DSM rolls out biosourced and microbiome-friendly propanediol for cosmetics

Tilamar PDO with Nøøvista has a preservative boosting effect but is also microbiome-friendly, according to MyMicrobiome

Royal DSM has launched a 100% biosourced cosmetic grade of propanediol (PDO), which imparts preservative boosting properties while respecting the skin microbiome.

Tilamar PDO with Nøøvista is Europe-made and has been certified as microbiome-friendly according to the MyMicrobiome test for dry and oily skin areas.

The new PDO is the result of a collaboration between DSM and Metex Nøøvista, an industrial subsidiary of biological chemistry company Metabolic Explorer, which develops and industrialises sustainable fermentation processes.

The companies announced their intention to join forces on developing the first Europe-made cosmetic PDO at the beginning of the year.

Suitable for all cosmetic formulations, the multifunctional ingredient is produced at Metex Nøøvista production facility in Carling Saint Avold, France.

It performs as a sensory enhancer, solvent, humectant and preservative booster.

In a test performed by MyMicrobiome, an independent control body, Tilamar PDO with Nøøvista was shown to respect the skin microbiome balance while offering a preservative boosting effect.

When tested at 2% in vitro, results confirmed that the ingredient has a minimal impact on the diversity of the skin microbiome, respects its balance and has a negligible influence on the growth of a number of key organisms, earning it a positive 1.2 ranking.

“We believe research into the skin microbiome has the potential to revolutionise how we approach skin care and possibly hair care,” said Bruno Trinquart, Head of Global Marketing Technical and Performance Ingredients, DSM Personal Care & Aroma.

“Today, we see a growing market need, both among our customers and consumers, for microbiome-friendly products and we are delighted our product is not only sustainable and high-performing, but also microbiome-friendly.”

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