Innovation rewarded at 2024 in-cosmetics Global Awards

The winners of the prestigious 2024 in-cosmetics Global Awards, sponsored by Kenvu, were unveiled last night at a ceremony hosted at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris, France.

Visitors and exhibitors from the global personal care industry united at the official in-cosmetics Global Awards and After Party this evening to celebrate excellence in cosmetic science amongst some of the leading names in the industry. 

An acclaimed and international panel of up to 40 judges from the likes of Kenvue, Ecovia Intelligence, Unilever, Coty, Haleon, and more, narrowed down 83 shortlisted entries this year to select winners for the in-cosmetics Global Innovation Zone Best Active Ingredient Award, the Innovation Zone Best Functional Ingredient Award, the Green Ingredient Award, the Kenvue Trusted Science Award, the Sustainable Stand Award, the Rising Star Award, the Sensory Bar Award, and the Make Up Bar Award.

The highly regarded Innovation Zone Best Active Ingredient Award and Innovation Zone Best Functional Ingredient Award attracted a record-number of entries this year, hoping for the chance to take home some of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.

Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards

Awarded Gold for the Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Award in the Active Ingredients category was raw materials and ingredients manufacturer, dsm-firmenich for ETERWELL™ YOUTH. A true senolytic active made from Epilobium Fleischeri leaf/stem extract, the active ingredient boosts collagen, helps revert skin damage induced by zombie cells in excess, and helps slow down the premature ageing of skin, amongst other benefits.

Cosmetics ingredient supplier, Mibelle Biochemistry, secured the Silver award for RejuveNAD™, an active ingredient which optimizes cellular functions to revitalize the skin by naturally boosting the longevity molecule, NAD+. CODIF TN was awarded Bronze for its REGETASTE, which strengthens the skin’s barrier function, reducing desquamation and leaving skin smoother, softer, fresher and more radiant.

In the Functional Ingredients category, specialty chemicals leader, Evonik, secured first prize for its ECOHANCE® Remo XP, a versatile and mild ingredient that functions as a rheology modifier, hydrophilic emollient and sensory enhancer. The functional ingredient delivers efficient performance and can be utilised in a broad range of personal care applications, making it an excellent choice for brands that prioritise nature-derived and sustainable ingredients to create high-performing and environmentally conscious products.

Silver was scooped up by India-based surfactants and specialty care ingredients leader, Galaxy Surfactants Ltd., for its natural derma cleanser, Galseer® DermaGreen. 

Leading product design, development, and manufacturing partner, Lubrizol Life Science, took home the Bronze award for Carbopol® Fusion S-20 polymer, its natural, inherently biodegradable, rheology modifier for cleansing systems.

Green Ingredient Award

Celebrating ingredients that make a significant environmental or social difference was the Green Ingredient Award, in partnership with Ecovia Intelligence. The 2024 Gold accolade was awarded to Boreal Bioproducts’ SpruceSugar™ ingredient, a biodegradable, grease barrier film-former, anionic surfactant, and low viscosity modifier.

Ashland secured Silver for its Perfectyl™ biofunctional, a high-tech chamomile extract, inspired by new aesthetic techniques, to clarify & smoothen skin flaws for all ethnicities. Meanwhile, LignoGuard(R) Aqua 20 by Lignovations, an eco-friendly multifunctional from upcycled lignin, took home the Bronze award.

Kenvue Trusted Science Award

The Kenvue Trusted Science Award celebrates innovative and effective modern ingredients which consumers can count on for everyday care. This evening, BASF took home the Gold award for its Hydrasensyl® Glucan Green at the 2024 inaugural accolade. This award-winning ingredient is a bio-ferment with clinical results that demonstrate significant skin smoothing and hydrating benefits immediately and over time.

Evonik Industries’ TEGO® FILMSTAR One MB scooped the Silver award for its 100% bio-based & biodegradable film former, and Lucas Meyer Cosmetics’ Immunight™ won Bronze for its green-processed oil-soluble lavandin extract that helps boosts nighttime skin recovery.

Sustainable Stand Award

The all-new Sustainable Stand Award, which acknowledges exhibitors who have actively implemented eco-conscious measures when designing and building their stands, was judged by an illustrious panel of experts in sustainability.

Dr. Barbara Olioso, MRSC, Managing Director of The Green Chemist Consultancy; Piers Kelly, The Group Operations Director of RX; and Winfried Mühling, Marketing and Communications Director of Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers, considered exhibitor stands’ environmental credentials, production, operations, and impact.

Gold was awarded to Ravetllat Aromatics S.L., which took into account its sustainability credentials and measurements, from minimising waste and recycling to materials re-use, legacy, CO2 emissions, and more. 

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award applauds new talent, recognising first- and second-year exhibitors at the show. The high calibre of entries saw joint-winners Kaffe Bueno and SKINOSIVE awarded for their impressive presence at the show. Kaffe Bueno is a Danish startup that specialises in creating upcycling coffee by-products, while SKINOSIVE is a science-driven dermo-cosmetics biotechnology company developing a technology platform in skin photoprotection. 

Makeup Bar Award & Sensory Bar Award

The winners of the in-cosmetics Global Make-Up Bar Award and Sensory Bar Award were decided live at the show this evening by judges from L’Oreal, Skinome, Ausmetix Pty Ltd., Sol de Janeiro, Martha Tilaar Group, and Light Years. 

In the Make-Up Bar Award category, Nikko Chemicals, global supplier of ingredients for cosmetics, won the Bronze award for 冷製美 (REI-SEI-BI)- Cold Process Beauty. Silver was bagged by Imerys Talc Europe for its Matte lipstick ceremony, a lipstick enriched with ImerCareⓇ 400D (INCI: Diatomaceous earth) which gives lips a mattifying look while keeping a creamy effect. The celebrated Gold award was given to international manufacturer of pearlescent and metallic effect pigments, ECKART, for its Trend Colors Autumn & Winter 2025/26. ECKART´s expertise in trend-forecasting, especially regarding colors and effects in make-up, is the key behind the 3 trend concepts for Autumn & Winter 2025/26. 

In the Sensory Bar Award category, cosmetic products manufacturer, TECHNATURE, was awarded Bronze for its latest innovation, SkinSitu Caps; a little tablet that transforms into a cleansing foam as soon as it encounters water. Global chemical and ingredients distributor, Univar Solutions, won Silver for its aqueous cloud gel, Lavish Lavender Oil-free Massage Gel. The Gold accolade was scooped up on stage by ingredient distributor and manufacturer, Microcaps AG, for its ethanol-free and natural perfume pearls. Microcaps AG’s patented technology enables ethanol-free perfume products that have never been seen before and allows a fragrance concentration of more than 20% in the final product.

Signs of a thriving industry

Roziani Zulkifli, Event Director of in-cosmetics Global, said: “This year’s in-cosmetics Global awards have been phenomenal. These prestigious accolades allow us to witness the innovators behind the products firsthand, and with our industry thriving, we’re proud to acknowledge the remarkable achievements in each category. It’s gratifying to see how much people value the awards, and each one is so well deserved. Thank you to our sponsor, Kenvue, for its support, and to everyone who attended the ceremony this year to celebrate. And most importantly, congratulations to all of our 2024 winners on behalf of everyone here at in-cosmetics Global.” 

in-cosmetics Global, presented by headline sponsor KSM, is currently underway at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Click here for more information.

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