By Florence Roullet, Beauty Formulations and Materials Director, Aptar
“Paraben-free”, “allergen-free”, “preservative-free”… these negative claims will soon belong to the past thanks to stricter European regulations on this type of statement. Here’s how that will work.
For almost 20 years, players in the dermocosmetic industry have responded to consumer mistrust by increasing the number of messages claiming an absence of maligned ingredients in their formulas. That’s why we have seen an avalanche of “free from” claims. But “clean” formulas are now the way forward.
The end of “free from” promises
In 2013, the European Commission took up the issue and clarified the legislation already in force since 2009, determining the criteria for putting cosmetic products on the market.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 655 of 10 July 2013 marks an important turning point in that it sets out the truthfulness criteria with regard to ingredients mentioned and also their properties. Furthermore, a principle of fairness is introduced, implying the non-denigration of ingredients whose use is legal. For example, this means that the claim “preservative-free” is no longer authorized when the formula contains other substances not on the official list of preservatives, but which are used as such.
A new positive era
The highly awaited Regulation No 655 is set to enter into force in July 2019 and, until then, the industry is encouraged to self-regulate. After that date, offenders risk being held to account by the regulatory authorities of the European Union member states.
From communication based on negative claims, we are now entering the era of positive claims such as “clean formula” to mean a reworking of the list of ingredients or the promotion of the proven benefits of certain ingredients, and even the innovative and protective properties of the packaging. Because although cosmetic product packaging isn’t subject to the same regulatory constraints as food packaging, the regulations shouldn’t drag their heels in catching up!
That is why, since 2014, Aptar has been working with other industry players to develop a common methodology to assess the protection performance of the container and its safety for the contents inside.
Aptar x Strand: Customized Color & Care
Aptar Beauty + Home, the world leader in the fragrance and cosmetics dispensing solution sector, and Strand Cosmetics Europe, an international expert in designing skincare and make-up formulas, have combined their packaging and formula know-how to invent tomorrow’s personalized cosmetics.
Aptar X Capsum Microfluidic technology for personalized skin care
Aptar Beauty + Home, the world leader in the fragrance and cosmetics dispensing solution sector (sprays, aerosols, pump bottles, etc.), is joining forces with Capsum, the microfluidics specialist, to take the customization of its dispensing packaging and formulas even further.
Apollo Launches to Market with MONAT Studio One Strong Flexi-Hold Hairspray
Apollo is the newest edition of innovation from Aptar Beauty + Home, the global leader in dispensing solutions, addressing the demand for e-commerce-capable, travel-friendly products that provide shelf and product differentiation.
Star Drop: Aptar redefines foundation
Aptar Beauty + Home, world leader in the fragrance and cosmetics dispensing solution sector (sprays, aerosols, pump bottles, etc.), is now revolutionising foundation packaging with Star Drop, the only packaging dispenser on the market with a valve that delivers a highly-accurate dose.
Aptar Beauty + Home launches Luminous
Luminous is a premium and radiant metallized finished specifically designed with high flexibility that is ideal for hinged closures. Luminous delivers mirror-like, brilliant colors while maintaining the high product performance expectations found in Aptar dispensing solutions.
Aptar Beauty + Home launches E-Latch
Aptar’s Purity E-Latch is the first omni-channel tube top solution. E-Latch keeps product secure through the e-commerce delivery supply chain, without sacrificing consumer convenience and maintaining a consistent brand experience. E-Latch’s intuitive design has a fully integrated finger recess latch that prevents accidental opening in transit.
Aptar Reboul x Lush Towards ever more ethical cosmetics
One of the world’s leading packaging dispensing systems for the cosmetics industry, Aptar Beauty + Home has adopted an ambitious approach to managing environmental challenges and is now developing a range of solutions with reduced environmental impacts, particularly in the area of make-up.
A boom in skincare cosmetics inspired by traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine
It is impossible to escape the current trends of going back to tradition and nature along with the quest for well-being in body and soul. Cosmetic brands are now drawing inspiration from ancestral Asian knowledge. Somewhere between philosophy and science, traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine teach the art of caring for your skin through a holistic approach.
From invisible to visible: The risks of contaminating cosmetic formulas during use and how to prevent them with airtight containers
As the preservative-free movement gains traction, more fragile cosmetic formulas face a greater risk of bacterial contamination, even when that contamination cannot be seen by the naked eye. How does this occur? Let’s take look at this microscopic world…
Insert technologies: The new aerosol technology that adapts to every product use
Luigi Garofalo, Market Development Director EMEA Homecare at Aptar, tells us more about the trends sweeping the industry and, in particular, Aptar’s innovative use of insert technologies: “To provide novelty and delight consumers, we need to add value. Therefore, we invest a lot of time and energy in market research to grasp and capitalize on key areas of focus like e-commerce."
Let’s get digital: Aptar Beauty + Home’s IndieBoutique debuts online at LuxePack LA
Aptar Beauty + Home, the global dispensing company, launched IndieBoutique – a custom tailored program that offers Indie Beauty brands short lead times, stock color options, and low minimum order quantities on Aptar’s top-selling dispensing products. To make it even easier Indie brands can utilize the same level of dispensing expertise, industry knowledge, and technical support that Aptar provides to all customers.
Aptar & Ecover are launching their first dispensing closure made of PCR resin
Aptar Beauty + Home is proud to announce its first launch of a dispensing closure in Europe made from 50% Post-consumer recycled resin (PCR), confirming its leading position in the global transition to a circular economy and a sustainable future.
30 years of innovation for ultra-protective packaging
Packaging innovation, a driver of growth in the cosmetics industry, has skyrocketed in recent decades. As consumers seek out more natural products with clear, easily understandable ingredient lists, they are not prepared to make the switch to daily single use solutions. This means that packaging must pick up the slack!
Skin Protect: A cutting-edge mechanical system for unrivalled protection
To meet the needs of a market using fewer and fewer preservatives, Aptar’s Skin Protect is an innovative and ultra-protective tube solution. Skin Protect offers consumers with sensitive skin a way to keep their product free of contamination over time using a practical, easy-to-use packaging solution.
Aptar Beauty + Home creates a made-to-measure packaging solution for Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Double R
For its new high-performance skincare product, the luxury brand was looking for exclusive packaging that would both visually recall the cells of the hive and dispense two distinct formulas that could merge in the bottle pump. The result is a made-to-measure creation for this new serum and its bee seal stamped double pump bottle which dispenses the perfect amount of the brand’s antiageing corrective formulas with each actuation.
The return of vitamin C in anti-aging formulas
Vitamin C, already well known for its energizing and anti-oxidant virtues, is back front and center in the cosmetic world in ultra-concentrated formulas. Vitamin C has been able to make a comeback thanks to new innovations in packaging that help stabilize this fragile active ingredient.
Testing ergonomic and practical design to give consumers what they want
In the field of cosmetics and dermatology, consumers’ subjective concerns are crucial. Consumers have certain expectations when it comes to texture, color and fragrance, and packaging plays a major role in ensuring product quality. Aptar conducts qualitative studies to create packaging solutions that meet market needs.
Note, a new fragrance application ritual for women with cancer
Applying perfume is a way of asserting oneself, expressing one’s personality, one’s singularity, existing socially, either by allowing a trail to blossom, or more intimately when the fragrance lingers close to the skin. For women with cancer, this simple gesture is often impossible, prevented by the treatments which affect sense of smell or scars that do not allow the use of sprays. For the launch of the first perfume designed for these women, the Ozalys brand has chosen Aptar Beauty + Home and its NOTE system.
Organic cosmetics: A key market
Driven by the growth of preservative-free and clean cosmetics, organic products are boosting their market share. While still considered a niche market, sales of organic personal care products are growing at 10% a year and are expected to account for more than US$25 billion by 2025! However, many consumers have found themselves confused between these products and those called “natural”.
Sterile Filling: a Crucial Priority against Bacterial Contamination
At a time when “preservative-free” products are in high demand, filling poses a crucial challenge for product manufacturers because the process needs to protect the formula from the time it is packaged. Learn more about our solution to ensure product integrity before it hits store shelves.
A boom in anti-pollution barrier formulas
With urban pollution worsening and aggravated by climate change, consumers have become more aware that they need to protect their skin from the harmful combined effects of UV rays and fine particles. Brands have started addressing this need with “shield” formulas.
Welcome to the golden age of Clean Cosmetics
Just like the agrifood industry, the dermocosmetic sector is experiencing a real paradigm shift. The trend is leaning towards cleaner, preservative-free formulas. Please welcome “clean cosmetics” – a phenomenon that can be explained and interpreted in the following three ways.
Skin Protect by Aptar Beauty + Home: the ideal packaging to protect your preservative-free formulas
Skin Protect is a revolutionary airless packaging designed to dispense and preserve any kind of fluid. It offers an extreme protection against all types of external contaminations. A three-point ventilation of the overcap prevents any surface moisture or air containment. The tubes are submitted to heavy tests against microbiological contaminants, in both dry and humid environments, and in both static and moving positions.
- Emmanuelle Surget
- Company News
- Created 13 Dec 2018
- Modified 17 Dec 2018
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