Is sacred lotus flower the key to ageing successfully?

Ashland talks to Cosmetics Business about its latest biofunctional ingredient and why its ancient origins bestow intriguing skin benefits

It’s a plant that was there before the dinosaurs, during the dinosaurs and today

The cosmetics industry is always on the lookout for the next on-trend ingredients, however sometimes looking to the past can present untapped opportunities.

For global speciality chemicals supplier Ashland, this was the case with its latest skin care biofunctional product Harmoniance, which the company unveiled at this year’s in-cosmetics Global.

Harmoniance features sacred lotus flower or Nelumbo nucifera and is the first product of its kind made using Zeta Fraction technology available to the whole industry and not just on a custom basis.

Speaking to Cosmetics Business, Joel Mantelin, Vice President of Business Development, biofunctionals at Ashland, explained that the sacred lotus flower dates back 138 million years.

“It’s a plant that was there before the dinosaurs, during the dinosaurs and today,” he said.

“Organisms on earth that have remained unchanged for so long a period means that in terms of evolution, in terms of genetic design, they are close to perfection. They can adapt to . . .

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