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Cosmetics and Preservatives

We are living in an era where consumers are seeking out products that are free from certain ingredients usually coined as “harmful”. The terms natural and organic are music to the ears of today’s consumer. Selecting products with these labels makes a lot of sense especially in food products, but is it really the wise choice when it comes to cosmetics? Especially when it comes to preservatives?

If you ever hear “that has a lot of preservatives” it usually is about something in a box or can with an expiration date many months or years away. The preservatives help keep it edible that long.

A preservative by definition is any substance or chemical that prevents decomposition in things such as medical drugs, food, drinks, and cosmetics.

For preservative suppliers, the rising demand for natural products has put them in a uncomfortable position. Unlike food products, preservation is essential for cosmetics. In response, companies are trying to deter the negative perception by offering products with greener or lower levels of preservatives. Also, other type of preservative formulations.

For example, Jeen International has recently showcased two liquid blends that can meet preservation needs of cosmetics, Jeecide AA and Jeecide AA Plus. “Even if the industry recognizes that there is no scientific basis of some for the stigma, our industry is responding to consumer perception,” said Albert Babik, general manager of Jeen.

Other companies alternative solutions are:

  • Preservatives free of phenoxyethanol
  • SharoSense preservatives composed of naturally-derived thymol and laboratory proven technology
  • Amplify which is a proven preservative technology combined with ethyl lauroyl arginate and free of paraben, formaldehyde, and CIT/MIT.

“The preservatives market is very dynamic with sudden changes driven by the latest regulatory restriction or even news and social media,” said David Koehl, global business manager of Troy, a home and personal care formulator company. For example Koehl said that phenoxyethanol which is and has been a safe and effective preservative is being scrutinized today because of bad information being put out on the Internet and social media. But that does not stop Troy from using it.

Just like many years ago it was suddenly popular for formulation companies to seek paraben-free preservatives and today parabens are accepted as safe and effective for formulations. Trends like these have made Phil Hindley, head of global marketing preservation say “If people want a sustainable preservation industry within home and personal care, then it needs to be done at collaborative level—suppliers, NGOs, etc.”

Rather than use negative advertising by throwing out labels such as “preservative-free,” the whole industry including NGOs need to work together to drive innovation and give consumers what they want. Because at the end of the day, there is no way moisturizers or shampoos lasts more than a month without any preservatives.

Source: http://www.happi.com/issues/2017-07-01/view_features/safety-dance/

By |October 26th, 2017|Production, Research & Development|Comments Off on Cosmetics and Preservatives

Most Women Are Buying Organic Skincare Products

Like the food industry going towards more organic and natural options, the skincare industry is now going the same route by crafting their products with more natural ingredients. Forty to 50 percent of women in the U.S. are looking for products with natural or organic ingredients, according NPD Group’s Women’s Facial Skincare Consumer Report.

What classifies these skincare products as natural or organic is that they are made without the following ingredients, which can be seen as harmful:

  • Fragrances
  • Parabéns
  • Phthalates
  • Sulfates
  • Gluten

“Current trends across industries, from the food we eat to the clothing we wear, have been geared towards natural and safe ingredients; the same holds true when it comes to consumers’ purchase criteria for skin care. Consumers today are expecting transparency and full disclosure, and it is critical for brands to clearly state their position on such issues such as ingredient usage and product testing.” states Larissa Jensen, Executive Director and Industry Analyst at The NPD Group.

Some of the stats published by The NPD Group’s study are:

  • 4% increase in women buying skincare products that are for sensitive skin, contain no fragrances, and are hypoallergenic.
  • 48% of respondents look for skincare products formulated from natural or organic ingredients.
  • 7% increase in women buying skincare products that free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and gluten.

This study is in correlation with the amount of environmentally skincare products being made and sold in the last year. In fact, sales in the skincare industry for organic and natural products increased by 13% in the last year, according to the NPD report.

There is nothing to worry about in this rising trend even if women are becoming picky about the skincare products they purchase. It is in fact helping the skincare industry by increasing sales in complementary skin care products such as face masks. More than a fifth of women are using more than four skincare products a day, according to the report. From facial cleansers to lip products and moisturizers, this trend is increasing engagement and sales like never before.

If you are in the skincare industry or are looking to enter, then organic and natural products is the route to go. If you are in need of a consultation regarding the skincare industry, whether it be manufacturing, research and development or formulation, Arizona Natural Resources can help.

Thirty percent of women are now using face masks, making this the fastest-growing segment in the skin care market with a 37% increase in face mask sales from prestige beauty brands.

“The fact that consumers are open to expanding their skin care routine presents an opportunity for brands to look beyond the basic regimen of a cleanser and moisturizer,” said Jensen.

“By adding supplementary products such as masks, consumers can engage and experiment with a brand in new ways, which generates more excitement, translating to more sales, for the skincare category.”

Source: https://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/Almost_half_of_US_women_are_seeking_more_natural_skin_care_products/134038

By |October 11th, 2017|Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Most Women Are Buying Organic Skincare Products

Probiotics and Skin Health

Recent research has shown that probiotics are actually good for the skin. For years they have been known to improve one’s health and immune system. But now research has finally reached a good understanding of how they can actually strengthen the skin and make it less prone to dryness. Those are some of the significant attributes consumers seek when looking for skin care products. In the last few years there have been an influx of skin care products that promote their probiotics and benefits for the skin.

The idea of probiotics being good for the skin has been being studied for almost 15 years. The latest clinical studies found that harmful bacteria we ingest can lead to the unwanted skin symptoms such as redness and acne. Probiotics can come in many forms such as in yogurt, Kombucha, and supplements. Supplements have actually been found to hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.

Probiotics have acidic compounds such as lactic acid which battles the growth of pathogens. They also have bacteriocins which are very potent and prevent pathogen adhesion. Compounds such as these play a great role in improving and hydrating sensitive skin, and reducing acne, dermatitis, and skin cancer.

As of right now, only bacteria fragments or metabolites for proibidos formulas are present in skin care products. Although, there are probiotics with live bacteria cultures, they have not been found to be more effective than the ladder. But it is possible we can see some products with live bacteria cultures in the future.

Dr. Erin Gilbert MD has stated that probiotics can benefit the following skin conditions:

  • Aging
  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Dullness
  • Rosacea

They can also help the immune and digestive system.

Now is a better time than ever to start looking into entering the cosmetic industry, specifically probiotics. Companies like L’Oreal and Estee Lauder are leading the way with their own innovations involving probiotics. If you need more information regarding the manufacturing, quality, regulatory, research and development or packaging of cosmetics feel free to contact us here, we’re happy to help. We, Arizona Natural Resources have provided contract manufacturing services since 1972.

By |October 3rd, 2017|Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Probiotics and Skin Health