Clariant Active Ingredients wins Sustainable Beauty Award for Eosidin
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Active Ingredients business is the proud recipient of the 2018 Sustainable Ingredient Award for Eosidin, an innovative active ingredient that is unique in protecting skin from indoor pollution damage.
Announced at the Sustainable Beauty Awards ceremony in Paris, this particular award is given to a cosmetic ingredient that makes a significant difference in terms of environmental and / or social footprint. Ecovia Intelligence hosted the awards on November 6, 2018 during the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit.
Eosidin, the first solution to protect skin from indoor pollution damage, was developed jointly by Clariant Active Ingredients and Biospectrum. The active ingredient comes from the Jeju Island natural reserve in South Korea and is an extract of green citrus unshiu rich in highly potent molecules that play an important role in regulating immunomodulation and decreasing hypersensitivity.
The citrus unshiu cultivation, which includes no use of pesticides, and the extraction process have been designed to reduce waste, limit the environmental impact, and be non-food competitive. The citrus comes from the small unripe fruit that would normally be harvested and thrown away by farmers in order to boost tree growth. The unripe waste fruits account for around 10% of Jeju’s production. Instead, these unripe fruits are collected and used to create the raw material, ensuring an up-cycling process. The unique supply network provides local farmers with a new opportunity to supplement their income and improve living standards.
All steps from harvest to extraction process are performed directly on Jeju Island, through a dedicated production plant, to develop the local economy, support local biodiversity and decrease carbon footprint from citrus field to production plant.
Amarjit Sahota, President of Ecovia Intelligence (organiser of Sustainable Beauty Awards), comments: “Eosidin active ingredient captured the jury’s attention for it showed how a green material can help push the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry. Not only is it based on renewable feedstock, it makes a significant difference through a low environmental impact and the active involvement of local citrus farmers in achieving a sustainable new source of income.”
Ernesto Horikoshi, Global Head of Active Ingredients at Clariant, adds: “We are proud of the recognition Eosidin is receiving for its unique performance in targeting indoor pollution and for its positive environmental and social footprint. This is the third award that Clariant Active Ingredients has received in our 2 years since we started up, and the second for Eosidin. This demonstrates our strong position to develop innovative and sustainable active ingredients that are valuable to our customers, that bring real benefits to cosmetic brands and are appreciated by independent opinion makers.”
Skin sensitivity is an issue for 60% of the global population. Atopic-prone skin and hypersensitivity is on the rise due to the pollution. The introduction of the first ingredient to target indoor pollution creates opportunities to achieve differentiation through a new indoor-pollution sub-category of finished products within the anti-pollution area. It supports new concepts for finished products targeting itchiness, atopic-prone skin, irritation and hypersensitivity that will respond to consumer beauty concerns.