Cognis and Laboratoires Sérobiologiques at NYSCC Suppliers' Day 2010: using formulation expertise to create solutions that amaze

(PresseBox) (Monheim am Rhein, ) On May 11 and 12, Cognis Care Chemicals and its active ingredients business Laboratoires Sérobiologiques (LS) presented their latest wellbeing solutions for the personal care market at the NYSCC Suppliers' Day in Edison, New Jersey. As part of its new "It's Magic" concept, Cognis highlighted hightech formulations that it has created using its comprehensive technological expertise. Innovative products on show included a naturebased alternative to cyclomethicones, natural oils, a PEG/EOfree dispersion polymer, plus several active ingredients that help skin stay youthful and beautiful.

The new "It's Magic" concept that Cognis and LS launched at the Suppliers' Day highlights their formulation expertise and hightech ingredients. It includes formulations developed to amaze consumers in the same way a magician does. These were carefully created using stateofart technology, and combine sophisticated aesthetics and proven active ingredients. The concept is based on five platforms: siliconefree, phase inversion temperature (PIT), switch oil phase (SWOP), cationic systems and anhydrous solutions. For each platform, the concept explains the unique properties of the different technologies, describes the benefits they can deliver and showcases various sample formulations.

Innovative ingredients for naturebased personal care applications

Among the new ingredients presented by Cognis at the Suppliers' Day was Cetiol C5. This new, Ecocertapproved emollient can be used as a substitute for cyclomethicones. It spreads very quickly and has a pleasant, dry skin feel - like cyclomethicones. The product is ideal for facial, body, sun and hair care products, as well as decorative cosmetics.

With Cegesoft SB and Cegesoft SB Organic, Cognis further enlarges its portfolio of natural oils: These natural, unaltered types of shea butter, extracted from the nuts of wildgrowing plants, are pleasant in both color and odor. They also melt on contact with the skin, offering consumers a holistic wellness experience. Both products are ideal for use in all kinds of green personal care formulation. In addition, Cegesoft SB Organic is Ecocertcertified as a 100% organic ingredient, and also meets the requirements of numerous other environmental certification bodies.

Cognis also presented a new rheology modifier at the Suppliers' Day: Cosmedia Triple C, a nextgeneration liquid cationic dispersion polymer. This PEG/EOfree product improves the viscosity and stability of skin and hair formulations, while also offering outstanding sensory and conditioning properties. It is significantly more tolerant towards electrolytes than conventional solutions and offers a pleasantly dry silky feel on the skin. It also measurably improves the combability of both wet and dry hair.

Preserving the skin's beauty with effective active ingredients

Among the latest innovations from LS on show at Suppliers' Day was Eterniskin, an extract of the maitake mushroom that supports antiaging and antistress marketing claims in personal care products. This new active ingredient helps prevent accelerated aging of the skin and restores its balance. It stimulates the formation of collagens in the dermis and at the dermoepidermal junction, thereby increasing skin elasticity and firmness. Its effectiveness has been proven in both in vitro tests and clinical studies.

Another new LS product with a clinically proven effect on skin elasticity and firmness is Elestan. This extract of the leaves of an African tree has a dual mechanism: firstly, it protects the skin by inhibiting elastase and reducing glycation; and secondly, it repairs the skin, by promoting the synthesis of tropoelastin and elastinassociated proteins. Elestan is available in a preservative free liquid version and in a powder version, which has been certified as organic by Ecocert Greenlife.(1)

Radianskin is LS's latest skin whitening solution. It visibly lightens the skin, and at the same time helps to protect it against UVinduced damage. The product has no effect on formulation color, and has excellent tolerability. It is a pure single molecule, with a mode of action that clearly differentiates it from the tyrosinase inhibitors commonly used for this purpose.

About Laboratoires Sérobiologiques

Laboratoires Sérobiologiques is Cognis Care Chemicals' active ingredients business. It specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative cosmetic concepts and active ingredients.

(1) Raw material certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to the Ecocert Standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics available at http://cosmetics.ecocert.com: 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin, 50% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,600 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and provides value adding solutions and products based on renewable raw materials. The company serves the food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2009, Cognis recorded sales of about 2.6 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 364 million euros.

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