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February 2018 Product Roundup: Attractive Actives

New for 2018, the Cosmetics & Toiletries Product Roundup is a monthly feature presenting ingredients, equipment or services that relate to a chosen theme. Check out this month's collection of active ingredients.

Patent Pick: Solid Lipid Curcumin Particles Show Improved Bioavailability

Curcumin holds great promise as a polyphenol with many therapeutic benefits. However, its swift metabolism by skin and instability pose numerous formulating uncertainties. A new patent application from Capsugel, however, solidifies them—literally, in the form of solid lipid particles.

[podcast] Author Commentary: Alexander Chan, Ph.D., on Hair Dyes

Alexander Chan, Ph.D., has been in the field and has heard things. He knows what consumers believe about hair dye ingredients, and why they're confused. He wrote an article about it for our upcoming February 2018 issue; and in this podcast, he talks about why he wrote it. Listen now!

The Depths of Hair Dyes: Understanding Users, Formulating Answers

The present article touches on misconceptions about ammonia- versus monoethanolamine-based hair dyes. It also analyzes the facts about these ingredients to arm formulators with both the consumer perspective and scientific rationale for ingredient choices.

The Uncertain Future of UV Filters

Consumer confusion and regulatory questions create uncertainty for ingredients and product formats.

Weylchem Launches WeylCare PB Personal Care Range

During the Sepawa Congress in October 2017, Weylchem announced its launch of a personal care range. It can be used across skin, hair, sun and decorative care in addition to deodorants.

Mibelle Biochemistry's AquaCacteen

AquaCacteen was shown to preserve skin firmness after exposure to UV and to increase skin hydration even in a rinse-off shower gel formulation.

Arista Industries, Inc.'s MCT

These ingredients may improve immune functions as well as enhance skin and hair health.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products' Zemea Propanediol

This ingredient can be used as a humectant, preservative booster, emollient, natural solvent, viscosity enhancer and hand-feel modifier.

Grant Industries' Gransil SBG-11

With shea butter interspersed within an elastomer network, Gransil SBG-11 offers improved sensory properties.

Biosil Technologies, Inc.'s Firm’Act

This ingredient upregulates the expression of unique gene markers involved in cellular stress response to protect skin.

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