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New hypochlorous ingredient provides gentle and effective cleansing

By Olivia DeSmit

Clinisoothe+, a newly launched skin purifying formulation with hypochlorous acid, promises effective results. The formula, discovered by researchers at Clinical Health Technologies, includes sodium hypochlorite converted into high-purity hypochlorous.

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Antimicrobial enzyme first step in replacing petrochemicals: Q&A

By Olivia DeSmit

Curie Co, an industrial biotech company, is on a mission to replace petrochemicals with biomaterials that are affordable and effective. The first step of that is the launch of an antimicrobial enzyme, which functions as a catalytic preservative. It’s...

Aprés Nail broadens soft gel portfolio

Aprés Nail broadens soft gel portfolio

By Cassandra Stern and Simon Pitman

After being hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the market for soft gel nail extensions has bounced back fast. Cosmetics Design spoke to leading player Aprés Nail to find out how the company has managed to tap into this.

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Madison Reed builds on successful omni-channel approach

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

Direct-to-consumer beauty players ruled the waves during the COVID-19 Pandemic, but as consumers flocked back to physical stores after lockdown many players in this category found themselves racing to realign their retail strategies.

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Perfect Corp raises the bar on digital beauty engagement

By Simon Pitman

Perfect Corp has made a huge impact in the immersive and exploratory digital consumer beauty experience with its suite of YouCam apps, and is now taking things to the next level with the introduction of an AI-powered app.

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What it takes to get gender neutral beauty right

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

The gender-neutral skincare market has been one of fastest growing sub categories in recent years, but a flood of sophisticated and well curated brands means that competition is now tough in this space.

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Non-medicated shampoo can help promote healthy scalp: Henkel study

By Olivia DeSmit

Shampoos without antimicrobials can contribute to a healthy scalp, a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found. The study showed two different commercial shampoos resulted in increased structural bacterial diversity on the scalp, showing...

Olaplex’s Oladupé is a faux brand designed to tackle the duping problem

Olaplex takes on dupe brands at their own game

By Simon Pitman

Fueled by social media, the rise of dupe beauty and personal care brands is impacting a broad range of premium players, but hair care brand Olaplex is fighting back in a unique way.

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Traditional Mexican medicine plant has potential for cosmetics

By Olivia DeSmit

A plant in Mexico that is traditionally used for medicine has a cosmetic application, researchers found. The study, published in Separations, details the presence of BIS, a well-renowned cosmetic and dermatologic ingredient, and methoxylated flavones,...

The oral microbiome balance has been shown to affect physical and mental health

Oral microbiome: the key to better health?

By Kirsty Doolan

Numerous studies show that the oral microbiome impacts our systematic health, which means there may be new opportunities for personal care products designed to improve health and wellness.

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New anti-aging ingredient includes four hyaluronic acid weights

By Olivia DeSmit

Regenlab USA recently launched a new skincare line that includes the trademarked Regenskin ingredient. It includes four different molecular weight hyaluronic acids that help create anti-aging effects on skin, says the company.

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Locus Ingredients targets sustainable palm oil alternatives

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

As a 100% biobased biosurfactant ingredient provider, Locus Ingredients is gearing up to make a big splash in the beauty and personal care space by targeting the massive market for surfactants.

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Retinol with no BHA and BHT fills consumer 'well-aging' demand

By Olivia DeSmit

BASF launched a new grade of retinol, Retinol 50, that complies with industry clean lists and fits current consumer needs. The product has a high active load of about 50% retinol, similar to other retinol offerings, but without harmful ingredients BHA...

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Mintel research points to benefits of more creative fragrance sampling

By Simon Pitman

Fragrance discovery is all about hooking consumers with imaginative and creative sampling ideas. The latest research from market intelligence provider Mintel suggests that getting this formula right is key to consumers engaging in in-store experimentation...

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Certifying 'microbiome-safe' baby skin care

By Kirsty Doolan

We spoke to the CEO of MyMicrobiome about the criteria to give a 'seal of approval' to microbiome-friendly products and the importance of analysing baby skin care differently to adult skin.

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dsm-firmenich Safer Under the Sun conference spotlights suncare innovation

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

Following the success of its first Safer Under the Sun conference, which focused on cancer awareness, dsm-firmenich took the decision to focus the 2023 event on how its current sun care innovation pipeline is gearing up to creating change in the industry

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How AI software is helping DTC beauty brands to shine

By Cassandra Stern & Simon Pitman

As the Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) beauty market continues to carve out a bigger share of the retail landscape, using the right tools to fine tune digital retail platforms has become make or break.