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For formulators looking to move away from established preservatives, alternatives include certain organic acids and their salts, fatty acids, sucrose esters, some natural and essential oils and the use of hurdle technology to disrupt bacterial membranes
Spa technology – recipe for indulgence
Spa treatments have grown in popularity in recent years, boosted by a wide range of natural ingredients. Trends include globally sourced ingredients channeling Ayurvedia and Chinese therapies, those for pampering bath products like bath bombs and salts, Dead Sea salts and clays, and products for mask and scrub formulations.
Surfactant solutions – breaking the mould
John Woodruff looks at mild surfactants for shower gel and body wash formulations, as well as new emulsifiers, solubilisers and thickening aids for systems that respond poorly to the addition of electrolytes. Also included are ingredients for maintaining foam and boosting the effect of SLES.
Hair technology – thoroughly clean & perfectly conditioned
Surfactant systems for effective shampooing, natural cleansing agents and the use of skin care ingredients in conditioners are major stories in hair care technology, while more ingredients are being launched for use in niche products, such as those for itching scalps and greying or thinning hair.
Body care – body beautiful
C&T ingredient suppliers offer a vast array of body sculpting materials to reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, alleviate tired legs, boost breast fullness and firmness, minimise hair growth, and address ageing hands and tough skin on knees and elbows. Key anti-cellulite actives include caffeine, <i>Ruscus aculeatus</i> root extract, and citrus fruit peel extracts