Award winners at in-cosmetics Asia in Bangkok

Award winners at in-cosmetics Asia in Bangkok

The organisers of in-cosmetics Asia – the leading event in Asia Pacific for personal care ingredients, have announced this year’s 2022 Innovation Zone and Spotlight On Formulation Award winners.

Announced on day two of the event, the awards honoured the best Innovation Zone ingredients and Spotlight On’s formulated ingredients, recognising companies that had responded to the needs of the industry, demonstrated innovation and the growing focus on sustainability.

Scooping the Gold award for the Innovation Zone: Active Ingredient Award was Mibelle Biochemistry for its NovoRetin™ aromatic resin. Serving as an ideal plant-based retinol alternative, it was recognised for providing strong anti-ageing effects and exceptional benefits for acne-prone skin. Based on mastic, which is an aromatic resin from the tree bark that grows on the Greek island of Chios, NovoRetin™ increases the amount of naturally occurring retinoic acid in the skin, which leads to retinol-like effects.

Taking the Silver Award, Vytrus Biotech was recognised for its ELAYA RENOVA™ – The Hair Tensegrist by Vytrus Biotech – a 100% natural active for global hair and scalp care. It protects, reinforces, regenerates, and beautifies the whole hair structure, from scalp to hair shaft and the hair anchoring proteins with a plant strategy. It is inspired by the architectural concept of “Tensegrity” which explains how changes applied to an area will also exert effects at a distance because everything is interconnected. Vytrus has transferred this vision to the hair structure, where the hair shaft and the scalp are intimately interconnected.

Meanwhile, with such tough competition, two Bronze Awards were announced. BASF took the first accolade for its postbiotic technology for healthy ageing, Postbiolift™. It contains the fermentation supernatant of Lactobacillus crispatus. Its secreted metabolites contribute to more elastic skin, a smoother appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, and an even complexion.

Cellicon Lab was the second Bronze Award winner, recognised for its DST-DX™ targeted skin-lightener. Designed to target the melanocyte – a highly differentiated cell that produces a pigment melanin inside melanosomes, DST-DX™ contains one of the most potent tyrosinase inhibitors, even more potent than hydroquinone.

In the Innovation Zone: Functional Ingredient Award, Ashland Singapore celebrated the Gold win for its Antaron™ soja glyceride. A novel nature-derived, biodegradable water resistant film former and SPF booster for suncare formulations that also provides transfer resistance for colour cosmetics. Antaron™ Soja Glyceride is non-GMO, vegan suitable, and compatible with both organic and inorganic ingredients.

Meanwhile, with joint wins in both Silver and Bronze categories, Global Bioenergies took the Silver Award for its ISONATURANE® 12 – the trademark registered by Global Bioenergies to designate its naturally sourced isododecane product. Isododecane is one of the most important molecules used in the cosmetics industry, both in the make-up segment, where it is the only molecule able to deliver longwear properties, and in skincare and haircare, where it endows textures with lightness and softness.

Fellow Silver Award winner was Sharon Laboratories for its broad-spectrum preservative blend, Sharomix 99. Suitable for cosmetic applications inspired by clean beauty, it is formulated with a minimalist composition using food preservatives. It is completely water-soluble and is suitable for baby care and wet-wipe applications.

Elsewhere, Bronze Award winners included Hallstar for its SolaPure Glo natural multifunctional emollient that improves sun protection performance. This holistic suncare solution leverages adaptogen-rich turmeric’s inherent skincare potential to improve SPF/PFA levels, defend against “inflamm’aging” and promote overall skin wellbeing. It is ideal for regulatory restricted markets, as the use of SolaPure™ Glo can help to achieve the same or higher sun protection efficacy with lower UV filter concentration in organic and inorganic sunscreen systems.

In addition, Jan Dekker exclusively at IMCD also celebrated its Bronze Award achievement for its natural derived cellulose-based emulsifier, Dekamulen Power’Feel. The 98.8% natural-derived high performing polymeric emulsifier can create many variations of textures. It enables high emollient loads, of a broad range of emollient types, at low use levels. It provides light and silky textures, a high spreadability without peeling effects and is a perfect replacement for synthetic emulsifiers.


Attendees at in-cosmetics Asia also came together to celebrate the best Spotlight On formulated ingredients. More than 30 entries were reviewed by the judges live on the show floor, in a bid to find this year’s Spotlight On Formulation Award winners.

Scooping the Gold Award, DKSH was recognised for its Baby One More Time Face cleanser powder. Designed to act as part of a self-care cleansing ritual, it helps to achieve a youthful complexion and deliver “fresh, lively, bright and bouncing faces”. It is also free from ingredients known to be harmful to humans and the environment, such as microplastics, SLES/SLS and silicone, with DKSH reducing water quantities used during the production process.

Also recognised in this year’s Spotlight On Awards, Innovacos took the Silver Award for its Cleaning Oil to Milk with PolyAquol-2W. A patented polyglycerol-based O/W self-emulsifier, the product is both naturally derived, and Cosmos approved. It offers a wide range of formulation compatibilities while providing a unique skin feel to emulsions. Generating highly organised liquid crystals, essential to providing stability to the emulsion, it ensures compatibility with the skin, showing biomimetic clinical benefits. It has also been shown to prevent and repair damage caused to the skin barrier function by UV exposure, restores the cutaneous microflora with bio-biotic properties to S-epidermidis, and helps cutaneous homeostasis to improve the skin barrier function and mitigate signs of skin disorders.

Finally, taking the Bronze Spotlight On Award, Evonik was chosen for its Winter Time Regeneration Lotion-Vitamin D3 (MM 432/4) with TEGO® Sterol 7-DHC V. Designed to help regenerate sun stressed skin during the winter months, Evonik’s Winter Time Regeneration Lotion features a fully renewable, natural skin cholesterol specialty: TEGO® Sterol 7-DHC V. 7-dehydrocholesterol is a natural Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) precursor that is uniquely activated under UV irradiation. In Vitro testing indicates 7-dehydrocholesterol can provide skin protection and repair benefits by targeting various natural skin markers. It also promotes skin cell differentiation and boosts natural antimicrobial peptides in the skin, as well as offering the benefits of Vitamin D.

in-cosmetics Asia continues at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Asia’s premier exhibition and convention centre, until 3 November 2022. For more information, please visit

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