Excellence in ingredient innovation awarded at in-cosmetics Global

Following a record-breaking year of entries, the winners of this year’s in-cosmetics Global Awards have been announced, highlighting pioneering science across four categories.

The organisers of in-cosmetics Global, the world’s leading personal care ingredients show, are proud to unveil the winners of its 2022 Awards. 

Announced on the first day of the event – the first face-to-face in-cosmetics trade show since 2019 – the awards are a celebration of the newest ingredient innovations that combine pioneering science and product features in a way that demonstrates substantial benefits to manufacturers and end-users.

Ingredient businesses large and small came forward in huge numbers for this year’s awards, with a record-breaking 180 entries across four categories – the Innovation Zone Active Ingredient, Innovation Zone Functional Ingredient, Green Ingredient and Rising Star Award. A total of 47 entries were shortlisted, with a panel of industry experts tasked with selecting the winners, a full list of which can be found below.

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Scooping the Gold award for the Innovation Zone: Active Ingredient Award is IFF – Lucas Meyer Cosmetics for its Wastar™ Pink Berry. It is designed as an upcycled botanical extract rich in biflavonoids to soothe irritated scalps. By valorizing pink berry by-products left after the extraction of IFF fragrance compounds, Wastar™ Pink Berry perfectly answers the upcycling trend as it combines sustainable sourcing in Madagascar and a strong efficacy while limiting its manufacturing impact on the environment.

Taking the Silver Award, DSM Nutritional Products Europe is recognised for its Vitamin B12 cryst, while Gattefossé took Bronze for its “new guardian of DNA”, Solastemis™.


In the Innovation Zone: Functional Ingredient Award, Lubrizol Life Science celebrated the Gold win for its PemuPur™ START polymer. A unique natural-derived polymeric emulsifier providing excellent stabilization capabilities at low use level while offering a fresh and quick break sensory.

CFF scooped the Silver award for its SENSOCEL® natural and environmentally friendly raw material, and Ashland took the Bronze accolade for its natrathix™ bio cellulose – a nature-derived biodegradable rheology modifier.


The Green Ingredient Award, in partnership with Ecovia Intelligence, recognises ingredients that make a proven significant environmental or social difference in the area of sustainability. Taking the 2022 title was Nafigate Corporation for its Biopolymer Hydal PHA – polyhydroxybutyrate, an upcycling ingredient and biopolymer. Based on green chemistry and zero-waste manufacturing, the new functional ingredient is biocompatible, non-toxic and fully biodegradable. It forms the basis for new formulations as a polymeric matrix.

Also recognised in the Green Ingredient category, Mibelle Biochemistry took the Silver award for its MelanoGray™ anti-hair greying essence that is sustainably obtained by upcycling the peel paste from unique organic Chios mandarins.

Lipoid Kosmetik scooped the Bronze award for its PhytoCollagen – an all-natural, COSMOS-certified, plant-based alternative to animal collagen with similar cosmetic benefits.


The final award of the day, which recognises first- and second-year exhibitors, saw Tagra Biotechnologies scoop the coveted Rising Star Award. As a world-renowned producer of innovative microencapsulated active compounds, UV filters and pigments, the company’s technology supports stable, effective, and exciting formulations for cosmetic use while its innovative microencapsulation technology enables customers to easily develop innovative formulations and products. It was recognised by the judges for the range it offers, as well as its innovation, commodity, how many sectors it can accommodate and how solutions-orientated its product range is.

Roziani Zulkifli, Event Director, in-cosmetics Global, said: “We are always impressed with the breadth of innovation on show at the event, and this year’s awards recognise the very best of the industry’s innovations. With a record-breaking year for entries, we’re delighted to announce this year’s winners and celebrate with these remarkable companies in our first physical event for three years. 

“Demonstrating its role as a hotbed of innovation, in-cosmetics Global delivered a platform to network, source the latest ingredient innovations and gain insights from industry leaders. We’ve seen a fantastic response to this year’s event and offer our congratulations to this year’s winning companies.”

On day two, the organisers will announce the winners of the Sensory Bar and Make-up Bar Awards. The in-person events, which runs from 5 to 7 April will be followed by a virtual event from 11 to 22 April. Click here for more information.

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