Silicones do have their place in skincare

Skincare trends come and go and quite often follow general consumer trends.  The move towards a more sustainable, natural and eco-conscious lifestyle has influenced skin care trends as well.  The term CLEAN skincare has crept onto labels and into marketing copy and generally refers to products that are free from certain ingredients but definitely does not mean all natural or …

6 Essential Steps in New Cosmetic Product Development

In the growing industry of personal care and cosmetic, brands and manufacturers need to continuously create and innovate. The collection turnover is getting shorter due to seasonal constraints and fast-evolving consumers’ needs. To answer this changing demand, businesses must reduce their product time to market and costs while being innovative. New Product Development processes should be optimized to better-fit market evolution …

Botanichem Superfood for the Hair Chiaprotect

Superfood for the Hair, Chiaprotect

Already widely recognised as a popular superfood and used for centuries by the ancient Inca and Mayan civilisations, Chia seeds are now finding their way into the cosmetics industry as a useful and effective addition to both hair and skincare products. Chia seeds are obtained from the Salvia Hispanica plant and contain up to 20% protein which is essential for …

Botanichem Stability testing helps get products onto the shelf quickly and safely

Stability testing helps get products onto the shelf quickly and safely

The need to get products onto the shelf as quickly as possible has meant that companies do not always want to spend time testing products for stability.  But is it acceptable to use accelerated testing whereby 12-weeks represents a 24-month shelf life? The risk of taking a product to market without the necessary stability testing is tempting, however, it is …


Over a Decade of the Argan Programme

Argan oil and extracts have always been popular in cosmetic applications because of their moisturising, tightening and anti-ageing properties. Hence, BASF set out with the Argan Programme. In Morocco, the argan tree’s country of origin, argan oil production is traditionally run by women. They are usually organized in cooperatives and exploit the argan fruit in an elaborate and time-consuming process, …


The Shift to Natural Ingredients in the Cosmetic Industry

Consumers have become more aware of their health in terms of diet and wellbeing. Many have experienced the benefits of switching towards products with natural and organic ingredients. This has led to consumers educating themselves on the ingredients used in their routine beauty, skin and hair care products. Which has created a shift towards those based on natural ingredients. This …

Stability Testing For Quality Control

Stability Testing For Quality Control

If there was an industry that needs to make sure that it can deliver on its promises and, that its products perform above and beyond expectations, the cosmetic business is probably it. A manufacturer’s worst nightmare is having their reputations left in tatters due to customer complaints about the product separating, becoming contaminated or leaking. Stability testing involves the laboratory …

BASF InSight in-cosmetics 2019

The rambutan sustainable program for responsible beauty Innovation is not just about science, but also about improving the way to develop ingredients and offering products that have been created for responsible consumption. BASF initiated the exploration of rambutan tree’s various cosmetic properties, with the ambition to ensure sustainable use of the resource and generate a positive impact on supply chain …

Parabens - safe or not safe

Parabens, guilty or not?

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel – which is comprised of world-renowned dermatologists, toxicologists, chemists, consumer protection advocates and public health experts – have cleared parabens of being wrongfully accused of being unsafe and have stated that there are safe parabens.

5 Hot Actives from BASF

Every day we are attacked by a barrage of daily factors that result in damage and ages our skin. Some of these daily factors we can control like our diets and habits, but some are out of control like weather and light exposure. Thankfully BASF Beauty Creations has taken this into consideration.