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The Botanichem Blog is home to the latest cosmetic industry news and updates.

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27 Jun 2022

Best Basic Ingredients for Anti-Ageing Products

The cosmetic and skin care industry is one of the most exciting when it comes to innovation.  There are constantly new ingredients being introduced to the […]
1 May 2022

Top 5 Skin Care Trends for 2022

Skin Rewilding Rewilding is a term that refers to conserving nature and wild areas, making sure not to strip the land or disrupt natural processes. According […]
10 Dec 2021

Ageing Beautifully

It is estimated that girls born today will live on average to age 83; boys have a good 78 years ahead of them. The trend is […]
9 Nov 2021

Cosmetics & Personal Care Trends

According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, the South African cosmetics and personal care products market is expected to show compound annual growth of 6.62% from […]
9 Nov 2021

Stability Issues

Developing a stable cosmetic product requires understanding and reacting to information gathered throughout the formulation process. To ensure a quality product is produced, the scientist must […]
10 Sep 2021

Urban Hair Stress

More than half of the world’s population currently live in urban areas – and this is expected to reach 70% by 2050. While city living can […]
10 Sep 2021

Natural, Sustainable Skincare

The skin care and beauty industry are flooded with claims such as ‘clean’ and ‘organic’.  But these are broad terms, which still have no actual definition. […]
3 Sep 2021

Rheology in Cosmetics

If you have never heard of the word rheology, it is the scientific field that encompasses the flow phenomena of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) and […]
3 Sep 2021

Skin Care Trends

Skin care ingredients and formulations are constantly evolving. Innovation drives both as does consumer expectations.  Trends include everything from plant-based ingredients and upcycling to minimalistic regimens […]
3 Jun 2021

The Natural Take on Ingredients

There is no doubt that beauty consumers whether they be budget buyers or prestige customers are becoming more ingredient savvy – the market is becoming more […]
11 May 2021

Men’s grooming category continues to grow

Men are taking their appearance  more seriously than ever before. Gone is the mindset that men are not interested in anything more than basic grooming options. […]
27 Feb 2021

The Rise of K-Beauty

K-Beauty is an umbrella term for skin-care products that are derived from South Korea. The fad gained popularity worldwide, especially in various parts of Asia and then later the US.  Although […]
30 Dec 2020

African Oils Part 3

African people have always relied on plant oils to nourish, soothe and protect their skin from the elements. Today’s studies show that the essential fatty acids […]
30 Oct 2020

African Oils Part 2

African people have always relied on plant oils to nourish, soothe and protect their skin from the elements. Today’s studies show that the essential fatty acids […]
19 Oct 2020

African Oils Part 1

Seed oils have been used for centuries by rural communities as food, medicine, for cosmetic applications and as fuel. Recently there has been a renewed interest in […]
19 Jun 2020

Healthy Scalp and Hair

Dandruff affects about half of the adult population.  It usually peaks in severity around age 20 and becomes less prevalent above age 50.  At best it […]
19 May 2020

Silicones Have Their Place in Skincare

Skincare trends come and go and quite often follow general consumer trends.  The move towards a more sustainable, natural and eco-conscious lifestyle has influenced skin care […]
19 Dec 2019

6 Essential Steps in New Cosmetic Product Development

6 Essential Steps in New Cosmetic Product Development In the growing industry of personal care and cosmetic, brands and manufacturers need to continuously create and innovate. […]
30 May 2019

Stability Testing For Quality Control

If there was an industry that needs to make sure that it can deliver on its promises and, that its products perform above and beyond expectations, […]
28 Mar 2019

BASF InSight in-cosmetics 2019

The rambutan sustainable program for responsible beauty Innovation is not just about science, but also about improving the way to develop ingredients and offering products that […]
25 Feb 2019

Parabens, guilty or not?

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel – which is comprised of world-renowned dermatologists, toxicologists, chemists, consumer protection advocates and public health experts - have cleared parabens of being wrongfully accused of being unsafe and have stated that there are safe parabens.
22 Feb 2019

5 Hot Actives from BASF

Every day we are attacked by a barrage of daily factors that result in damage and ages our skin. Some of these daily factors we can control like our diets and habits, but some are out of control like weather and light exposure. Thankfully BASF Beauty Creations has taken this into consideration.
20 Dec 2018

A Botanical Solution for Split Ends

Trichoptilosis, or split ends is an extremely common problem for all hair types but especially for hair that is coarse and curly.
20 Nov 2018

Is there a difference between natural and organic?

The terms natural and organic can be misleading. What are their differences?
20 Oct 2018

Clinical Study Types

Before an active or product is ready for exposure to the market it needs to go through various clinical studies to ensure that it is safe for use and to determine that it does what it is meant to do.
14 Aug 2018

Skin Deep

There is more to the skin than meets the eye. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It works to protect us from microbes and the […]
27 Jun 2018

The Challenge For Ethnic Hair Care

The ethnic hair care market remains one of the most lucrative segments of the personal care market not only in South Africa but in Africa.  According […]
18 Jun 2018

Feature in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics Review May Issue 2018

25 May 2018

The Power of Nature Captured in Innovative Botanical Extracts

South African botanical ingredient supplier, Zuplex has recently launched its new product range which includes several exciting and innovative botanical extracts primarily aimed at the local […]
17 May 2018

How to use the BASF product finder

The BASF Product Finder is an application specifically designed for finding a suitable active ingredient, not to be confused with BASF’s “Quick Finder” which only searches […]
23 Feb 2018

What is in a label?

When you are developing labelling content you should keep the definition of a cosmetics product in mind. Does the background contrast nicely with the written text […]
3 Sep 2021

Rheology in Cosmetics

If you have never heard of the word rheology, it is the scientific field that encompasses the flow phenomena of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) and […]