Evonik commercialises biosurfactants

Perfect foam demonstrated by Evonik using biosurfactantsEvonik, the global specialty chemicals company, is now the first in the world to use biotech methods for producing industrial-scale quantities of high-quality surfactants. These are key components of modern shampoos, shower gels, and household cleaning products. The achievement has been made possible by over five years of research and a unique combination of expertise in the fields of biotechnology, process engineering, and interfacial chemistry. Evonik scientists from Germany, China, and Slovakia were involved in the project.

Zinc oxide recognised by Cosmetics Europe

Iconic image of a woman used by Croda in its marketing for its Solaveil Clarus brand of zinc oxide dispersionsCroda has welcomed the news that zinc oxide (ZnO) has now been approved by Cosmetics Europe as a UV filter for use in cosmetics and sun care products. As South Africa follows the EU regulations, this development is likely to soon be adopted locally.

Is PS the next big thing in nutraceuticals?

Lady holding champagne glass filled with softgel capsules for optimal skin healthPhosphatidylserine – more commonly known as PS – is set to break out from the cognitive health category and make a big impact in several new benefit areas. This is according to Enzymotec, the supplier of EnzyPS.

Until now, PS has been widely used to maintain and improve brain function in a range of applications. Its benefits are beginning to gain recognition in other areas too, including skin health, sports nutrition, stress reduction and mood enhancement.

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Introducing a better way to extract ingredients

TexRay-SA-supercritical-fluid-extractionTexRay SA is launching a ground-breaking solution for the extraction of active ingredients in the South African market. The company is introducing its supercritical fluid technology for the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and functional food industries at Propak Africa 2016. The show is running until 18 March at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg.

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