Article by: Perry Romanowski

In about an hour, I’m going to be doing a talk at the dinner meeting portion of the SCC Quebec Supplier’s Day. But before that I got the chance to attend the show.

There were nearly 50 booths and the event seemed well attended. I talked to a number of the various suppliers looking to see what the hot trends are in the cosmetic raw material industry.

A few observations…

1. The green movement is alive and well. Most of the companies were touting the naturalness of their offerings. A corn-based substitue for Propylene Glycol was rather interesting.

2. Alternative preservatives abound. I noticed a lot of companies that had alternatives to paraben and formaldehyde donor preservatives. Most of these were based on phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, or salicylic acid. I didn’t see a lot of new molecules though.

3. Slow embrace of technology. There was one company that used an iPad to collect customer information but most everyone continued to use business cards and pen & paper. I anticipate some day this will be different but it will take a while.

Overall, an excellent show. I’m looking forward to doing the talk later. Coincidentally, it is on using the Internet (and technology) to do your job more efficiently.



  1. DragoN

    Came across a very nice coconut derived cyclomethicone replacement.
    Trehalose has a newish name, minimum the information was accurate, albeit really lacking given the research available on it.

    Stem cell flotsam as per the next latest and greatest wonderfluff.

    Did you catch the latest “natural” broad spectrum preservative?

      1. Perry

        I didn’t find anything too new in the preservative field. Everything was phenoxyethanol (low odor), Ethylhexylglycerin, and Methyylisothiazolinone

    1. DragoN


      Honeysuckle extract at 0.125%

      Can claim: No Preservative, No Parabens, Preservative Free.

      1. Mark Fuller

        That is not really new. Plantservative WSR from Ross Organics is Honeysuckle. Also, NatraPres now detailed by Univar is Honeysuckle with Leucidal added as well. Bot are good but really need a little Potassium sorbate to augment the Yeast/mold. In addition some people won’t like the odor or the color that the Honeysuckle brings to the Formulation.

        1. Mark Fuller

          Also with the Honeysuckle there is some concern due to the similarity to Parabens. I believe that it is a natural source of paraben like compounds.

          1. DragoN

            True and True…but rather than spin stories about it, be straight up about it and let people decide for themselves. HS is also anti inflammatory.

            0.2% HS and 5% EtOH passed the EU challenge testing.

            They call something Botapres or PlantaPoo and have phenoxy in it? Who cares? It’s bogus marketing pap at work. The “organic” EtOH will be a new rage…

        2. Mark Fuller

          INCI: Glycerin (and) Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract (and) Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract (and) Gluconolactone.

          That is the “newish” preservative system that is getting some attention. It has been on the DIY sites for a bit but it has just been picked up by Univar for National distribution. The recommendation is to combine it with a mycotic such as Potassium sorbate. It also has little anti-oxidant activity if you have oils.

          I have used the Plantservative WSR in combination with Potassium sorbate and it did pass a PET.

  2. Mark Fuller

    I have been using it for a year or so now. It performs identically to PG. I use it with my clients who come to me with “Propylene Glycol, I don’t want to use that! It is antifreeze!” It is a very similar albeit much more expensive molecule.

    1. Perry

      Yes, that was it!

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