• Dti launches steering committee for cosmetics industry

    dti-Cosmetics-Steering-CommitteeIn a combined effort to overcome pressures affecting the cosmetics industry while maximising opportunities for development, the Cosmetics Sector Desk at the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has implemented a Cosmetics Steering Committee (CSC). 


  • Unilever launches Shield MotionSense

    A pack shot of Unilever’s Shield MotionSense Sure Dry aerosolShield, South Africa’s number one selling deodorant brand by Unilever has launched Shield MotionSense. This is said to be the world’s first anti-perspirant with unique microcapsules that are activated by movement. This breakthrough, patented technology delivers bursts of freshness as you move, leaving consumers feeling fresh and protected throughout the day.

    Shield MotionSense brings the next generation in anti-perspirants to consumers as a result of its advanced motion-activated technology. This involves tiny microcapsules that ‘burst’ when activated by friction, releasing freshness when they need it most.



  • Esse Probiotic Serum a world first

    Esse-Probiotic-SerumThe first product entered into the 2016 PHARMACEUTICAL & COSMETICREVIEW/Symrise New Product Competition is Esse Probiotic Serum. 

    The serum forms part of the Esse Plus range, which has also been entered into the competition. The following products are included in the range:

    • Esse Intensity Serum, which offers a temporary reduction of wrinkles in only a few hours with its ability to relax facial muscle.
    • Esse Ageless Serum, which shows a strong and lasting firming effect on ageing skin. It lifts and plumps with a series of new actives including Devil’s Claw and Kigelia.
    • Esse Eye Contour Cream, which includes actives that strengthen vascular structure (to prevent bruising), inhibit tyrosinase (to reduce pigmentation), as well as firming and plumping extracts to reduce fine lines.
    • Esse Defence Moisturiser, which is formulated to protect and feed normal skin, providing prebiotics, probiotic extracts, Hyaluronic Acid, Kigelia and Devil’s Claw.
    • Esse Restorative Moisturiser, which offers a more intensive moisturising effect but the same basic array of actives as the Defence Moisturiser that strengthen barrier function, improve tight junctions and boost moisturisation.


  • Merck brings pioneering pigment technologies to Africa

    Merck-beauty-of-Asia-kitIn sub-Saharan Africa, Merck has been active since 1971, though recent developments within the global company have seen it earmarking Africa for considerable growth and expansion.


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