oliver Luo, Cargill’s APAC beauty sales director point to end-consumer demand as motivation for the move: “China consumers are increasingly looking for cosmetic products based on nature-derived ingredients. In fact,” ​he said, “65% of personal care product launches feature a natural, sustainable claim.”

Bloomage BioTechnology, an investment holding company founded in 2003, added three new personal care ingredients to its business this year, launching them at PCHi in Shanghai, China. Hymagic-4D promises moisturizing benefits, while Bioyouth-Bric and Bioyouth-Natto have anti-aging benefits. More on this from Cosmetics Design here.

In Europe and the Middle East

This spring, ingredient distributor Grolman added Acrypol ET-28 (a rheology modifier from Corel Pharma Chem) to its portfolio and showcased it in the Innovation Zone at in-cosmetics global. Learn more in this article by Cosmetics Design Europe editor Lucy Whitehouse.

And in February of this year, Roquette, a company known for its specialty food ingredients and pharmaceutical excipients added on a cosmetics and personal care business​. “We have over 80 years of experience in bringing new products to the market,” ​Gaetan Borgers, vice president of Roquette Beaute told the press. “What we have done in pharma is very different I think, and we will also do this in cosmetics. A brand new offering with dedicated products for the beauty market.”



Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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