The first international technical summit dedicated to texture and sensoriality in personal care formulation will take place in London on November 24-25, 2015. “Over 60% of formulators interviewed ranked texture and sensoriality among the top formulating challenges for their brands today,” explain the organisers of event. “Throughout the industry and at our shows, we’re seeing plenty of innovation in the functional side of cosmetics,” adds in-cosmetics Exhibition Director Cathy Laporte. “But there are many questions about how to incorporate these new texture and sensory developments into current formulations, especially in relation to changes in the regulatory landscape and consumer needs, as well as time and cost constraints.

Regarding the agenda, the organisers announce over 20 experts from beauty brands, academia and regulatory bodies to help delegates re-think formulation and analyse the drivers for reformulation. Manufacturers presenting include Coty, Johnson & Johnson, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Oriflame and Ciaté.

The Summit programme will address the industry’s latest regulatory challenge related to sustainability and texture: microplastics in cosmetic formulations. As one of the first brands to pre-emptively remove microbeads from its formulations, Oriflame’s Category Director Patrick O’Byrne will present a case study for managing this process for both leave-on and rinse-off products. He will be joined by Gerald Renner, Director of Technical Regulatory Affairs from Cosmetics Europe, who will discuss the latest regulatory thinking at a European level and implications for this new facet of sustainability.

The Summit will also address texture innovations with speakers from M4E, a spin-off from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and researchers at the UK’s Formumetrics, affiliated with the University of Bristol’s Colloid Centre.

Additional highlights include a debate on drivers for reformulation, a session on secrets of spreadability in suncare and a master class on adding higher oil concentrations to hair care formulations. Franco-Asian beauty trend expert Florence Bernardin will lead the session on globalisation and geo-localisation of texture. There will also be an interactive texture bar with the latest emollients, foaming agents and rheology modifiers. Eventually, Kline Group will share new research on the functional ingredient segments driving the current sensorial revolution.

An early-bird discount for delegate passes is available until October 16th 2015. Full programme and further information are available at: