Natural Cosmetics Masterclass Set to Help Clarify Creating Natural Beauty Products

A new masterclass aims to promote the use of green ingredients in beauty and personal care applications. Taking place in Paris on June 25, 2014, the one-day training program will feature novel and emerging green ingredients and tackle their associated formulation issues.

Organized by Organic Monitor, the Natural Cosmetics Masterclass has been designed to encourage cosmetic brands and ingredient firms to use green materials. A range of green alternatives are now available to synthetic preservatives, emulsifiers, surfactants, thickeners and stabilizers in beauty and cosmetic applications. By discussing their technical issues and providing practical advice, the masterclass aims to encourage the use of such green materials.

The first part of the Masterclass will give an update on new and emerging green ingredients. After an introductory seminar by Organic Monitor, Symrise will explore the opportunities provided by marine-based ingredients. Tony Gough from Innospec will then discuss developments in green emulsifiers and surfactants. What are the most cost-effective green alternatives to SLS and SLES in personal care applications? Other papers will discuss green materials for thickeners and stabilizers, and developing paraben-free cosmetic formulations.

With many beauty brands still grappling to formulate certified products, an update will be given on popular natural and organic cosmetic standards. CosmeBio and Ecocert will state the technical and raw material requirements of the Cosmos standard, while Dr. Mark Smith will give an update on the NaTrue standard. Organic Monitor will then present its latest findings on the European market for natural and organic cosmetics, stating the differences in standards and market developments between countries.

In the second part of the masterclass, Judi Beerling, technical research manager of Organic Monitor, will give a dedicated workshop on green actives. Many beauty brands are turning to green actives for innovation; however, their use brings technical hurdles. The workshop will give details of popular classes of green actives and their functionality in beauty cosmetic applications. The interactive session will go through pragmatic solutions to common problems faced by formulators and product developers when using green materials.

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