Innovation Zone Awards

Gattefossé, a French supplier of cosmetic ingredients headquartered in Lyon, scooped the Gold award in this year’s Innovation Zone Awards, for the development of Emulium Mellifera, a new generation of PEG-free emulsifier that auto-adapts to skin type and climate, creating emulsions that are white and luxurious in appearance.

Gattefossé scooped the Gold award in this year's Innovation Zone...

Gattefossé scooped the Gold award in this year’s Innovation Zone Awards

We are naturally delighted to have won this prestigious award. A huge amount of research has gone into developing Emulium Mellifera and we believe that it has the potential to revolutionise the skincare industry in the future,” said Paula Lennon, Marketing and Innovation Director at Gattefossé.

The Silver Award was presented to Induchem for Redensyl, a new hair growth galvaniser which targets the hair follicles’ stem cells. The Bronze Award went to Lipotec for Argirelox peptide, which is directed at reducing expression lines by modulating muscle contraction.

The Innovation Zone Awards honour the development of a novel active or functional ingredient - featured on the Innovation Zone at the in-cosmetics tradeshow - that combines innovative science and product features in a way that demonstrates substantial benefits to manufacturers and end-users when compared to existing ingredients.

The Innovation Zone Awards jury included experts such as Angela Eppler, PhD, senior R&D scientist at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Dr. Jianzhong Yang, PhD, president of Beauty & Health Innovation Co. Ltd., senior scientist at Belcorp, John Jiménez and President and Owner of Elysee Scientific Cosmetics, Linda R Marshall.

Green Ingredient Award

Also celebrating an important win was Alban Muller International, who took home the top honour in the new Green Ingredient Award, created in association with Organic Monitor, for its Scurvy Grass Extract, a 100% natural extract of the Scurvy Grass (cochlearia officinalis) plant , which is rich in Vitamin C, a recognised anti-ageing agent.

Alban Muller International scooped the Gold award at the new Green...

Alban Muller International scooped the Gold award at the new Green Ingredient Awards

In the Green Ingredient the Silver Award went to Minasolve with MinaCare Pentiol Green+, a new version of pentylene glycol that is produced from renewable vegetal raw materials; and the Bronze Award went to Akott with Akosky Apium, a hydrosoluble celery Cell Culture extract which in vitro is very efficient in stimulating pro-collagen I and III, and fibronectin.

The Green Ingredient Award expert panel of judges included Dr. Pauline Hili, founder and technical director, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Katharina Post, head galenic development, Weleda, Dr. Erik Schulze zur Wiesche, basic development hair care, Henkel, Amarjit Sahota, president Organic Monitor and Judi Beerling, technical director, Organic Monitor.

Ashland, Croda and KPT were also announced as winners of the Beiersdorf Innovation Pitch.

For an overview of latest launches and trends in cosmetic ingredients, download our free special issue: Cosmetic Ingredients 2014.


- Trends: Always greener !

- Organic, sustainable or Fair Trade. Which certification best suits cosmetic ingredients?

- Interview: Patrice André, ethnobotanist

- Fragranges: the challengers New ingredients