2017 New Product Competition winners announced

Returning to The Venue Greenpark in Sandton, Johannesburg, the Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review/Symrise New Product Competition awards was another one for the history books.

This is especially true for Henkel South Africa, which took the top prize for its Schwarzkopf Professional BC Repair Rescue Nutri-Shield Serum. Named the overall winner of the 2017 P&C Review/Symrise New Product Competition, the judges said the product’s formulation was ‘beautifully executed’ and the packaging has ‘superior print quality’, is ‘well designed’ and incorporates a ‘great choice of materials’.

A representative from Henkel SA will be travelling to Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2018, to attend in-cosmetics Global, which is taking place from 17 to 19 April.

This year’s results

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up. The results of the 2017 P&C Review/Symrise New Product Competition are as follows:

Overall winners

Winner: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Repair Rescue Nutri-Shield Serum (Henkel South Africa)

The Henkel South Africa team celebrates its New Product Competition win with the editor and publishing manager of P&C Review







First Runner Up: Sorbet 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water (Sorbet Salon Skin)

PCR-NPC-first-runner-up-Sorbet-Salon-Skin









Second Runner Up: Skinderm (Imbalie Beauty)

Individual Category

Winner: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Repair Rescue Nutri-Shield Serum (Henkel South Africa)

Lutendo Magina accepts the award on behalf of Henkel SA for the individual category







First Runner Up: Sorbet 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water (Sorbet Salon Skin)

Second Runner Up: Placecol Illuminé Retinol Serum (Imbalie Beauty)

Range Category

Winner: Skinderm (Imbalie Beauty)

Mandy Roff accepts the range category award on behalf of Imbalie Beauty







First Runner Up: Sorbet Man Skin and Beard Care Range (Sorbet Man)

Second Runner Up: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Fibre Force (Henkel South Africa)

Editor’s Choice Award

Winner: Retinin Resurfacing Moisturiser (Skoon. Skin Care)

Emma du Plessis from Skoon Skin shows off the brand’s Editor’s Choice award for its Retinin Resurfacing Moisturiser

New sponsor for the Packaging Category

To grow the competition in all the relevant areas, P&C Review has welcomed MCC Labels South Africa on board as the sponsor of the packaging category. The company forms part of a global organisation, Multi-Color Corporation, which is one of the largest label companies servicing the following market segments: health care; home and personal care; food and beverage; speciality (automotive and consumer durables); and wine and spirits.

In Africa, it is the largest and most awarded premium label printer servicing the cosmetics, food and wine industries.

The results of the 2017 Packaging Category are as follows:

Winner: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Fibre Force (Henkel South Africa)

Henkel SA won the packaging award for Schwarzkopf Professional BC Fibre Force










First Runner Up: The Repair Balm (dr.dermal)

Second Runner Up: Six Man (Six Sensational Skincare)

A brief look at the competition

Now in its 10th year, the NPC aims to give local and international brands that are supplied on the South African market, an opportunity to showcase their innovative new products.

The judging panel for the 2017 competition included formulation experts Robyn Brown (Botanichem) and Elizna Hurter (Skinchem); technical and regulatory specialist, Jill Gardiner and Percy Sibanda (L’Oréal South Africa); packaging gurus Clive Glover and Tony de Beer, and marketing specialist, Adele du Toit (Annique).

The Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review team is grateful for the valuable input of all the judges. Together they are dedicated to maintaining the esteemed standards of the New Product Competition.

Thanks to our generous sponsor

Symrise is globally recognised as a leading provider of fragrances, flavours, active ingredients and aroma chemicals as well as sensorial and nutritional solutions. The company combines its knowledge about consumers’ ever-changing needs with creativity and ground-breaking technologies. In doing so, Symrise focuses on developing solutions that provide its customers with added value. It also ensures sustained value creation by allowing its employees and shareholders to share in the company’s success.

Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Symrise group is represented in more than 90 locations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.


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