Botanica returns to in-cosmetics along with several other SA visitors

Will Coetsee of Botanica Natural Products has been in Paris, France this week attending in-cosmetics Global. He shared his perspective with Pharmacos on the return to international trade shows since the start of the pandemic.

In-cosmetics Global 2022 kicked off on Tuesday 5 April with freezing conditions welcoming delegates after a hiatus of more than two years. For most of the exhibitors and visitors, including Will Coetsee, this was the first international trade show they were attending since the dawn of international lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Most delegates arrived at the Port de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France wearing masks and being painfully aware of Covid social-distancing protocols. But after seeing colleagues from all over the globe in person (as opposed to meeting virtually on Zoom and Teams), anxiety around Covid and social-distancing protocols was replaced by palpable excitement for the to return to a semblance of “life as we knew it”.

Big players show their resilience

The exhibition hall was bustling with delegates from all over the world with the notable exception of China. Big industry players like Lubrizol, Croda, Vantage, Merck, Evonik and BASF demonstrated their resilience during the Covid era with massive, colourful stands teeming with guests looking for the new wonder products.

From a company perspective, Botanica enjoyed seeing old friends from Rahn, Berg & Schmidt, Interchimie and Symrise amongst others. A renewed focus on sustainability (especially upcycling), authenticity (storytelling) and traceability permeated all of Botanica’s meetings. It was also clear that Covid lockdowns have caused a fair amount of introspection and repositioning of what is really important.

Demand for indigenous ingredients to grow

To this end, South African ingredient suppliers are well positioned to offer their indigenous, natural ingredients to the global cosmetics industry. This is provided that they take cognisance of the quality, traceability and authenticity requirements of the newly invigorated global cosmetics market.

South African suppliers and distributors visiting in-cosmetics included Megan Jones of Meganede, Shani Vermeulen of Cosmetic Ingredients, Robyn Brown of Botanichem, Liesl Keulder and Lisa Tassi of Cirebelle, Gill Withington-Banda of Zuplex and Will Coetsee of Botanica Natural Products amongst others.

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