Cosmetic Ingredients from the Sea

The Earth is made up of more than 70% water, so it comes as no surprise that manufacturers are searching for new sources of ingredients from oceans and fresh water sources. In fact, it is more startling that companies have not found more ways to use the abundance of sea plants in cosmetic formulations. So, […]

Organic Brands Win 6 of 7 Awards at Beyond Beauty Paris

The month of September was host to the annual Beyond Beauty exhibition in Paris. The Cosmeeting Beyond Beauty Paris exhibition is a European trade show showcasing trendsetting beauty and well-being brands. The event featured over 500 exhibitors and 19,000 visitors of which 37% were international.   Organics proved the main theme of this year’s Beyond Beauty […]

DSM Acquires Microbia for Renewable Resource Technology

DSM, a leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other chemicals to the personal care industry has acquired Microbia, Inc., from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Microbia is an industrial biotechnology research and development specialist. According to DSM, it has developed an effective technology platform that enables it to produce high-quality, natural carotenoids (including β-carotene and canthaxanthin), nutritional […]

Lily Organics Becomes USDA Organic Certified

Organic certification is a covenanted price these days in the era of “green-washing,” and Lily Organics is doing a good job setting precedent on what personal care products can strive to achieve in the natural and organic health and beauty market. Lily Organics, a manufacturer of their own skin care line, received three USDA certifications. […]

The Future of Cosmetic Ingredients: Science + Nature

Now more than ever beauty brands want to appeal to the naturally conscious consumer while continuing to make an effective product.  It is the combination of nature and science topped with an eco-friendly mentality that will successfully guide products into the future. Some brands are expecting to see the ‘Nu Natural’ trend take effect in […]

New Natural Extracts Deliver Younger Looking Skin

Naturally-derived skin care ingredients targeting the anti-aging arena have been launched by International Specialty Products (ISP), a personal care and cosmetic ingredient supplier. These patent-pending bioelements can be formulated into a variety of creams, lotions, serums and other products. The new ingredients are positioned as a cost effective solution that can be applied to products […]

Make Your Own Natural Personal Care Products with 5 Easy Recipes

The personal care market is flooded with harmful chemicals and misleading statements. With the lack of regulatory oversight in the US personal care and cosmetic market, you can never be too careful when using unnatural products. So, if you feel like avoiding all concern of harmful ingredients or spending your hard earned doe on natural […]

Dangerous Chemicals in Deodorant & Antiperspirant: A Detailed Review of the Chemicals, Research & Avoidance Tips

The personal care industry has been hijacked by misleading messages and outright false advertising. More concerning is that companies are putting their profits before the health and well-being of their consumers. While the FDA is slow to react and enforce regulation that could ban harmful ingredients, consumers continue to use their “trusted” products. Deodorants and […]

Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

After thirty-two years the FDA has yet to issue its final regulations on sunscreens. All the while consumers are unaware of the potential threats that loom in their “protective” creams and lotions. Yes, sunscreens do prevent sunburns, but beyond that there is surprisingly little evidence to support its safety and efficacy. In 2007 the FDA […]

Proving Cosmetic & Personal Care Product Claims – Efficacy Tests

Cosmetic and personal care companies are receiving increasing pressure to provide solid evidence to support product claims. We have all seen and read it. Labels touting 80% stronger hair, 24 hour effective, reduces wrinkles, and the list goes on. But consumers are wising up, and companies are forced to change their tactics. Companies can no […]