Cosmetic ingredients are chemicals used in personal care products such as shampoos, soap, lotions, powders and perfumes. Cosmetic and personal care products play a significant role in our lives, not just to enhance our aesthetic beauty but for well being too.For instance, toothpaste and sun creams are used for well being and skin care, while moisturizers and hair care products such as shampoos are used as grooming products. Cosmetic ingredients are categorized as organic and synthetic.Organic ingredients are extracted from natural sources. These ingredients include plant extract, vitamins, waxes, proteins, oils & fats, thickening agents, additives and preservatives. Growing health concern and increasing demand for environment friendly products is expected to lead to a rapid transition from synthetic cosmetics ingredients such as aluminum salt, paraben, phthalates and petrochemicals products towards organic substitutes.
Hair and skin care cosmetics ingredients is expected to dominate the global cosmetic ingredients.Demand for natural hair care without ammonia, paraben and sulfur is increasing at a rapid pace.Consumers are increasingly inclined towards hair care products for dandruff protection and hair fall control. Anti-aging skin product segment is expected to gain rapid traction over the following few years.Increasing inclination of men towards aesthetic appeal is a major trend in the market and a highly lucrative growth opportunity that market players are focusing on capitalizing upon.
Surfactants are the basic raw materials used in various cosmetic products which includes, hair care, skin care and various male grooming products. In line with the global trend of adopting organic products, manufacturing companies are focusing on extracting surfactants from natural sources such as coconut oil and palm oil. Also, cosmetics manufacturing companies largely prefer bio-based polymer to ensure adherence to stringent regulations regarding synthetic polymer products. Conditioning polymer find wide application in shampoo and hair conditioner.Increasing health awareness is influencing consumers to protect against harmful UV rays and enrich skin with antioxidant rich products. This in turn is expected to fuel growth of the preservatives segment.
Continuous research & development and new product launch by market leading companies is anticipated to boost growth of the cosmetic ingredients industry. For instance, in 2016, Ashland introduced Elixiance Bio functional, a multi-functional cosmetic ingredients rich in phytoantioxidants which provides protection from oil control and anti-aging. Also, rising disposable income and changing lifestyle double with increasing beauty and health consciousness of people of all ages is continuously growing the demand for cosmetics ingredients. The global cosmetic ingredients market is dominated by North America, followed by Europe. However, Asia Pacific and Latin America are poised to be the growth engines for cosmetic ingredients market due to rapid urbanization, coupled with awareness among consumers for skin care. For instance, according to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a Trust established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in 2025 the Indian personal care market is expected to reach US$ 20 billion. Moreover, multinational players are continuously investing on merger and acquisition, product innovation and joint venture. For instance, Sumitomo Corporation acquired Kyowa Hakko Europe GmbH to advance into cosmetic ingredients business in Europe.
Stringent government regulations prohibiting use of certain chemicals as an ingredients is anticipated to be the key challenges for cosmetic ingredients industry, For instance,
Some of the key players in the market includes Ashland Inc. (U.S.), Croda International Plc (U.K.), BASF SE (Germany), Solvay S.A (Belgium), Stepan Company (U.S), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), Evonik Industries (Germany), DOW Corning (U.S.), and DSM (The Netherlands), and Clariant AG (The Switzerland), among others.
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