Ashland strengthens position in hair biology

Advancing the capabilities of personal care products, Ashland unveiled its roadmap to beautiful hair based on BiotHAIRapy™ biofunctionals last November. The patented ingredient systems are inspired by key biological markers associated with hair growth capital, density, strength and colour. Biologists from Ashland’s Vincience research centre presented ex vivo scalp models at the in-cosmetics Asia exhibition and conference in Thailand, demonstrating long-term beneficial effects with ingredient systems based on natural chemistry.

Blurring the boundaries between food and cosmetics


The use of food ingredients in cosmetics is ever increasing and the pea sprout has joined the list of fruits and vegetables that are inspiring innovative new ingredients for use in the personal care industry.

New concepts possible with esters

By using just two per cent of one high HLB sucrose ester, it’s possible to produce a gel-to-milk concept containing 60 per cent of oil.Imagine a natural oil gel that can turn into milk when diluted upon use. Christel Wouters, business manager of personal care at Sisterna, believes such a concept is possible through the use of the company’s sucrose esters.

Clariant to offer certified sustainable palm-based materials

According to Hariolf Kottmann, Clariant CEO, the company is integrating sustainability into its operations to attain its goals of sustainability leadership and value creation.Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announced Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Mass Balance supply chain certification for its plant in Gendorf, Germany, in order to meet the increasing demand for sustainable certified palm-based ingredients from customers in the personal care and home care sectors.

Rising above with strong R&D

Sabinsa South Africa stands out as a company which supports local pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing industries with robust research, and development services and technical support to formulators.Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review recently asked ingredient suppliers and manufacturers operating in South Africa how they’re contributing to the growth and development of the local pharmaceutical and personal care industries.

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