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July 9, 2009

Dow Corning Expands Xiameter Online Portal

To help its customers survive the recession, Dow Corning is expanding Xiameter to double the number of silicone products available through the online portal. The expanded business will increase the options for customers who do not want to pay for services they don’t need. The expanded Xiameter platform includes 2,100 products, a new order entry platform with enhanced self-service functionality, volume quantity options and the ability to buy from distributors. These improvements to Xiameter come at a time when the global recession is pummeling business plans, sustainability has become a way of life and China has emerged as a world power.

“We see opportunities in these challenges. We solve customers’ problems,” explained Stephanie A. Burns, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Dow Corning, during a press conference in New York last month. “With Xiameter, we perfected silicone service and we’ve become experts at adapting to changing conditions.”

Another way Dow Corning is adapting to change is by focusing increasingly on researching and developing solutions linked to global megatrends such as the drive for efficiency, increased focus on alternative energy and clean water, and the rapid urbanization in fast-growing emerging geographies. For example, in February, Dow Corning agreed to purchase more than 14,000 megawatt hours of wind-generated renewable energy through Consumers Energy’s Green Generation program, making Dow Corning one of the largest private purchasers of renewable energy in Michigan. By using wind-generated electricity, approximately 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be prevented from being released into the environment.

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Sabinsa Issues Paper on HCA Safety

Sabinsa Corp. has issued a position paper on the safety of HCA as found in its branded ingredient products, specifically the Citrin range of extracts and GarCitrin. The paper reviews and analyzes the published safety documentation of Garcinia cambogia extract, its active component hydroxycitric acid and its salts.

On May 1, the FDA issued a warning to consumers, based on adverse event reports, to stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. According to Sabinsa, although branded ingredients from Sabinsa Corp. do not occur in Hydroxycut, “our scientific integrity dictates that we dispel any reservations on the safety of a healthful, natural, food ingredient, hydroxycitric acid, which forms a part of the active ingredients composition of Hydroxycut.”

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Noveon Consumer Specialties Realigns For Innovation

The Noveon Consumer Specialties team of Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. has realigned its business management, sales, marketing and technical organizations, effective June 1, 2009.

Under the direction of Tom Malafronte, senior vice president and general manager for Noveon Consumer Specialties, the new business teams will be led by Annie Bourgeat, global director of new business development across all segments of Noveon Consumer Specialties; Mary Clarke, business director, hydrocolloids and pharmaceuticals; David Kreckman, global business director, surfactants; Chris Murphy, global director of R&D; Steve Semenczuk, global business director for personal care and home care; andJulie Shlepr, global strategic marketing director.

“We are confident that our new organization is well positioned for success and will deliver leading-edge solutions to customers,” said Mr. Malafronte.

Actives and Natural Ingredients

The following list includes natural ingredients and actives for use in personal care products, which were not included in the May 2009 issue of Happi. For more information, contact the companies directly.

KitoZyme SA

Herstal, Belgium
Tel: +32 4 259 85 00
Specialties: vegetal alternative for adding a silicone touch to hair, skin and personal care; Ecocert active ingredient: reinforces skin’s moisture barrier, strengthens the cohesion between dermis and epidermis, anti-pollution, firming, boosts cell renewal and squama reduction.

Centerchem, Inc.

Norwalk, CT
Tel: 203-822-9800, Fax: 203-822-9820
Specialties: Centerchem encompasses specialty ingredients and innovative technologies for a growing personal care portfolio for men and women. Included are enhanced delivery systems—encapsulations, molecular film delivery systems, aqueous polymer dispersions; liposomes; a wide range of humectant specialties, epidermal lipids, peptides, proteins and glycol-proteins; skin brighteners, self tanning adjuvants and sun care materials; biotechnologically-derived materials; enzymes and enzyme inhibitors; and a diversity of botanically-derived materials and complexes, many organically certified. A technical marketing team and a formulation lab maintain quality and customization.

New from Centerchem: Lipotec’s Pre-venthelia, promotes DNA repair capacity; Pentapharm’s Regu-cea, prevents skin redness and irritation; and Provital’s Vitasource, delays dermal senescence; reactivates cells.

LycoRed Corp.

Orange, NJ
Tel: 973-882-0322, Fax: 973-882-0323
Lyc-O-Mato CG-1
INCI Name:Solanium lycopersicum (tomato) fruit lipids. Applications: Potent antioxidant for use in topical cosmetics. Lower coloration effects. Recommended for use in sun care, skin care, hair care, lip care and makeup. Ideal for use in conjunction with sun care products, for added activity against environmental stress (free radicals, smoke, pollution). Use Levels: sun care: 0.30-0.50%; skin care: 0.30-0.50%: lip care: 0.50-0.75 %; makeup: 0.50-0.75%; hair care: 0.05-0.20%. Comments: A natural extract of red, ripe tomatoes, rich in phytonutrients: lycopene, phytoene, phyto- fluene, beta-carotene, and tocopherols. Provides protection against UV-induced skin reactions, because of the high levels and the unique combination of nutrients. Helps reduce free radicals damage. Maintains skin elasticity and softness.
Lyc-O-Mato Rose CG

INCI Name: Solanium lycopersicum (tomato) fruit lipids (and) rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract. Applications: A potent and stable antioxidant for use in topical cosmetics. Lower coloration effects. For use in sun care, skin care, hair care, lip care and makeup products. Ideal for use with sun care products, for added activity against environmental stress. Use Levels:sun care: 0.30-0.50%; skin care: 0.30-0.50%; lip care: 0.50-0.75%; makeup: 0.50-0.75; hair care: 0.05-0.20%.Comments: A stable, antioxidant due to the unique combination of the phytonutrient complex of lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene, beta-carotene, tocopherols and rosemary extract, rich in carnosic acid. Provides exceptional protection against photo-oxidation and free radicals.
Lyc-O-Rose 4% (Oil)

INCI Name: Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary) Applications: A potent and stable antioxidant for use in food, nutricosmetics and topical cosmetics, for protection against environmental stress (UV-induced skin reactions, free radicals, smoke, pollution) and oxidation. Does not impart coloration to products. Nutricosmetics Use Levels: 5-10 mg per day; Topical Use Levels: skin care: 0,30-0.50%; sun care: 0.30-0.50%; lip care: 0.20-0.30%; hair care: 025-0.40% Comments: A natural, potent and stable antioxidant, with high levels of carnosic acid (35%) Provides added stability to unstable compounds and formulation in food, nutri-cosmetics and cosmetics.

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