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Market Watch

Patent Picks—Ceramide, Magnolia, Coumarin, Banyan Tree/Lotus/Clover Alternatives to Hydroquinone and More
By: Rachel L. Grabenhofer
Chosen biweekly for their relevance to personal care, Patent Picks are taken from publicly available sources. This edition features patents related to skin lightening and pigmentation.
Asia-Pacific Update: Indonesia Cosmetics
By: To Yo Be, Contributing Author and Consultant
Indonesia is home to approximately 700 cosmetic companies in its 19 provinces. In 2007, total cosmetic production reached 372 tons, with an average 12.5% increase of production from 2003 to 2007.

Formulating/Ingredients

Energizing and Invigorating Formulations With Caffeine Spheres
Pelletech has introduced cellulose-based beads loaded with 30% caffeine for energizing and invigorating personal care products.
Anti-aging Active With Luminotherapy-like Effects
Silab has introduced an anti-aging active that synchonizes skin in a similar way to luminotherapy (light therapy) with lindera oligo-alpha-glucans.

Industry Updates