Top 10 CosmeticsDesign articles on ingredients and formulations in 2021

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Below are the top 10 most read articles on ingredients and formulation on CosmeticsDesign this year. © Getty Images -  Artfully79
Below are the top 10 most read articles on ingredients and formulation on CosmeticsDesign this year. © Getty Images - Artfully79

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Below are the top 10 most read articles on ingredients and formulation on CosmeticsDesign this year.

1. 5 top trends in microbiome skin care

The microbiome beauty movement is really just getting started. But for now, these 5 approaches to innovation, formulation, and benefits stand out.

Even as microbiome skin care science advances, the general tactic is to either create products that are simply microbiome friendly and don’t overly sanitize the skin or to create products that in some way help balance the microbiome. But there are several more nuanced approaches to microbiome skincare.

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2.  Anti-hair loss potential in broccoli extract finds study

Sulforaphane, an isothiocyanate from broccoli, may increase hair numbers by almost 7% in men and women with androgenic alopecia, says a new study from South Korean cosmeceutical player Gragem Co., Ltd.

Data published in the journal Cosmetics​ indicated that 18 weeks of application of a prototype gel led to visual improvement in the parietal lines and bangs.

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3.  CBD: the beauty ingredient trend that can’t be stopped

Innovations in cannabis beauty just keep coming from suppliers, brands, business leaders, and new entrepreneurs alike. Here Cosmetics Design looks at 2020 highlights from this compelling (and at times controversial) new category.

Even while legalization and regulations are in flux throughout the Americas region and around the globe, cannabis beauty is making tremendous progress.

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4. Upcycled Certified available for cosmetics personal care products

This week, the Upcycled Food Association began enrollment for the Upcycled Certified program, giving consumer beauty brands the opportunity to highlight the use of waste-stream ingredients.

“Cutting food waste is the single most effective thing people can do to address climate change,”​ says Turner Wyatt, CEO and Co-Founder of the Upcycled Food Association (UFA), in the nonprofit’s press release.

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5. Why hyaluronic acid is an “essential ingredient in skin care today”

With hyaluronic acid tipped to be a potential driving force in the upcoming beauty biotech revolution, we explore Croma Pharma’s 25-year use of the skin care ingredient and how it is still at the forefront of innovation as the brand launches its latest line, Croma farewell.

“Hyaluronic acid is one of the most essential ingredients in skincare today,” said Nikolaus Hofer, Head of Strategic Portfolio Management at Croma Pharma.

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6. Talc harmful in cosmetics personal care Government of Canada

A public comment and consultation period is open now, but risk assessment and management reports have already been published and the Government of Canada plans to update The Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist accordingly.

“Based on the latest science and the final screening assessment completed in 2021, the Government of Canada concludes that talc may be harmful to lungs when inhaling certain loose talc powder products, and it may cause ovarian cancer when using certain self-care products containing talc in the female genital area.” 

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7. Solid fragrance formulation tech from WWP and Scentinvent

This week, the full-service beauty supplier announced the launch of the Es·sence Collection, a new alcohol-free fragrance formula and format.

“The Es·sence Collection powered by Scentinvent Technologies truly is the future of fragrance,” says Josh Kirschbaum, CEO of WWP Beauty, in this week’s press release about the new fragrance formulation tech launch.

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8. Beauty subscription service IPSY new banned ingredients list

Late last month, IPSY introduced an initial list of 32 ingredients that the company will prohibit in products shipped by the end of 2022.

In a recent social media post announcing what IPSY calls The Out List, the beauty subscription company explains, “we have a responsibility to the health of the people who invite us into their homes and the planet we inhabit….It’s our way of ensuring that beauty that is better for both people and planet isn’t a luxury—it’s beauty for all.”

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9. Aveda goes 100% vegan, removing bee-derived ingredients

This month the Estée Lauder Companies brand announced having delivered on its commitment to have all-vegan products “on shelves” by January 2021.

Founded in 1978, Aveda has always been a cruelty-free brand—meaning that neither the ingredients nor the brand’s finished products are tested on animals. Vegan is a popular claim in today’s beauty marketplace and expects that no animal or animal-derived products are used in the formulation. Aveda is formulated with honey, beeswax, and beeswax-derived ingredients, and to become a fully vegan beauty brand, this had to change.

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10. The Beginning of Biotech: making greener cosmetics and personal care ingredients with the science of biology

Biotechnology is not new, but the industrial scale impact that biotech ingredient production will have on the beauty and fragrance industries is just beginning to be seen. Here Cosmetics Design explores key indicators that biotech beauty is at a tipping point.

Ingredient makers like Geltor, Genomatica, Amyris, ROELMI HPC, Ginkgo Bioworks, Hydromer, and others have been making headlines with biotech beauty ingredient innovations here on ComseticsDesign.com for years now.

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