Seeking Multifunctional Ingredient with Antimicrobial Properties for Personal Care Applications

Background / Description

Preservatives added to personal care product to control microbial spoilage, extend product shelf life and prevent infection in humans. Microbiological control is critical in the beauty industry because microbial spoilage will cause product degradation, leading to potential human health hazard. In recent years, due to growing human health concerns with traditional preservatives like paraben and Isothiazolinones (MIT/CMIT), consumers are drawn toward “’preservative-free’ or ‘self-preserving’ personal care formulations.

Here, the company is seeking multifunctional personal care ingredients which apart from delivering its primary property also exhibits a certain level of antimicrobial activity. The ideal ingredients can be emollients, surfactants, rheology modifiers, solubilizer or bio-active. compounds/extracts that can also control microbial spoilage for skin and haircare applications.

Technical Specifications

Molecules/compounds/material that show a certain level of broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against gram positive and gram negative bacteria, yeast and mold. Ideally the ingredient can be described by an existing INCI and already has an additional primary function in a cosmetic formulation e.g. Viscosity modification, Emollient, Chelating agent, Emulsifier, etc.

The technology should be at least validated in relevant environment (TRL 5 and above), preferably biodegradable and derived from renewable/natural resources to comply with the increasing trend for sustainable solutions.

The proposed solution should also meet the following criteria:

  • stable at broad pH range 5-8, preferably 2-11
  • Non-toxic to humans and environment
  • Shelf life of 2 years
  • Samples of minimum 50g are requested for performance testing

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Licensing
  • IP Acquisition
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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