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Perfume occupies a unique position in cosmetics, where it is sometimes a complete product, sometimes a component of another product.

The fragrance industry has been hit with supply chain issues and sustainability concerns like most of the beauty industry, but it is also particularly vulnerable to supply chain disruptions caused by change. climatic.

With these articles, learn more about what’s happening in perfume today, what the experts are talking about, and what the future of perfume might look like.

Three takeaways from the Fragrance Creators Association 2021 report

The Fragrance Creators Association report was released earlier this year, showcasing its achievements in 2021 to its members. © Getty Images – Ilbusca

Scent is vital to many industries, including personal care, and the Fragrance Creators Association works to improve its impact and public understanding.

The trade association recently released its 2021 impact report and the organization’s president, Farah Ahmed, told CosmeticsDesign that she outlines what has been achieved for the industry in the past year, both with national and international partners.

While the report outlines a number of specific actions the organization has taken over the past year, Ahmed said there are a few takeaways about what is happening in the fragrance space that care professionals personal can use to understand the segment right now.

One of the major factors that changed the way the Fragrance Creators Association and the fragrance industry in general operate was the outbreak of COVID-19, Ahmed said. Segment leaders had to come together to solve the challenges posed by the pandemic.

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Scent contest to bring Indian sandalwood back to market with a sustainable Australian source

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An international fragrance competition will introduce a new source of Indian sandalwood to perfumers, after decades when the ingredient was essentially out of reach [Getty Images]

After decades of diminishing availability of Indian sandalwood, an international perfume competition is being held to introduce the perfume world to a sustainable source of the rare ingredient.

The American Society of Perfumers has partnered with Australian sandalwood producer Quintis to organize the competition, which will be held from October 28, 2021 to March 31, 2022, asking master and junior perfumers to create an eau de toilette with at least 1% Quintis sandalwood, no price limit.

Vanessa Ligovich, director of marketing at Quintis, said the aim of the competition was to encourage perfumers to get creative with the ingredient that has largely not been available for formulation for years.

“Putting it on the market was interesting because there is this perception that there is no more”,Ligovich told CosmeticsDesign. “‘It’s on the vulnerable species list and we shouldn’t formulate with it because we can’t guarantee supply’. Much of the work we’ve done over the last 12 months is to tell people people that there is a sustainable supply.

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Bio-based solvent offers a petroleum-free option for fragrances, can reduce GHG emissions by up to 50%

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Genomatica is transitioning its bio-based solvent into the fragrance space as an alternative to petrochemical alternatives. © Getty Images – WALTER ZERLA

Biotech company Genomatica showcased an alternative petroleum-based bio-based solvent in fragrances at NYSCC’s Supplier Day that it claims can reduce carbon emissions by up to 50%.

The San Diego-based company featured its natural butylene glycol Brontide in the show’s fragrance trail as the company attempts to transition the ingredient primarily from personal care products into the world of perfumes and other fragrances.

Genomatica product marketing manager Kyle Huston said the company develops ingredients by biofermentation of sugars and created Brontide natural butylene glycol as an alternative solvent to conventional petroleum-based butylene glycol.

The ingredient has been on the market for about three years as a personal care solvent, and Huston said the company recently began collecting data to show its use in the fragrance industry.

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Essential Oils Could Have Uses in Cosmetics, But Still Pose Significant Challenges

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Essential oils have many potential uses outside of fragrance, but they also pose consumer safety risks if not properly analyzed. © Getty Images – 5./15 WEST

Consumer and regulatory demands are pushing personal care brands to use more botanical ingredients, pushing essential oils further away from fragrances and requiring more research.

An article was published in Beauty products​by a research team from Spain and Argentina, Guzmán et al, who summarized the current body of knowledge on the use of essential oils and essential oil components in cosmetics and beauty products.

Guzmán et al said that natural ingredients have been used in cosmetics for a long time, but recent consumer sentiment and international regulations have pushed the “natural beauty” segment to grow, accounting for around 10% or 40 billion dollars from the current world market.

Essential oils have long been used in perfumes because they are rich in aromatic compounds, but the research team said their antioxidant, bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, antiparasitic, insecticidal and medicinal properties offer wide utility in skincare. personal.

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How biotechnology could improve the ingredient supply chain, says an expert

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Biotech ingredients have been part of the beauty world for decades, but the process is becoming more and more affordable. © Getty Images – Andrew Brooke

Green beauty, clean beauty and conscious beauty all start at the bottom of the supply chain, and a biotech expert says fermentation could make that easier.

Humans have been harnessing biotechnology since the advent of fermented foods and beverages, but since the 1970s the process has developed as a strategy for producing cosmetic ingredients.

Jasmina Aganovic, CEO of biotech company Arcaea, told CosmeticsDesign that biotechnology could help the beauty industry reduce its need for extraction processes in the production of ingredients, including plant extraction.

“We believe that to appreciate nature is to consume it”Aganovic said. “Can we create a way to honor, but be very reciprocal, with our environment. That’s what biotechnology presents, the ability to appreciate without the extractive relationship. It’s actually a much healthier relationship for us to have with the world around us.

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Donovan B. Sanford