Solabia merges nature with technology at in-cosmetics

A stock image of a natural skin care product Sustainable development is a core value of the Solabia Group; it drives the company’s R&D innovation as well as its industrial action plan. Decreasing water consumption, encouraging the use of recycled raw materials, limiting waste generation and developing active ingredients by integrating upstream environmental criteria are some of the key actions reported within Solabia’s CSR policy.

To address this objective, Solabia launched and marketed the following active ingredients at in-cosmetics Global:

  • Solagreen Superfluids Technology
  • BlueShield, which is obtained from cold pressed red bell peppers
  • a new preservative-free version of Fucogel in a powder format with new scientific data to substantiate its neuro-soothing mechanism of action.

These are ingredients are all available in South Africa from Vantage Specialty Chemicals.

Solagreen Superfluids Technology

Specialising in conventional plant extraction using mainly natural solvents, Solabia is moving toward an eco-concept to enhance its green engineering excellence. As a result, the company has developed unique industrial bifunctional equipment and related extraction processes.

The Solagreen Superfluids Technology is based on the complementary extraction properties of two superfluids – subcritical water and supercritical CO2 – used separately or combined using a two-steps process. This high performance eco-extraction aims to enhance the exploration of plant phytochemistry by focusing on molecule polarity (from polar, weakly polar to non-polar ones) while sublimating the best that nature has to offer. This global technology and its two-in-one equipment allow for the screening and optimisation of an extraction, be it of specific molecules and molecular families, for skin and hair applications.

The technology provides these environmental and manufacturing benefits:

  • energy saving by decreasing the extraction time
  • avoiding the use of toxic and harsh solvents
  • driving the procurement of biodegradable active ingredients with post-production plant recycling
  • is compliant with the Cosmos standard.

BlueShield anti-pollution blue light protector

We are living in an ultra-connected world. Digital devices emit an insidious blue light that generates free radicals and is responsible for skin’s oxidative stress and accelerating ageing with hyperpigmentation.

BlueShield is an eco-friendly botanical active ingredient obtained from cold pressing sustainably harvested French red bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) and stabilised using vegetable glycerine and xanthan gum. In addition to its strong absorption spectrum of the blue light (400 to 510nm), BlueShield protects skin against the harmful effects of screen light by reducing the stress to opsin photoreceptor, protecting the cell DNA from oxidation (decrease in 8-OHdG/ 8-hydroxy-2′-deoxyguanosine release), and preventing collagen degradation (inhibition of MMP-1 release).

The protective mechanisms of BlueShield result from its richness in Capsanthine and esters, which are molecules overproduced during the full maturity of red bell peppers. So, the active ingredient allows the formulator to optimise skin protection against blue light aggressors while helping preserve the circadian rhythm system.

Neuro-soothing Fucogel

Developed more than 20 years ago to meet the cosmetics industry’s need for film-forming polysaccharides with moisturising and sensory properties, Fucogel has enjoyed exponential international growth. It is a signature ingredient of Solabia’s and the unavoidable neuro-sensory active ingredient for any cosmetics formulation, considering its multifunctional or SMART approach. This is thanks to its soothing, moisturising, anti-ageing, restructuring and touch benefits.

Fucogel is ideal for products for sensitive skins because it has been proven in a stinging test to limit the irritation sensation five minutes after the application of lactic acid. It is also incorporated regularly in formulations to increase tolerance.

To substantiate the neuro-soothing mode of action of Fucogel, the active ingredient was the subject of an exclusive study developed in association with Professor Misery (world reference in neurodermatology) according to a ‘keratinocytes/neurons’ cellular. The results demonstrated that Fucogel inhibits the liberation of P, a substance induced by an irritant mediated by the ASICs receptors (acid-sensing ion channel). It is the first active ingredient that acts on this biological pathway. The study was published in the international review Experimental Dermatology and was presented at two dermatology congresses in 2017.

Now available in powder form

Launched at in-cosmetics Global, Fucogel Powder ensures the continuity of Solabia’s environmentally friendly development strategy. It focuses predominantly on water management, by decreasing the amount of water needed for industrial processes and the transported water-related carbon footprint.

Fucogel Powder is preservative-free and easy to use when formulating. It offers new opportunities in makeup formulations for compact and loose powders and can be used in dry shampoos and talc.



Latest


06 May 2021
Ashland acquires personal care business of Schülke & Mayr

At the end of April, Ashland announced that it has completed the acquisition of the personal care business from Schülke…

Ashland acquires personal care business of Schülke & Mayr

At the end of April, Ashland announced that it has completed the acquisition of the personal care business from Schülke & Mayr, a portfolio company of the global investment organisation, EQT. Under the terms of the agreement, Ashland agreed to a purchase price of €262.5 million in an all-cash transaction…

05 May 2021
Beiersdorf innovates NIVEA packaging with renewable polymers from SABIC

Beiersdorf is innovating the packaging of its world-leading ‘NIVEA Naturally Good’ range of face creams using SABIC’s certified renewable polymers.…

Beiersdorf innovates NIVEA packaging with renewable polymers from SABIC

Beiersdorf is innovating the packaging of its world-leading ‘NIVEA Naturally Good’ range of face creams using SABIC’s certified renewable polymers. SABIC’s bio-based polypropylene (PP) resin, part of its TRUCIRCLE portfolio, will be used for producing the jars of Beiersdorf’s NIVEA Naturally Good day and night face creams. The new NIVEA…

04 May 2021
Seppic revisits beauty rituals with texturising ingredients

Through its Breathtaking Rituals collection, Seppic puts science at the service of beauty to discover the textures of tomorrow. For…

Seppic revisits beauty rituals with texturising ingredients

Through its Breathtaking Rituals collection, Seppic puts science at the service of beauty to discover the textures of tomorrow. For its 2021 Texture Bar, Seppic invites beauty brands and formulators to travel through time. Influenced by ancestral, healing and local Japanese beauty rituals, the breathtaking rituals concept is based on…

30 Apr 2021
Omya to host online oral care symposium

Omya is hosting a third international summit addressing latest oral care innovations and developments, along with online presentations and opportunities…

Omya to host online oral care symposium

Omya is hosting a third international summit addressing latest oral care innovations and developments, along with online presentations and opportunities for discussion. The virtual event takes place on 8 and 9 June 2021. Registration is free of charge and participants will be able to learn more about oral wellness and…


Top stories


30 Nov 2017
Rooibos could reduce risk of “Type 3” diabetes – a precursor to Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in the US found a link between a relatively new form…

Rooibos could reduce risk of “Type 3” diabetes – a precursor to Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in the US found a link between a relatively new form of diabetes, known as “type 3” diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

25 Jun 2020
How to ensure business agility in a pandemic

BY: Neil Birch, CEO at Novus Holdings Business agility is the capability of a business to respond quickly to a…

How to ensure business agility in a pandemic

BY: Neil Birch, CEO at Novus Holdings Business agility is the capability of a business to respond quickly to a changing environment, whether it be internal or external. Qualities of agile businesses include being adaptive, flexible and creative in your response to change without losing momentum (remaining productive) or vision.…

01 May 2020
Fibertex manufactures critical components for COVID-19 PPE

Fibertex SA, part of the global Fibertex Nonwovens group, has developed versatile high-performance components for protective facemasks and respirators. “Fibertex,…

Fibertex manufactures critical components for COVID-19 PPE

Fibertex SA, part of the global Fibertex Nonwovens group, has developed versatile high-performance components for protective facemasks and respirators. “Fibertex, which continuously invests in technological advancements to meet requirements in diverse industries – has increased production capacity of materials so desperately needed during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” explains Rosa Naidoo,…

23 Apr 2020
Are you South Africa’s best female entrepreneur?

Entries are now open for the Santam Women of the Future Awards 2020 in association with Fairlady and True Love.…

Are you South Africa’s best female entrepreneur?

Entries are now open for the Santam Women of the Future Awards 2020 in association with Fairlady and True Love. Santam, Fairlady and, for the first time this year, Truelove Magazine, have partnered up in the search to find the best female entrepreneurs in the country. Best women entrepreneurs If…


Visit the official COVID-19 government website to stay informed: sacoronavirus.co.za