Ingredient of the month

This novelty is launched by the ingredients supplier Codif. Thanks to the use of DNA analysis techniques, its laboratories have, for the first time in cosmetics, established a microbial imprint of the skin during a period of transient stress. They also identified and characterized the microbiota during these periods in order to propose a solution to treat the resulting cutaneous disorders. [Read more ]

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January 23, 2017 Ingredient of the month
Thermal waters in France (1/2)

The notion of thermal baths and thermal water-based treatments is very old: it dates back to Ancient Greece. As a guarantee of skin beauty, thermal water is flourishing in today’s cosmetics. Here is a special focus on this ingredient between skincare and beauty product. [Read more ]

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November 29, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone: the story of a blacklisted chemical

These preservatives, like many others, regularly draw the attention of the cosmetics media. For several years, they have been cause for worry and the subject of alerts issued by dermatologist organizations or health authorities due to their strong allergenic potential. Now, they are targeted by... [Read more ]

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November 8, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Alcohol in cosmetics

It is usually considered friendly and festive as a drink (if it is consumed with moderation, obviously), but can alcohol keep the same image as a cosmetic ingredient? That remains to be seen… And even if it is used a lot, both the advantages and drawbacks of its presence in our hygiene... [Read more ]

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October 12, 2016 Ingredient of the month
A like… Retinol

It is one of the most widely used anti-aging actives, and for the longest time. But if the efficacy of retinol (or vitaminA) has never been questioned, its safety of use and skin tolerance are much more doubtful. Cosmetics brands have taken this into account… and so have regulators. [Read more ]

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July 26, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Polyethylene, a small but sticking bead

It is a cosmetic ingredient that is used in high quantities in many formulas. It has been popular for a long time for its soft feel on the skin and its modest cost, as well as for its exfoliating and film-forming properties. However, its outer beauty is now overshadowed by the inner polluting... [Read more ]

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July 15, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Titanium dioxide

It is part of many cosmetic formulas, usually as a sunscreen or colourant. It is also involved in all controversies on its toxicity, especially when it is used in the form of nanoparticles. Titanium dioxide, as it is designated in the INCI, or TiO2 for close friends, is a widely covered... [Read more ]

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May 23, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Anti-pollution ingredients (2/2)

The cosmetics industry is currently in search of new actives to fight against the damage done by environmental pollution on the skin. The Paris edition of the In-Cosmetics show was an opportunity for ingredient suppliers to showcase several types of them. Alongside shields, mainly based on... [Read more ]

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May 17, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Anti-pollution ingredients (1/2)

Fine particles, exhaust gases, cigarette smoke, heavy metals… whether it be atmospheric or domestic, we are surrounded by pollution every day, and the damages it causes on the skin are better and better known. Driven by the Asian demand, anti-pollution claims in cosmetics are increasing,... [Read more ]

April 14, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Phenoxyethanol (EGPhE)

It is known due its record about its safety, and also because it is very often mentioned as "Phenoxyethanol-free"... This wording is then a selling point... but knows why? A look at this ingredient, criticized, but still widely used. [Read more ]

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April 4, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Cosmetic allergens

They are part of the cosmetic ingredients the most often denounced by the press or consumer associations for their harmful potential on health. They can be found everywhere in all categories of products, in particular when they contain a perfume. 26 of them are subject to a declaration... [Read more ]

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March 7, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Should we stop using talc?

As innocuous as it may seem, talc often triggers controversies within the cosmetics industry, a sector used to polemical issues. And the fact that it has been used for thousands of years will not calm down the debate, as it is now regularly suspected of having carcinogenic effects. Still, should... [Read more ]

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January 11, 2016 Ingredient of the month
Algae to mimic the caloric restriction process: a new anti-aging cosmetics strategy

There is a passion going on in the world of cosmetics for micro-organisms and other bacteria, both those that are found in the environment and those that settle in our human bodies. What new actives can they produce? What interactions can we generate with them to design new skin treatments? This... [Read more ]

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November 10, 2015 Ingredient of the month
Butylphenyl methylpropional: a name to keep in mind… and ban

Its official designation sounds so barbaric, that Butylphenyl methylpropional is often referred to with its main trade name: Lilial. In addition, the toxicological profile of this perfuming substance present in numerous cosmetics seems altogether unacceptable, since the European Scientific... [Read more ]
October 13, 2015 Ingredient of the month
Aqua... or water in cosmetics!

Our body comprises 65% to 70% of water (the figure depends on the age or the body mass...) Our cosmetics almost match this figure, or may even be higher in water! Water is very often the main ingredient of all the care and beauty products we daily use. That is saying a lot aout its importance.... [Read more ]

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September 1, 2015 Ingredient of the month
MBBT: an exceptional, but contradictory UV-filter

MBBT, Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol in INCI lists of ingredients, is a very specific UV protective agent. It is both a filter and a screen, and efficient against UVBs and UVAs. It is synthetic, but in the nanoparticle form, and considered safe for use in Europe… with... [Read more ]
July 1, 2015 Ingredient of the month
Beauty herbs

Do not think mincing them above your cream jars to bring out their flavours will make you look more beautiful. However, your skin can actually get to taste herbs, as they offer many active substances and other precious extracts. Focus on an aromatic quartet with a cosmetic score. [Read more ]

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June 9, 2015 Ingredient of the month
The ‘CITES’ cosmetic ingredients

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as CITES convention, aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. And this also concerns the cosmetics industry, as it uses a few... [Read more ]

May 4, 2015 Ingredient of the month
Beauty flowers

How to restore the skin’s rose petal velvety feel? Or lily whiteness? Or magnolia radiance, mallow softness? With flowers, of course! They have not just swept across marketing sales leaflets, they are also everywhere –and much more efficiently– in cosmetics formulas. [Read more ]

March 31, 2015 Ingredient of the month
Marine invertebrates: tomorrow’s cosmetic actives?

The sea is a rich source of cosmetic ingredients. But there are not just algae, sand, sludge, salt, or water in the marine world! Invertebrates, a family of species which gathers most animal organisms living in this environment, might represent a new solution for cosmetic applications,... [Read more ]

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March 9, 2015 Ingredient of the month
When cosmetics are immersed in… vegetable oil!

Can you name at least one category of cosmetics that can NEVER contain at least ONE vegetable oil? … No, really? Not even one? And yet there are some. Only a few, that’s true. Which ones? You’ll get the answer at the end of this article! [Read more ]