SÃO PAULO—Water content, surfactants, thickeners, actives, nanoparticles and skin penetration were among the hot topics presented at the biennial XXI COLAMIQC congress of the Latin American and Iberian cosmetic chemists. Held May 14-16, 2013, in São Paulo, technical sessions were paired alongside the FCE Cosmetique exhibition and trade show for both the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries. Supporting the event were the FELASCC—the Latin American Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Scientists, and the Brazilian Cosmetology Association (ABC), in partnership with NürnbergMesse Brazil, organizer of FCE Cosmetique.
Each day began with technical sessions that ran until late afternoon. These sessions were overlapped by the opening of the exhibition midday, which lasted into the evening. The presentations followed the theme, “Sustainable Technology: Innovation Beyond Cosmetic Science,” and were divided into two tracks: commercial presentations and research. In general, the commercial track featured innovations by supplier companies, whereas the research track focused on university work.