Natural Trends by Jennifer

Natural Trends by Jennifer

(Posted on 10/05/17)

Hello and welcome to the first ever edition of Natural Care Trends 

Natural cosmetic ingredients are an important group of products in our industry and consumer interest is set to grow. Mintel figures show that 53% of UK consumers use skincare products with natural ingredients and 21% consider if a product is organic/natural before making a purchase.

In this first article, we will look at two natural materials which are trending right now as well as some new launches from natural cosmetics companies. Also featured are some "Naturals" stories which are in the news at this time.

The latter part of 2016 saw further interest in natural and organic beauty due to increased curiosity amongst women of all ages about what goes into our beauty products. So it is perhaps of little wonder that Pantone’s colour for 2017 is called "Greenery" - a citrus toned yellow-green.

For further proof that organic is going mainstream take a look at this Telegraph article on the top Organic brands

This year Cornelius is going to be looking closely at the organic and natural associated bodies criteria. From this, we will be producing our own set of organically listed materials with formulations to be unveiled at SCS Formulate in November.

The Natural & Organic Products Europe show was held at ExCel on 2nd and 3rd April and attended Chantal James on behalf of Cornelius.  Her visit provided many useful insights. The event, now in its 22nd year, featured hundreds of exhibitors promoting ideas such as vegan haircare, allergy-free products, botanical skincare, do-it-yourself cosmetics and eco-luxury organic. Seminars and other events provided lots more information. This link has a round-up of the event.

Soaper Duper is a brand which has really hit the headlines in the early part of 2017. India Smith of the Sunday Times Style magazine is a fan and Vogue, Grazia, Cosmopolitan and Elle also have good things to say. The ethical brand uses 100% recycled plastic packaging while formulations contain 84-98% naturally derived ingredients and are free from artificial colours, SLS/SLES, mineral oil, animal derivatives, phthalates and plastic microbeads. They also support the charities Clean the World and Water Aid.

Currently Tesco has exclusivity but the Soaper Duper brand will soon be available at more outlets in the UK, US and Canada. Products come in five perfume collections - Lemon, Ginger, Yuzufruit & Fig, Vanilla & Shea Butter and Fruity Green Tuberose - across six product types Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Body Scrub, Hand Cream and Hand Wash.

Cornelius can help - We have our own range of natural and Organic essential oils to for the creation of unique fragrances. We represent Olvea whose range of plant-based oils provide a host of skincare benefits. Please contact your Cornelius representative or check out our website for full details.

Traditional Indian spice turmeric has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties and of late it has received much attention due to its popularity with clean-eating advocates. Most recently it has been recommended by beauty experts as an ingredient in masks and creams to combat acne and skin flare-ups. YouTube is awash with vloggers extolling the healing benefits of homemade masks using turmeric's medicinal properties to improve acne scarring and reduce breakouts.

Khiel's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque instantly brightens and energises the look of dull, fatigued skin and restores a healthy, rosy appearance. Formulated with Cranberry and Turmeric this invigorating formulation helps to visibly even the look of skin, while crushed Cranberry Seeds gently exfoliate for smoother, brighter, illuminated skin. The rinse-off formula should be used after cleansing and toning skin.

Aveda Tulasara Wedding Overnight Eye Masque is a 97% naturally derived, ultra-rich cream masque that works during the night, a key time for skin’s natural repair, to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles and give skin a firmer, more lifted look. Overnight it diminishes the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with continued nightly use. It fortifies and strengthens skin’s protective lipid barrier, sealing in moisture. Turmeric extract helps even skin tone by diminishing the look of dark circles over time. Inspired by the haldi ceremony from India, a pre-wedding tradition in which a homemade turmeric paste is applied to the bride and groom for glowing skin on their wedding day.

Honey continues to be a popular ingredient as part of the Gastronomia (intersection of food/beauty) trend and it is likely that there will be an increased demand for it as a cosmetic ingredient in 2017. Honey, particularly Manuka, possesses unique antimicrobial and healing properties which are desirable for many cosmetic products. Some big brands have launched products containing honey this year:

Blithe has added to its patting mask collection with the Energy Yellow Citrus and Honey variant. It contains lemon and honey extracts rich in vitamin C for a clear and bright complexion. Lactic acid helps remove dead skin cells to reveal smoother fresh and glowing skin. Splash masks, also called patting waters, are innovative mask formulations originating from the traditional Korean method of cleansing with rice water. A cap full of the concentrated liquid mask is diluted in a basin full of water and splashed/patted onto the face for 15 seconds. This short treatment time is said to provide all the benefits of a face mask in 15 seconds.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey collection features community trade honey from Ethiopia. It is specially designed to care for dry and sensitive skin, helping calm tight, dry skin to leave it soft and smooth.

Garnier is really buying into the honey trend with three newly launched honey products.

Ultimate Blends Blonde Illuminator Shampoo contains chamomile and acacia honey, a blend said to naturally illuminate and soften blonde tresses.

Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Restoring Hand Cream combines nourishing honey and revitalising royal jelly, that instantly restores softness to dry hands. It has a rich and creamy texture which, with regular use, protects hands on a daily basis.

Skin Active Repairing Honey Mask, described as a new generation of face mask combining honey and ceramide in a creamy texture that nourishes for soothed, comforted and velvety skin.

If pollution was the trend story of 2016, then 2017 is the year we'll see the beauty industry wage war on 'inflammaging' - the low-level inflammation which occurs as we age. It happens at different rates depending on a person's genetic disposition and lifestyle choices and is regarded as a large factor in the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

Beuti Skincare is one brand who are ahead of the curve with products designed to combat the inflammaging process. Their Beauty Sleep Elixir supports skin barrier function, a key role in fighting inflammaging and is packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that counteract irritation and inflammation. Fourteen oils, including camelia, strawberry and pomegranate, supply skin with a super boost of vitamins, minerals and a complete omega hit of 3,5,6,7 and 9 so you wake up to a beautiful glowing skin.
Softalia from a sustainable plantation in Australia counteracts inflammation and has unique activity on the skin due to its ximenynic acid content helping hydration and reducing fine lines.
Caribbean coral neutralises the enzyme responsible for skin ageing, acne and sunburn and is one of the world's most potent anti-inflammatory ingredients. The formulation is 100% natural and contains 98% organic oils.

Cornelius can help: Silab's active Unflamagyl®  is rich in oligopeptides from Pichia anomala yeast and uses patented technology to regulate communication between senescent cells and their environment to limit the phenomenon of "Inflammaging". Thanks to Silab’s 3D reconstructed skin model, under chronic inflammation conditions, it is demonstrated that Unflamagyl® preserves the functionality of the dermal-epidermal junction and the dermis. Thus, skin elasticity and tone are increased; the skin relief is smoothed. It is recommended for all anti-wrinkle skin care products. Silab supply an extensive portfolio of natural (and a few organic) plant-based actives across a wide selection of categories including anti-wrinkle, pollution defence, pore minimisation, soothing and slimming.

Burts Bees new 100% natural lipstick features naturally moisturising beeswax, moringa oil, raspberry seed oil, and vitamin E to soften and condition lips for up to eight hours. Moringa oil softens, conditions and adds a glow to the skin and contains protective antioxidants too. Raspberry seed oil is high in Vitamin E and improves skin elasticity to keep lips feeling supple and hydrated. The full coverage vibrant lip colours come in 18 shades and combine a long-lasting, satin finish with a creamy texture. The packaging materials are 100% recyclable.

Cornelius can help: As part of our own brand range we can supply both raspberry seed a moringa oil. Our Principal Strahl & Pitsch are considered the leading global refiner of Beeswax, producing White and Yellow Grades, certified to the current USP/NF Monograph, food chemicals codex, and another compendium.

Nuxe, the brand that brings together nature and luxury, have launched a new addition to their Nuxuriance® Ultra range. The range is focused around the patent pending ingredient created by researchers that incorporate the active molecules of Saffron Flower in a Bougainvillea botanical cell to create an intelligent active that provides targeted and continuous action whilst stimulating the generation of new major skin cells. New Anti-ageing Fluid Cream Nuxuriance® Ultra is an anti-aging replenishing cream to improve the appearance of skin to look younger, smoother more dense and plumped. Facial contours are redefined, radiance is enhanced and pores are tightened. Daily SPF 20 protection helps prevent future skin damage.

Cornelius can help: Obtained from peony Silab's Volunage® fights the premature ageing by regulating cellular communication, controlling negative pro-inflammatory exchanges between the dermis and hypodermis. The award-winning active remodels the contour of the face to restore its oval shape and preserves the functionality of the hypodermis to allow skin to recover its density and elasticity.

South Korea continues to be a region which the rest of the beauty world looks to for emerging trends. At this years In Cosmetics Mintel featured a host of exciting new Korean products one of which was Innisfree Black Green Tea Mask. It contains 55% fresh Jeju green tea leaves which have been grown organically and then aged by fermenting twice a day for 100 days. The mask is high in nutrients and antioxidants with a cooling sensation on application. Long term it increases moisture levels and promotes a firm, clear, smooth complexion.

I hope you enjoyed this Natural Trends report which, if it proves popular, could be the first of many. I look forward receiving any of your comments and questions.