Accessing academic research and incorporating the information into industry practices is one of the biggest challenges for cosmetics, personal care industries, Unilever R&D executive says

LOS ANGELES , December 21, 2011 () – One of the biggest challenges for the cosmetics and personal care industries is getting academic research and incorporating them into industry practices, Cosmetics Design Europe reported Dec. 21, citing Gordon James, science leader in Microbial Metabolism at Unilever Research & Development.

“There are two routes available… do we use academia to look for insights into new products, new ingredients or actives, or do we link up with [academia] and use the insights for claims support or general communication purposes,” James said, according to the publication.

In both of Unilever’s deodorant and anti-dandruff divisions, the company is working on using microflora to minimize bad odor and reduce the build-up of dry skin and dandruff on the scalp, Cosmetics Design Europe reported.

The primary source of this article is Cosmetics Design Europe, Montpellier, France, on Dec. 21, 2011.

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