Taking place at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, in-cosmetics Global will host more than 800 personal care ingredient suppliers, including companies such as Arxada (formerly Lonza Specialty Ingredients), BASF, Clariant, Codif, Croda, DSM, Evonik, Expanscience, Exsymol, Greentech, Lubrizol, Mibelle, Momentive, Nouryon, Roquette, Silab, Solvay, Shin-Etsu, Symrise, Stepan Europe, and Wacker. Meanwhile, almost 60 new comers will exhibit for the first time, including AntalGenics, Cellugy ApS, Escruder, Gravel AI, Innomost and Sequential Bio.

Sustainable beauty, CBD and personalisation

In line with the current transformation of the cosmetics industry, ingredients that respond to the clean beauty trend will take centre stage at this year’s edition. Anticipated to grow at a robust CAGR of 40.1%, the global clean beauty market is expected to reach USD 37.65 billion by 2028, according to Research & Markets [1]. Despite a lack of definition, clean beauty has rapidly gained momentum as conscious consumers look for products made from ingredients that are safe, non-toxic and have the lowest possible impact on the environment.

According to Soil Association Certification, 2022 was its 11th consecutive year of growth based on the progression of certified organic beauty and wellbeing products. The Association’s Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Market Report revealed that nearly half (48%) of consumers are now more concerned about the environment than prior to the pandemic, and 55% are more likely to purchase environmentally friendly products.

Also, part of the clean beauty trend, sustainability is now top of mind for personal care and cosmetic ingredient suppliers. The organizers have therefore decided to create a Sustainability Zone, hosting exhibitors who can support suppliers and manufacturers in becoming more sustainable. Sponsored by FarmForce and in partnership with Ecovia Intelligence, the zone will cover every step of the supply chain from product planning, formulation and ingredient sourcing to packaging, manufacturing, and transportation.

“With a growing emphasis on sustainability and the continued efforts of consumers to make more conscious choices of the products they consume and dispose of, it is unsurprising that clean beauty continues to dominate,” said Roziani Zulkifli, Event Director, in-cosmetics Global. “As the conversation continues to expand, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Sustainability Zone at this year’s event. It will further expand the opportunities for attendees to discover solutions to every challenge facing their business.”

Ingredient Innovation

Other key trends at the show include personalisation and CBD, and exhibitors will unveil series of innovations to match with brands and consumers expectations.

Active Concepts S.r.L, for instance, will respond to two of this year’s biggest trends – clean beauty and CBD. Its 20829-ProCutiGen Bond is a lipopeptide derived from chia seeds. It can be utilised for hair strength and protection thanks to its rich source of protein, helping to prime hair cuticles and prevent damage. The supplier will also highlight its AC Hemp Oil Liposome PF, which capitalises on the potent anti-inflammatory benefits associated with hemp oil and CBD. It uses encapsulation technology to enhance activity and stability, while the inhibition of Interleukin-6 activity is thought to alleviate the chronic inflammatory process, which is linked to skin ageing.

Fellow exhibitor, Laboratoires Expanscience will demonstrate its skin and hair sebum regulator, made from upcycled avocados. 5α-Avocuta T is an oil-based natural active ingredient that helps regulate sebum secretion by inhibiting 5 α-reductase activity. According to Expanscience, in a haircare application, it is proven to reduce dandruff by 67%, and greasy hair appearance by 78% in just three weeks. When used in skincare, it can reduce the greasy appearance of the T-zone by 78%.

For its part, Microcaps will introduce attendees to its novel microencapsulation technique, which enables the fabrication of highly uniform and microplastic-free beads to enhance the sensory and visual qualities of cosmetic products and to deliver water and oil-based actives. And Selco Wirkstoffe Vertriebs GmbH will profile its 18-ß-Glycyrrhetic acid, which is obtained by hydrolysis of Glycyrrhicinate from the roots of Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). It will also welcome attendees to see and try Bromelain (100), a natural plant protease that is derived from pineapple strains.