US Eastman introduces green cosmetics process

18 March 2008 20:50  [Source: ICIS news]

By Doris de Guzman

NEW YORK (ICIS news)--US producer Eastman Chemical will introduce next month two cosmetic ingredients using their new green processing technology, company officials said on Tuesday.

The technology, called enzymatic esterification, will mark Eastman’s expansion not only in the cosmetic-active-ingredients market but toward green and natural cosmetics, said research scientist Neil Boaz, in an  interview with ICIS news.

Eastman said its process uses a biocatalyst that is renewable and reusable.

The process does not produce any by products - making it more efficient - and it uses little energy due to its low-temperature processing, Boaz said. It also does not use any organic solvents.

“What we are doing is pretty novel and in response to what we hear from the marketplace,” Boaz said. “The cosmetic industry is continuously raising the bar when it comes to green products and processing, and we think our technology is designed to fit within the strictest standards as possible.”

One of Eastman’s new products to be released is an ester of rice-bran oil fatty acids called DMAE rice branate, to be used for anti-aging applications, said Boaz’s co-researcher Stephanie Clendennen. Eastman has been working on the cosmetic benefits of rice bran oil for several years, she said.

She added that the company already has a pipeline of new enzymatic-based cosmetic esters and is continuously developing new molecules.

“The cutting edge of our investigation is more in the green area. The launch at in-cosmetics [exhibition] will be indicative of what we are doing in this business, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” she added.

Eastman’s new active ingredients will be introduced at in-cosmetics, which will be held on 15-17 April in Amsterdam.

By: Doris de Guzman
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