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Cosmetics and personal care professionals go to Paris Expo Porte de Versailles for the great return of in-cosmetics Global

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The world's leading personal care ingredients show returned in person, and thousands of cosmetic ingredient suppliers and manufacturers came together to network, learn and do business.

in-cosmetics Global, the world's leading trade fair for personal care ingredients, made triumphant comeback in Paris this month, marking its first physical European event after a three-year hiatus. More than 8,000 cosmetics and personal care professionals attended Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, filling the lobbies for this much-sought-after opportunity to discover, test and try the latest ingredient launches in person, while taking advantage of in-person networking and training opportunities.

Alexander Stusenvoll, Director of Sales and Marketing at Impag Germany, said of the return of this face-to-face event: "We have been involved in in-cosmetics for many years and, after three years of video calls, we were looking forward to meeting people in person. We had a strong participation from French suppliers in particular and it's great to see them again and see other friendly faces. Being back "on stage" is great. The quality of the discussions and meetings was good, and we took the opportunity to present our new ideas and inspirations; hopefully, this means that we can continue with more in-depth discussions. We are very happy to be back. in-cosmetics is a social reunion event, which is a very important part that you completely miss with video calls."

Innovation takes centre stage

With more than 800 exhibitors in attendance, innovation was on the agenda throughout these three days, with the main ingredient suppliers taking the opportunity to announce a multitude of new products. This has not only demonstrated the industry's continued interest in developing new products, but also why in-cosmetics Global is recognized as a hotbed of ingredient innovation.

Among the exhibitors who announced their latest launches, Gattefossé revealed its new active ingredient of plant origin, Solastemis. Designed to offer brands, especially dermo-cosmetics, a powerful active ingredient to protect the skin from UV rays, it meets the growing needs of consumers concerned about the health of their skin. At the same time, Symrise presented its latest cutting-edge innovation in modern product protection in the form of its green Hydrolite 8 – the first high-quality pure caprylyl glycol, 100% of biological origin, launched in the cosmetics market.

Elsewhere on the show, Clariant Natural Ingredients introduced Prenizen, a new natural active ingredient that helps fight stress-induced hair loss, improve hair vitality and density, and restore hair and scalp well-being. For its part, Vantage Personal Care introduced a brand new formulation platform aimed at providing formulators with a broad combination of highly traceable, sustainable and high-impact ingredients – highly relevant to conscious consumers.

The other exhibitor, Dow, also unveiled five new technologies in addition to its ECOllaboration Concepts collection, to meet growing consumer demand for sustainable and inclusive solutions. Among the new product announcements, four covered skin and hair applications, designed to showcase new innovative bio-based ingredients and eight pioneering formulations from Dow. It also introduced a series of six new flagship commercial products, including MaizeCare Clarity Polymer – a unique corn-based ingredient that helps formulate crystal clear hairdressing formulas; DOWSIL 979 emulsion for use in conditioners, leave-in formats and shampoos; and EcoSmooth Rice Husk Cometic Powder, an upcycled white silica powder designed to be added to a wide range of common types of skincare, colored cosmetics and hair care formulations.

Speaking about the importance of ingredient innovation, Sandra Sato, Dow's Global Segment Leader Sensory, said, "At Dow, the evolution of our portfolio never stops – bringing more sustainable and inclusive personal care ingredients that match the latest trends is a key priority for our local and global teams."

"Our brand new ECOllaboration Concepts collection exemplifies this approach like never before, bringing together eight new formulations that showcase recent and new launches, while retaining a minimum of 90% of naturally occurring ingredients in each formulation. Expanding our portfolio aims to empower customers around the world to create personal care solutions that not only deliver differentiated performance, but also safe ingredients for people and the planet."

A sustainable future for the next beauty revolution

With a focus on sustainability, this year's in-cosmetics Global show showed the steps taken by the beauty and personal care industry to reduce its impact on the environment through ingredient choice and formulation methods. While sustainability has long been a priority for the industry, this year's show highlighted the tangible progress made by brands and ingredient suppliers. The Sustainability Corner, sponsored by AAK, returned to offer participants a glimpse into the latest advances and achievements in sustainable personal care.

During the Sustainability Corner tour at in-cosmetics Global, Helene Villecroze, Cco Design Manager, Chanel Parfums Beauté, said: "As environmental concerns increase, it is better for consumers to have a different perspective on sustainability and a perspective on ingredients. The Sustainability Corner offers a summary of the best products exhibitors present, giving examples and proposing more sustainable ideas."

Another participant, Agatha Bernedot, Product Development Manager at Fresh, added: "The Sustainability Corner made me aware of the existence of good sustainability solutions, which I intend to use to challenge our formulation development team. This is a tricky area, and it's hard to satisfy the consumer while being natural and sustainable."

Other interactive products drew crowds throughout the three days of the event, including the latest raw ingredients on the market in ashland-sponsored Innovation Zone; new and invigorating sensations in the sensory bar, sponsored by IMCD; and innovative pigments and technologies in the makeup bar, sponsored by Lubrizol Life Science.

Florence L'Alloret, Innovation Project Manager at L'Oréal, said of these product spaces: "In-cosmetics Global's interactive features are a great way to get an overview of the latest innovations on a wide range of topics. I am particularly interested in finding ingredients from nature and I was able to find a lot of interest."

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