81 projects participated in for the 6th edition of The Cosmetic Victories competition: 22 academic projects and 59 industrial projects from 13 countries: Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, USA, France (and Nouvelle Calédonie), Ghana, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine. The prizes (Academic prize and Industry prize) are awarded by a panel of judges who selects two winners among six finalists. Selected by a committee of industry professionals and international scientific experts, proposals must include a research work or an innovation that could be applied to any area of the fragrance and cosmetics industry: ingredients, formulation, testing, processes, packaging, chemistry, biotechnology, digital technology, distribution, or new products and services. Each winner will receive a prize of €10,000, as well as the assistance of COSMETIC VALLEY.
Laurent Billon, Professor at University of Pau & Adour Countries, IPREM Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physico-Chimie pour l’Environnement et les Matériaux – UMR CNRS/UPPA 5254 (France)
Bio-inspired Microgels for Cosmetics … and what else?
IPREM works on a new generation of bio-inspired microgels with amazing properties, opening the door to applications for cosmetics and health. “Microgels are tiny sponges containing up to 95% water, with swelling/shrinking abilities under stimuli effect,” explains Laurent Billon. This unique ability can be used to encapsulate/release active ingredients and the water evaporation at the skin surface forms an adhesive, elastic and mechano-electrical film, which is used to gradually diffuse a cosmetic active ingredient.
Prof. Marcin Lukaszewicz, CEO & Dr Agnieszka Lewinska, R&D Director
InventionBio SA (POLAND)
Biorefinery-based technology in Smart Delivery Systems,
The Invention(Bio) is a new smart delivery system based on green chemicals obtained from our Company’s patented biorefinery in a waste-free, environmentally-friendly process. Encapsulation allows to deliver active substances to the expected part of the skin, making it possible to lower the concentrations of the active substances and reduce costs without losing effectiveness. The solution may also improve the smell, color, safety, and stability of the products. Less is more!
The judges’ favourite
Dr Roberto Vargiolu and Pr Hassan Zahouani – Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes (LTDS), Ecole Centrale de Lyon, UMR CNRS 5513 (FRANCE)
« TOUCHY Finger », an augmented and connected human finger to assess skin and hair feel
Specialising in sensory engineering, the Tribology and System Dynamics Laboratory (LTDS) of the École Centrale de Lyon and the CNRS have developed an innovative device for an augmented, connected human finger. By simply placing a sensor-equipped ring on their finger, the user will be able to assess the softness of their skin and hair for the first time. The ring data will be remotely analysed by an AI algorithm, which will draw up a sensory profile. Ultra-personalised cosmetic treatments may then be offered by brands in order to offer their customers a new sensory experience.