in-cosmetics Global 2017 Highlights

in-cosmetics Global 2017 Highlights

With 109 entries in the Innovation Zone, their first ever Make-Up Bar, the J&J Flash Cosmetics Pitch and exciting formulation lab sessions, it’s hard to pick just a few highlights from the in-cosmetics Global 2017 show, but here are our favourites for you to look for at other shows or next year in Amsterdam!

Make-Up Bar: This exciting new area showcased finished colour cosmetics from various suppliers – and it wasn’t just about pigments! It also showcased interesting materials to enable film forming (for durability) and pigment wetting/spreading to reduce pigment input without impacting colour. The Make-Up Bar also displayed colour trends and some amazing pigments to provide colour predictions for the coming season – definitely a zone to visit at the next in-cosmetics show!

Flash Cosmetics Pitch: A new initiative by Johnson & Johnson, this session gave 11 International Start-Up companies the opportunity to ‘pitch’ their products for 3 minutes to R&D and marketing experts. The winner, a Digital Biotech company from Ireland called Nuritas, received the €5,000 prize and access to J&J’s R&D team!

Formulation Lab: It was great to see some of the innovative materials being launched in the Innovation zone be used in the Formulation lab – nothing like getting ‘hands on’ with the innovations on display!

Our favourite sessions included:

• SinoLion, showcasing a ‘sulfate-free’ cleansing product with great foaming AND thickening ability! Yes, a green surfactant material that is not only mild but thickens readily!
• Symrise AG, showcasing their easy formulation stabilising material, by showing how it could turn an unstable sunscreen formula into a stable version using 1 material – FAST!
• Lucas Meyer with Siligel – a natural gelling agent with exceptional sensory aesthetics, skin hydration benefits AND extreme resistance to electrolytes – yes, it’s a green chemical with silicone-like skin feel!
• Nikkol Group with their Iro-Odori Jelly Eye Shadow – a favourite in the Make-Up Bar, attendees could get ‘hands on’ with the formulation and method in the lab too!

Innovation Zone: With such a high calibre of entries, the judges had a hard time with decisions this year! Highlights, and winners, included:

• Active Ingredients:

o Gold: Passioline (Laboratoires Expanscience) – concentrated unsaponifiables from Maracuja seed oil with remarkable efficacy in tissue repair, cell regeneration and anti-inflammatory properties.
o Silver: Gatuline Link N Lift (Gattefosse) – obtained from organic horse chestnut flowers using specialised technology, it acts on the DEJ to firmly reconnect the epidermis to lift the eye contour area to erase wrinkles.
o Bronze: Reproage Peptide (Lipotec) – with specific action on microRNA-145, it enhances cell turnover in the epidermis for a smoother, rejuvenated complexion and dramatic reduction in perceived age of volunteers during trials.

• Functional Ingredients:

o Gold: FiberHance BM Solution (Ashland) – uses hydrogen and ionic bonding of the keratin structure to strengthen and repair hair internally; ideal for chemically-damaged hair.
o Silver: Micah (Hallstar) – actively prevents photo-aging from happening, unlike UV filters and antioxidants which can only work on blocking and repair. With Micah, you can prevent the damage in the first place!
o Bronze: Siligel (Lucas Meyer) – a combination of phospholipids and polysaccharides to provide a natural gelling agent with amazing silicone like skin feel and high resistance to electrolytes and hydrating properties – a perfect green gelling and stabilising solution!

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Belinda is the Director of Institute of Personal Care Science, leaders in on-line Internationally Recognised Training for Cosmetic Formulation and Regulatory Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Natural Therapies, Diploma of Cosmetic Science and Certificate in Training and Assessment. She has written 5 books on Cosmetic Formulation from Beginners through to Advanced levels as well as Organic and Colour Cosmetic Formulations and Brand Management. Belinda provides training to all levels of industry, from Beginners through to Advanced Diplomas both on-site and via distance. She has also developed thousands of personal care formulations and document dossiers over the years. She specialises in training on innovative and compliant product developments.

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