Latest technology for TEWL assessment

The Tewameter TM Hex (successor of the world-wide popular Tewameter TM 300) from Courage + Khazaka assesses the Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL), an indispensable parameter for the evaluation of the water barrier function of the skin, with excellent accuracy and reproducibility.

Online cosmetic safety assessments available

Cosmetics Consultants Europe is teaming up with the RWTH International Academy-Aachen, Germany to provide online Cosmetic Product Safety Assessment Training Courses.

Bio-based materials conference goes ahead online

The 13th International Conference on Bio-based Materials will be held online this year on 12–14 May 2020 – with the final programme now available online.

Organic cosmetics show upswing in sales

The newly published special edition of the Naturkosmetik Jahresreport 2019, the annual report about natural and organic cosmetics, focuses on five subject areas with a view towards analysis, impulses andprospects for the organic cosmetics industry.

Global licensing agreement for animal-free sensitisation test

SenzaGen, a Swedish developer of animal-free in vitro tests for sensitisation and the British contract testing laboratory, XCellR8, have expanded their collaboration by signing an exclusive global licensing agreement. The new agreement covers the performance, marketing and sales of SenzaGen's new, vegan skin sensitisation test, GARD skin Animal Product-Free.

New location for China subsidiary

To support its development in South China, Sozio has relocated its subsidiary in the Science City Park of Guangzhou. This new location will comprise a modern perfumery laboratory and a warehouse to optimise delivery lead times.

Boosting stability for safe, reliable beauty

The global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has caused dramatic changes in customer’s behaviour, priorities and brand engagement. Now more than ever, customers seek effective, preventative, safe and reliable beauty and brands need to answer to this raising demand along with the challenge of creating long-lasting, shelf-stable products that can withstand transit across the miles and continue to remain efficacious. Jojoba Desert are offering their JD Jojoba Oil to provide solutions for various cosmetic and skin care products.

Solutions for hand hygiene

Today, with the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19, this advice is more evident than ever: the washing of hands can make a real difference when stopping a possible contagion. This makes hand washing and the use of pathogen stopping disinfectant solutions a key action when dealing with the novel COVID-19 virus.

Helping frontline staff and the community

In a pledge to support the frontline fight against the spread of Covid-19 virus, DSM donated 1 million RMB to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. The funds are used to purchase medical supplies and equipment in short supply for frontline medical personnel. In addition, DSM also donated 2 batches of vitamin C products – 6 million chewable tablets to medical personnel and 100 million pills to help boost the citizen’s immune system in China.

New York Society presents webinar series

The New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) has announced the launch of a new NYSCC 'At Home Live' Series featuring current topics and trends in cosmetic chemistry and formulation. These free educational programs will be offered several times a week starting 16 April and cover topics that are relevant and timely to chemists and product development teams in the beauty and personal care industries.

in-cosmetics Global re-scheduled

Reed Exhibitions announced that in-cosmetics Global will be rescheduled. Following the steep escalation of COVID-19 across Europe, and in particular Spain, in-cosmetics Global will now take place from 6-8 October 2020 at Fira Barcelona, Spain.

Increasing availability of sanitisers in Europe

BASF Personal Care has started the production of hand sanitisers at different production sites in Europe. The products are being provided free of charge to hospitals, care facilities and other institutions in regions surrounding production plants. The company wants to help overcome the current bottleneck for hand sanitiser that resulted from significantly increased demand.

New natural actives for hair and skin

After one year of partnering with the South Korean beauty innovation company, BIO-FD&C, Givaudan Active Beauty unveils two new active ingredients crafted by green biotechnology.

Virtual booth for product discovery

Dow has launched an immersive 3D booth experience to offer an exclusive look at the first of many new high-performing, sustainable personal care solutions. While practicing social distancing during COVID-19, customers can connect with Dow from the comfort of their office, home or wherever they are to learn about Dow’s latest solutions in hair, sun and skin care.

New recruit for distributor

Natalie Hutchinson last month joined Surfachem, part of the 2M Group. Natalie will be responsible for managing Givaudan Fragrance, a key business area for the UK, and brings a wealth of experience, having previously worked for PZ Cussons, Walgreens Boots Alliance and most recently, Symrise.

Thickening agent production maximised in fight against virus

Lubrizol Advanced Materials has announced that it has increased production of its patented Carbopol polymers, a thickening agent found in most hand sanitising gels and cleansing applications, to assist with the global fight against COVID-19.

Acquisition agreed for Chinese distributor

Azelis has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% shares of CosBond, a Chinese specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor (pictured at the signing ceremony -12 December 2019 - before distancing measures were required). Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company has offices and warehouses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.

Applications lab focused on helping to fight pandemic

Barentz has refocused their personal care applications lab to test all the potential hydro-alcoholic thickeners on offer, from traditional carbomers to more modern hydroxycelluloses.

New active to clear age-promoting cells

Fibroblasts in the dermis are responsible for the production of collagen to form the connective tissue. When these fibroblasts either age or encounter too many harmful oxidative stresses, such as UV light and pollution, they become senescent. Senescent cells are also called 'zombie cells' because they no longer divide, but they are also far from being dead. *Click to watch the video*

The journey to less plastic

In 2020, Innospec are promoting a journey to less plastic, with the desire to educate formulators on how to using solid surfactants and concentrated products, to develop effective, solid formulations that satisfy consumer needs.