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Consumer Perspective—Skin Care From Nature

In Europe, the natural and organic cosmetics market has grown despite the economic downturn. Consumers are increasingly concerned about skin care ingredients they see as posing potential health risks, due in large part to media hype. This has led many to look for natural ingredients on product labels.

The Grass is Greener

While I have always recycled and pride myself on a relatively low carbon footprint, I never considered the environmental impact of my sometimes lengthy shower regimen, but a recent trip to In-Cosmetics in Milan taught me otherwise.

A Protein Approach to Solvent-free Extraction

Nearly a year and a half ago, Ilya Raskin, PhD, a professor II in the department of plant biology and pathology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, stumbled upon a possible solution to creating an efficacious, cost-effective natural product using plant proteins commonly found in food when he isolated the beneficial compounds in blueberry juice while leaving out ancillary materials.

Alternative Ingredients for Sustainable Shampoo Development

In this article, several ingredients are reviewed for development of sustainable shampoo formulations. Some of the functional ingredients reviewed are plant-based alternatives to existing, petro sourced ingredients while others are mild, sulfate-free and/ or ethoxylate-free alternatives to existing surfactant systems, thickening solutions for challenging media based on naturally derived polymers and efficacy boosters that reduce the use of non-renewable actives with equal benefit for the consumer.

Demand for Organic Beauty to Grow to Over $13 Billion by 2018, Report Says

A new organic-focused beauty market report from Transparency Market Research notes that global demand continues to climb, growing at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2012 to 2018.

Building Natural Products

Since the cosmetics and personal care industry is not regulated, various organizations have offered conflicting positions on standardized guidelines for natural and organic claims. To improve communication on this topic, it will therefore become important to dissociate claims regarding the naturalness of ingredients from the perception of safety.

Vernix Caseosa: The Ultimate Natural Cosmetic?

The present review summarizes the current knowledge of vernix caseosa and discusses the underlying principles by which vernix caseosa operates; this can be applied in moisturizing and barrier-enhancing products, although the proteolipid biofilm itself cannot be used directly on the human body. The most important characteristic of vernix caseosa is its controlled degree of occlusivity—neither too much nor too little.

Translating Ayurvedic Traditions into Modern Beauty Products Key to India Market

According to a new report from Kuick Research, during the last decade, the herbal beauty care business has emerged as a new growth frontier for beauty business in India, and the emphasis has been on the spectacular growth of the herbal and ayurvedic beauty products business.

Sizing Things Up

There’s been a lot of talk lately about particle size, especially in reference to nano. On the consumer front, medical advances based on nano-sized tools regularly appear in the news.

Formulating Natural Hair Care

Today, hair care formulators aiming to formulate for the natural market are in a quandary as the performance of modern products is driven more and more by the use of innovative new synthetic materials.

Formulating Hair Conditioners With Naturals

This column proposes that the current natural and organic hair conditioner market can de divided into two types—those that are effective but use technology considered suspect under most natural certifications, i.e., “greenwashed,” and those that are more compliant with natural and organic certification but are found by consumers to have performance gaps

Formulating Natural Skin Care

When formulating skin care with natural ingredients the first question to ask is: With which definition of natural will the product conform? The definition might be significantly different for the general public than for consumers following lifestyles of health and sustainability (LOHAS) philosophies.