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Suppliers' Day Asks: What Does ‘Green’ Really Mean?
By: Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Posted: May 19, 2009
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Induchem has joined the ‘green’ trend by developing a new generation of Natural Unispheres suitable for ‘green’ cosmetics. These carbohydrate-based spherical beads, used as visual cosmetic carriers, are based on bamboo-derived cellulose and xylitol. The beads are white and can be colored with a wide range of natural pigments.
Although there were many suppliers exhibiting natural products, there were a number of notable, innovative ingredients as well. Solabia introduced a symbiotic pre/probiotic complex for the optimization of the cutaneous ecoflora, the strengthening of biological defenses and the improvement of the skin radiance by a restructuring and smoothing effect. Ecoskin (INCI: Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide (and) Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice (and) Maltodextrin (and) Lactobacillus) is made of α-glucooligosaccharides, plant juice rich in β- fructooligosaccharides and lactobacillus probiotic bacteria.
Evonik Industries focused more on sensory with its introduction of Tego Wipe Flex, a liquid and highly concentrated ethylene oxide-free emulsifying system suitable for o/w impregnating liquids for cosmetic wipes. The technology can modify the basic pleasant feel of an impregnating liquid and allow the preparation of versatile wipe products offering different skin afterfeel benefits such as smoothness, softness, cleansing and makeup removal.
BASF turned excess skin oil to radiant shine with its debut of Mat-XS (INCI: Water (aqua) (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Orthisiphon Stamineus Leaf Extract (and) Maltodextrin (and) Xanthan Gum). The ingredient reportedly enhaces a radiant complexion and reduces the appearance or oiliness and imperfections in the skin. In four weeks, the ingredient makes the skin surface appear more even and reduces the appearance of pores and rough skin texture.
Another skin issue, redness, was tackled by Pentapharm. Regu-CEA (INCI: Spent Grain Wax (and) Isomerized Linoleic Acid (and) Behenic Acid (and) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5) was designed to reduce skin redness, repair irritation, prevent vasodilation, inhibit inflammation, inhibit the release of proteases, prevent damage to the skin structure and soothe skin.