One of the most challenging issues of the Cosmetic Valley is to detect and support the young innovative companies, as well as to promote the research and the cosmetic sciences. This led to the creation of The Cosmetic Victories competition in 2015, sponsored by the Cosmetic Valley-ESSEC endowment fund.

The competition, recognized by the profession, aims to reward and promote students, researchers, start-ups and SMEs in charge of innovative projects, related to the perfume and cosmetics industry.

According to the press release of May 3rd, 6 finalists for the 2018 edition of “The Cosmetic Victories” competition. The award ceremony will take place in Paris on 19 June.

72 innovative projects from 14 countries have been submitted for the 3rd edition of “The Cosmetic Victories” competition, competing for two prizes:

  • PRIX ACADEMIQUE/ACADEMIC PRIZE (for recent graduates, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers)
  • PRIX INDUSTRIE/INDUSTRY PRIZE (for managers of business-creation projects, innovative start-ups and SMEs)

At a meeting in Paris on 16 April 2018, the selection committee, made up of 10 international experts, selected six finalists from the candidates (three per category).

On 19 June, in Paris, the two winners will be announced, selected by a prestigious jury of experts in the fields of scientific cosmetics and innovation and the heads of major perfumery and cosmetics houses: LVMH, Clarins, Sisley, Shiseido, Nuxe … Each winner will receive a prize of 10 000 euros.

Zoom on some finalists


  • BICHROMATICS, Colour with a heart of gold – Anaïs LEHOUX, Doctor and Research Engineer at Sorbonne University (formerly Pierre and Marie Curie University) / CNRS – France

“Bichromatics is emerging as a means of creating extraordinary pigments that are compatible with eco-designed packaging. Vibrant colours are tailor-made from noble metals, producing unparalleled visual effects. Just imagine: A bottle which changes colour between two hues, depending on how it is viewed.”


  • ECLYPSE, Modulable inks for permanent make-up and tattooing – David MALEVILLE, project manager and chemist, Eclypse – France

“Eclypse is a Toulouse-based cosmetics project creating inks for the permanent make-up and tattoo market. After injection of the ink, as for a conventional tattoo, a depigmenting cream is applied which makes the ink invisible. Another, re-colouring cream can subsequently be applied to make it reappear. With this innovative process, the team has overcome the obstacle of irreversibility, opening up a whole host of creative opportunities.”

>Read the press release