Personal Care Ingredients

Top Five Consumer Trends Driving the Personal Care Ingredients Market

The ever- growing demand for cosmetics and personal care products also drives sales growth of ingredients used in these products. The market value for specialty personal care ingredients in the key regions (including Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India) covered in Kline’s recently published Personal Care Ingredients Database reaches USD 9.0 billion in 2015. Based on our research findings, we identified several important trends from the end user’s experience, which in turn affect the personal care ingredients market going into 2016.

1. Multifunctional products are on the rise

With increasingly busy lifestyles, consumers tend to simplify their daily beauty routines. Multifunctional products are therefore growing in popularity as they offer several benefits at once, such as anti-aging, cleansing, moisturization, anti-oxidant, UV protection, etc.Continue reading

To ban or not to ban triclosan? That is the question.

To ban or not to ban triclosan? That is the question.

On December 16, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. The FDA is specifically targeting triclosan, a chemical proven to have some adverse effects on animals and humans alike because it is absorbed through the skin. The chemicals originally used by surgeons to wash their hands before operations in recent decades were added by manufacturers to a variety of products, including mouthwash, laundry detergent, fabrics, and even baby pacifiers. Interestingly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the antibacterial active ingredients, triclosan, is present in the urine of 75% of Americans over the age of 5. The New York Times had reported on this back in late summer 2011, bringing to light this very issue – the safety as well as the efficacy – of triclosan. The chemical has been in use in consumer products since 1972 at a use level of 0.10 – 1.0%.Continue reading