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Croda Completes IRB Acquisition

August 31, 2012

Croda Completes IRB Acquisition

Croda Completes IRB Acquisition

• Croda International Plc has completed the acquisition of IRB (Istituto di Ricerche Biotecnologiche SpA.), an Italian company that is a global leader in the emerging market of active ingredients obtained by plant stem cell culture.

According to Croda, IRB holds a unique position in the market with the widest range of plant cell lines characterized by specific markers and the ability to manufacture titrated plant extracts through its exclusive biotechnological process. Croda maintains the move strengthens its investment in innovative and sustainable personal care ingredients by combining IRB’s distinctive production method with Sederma’s extensive performance testing and claim substantiation know-how.

Croda, via the Sederma brand, will bring plant cell culture biotechnology to the customers as the leading, unprecedented technology for delivering proven efficacy as well as true sustainability, with consumer demands in mind.

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Cosmoprof North America reported an increase in attendees.
Cosmoprof North America Attendance Rises 9%
• Celebrating 10 years in Las Vegas, Cosmoprof North America this year boasted the highest attendance and participation, according to show organizers. The event, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from July 22–24, featured 856 exhibiting companies to a sold out show floor along with more than 25,000 attendees, a 9% increase.

As in past years, CPNA attracted many new and innovative brands in addition to industry leaders such as Ahava, Conair, CND, Essie/L’Oreal Professional, Moroccan Oil, OPI Nail, Orly, Rusk, Schwarzkopf and Zotos International.

The International Buyer Program, sponsored by UNIPRO, the Italian Association of Cosmetic Industries, once again united buyers and sellers around the world with the resources, contacts, and data to build business partnerships. Beauty and cosmetic companies showcased their products and were offered the opportunity to have pre-scheduled appointments with a group of selected importers and distributors. Overall, 300 meetings were held between international buyers involving more than 150 exhibiting companies and 88 qualified international buyers, according to event organizers.

The 2012 Discover Beauty Award winner was Layla Cosmetics from Italy, which received its accolades at the Discover Beauty party at MIX in THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Fusing together the latest technology and Italian fashion influence, Layla Cosmetics has been creating trend-setting and cutting-edge nail products from Milan for over 70 years.

Earlier this year, CPNA unveiled its first-ever Discover Beauty partnership with, the new e-commerce site founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen. will host an exclusive Discover Beauty pop-up store that will feature three Discover Beauty brands from this year’s lineup. These brands, which were also announced at the Discover Beauty party include, Marula – The Leakey Collection, Recipe for Men and Fairiche.

Another new initiative this year as a part of the Discover Beauty program was Spotlights, an exhibit space that showcased 19 small artisan labels that are a prime fit for high-end retail stores, boutiques, salons and spas, and was all abuzz with activity throughout the three days of the show, according to the show organizer.

Cosmoprof North America 2013 will take place July 14–16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.


FDA OKs Unilever’s OTC Device for Wrinkles
• Cynosure, Inc. has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a home-use, over-the-counter device for the treatment of facial wrinkles. The device, which was developed in partnership with Unilever, is expected to debut in 2013.

“FDA clearance of this device marks a significant milestone in our alliance with Unilever to develop light-based devices for the consumer market,” said Michael Davin, Cynosure’s president and CEO of Cynosure, which is based in Westford, MA.”Our strategic partnership with Unilever blends our expertise in developing market-leading, light-based technology that emphasizes patient safety and clinical results, with Unilever’s unparalleled innovation, branded marketing and distribution.”

The device is indicated for the treatment of both periorbital and perioral wrinkles, according to Cynosure, which signed a multi-year funded cooperative development agreement with Unilever in June 2009.

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AkzoNobel, Corn Products Form Alliance
• AkzoNobel Global Personal Care, a business of AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry, has formed a strategic alliance with Corn Products International/National Starch. The alliance will position AkzoNobel as the global distributor of Corn Products’ line of functional, modified starches for hair care and skin care applications, excluding bar soap and dusting powders, according to the company.

According to Rob Asselin, VP and GM for AkzoNobel Global Personal Care, the alliance provides AkzoNobel a strong technology and innovation partner to achieve its growth ambitions across its three strategic pillars of hair styling, skin care, and cleansing and conditioning.

“This serves to further strengthen our position as one of the leading specialty solution providers in beauty care technologies,” he said.

The portfolio of functional starches that will be globally distributed in hair, sun and skin care Naviance Purity brand starches and Tapioca Pure Starch.

Ultimate Skin Health Symposium Is Nov. 9-11
• Zein E. Obagi, will serve as director of the 24th Ultimate Skin Health Symposium (, a three-day breakthrough skin rejuvenation program taking place at the Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills, California from Nov. 9-11, 2012.

The symposium will attract dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and skin care professionals from all over the world. Attendees will learn the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on the full spectrum of skin health and rejuvenation therapies.

Key topics will include new topical agents and delivery systems; novel peel protocols to treat anti-aging, acne, photo damage; laser and light based devices for face and off-face applications; and pearls for using dermal fillers and neurotoxins.

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Formulating with Precision At Nanometer Scale
• The Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (COLL) has scheduled a symposium on “Formulating for Precision at the Nanometer Scale” at the 245th ACS Spring 2013 meeting, scheduled for April 7-11, 2013 in New Orleans.

This symposium highlights challenges and progress in developing formulations involving nano-scale components and interactions, with a focus on pharmaceutical, food and consumer applications.

Contributions that specifically address the role of nanoscopic properties in these areas are of particular interest. Both experimental and theoretical studies are welcome.

Specific topics include:
  • Novel nanoparticles for advanced delivery;
  • Self-assembled delivery vehicles;
  • Fluid-based or multi-phase nanoformulations;
  • Multi-functional or stimuli-responsive nanomaterials;
  • Nanoformulations for topical or transdermal applications; and
  • In vivo and in vitro testing

Abstracts should be submitted online on the PACS abstract submission site:; select “COLL” and then the symposium. Follow the instructions to input a 150 word abstract.
The deadline for online abstract submission is Oct. 31, 2011.

If you have difficulty submitting an abstract, please contact the Matthew E. Helgeson, Department of Chemical Engineering University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080, Tel: (805) 893-3372, email:

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World Perfumery Congress Draws More Than 900
• More than 900 fragrance industry professionals from 34 different countries convened during the 2012 World Perfumery Congress (WPC), held at the MGM Grand in Mashantucket, CT.

The event, which was held June 12-14, marked the first time the WPC has been held in the US in more than 20 years.

The conference program included panel discussions from leading perfumers, CPG executives, fragrance house management, ingredients experts, analysts and more, focusing on the challenges, innovations and potential white spaces that will shape the future of the fragrance industry.

More than 70 exhibitors connected with customers on the show floor, displaying the latest ingredients, packaging, equipment, software and other crucial services, providing a unique marketplace for fragrance industry professionals.

The next WPC will be held June 10–12, 2014 in Deauville, France.

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Wounded Warrior To Speak At Biomaterials Science Symposium in NJ
• At the 11th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science (which is slated for Oct 9-11 in New Brunswick, NJ), distinguished scientists will speak about bioactive materials, but a special highlight will the symposium banquet’s after-dinner speaker: Todd Nelson, retired US Army Master Sergeant.

Nelson’s story of recovery from devastating wounds sustained in battle in Afghanistan is both inspirational and motivational.

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Road Trip! ICMAD Hosts 2012 CITY Trunk Show
• The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) held its first CITY 2012 Beauty Trunk Show in August in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, featuring the winners of the 2012 Cosmetic Innovators of The Year (CITY) Awards.

The beauty trunk show gave the CITY Awards winners a platform to display their award-winning products at national retailers, including NewBeauty at Fred Segal, Ron Robinson Apothia, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel New York and Skins 6|2. The CITY Beauty Trunk Show took place simultaneously at those retailers Aug. 21-28.

In addition, for the inaugural trunk show, ICMAD created a special unit for the winners so they can be available for purchase at stores and online at

The 2012 CITY Trunk Show beauty brands and products include IT Cosmetics’ Vitality Cheek Flush Anti-Aging Powder Blush Stain; Murad’s Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum; Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body; Lux Beauty Group/Royal Apothic’s Holland Park Eau De Parfum; Oribe’s Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray; NYX Cosmetics’s Haute Jersey Leopard Couture; Hevia MD Skin Care’s Hevia Skin Science Line, Dayna Decker ‘s Essence Wash & Lotion, Crafting Beauty’s It’s Me by Jacomo; Besame Cosmetics‘ Crimson Cream Rouge; Jack Black’s DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads; and Swedish Skin Care’s Razor Burn Freedom for Women.

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Arylessence Releases TrendWatch
• In a world filled with stress and fatigue, a personal sense of well being and a desire for a balanced life are priorities that matter to Americans of all ages, according Arylessence TrendWatch, a comprehensive analysis of U.S. consumer attitudes, beliefs and buying behaviors.

As Baby Boomers worry about living well while growing older, and younger Americans are concerned about getting good jobs and keeping them, the steps people take to restore, recharge and refresh—physically and emotionally— are critical to achieving and sustaining a better life.

“Consumers are telling us that changing the world is a huge challenge,” said Arylessence president Steve Tanner. “But each of us has the power to create change in our own lives so we can live better, live happier, and enjoy a balanced life.”

This focus on self-awareness and “self-nurturing” among millions of Americans is one of seven major trends identified by Arylessence that depict the diversity of the American consumer landscape and offer marketers new creative pathways for brand and product development.

“Fragrance connects to more than our sense of smell,” says Lori Miller Burns, Arylessence director of marketing, leader of the TrendWatch study. “Fragrance connects to our sense of who we are and what we believe about ourselves and the world around us. Our study shows that Americans have very clear ideas about what matters, and importantly, how they prefer to live and enjoy their lives.”

Also ranking in the study is the consumer’s desire for romance and make-believe.

Hollywood escapism is not only a traditional part of American culture; but big-screen dreams also seriously influence what people buy, how they dress, and how they spend their time.

“We are trained by Hollywood to expect romance and fantasy in our lives,” said Miller Burns. “As human beings, we seek to make those desires real. In our challenging world, romantic themes and sensory experiences provide a welcome escape and have never been more relevant for consumers.”

Five additional consumer trends highlighted in the study include:
  • Past Forward—reflected by television shows like “Mad Men” (early 1960s), “Boardwalk Empire” (1920s), and “Downtown Abbey” (turn of last century), retro style is pulled into the future by fashion designers, creative directors and editors.
  • Global Fusions—America’s growing interest in the styles and tastes of cultures around the world, including South America, Indonesia, India and China, continues to influence fashion, foods, fabrics, cuisine, music, art and design.
  • Local Cravings—the mainstream consumer’s passion for fresh, organic and natural foods that are locally sourced, sold and consumed is making small growers and artisanal producers the new food celebrities.
  • Good Causes—Americans continue to believe in companies and brands that give back to the community, care about the world and make change happen.
  • New Values—price always matters, but today’s consumers also want design, technology and performance in private label and store brands that previously depended solely on price.

“When you know what consumers think and believe, and see how they are spending their money, you have important clues to shape the future of your brand,” said Miller Burns. “Fragrances and flavors can reflect the tastes and emotions that are actually driving consumer decision making across multiple categories.”

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BioScreen Opens Ophthalmology Test Lab In Phoenix, AZ
• BioScreen has opened an ophthalmology testing laboratory at its Phoenix facilities, offering comprehensive ophthalmologic safety testing.

Examples of claims such as “Ophthalmologist Tested,” “Safe for sensitive eyes,” “Safe for contact lens wearers,” “Safe for use around the eyes,” and “Clinically Tested” on many different product types are offered, according to the company.


INDA Seeks Wipes Product Entries for Visionary Award
• Got a great wipe? Nominate it—or your customers’ product—for a Visionary Innovation Award, which will be presented at INDA’s Vision Consumer Products Conference, to take place Jan. 29-31, 2013 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

The Vision Innovation Award recognizes and rewards new consumer end products that utilize nonwoven fabrics or employ nonwoven technology during their manufacturing process. Visionary Innovation Award finalists will present their innovation to the industry at Vision 2013. The winner will be selected by Vision 2013 attendees and announced during the conference.

The criteria for nominations for the award include:
  • The finished consumer end product must contain a nonwoven fabric or utilize a nonwoven technology during its manufacturing process.
  • The consumer product has to have been introduced to the trade or to consumers in 2012-2013.
  • The product cannot have been selected as a finalist in any previous Visionary Award competition.
  • Companies can nominate their own products. While any number of products can be nominated, one product per company will be selected as a finalist.
The deadline for nominations is Oct. 5, 2012, according to INDA, the association of the nonwoven fabric industry.

Contact Helena Lee,, (919) 233-1210, for more information.

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Bell Celebrates 100th Anniversary
• Bell Flavors and Fragrances celebrated 100 years in business on July 25, 2012 with a formal reception at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. With more than 300 guests in attendance, Bell presented a one-of-a-kind three-dimensional commemorative art piece, as well as a commemorative video honoring its 100 years in business.

The company was founded in Chicago in 1912 by William M. Bell, who used his background as a flavor chemist at Kraft foods to start up his own flavor business selling flavors to local ice cream parlors, grocery stores and soda pop shops.

Over the years, Bell acquired 15 flavor and fragrance businesses around the world including manufacturing locations in Northbrook, IL.; Middletown, NY.; Guadalajara, Mexico; Brossard (Montreal), Canada; Leipzig, Germany; Shanghai, China and São Paulo, Brazil.

In addition to Bell’s seven worldwide manufacturing plants, there are research and development operations in 10 countries, and sales offices in 40 countries.

The Heinz family privately owns Bell with 1,200 employees worldwide. The staff includes 14 employees with doctorates and 125 research-based personnel, according to the company.

At the celebration, James and Raymond Heinz, Bell co-presidents, shared their experiences with the company over the years. Sandy Frum, president of the Village of Northbrook, also congratulated Bell for its contribution to the community and noted how the village passed a resolution honoring the company’s milestone.

“There are not too many companies in the US that celebrate 100 years of being in business. It is quite an accomplishment,” said James Heinz, Bell’s president and CEO.


Color & Pigments 2012 TakeS A Close Look at UsAGE in Cosmetics
• Color & Pigments 2012, which will be held Oct. 24-26 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, will deliver three days of concurrently running programming for pigment industry experts and those focused exclusively on the major pigment end-uses in color cosmetics, according to event organizer Smithers Rapra.

This year’s agenda features a global lineup of speakers delivering exciting and informative sessions on a wide range of impactful topics such as pigment research initiatives, sustainable practices, value-added formulations, open source R&D, trends in coatings, paints, consumer electronics and cosmetics, as well as a deep focus on the connections between color science and art/designer and consumer.

Among the presentations in the Color Cosmetics Summit Track are “The Art of Effective Shade Matching,” by Valerie MacKenzie, vice president of product innovation at M•A•C Cosmetics and Estée Lauder Companies; and “Global Market Specific Demands and how it relates to the Multiple Definitions of “Beauty” by Kesh Dookie, a formulating chemist with M•A•C Cosmetics and Estée Lauder Companies.

Also on tap is an industry panel entitled “What’s Next for Pigments and Cosmetic Applications?” This group dialogue will include members of industry from suppliers to ened users. Among the panelists will be Dr. Prithwiraj Maitra, manager R&D, leader-center of excellence: color cosmetics, global skin care, Johnson & Johnson, and MacKenzie of M•A•C Cosmetics & Estée Lauder Companies.

Pre-conference workshops organized for Oct. 24 will include “Collaborative Competition in the Pigments Industry—An Exercise in Breaking Down Silos” and “Color, Color Science and Processing of Colorants Effectively & Efficiently.”