There were celebrations galore at in-cosmetics last night, as the winners of the Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards and the new Green Ingredient Award were announced at an exclusive ceremony.
Gattefossé scooped the Gold award in this year’s Innovation Zone Awards, for the development of EMULIUM® MELLIFERA, a new generation of PEG-free emulsifier that auto-adapts to skin type and climate, creating emulsions that are white and luxurious in appearance. Also celebrating an important win was Alban Muller International, who took home the top honour in the new Green Ingredient Award (in association with Organic Monitor) for its Scurvy Grass Extract, a 100% natural extract of the Scurvy Grass plant, which is rich in Vitamin C, a recognised anti-ageing agent.
The Innovation Zone Awards honour the development of a novel active or functional ingredient – featured on the Innovation Zone – that combines innovative science and product features in a way that demonstrates substantial benefits to manufacturers and end-users when compared to existing ingredients.
Paula Lennon, Marketing and Innovation Director at Gattefossé commented: “We are naturally delighted to have won this prestigious award. A huge amount of research has gone into developing EMULIUM® MELLIFERA and we believe that it has the potential to revolutionise the skincare industry in the future. It is a truly unique product and we look forward to introducing it to the industry over the next few days.”
Silver and Bronze Awards were also presented to Induchem (Silver) for Redensyl®, a new hair growth galvaniser which targets the hair follicles’ stem cells and Lipotec (Bronze) for ARGIRELOX™peptide, which is directed at reducing expression lines by modulating muscle contraction.
The finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges including Angela Eppler PhD, senior R&D scientist at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and Dr Jianzhong Yang, PhD, president of Beauty & Health Innovation Co. Ltd., senior scientist at Belcorp, John Jiménez and President and Owner of Elysee Scientific Cosmetics, Linda R Marshall.
The Silver and Bronze winners in the Green Ingredient Award were Minasolve (Silver) with MinaCare Pentiol Green+, a new and unique version of pentylene glycol that is produced from renewable vegetal raw materials and Akott (Bronze) with Akosky Apium, a hydrosoluble celery Cell Culture extract which in vitro is very efficient in stimulating pro-collagen I and III, and fibronectin.
The finalists in the Green Ingredient Award were selected by an expert panel of judges including Dr. Pauline Hili, founder and technical director, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Katharina Post, head galenic development NOC, Weleda, Dr. Erik Schulze zur Wiesche, basic development hair care, Henkel, Amarjit Sahota, president Organic Monitor and Judi Beerling, technical director, Organic Monitor. During the ceremony Ashland, Croda and KPT were also announced as winners of the Beiersdorf Innovation Pitch, while the Cosmetics & Toiletries Magazine R&D Best New Award went to Silab.
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