DNA & Cosmetics consortium celebrates growth

The DNA & Cosmetics consortium is making progress in proposing a bank of genetic signatures for bio-resources in cosmetics.

The DNA & Cosmetics consortium is making progress in proposing a bank of genetic signatures for bio-resources in cosmetics. Three years ago, several players in the cosmetics sector formed an unprecedented DNA & Cosmetics consortium to promote cutting-edge technologies based on DNA analysis. The aim of the consortium is to guarantee the traceability of plant raw materials with a strong desire to increase transparency and security of supply. These technologies are based on genetic tools developed by the DNA Gensee laboratory to ‘read’ DNA barcodes on plants and algae to ensure their authentication with high reliability.

An initial step was taken in early 2023 when a pre-consortium agreement was signed by the historical players Clarins, Croda Beauty Actives, DNA Gensee, Greentech, L’Oréal and Nuxe, to promote these technologies through scientific projects.

A generic image of the DNA of plant-based resources (Image: DNA & Cosmetics consortium)

Today the members actively collaborate in:

  • The development of a bank of genetic signatures. The construction of the prototype of this database is based on collaboration with botanical gardens and/ or specialised conservatories, for the search of botanically authenticated plant samples and the determination of their genetic signature. This in-depth work includes the study of closely related species and the creation of appropriate tools for the absolute authentication of plant resources. The creation of the prototype of this database is now launched. The project to enrich it will continue over the coming years with the addition of new botanical references.
  • Internationalisation of the consortium through the arrival of major players in the cosmetics sector involved in the manufacture of cosmetic ingredients or finished products. Joining the DNA & Cosmetics consortium reflects the same desire to guarantee the authenticity of their raw materials and their desire for transparency.

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