Winners take it all at in-cosmetics Paris

The Leaf Mask innovation from Technature won Bronze in the inaugural Sensory AwardsThe winners of the series of awards at in-cosmetics Paris 2016 were announced on 5 April, on the eve of the closing of the show. This year the exhibition attracted over 780 exhibitors of ingredients, fragrances, lab equipment, testing and regulatory solutions with over 9 000 people attending from cosmetics manufacturers worldwide.

Best Ingredient Awards

Givaudan (Soliance – Induchem) and Agrimer scooped the Gold awards for their Active and Functional ingredients in the Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards at in-cosmetics. Givaudan impressed judges with its Neurophroline active, which is the first generation of cosmetics ingredients that is able to block the production of cortisol. Developed from wild indigo seeds and used in Ayurvedic medicine, this active also claims to promote the release of endorphins.

Agrimer took the top prize for Best Functional Ingredient with its Seaweed Caviar. This ingredient is produced from narube polysaccharides as 3D ‘shell-less’ pearls, which serve as vectors for active ingredients. The beads melt on the skin without the need to remove any residue.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given in both the Active and Functional ingredients categories. A total of 16 products were shortlisted by a panel of industry experts.

In the Best Functional Ingredients category, Sigmund Kindner took Silver with SiLiglam Nature. Ashland won Bronze with its Polyelectrolyte Complex Three (PEC3). Silver in the Best Active Ingredients category went to Lucas Meyer Cosmetics for Miniporyl. Solabia Group took the Bronze for Redyless ingredient.

Green Ingredient Award

Seppic scooped Gold in the category Green Ingredients for its innovative Ephemer product. The company impressed judges with its product, taking the top prize in the Green Ingredient Awards, which ran in partnership with Organic Monitor.

Ephemer, which is available in South Africa from CJP Chemicals, is a gametophyte extract, taken from macroalgae cells, and grown in a laboratory and harvested at an ephemeral stage in the life cycle of Undaria Pinnatifida seaweed.

The awards saw five products shortlisted by a panel of industry experts. The Silver award went to Sederma with Majestem, while Bronze was taken by IBR for its IBR-Pristiniser ingredient.

Corinne Stoltz, global operational marketing manager for Seppic, comments: ‘We are very proud to have won this award. I think it is because it is a good, sustainable, green ingredient. It took around five years to develop as it was a product of new technology – it is the first time a company is able to cultivate cells coming from micro algae. There will be many more similar products from us in the future.’

Lifetime Achievement Award

Kevin Gallagher received the coveted in-cosmetics Group Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 show for his immense contribution to the cosmetics industry.

Industry was invited to vote between three chosen nominees who were selected as finalists by a panel of experts. The nominees were:

  • Kevin Gallagher, retired president, global personal care, care and actives, Croda
  • Patrice Bellon, president of the French Society of Cosmetic Chemists and president of Cosmetoscent
  • R. Randall Wickett, President, R. Randall Wickett Consulting.

Awarded every three years, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the cosmetics and personal care industry during their career. On the evening, the 2013 winner, Karl Lintner, handed over the award to Gallagher, who started as an applications chemist in 1978. He held positions in R&D, QA, sales, and marketing before moving into general management in 1989. Gallagher then became the first president of Croda’s global personal care and actives business, when the group structure was changed in 2014. Supporting innovation has been a key aspect of his leadership at Croda.

‘I didn’t have expectations of winning so it was great to be chosen. I was up against very high quality people who have done a lot for the industry. It was special to receive the award from Karl; I’ve known him a long time,’ comments Gallagher.

Inaugural Sensory Awards

Capsum received the first ever in-cosmetics Group Sensory Award in Paris last night, impressing judges with its Epure IsoBulle product.

The Sensory Awards have been introduced to celebrate the most innovative developments in sensory and texture. In-cosmetics presented Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in this category. The awards saw 22 products shortlisted by a panel of industry experts.

Nikko Group – Nikko Chemicals took the Silver prize for its Merguri Series, while Technature won Bronze for its Leaf Mask innovation. 



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