The IFT is the largest food show in the world. It’s also a great place to find new ingredient and processing technology. Many of the exhibiting suppliers don’t actively sell into the personal care area, so their materials are unknown to most formulators. Every time I’ve attended I’ve discovered innovative technology that I’ve used to develop new personal care formulations or help solve problems.
Radio Frequency Co. has developed radio-frequency-based pasteurization/disinfecting technology. An RF generator creates an alternating electric field between 2 electrodes. The material to be treated is then passed between the 2 electrodes, and water molecules in the product create heat which kills any microorganism. This could be a useful technology to reduce the microbial count in contaminated products or raw materials.
Blue Marble Biomaterials is a biotech company that specializes in developing high value added chemicals from production waste streams.
PGX is a novel spray drying process developed by Ceapro that can significantly change the properties of materials including particle size, water solubility, and porosity. It is also useful for purifying heat liable active ingredients.
AstaReal, Inc sells algae-derived astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is claimed to have 100-200X better antioxidant activity than beta carotene or lutein and has been shown to reduce UV-induced skin aging when both orally and topically applied. AstaREAL® L10-Contains 2% astaxanthin and a water soluble form is available that contains 1.5% astaxanthin.
Earthrise sells algae derivatives. Linablue® is an approved water-soluble, blue colorant for food and cosmetic use derived from DIC spirulina algae. The color is stable from a PH of 4.5-8 but requires a UV absorber for light stability.
San-Ei Gen F.F.I. USA–SANMELIN® POWDER R-20DS is an enzymatically modified isoquercitrin that is water soluble and has strong UVA absorption and antioxidant activity. It is very useful for stabilizing UV-sensitive materials.
Shandong Freda Biotechnology is the largest producer of gamma polyglutamic acid (PGA, Natto Gum) in China. They sell a high MW grade (700-1000K Daltons), a low MW grade (70-100K Daltons) and a crosslinked grade (MW 10000K Daltons). PGA has been shown to reduce TEWL, increase skin hydration, increase NMF, increase skin elasticity, and lighten skin.
Ajinomoto-Tanal® 01/W1 Brewtan is a high-purity, natural-based tannic acid that has iron-chelating, anti-browning, astringency, and strong antioxidant activity.
Jiangyin Huachang Food Additive Co. sells taurine. Taurine is believed to be an important epidermal osmolyte required to maintain keratinocyte hydration in a dry environment.
InnoBio sells cold-water-soluble, powdered oil encapsulates that provide instant water dispersibility and oxygen protection. Powdered ingredients available include 50% flaxseed oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, 70% high oleic sunflower, 5% lutein CWS, 1% beta carotene CWS, and 2.5% astaxanthin CWS.
CitroBio Inc. offers CitroBio, a natural-based, GRAS antimicrobial agent that may be useful in helping to preserve personal care formulations.