North America's leading ingredients and formulations event puts sustainability and science front and center for strong participation.
The 43rd annual New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (NYSCC) Supplier Day came to a successful close at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Showcasing the latest raw materials, ingredients, formulations and technical innovations, the event attracted 7805 attendees representing 55 countries. The show featured 448 exhibitors, representing a 17 % increase in net square footage, including nearly 100 new exhibitors and dozens of new product announcements.
" The enthusiasm and excitement for Suppliers' Day was evident throughout the Javits Center. Everyone was eager to meet in person and get back to work, as well as to learn about the latest trends and advances in the industry." said Giorgio Dell'Acqua, President of NYSCC. It really was the destination for Science & Sustainable Sourcing Solutions!
The high quality of participation and commitment, and the focus on sustainability at Suppliers' Day were also praised by exhibitors. "I've been attending Suppliers' Day for over 35 years, but this one was special because I was finally able to make face-to-face contacts. Plus, there's so much innovation in the industry today and every supplier and stand is thinking about sustainability, it's a big push in the industry and consumers are pushing for it as much as brands," said Scott Tuchinsky, business head consumer care, North America, Croda.
Neslihan Utkan, Sales Director, Consumer Products, Clariant, added, " Attendance was excellent this year, and Suppliers' Day is an important platform to see where the industry is heading. It's about being natural, green and sustainable. "
Day two featured a special presentation by Noah Rosenblatt, President, North America, and Space NK, who was interviewed by Kelly Kovack, Founder and CEO of BeautyMatter. The conversation focused on consumers' return to in-store shopping in terms of experience, convenience and connection, as online sales growth returns to a pre-pandemic trajectory.
Noah also discussed how ingredient-driven trends are driving sales, and how consumers are buying by ingredient as much as they are looking for an ingredient. " We see the ingredient-driven trend continuing steadily in our stores and in the selection and selection of products" said Noah Rosenblatt. " From hyaluronic acid to CBD, vitamin C, and this year, niacinamide is everywhere" .
The Supplier Day educational offerings were also well received by attendees. With over 60 hours of programming, there was something for everyone in the industry. The Presentation Theater hosted sold-out sessions, including Discover Sustainability, World of Chemistry, IBA Regulatory & Compliance Update and Innovations from the Exhibit Floor, which highlighted some of the dozens of new product announcements made at the event.
Digital Age of Beauty returned with presentations on digital tools and innovative technologies influencing product development, including AI, VR and a presentation on "The Good Face App - Where Consumers Drive R&D". Microbiome: Inside Out Beauty showcased Skin Trust Club, a unique skin health tracking app powered by Labskin, and included a presentation by Dr. Elsa Jungman of ELSI Skin Health, America's first microbiome-friendly consumer brand. The INDIE 360 program covered all aspects of launching and sustaining a brand, with founders Dr. Brent Ridge, Beekman 1802 and Stephanie Lee, Selfmade.
Two advanced courses were specially designed by NYSCC's Scientific Advisory Committee and offered a deep dive into in-vitro modeling to predict clinical outcomes, as well as natural colorants. The lunchtime talk on hair: textured, curly, straight? What you need to know! was well attended, and PCPC and IKW presented their popular course on the essentials of cosmetics regulation, safety assessment and quality assurance. For the first time, there was a poster pavilion with scheduled sessions with authors to enable attendees to learn more about skin care, clean and green products, biofuels, sustainability and other relevant topics.
The "Future Chemists" workshop welcomed students from 16 universities/colleges across the country, including the University of Toledo in Ohio, Florida International University, Rutgers University in New Jersey and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, and gave them hands-on experience of working as a chemist in a laboratory. The NYSCC Mentoring Committee organized a luncheon and information session for mentors and mentees.
After the first night of the show, the NYSCC awards ceremony took place at Sony Hall. The eight finalists for CEW Supplier's Beauty Creators Award: Ingredients and Formulation were announced, and included BASF Corporation: Seanactiv - rapidly rejuvenating the eye contour; Clariant Corporation: Berashades; Croda Inc: ChromaPur; Croda Inc: Nutrinvent Balance; Geltor, Inc: Elastapure; IFF/Lucas Meyer Cosmetics: Anti-Glyc-Agin Zinc Screen; Silab Inc: Peptilium; and Symrise, Inc: SymHair Thermo - a natural 100% thermal protection for hair care, powered by fungi. The winner will be announced at the IA Winners Celebration on November 11, 2022.
NYSCC also held a People's Choice Award where attendees voted for the most innovative brand in ingredients, distribution, branding and packaging in the INDIE 360 pavilion. Selected companies that participated included CandaScent Labs, Dr Lili Fan Probiotic Skincare, High on Love, I-on Skincare, Lamik Beauty, Malibu Apothecary, Onekind, PRIORI Adaptive Skincare, Redmint, Shielded Beauty, Sunrise Session by Nohbo, Inc. and Touch in Sol.
The winner of the People's Choice Award is Sunrise Session, a single-use, waste-free personal care product that disappears and leaves no trace behind. " Sunrise Session has had an extraordinary first experience at Suppliers' Day" said Benjamin Stern, founder and CEO of Nohbo, Inc. who attended the champagne reception to accept the NYSCC Supplier Day People's Choice Award. " It's exciting to be recognized as a leading brand in sustainability and to participate in such a valuable event for chemists."
Virtual Suppliers Day launched on Monday May 9, attracting hundreds of new attendees and offering on-site attendees at the Javits Center a chance to revisit exhibitors or access content they may have missed during the show days. This hybrid Live & Virtual Week of beauty event reached 8,000 participants from all over the world.
Plans are already underway for NYSCC Suppliers' Day 2023, to be held on May 2-3, again at the Javits Center, with over 80 % exhibitors already resigned. " I look forward to working closely with our members and the SCC, as well as the Suppliers' Day team, to expand our industry and media partnerships to create the world's best ingredient event for the industry, by the industry." NYSCC President-elect Stacey House said. " The last few years have been challenging, but I also want to focus on integrating wellness and ecological awareness into the beauty and personal care sectors."