The best of in-cosmetics’ innovators recognised

in-cosmetics Global, Paris, 2-4 April, Innovation Zone Awards 2019


in-cosmetics Global last night unveiled the winners of its Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards 2019 – a celebration of the most cutting-edge personal care ingredients that have been launched in the past six months.


Ingredients businesses large and small put forward their best innovations for contention for Gold, Silver and Bronze places across five categories – Best Active Ingredient, Best Functional Ingredient, Green Ingredient, Make-Up Bar Award and the Sensory Award. Judged by some of the industry’s foremost experts, the awards are highly respected around the world and demonstrate the fantastic innovation that is on display at in-cosmetics Global.


A further Rising Star award was handed out for the first time, coined to recognise a first-time exhibitor at in-cosmetics Global. Entrants were judged by the range of their offering, as well as innovation, commodity, how many sectors they can accommodate and how solutions-orientated the product range was.


This year’s winners are as follows:


Rising Star Award


  • Vitalab


Best Functional Ingredient

  • Gold: Gattefossé – Emulium® Illustro
  • Silver: Vantage Specialty Ingredients, Inc. – InstaMask™
  • Bronze: CLARIANT – CareMag D
  • Bronze: PolymerExpert – EMC30


Best Active Ingredient

  • Gold: Vytrus Biotech – OLEA VITAE PLF
  • Silver: Hallstar – LOOK Oléoactif®
  • Bronze: Givaudan Active Beauty – Darkenyl™


Green Ingredient

  • Gold: Vytrus Biotech – Sarcoslim Re-Shape PRCF
  • Silver: Lipotec Active Ingredients – LUMICEASE™ blue ingredient
  • Bronze: Vitalab – NutriVita


Sensory Bar Award

  • Gold: Arkema – A sensorial journey with orgasol powders
  • Silver: Adeka Europe – NOL GT-730 & GT-930, Thixotropic memory gel
  • Bronze: Sumitomo Seika – Aqupec MG N4OR


Make-Up Bar Awar

  • Gold: Daito Kasei Europe – 100% natural or innovative textures
  • Silver: Tagra – Cameleon Caps
  • Bronze: Sun Chemical – Intenza Glitter Effects 


Winner of the inaugural Rising Star award, Gabriella Collenci, CEO at Vitalab, was delighted to be chosen, and said: “It is fantastic to win this award – we are all incredibly excited! The team has worked very hard and we are very proud of this win.”


On winning Gold in the Best Functional Ingredient category, Paula Lennon, Group Director for Cosmetics at Gattefossé, said: “We are grateful for the collaborative approach taken by our R&D and formulation teams, which has made this award win possible. It took six years and a lot of talent and expertise and we are absolutely thrilled.”


Gold Best Active Ingredient category winner Dr Oscar Expósito, Co-Founder and CEO at Vytrus Biotech, said: “I can’t believe it – I’m completely speechless. We put passion into our products, we love what we do and a lot of research and many years have gone into OLEA VITAE PLF. We are a small company and so winning is incredible for us.”


Dr. Andrea Mitarotonda, Independent Consultant for the industry and member of the awards judging panel, said: “This year’s entries brought unrivalled innovation to Paris with some incredible ingredients to choose between.


“in-cosmetics Global is the event of the year for those in the personal care industry to see the newest creations before they hit the market, with many suppliers choosing to launch their latest products at the show. The Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards reward excellence, while it was a pleasure to bestow the first-ever Rising Star award to Vitalab. I am excited to see some of the incredible formulations that will be created by manufacturers using these products over the coming months.”


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