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The cosmetics industry is under constant pressure to meet new consumer expectations. Our advanced microencapsulation technology increases formulation capacity, enhances active ingredient performance and offers a unique controlled release function. It provides a tool to put science at the service of beauty and design innovative cosmetic formulations with specific features and benefits. Our novel delivery systems based on a release-on-demand mechanism translate your ideas into next-generation products.

We provide R&D services and look for partnerships with manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients in search of inventive ways to improve efficacy and meet consumer demand for innovations and novel, better-performing products.

WE INTRODUCE CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICROCAPSULES

NOVEL DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR COSMETICS AND SKINCARE

Our advanced microencapsulation technology draws on science to create high-performing cosmetic formulations with customised delivery mechanisms. It opens up possibilities for advanced and innovative cosmetic and skincare solutions and novel user experiences.

 

All microencapsulation technologies seek to mask the unpleasant odours or colours of active ingredients and protect them from degradation, ensuring their stability and stabilising and increasing their benefits. Our approach to microencapsulation offers more than that.

 

Our CSO pioneered programmed-shell microcapsules with controlled and targeted release functions, a new way to deliver active ingredients. By selecting appropriate biocompatible and biodegradable polymers, we efficiently isolate and protect the encapsulated compounds, which look like powder to the naked eye, against degrading factors and ensure their release on demand. Our technology provides a versatile tool for the controlled and targeted delivery of active cosmetic ingredients. And all this at a low price. Production costs are mainly determined by the price of polymers and encapsulated active ingredients, representing a fraction of the final price.

Programmed-shell microcapsules for cosmetics and skincare

WE OFFER A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO LIPOSOMES

Liposomes are widespread in cosmetics as delivery systems for active ingredients. However, they are known for poor chemical and physical stability, requiring specific conditions in order to remain stable, including pH, leakage and fusion of encapsulated compounds, limited control over release function, low loading capacity and high cost for large-scale production. Another popular encapsulation system is the emulsification of cargo into microdroplets. Similarly to liposomes, emulsion droplets are unstable and lack controlled release function, enabling only passive elution.

 

In contrast, our microcapsules are highly stable. Our technology creates a physical barrier isolating and protecting active ingredients against degrading factors, such as heat, sunlight, moisture, oxidation, evaporation or incompatibility and interactions with other ingredients during production, storage and application. Our programmed-shell microcapsules are biocompatible and biodegradable, able to hold massive payloads, versatile, applicable for the incorporation of any ingredients, both hydrophilic and hydrophobic, and suitable for large-scale, cost-effective production.

HIGHLY STABLE CONTROLLED-RELEASE MICROCAPSULES FOR COSMETICS AND SKINCARE

But the most important advantage of our advanced microencapsulation technology is its controlled and targeted release functions. It provides a tool for the delivery of active cosmetic ingredients at the right time, at the right place and under certain conditions. The release-on-demand mechanism ensures efficient, controlled and safe means of reaching the target site within the skin. Possessing distinctive properties, our micro- and nanoencapsulation systems provide a unique approach for more efficient delivery of active cosmetic ingredients and present a versatile alternative to traditional delivery systems.

  • PROLONGED RELEASE

    Our microcapsules provide sustained and prolonged release of active cosmetic ingredients over periods of hours to months.

  • RELEASE WITH THE REQUIRED KINETICS

    Our microcapsules provide the release of active cosmetic ingredients at a desired rate and dosage.

  • TIMED RELEASE

    We can programme the microcapsule shells to open and release active cosmetic ingredients at a desired time.

  • TRIGGERED RELEASE

    We introduce the release-on-demand mechanism. The microcapsule opening can be triggered by environmental changes (pH, salinity, solvent polarity, temperature), mechanical action (friction, pressure and other forces), and external stimuli (ultrasound, NIR laser, UV light).

     

WE REPLACE LIPOSOMES AND INTRODUCE NOVEL DELIVERY SYSTEMS TO CREATE NEXT-GENERATION COSMETIC AND SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Meet consumer demand for innovations and better-performing products.

WIDE CHOICE OF ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

 

We can encapsulate any active cosmetic ingredients, small and large molecules, hydrophilic and hydrophobic, microelements, and even microorganisms. Our microcapsules can contain multiple active ingredients, making them multifunctional.

 

WIDE CHOICE OF SHELL MATERIAL

 

We can choose from a wide range of FDA-approved biocompatible and biodegradable hypoallergenic polymers, synthetic or natural. We can make shells mono- or multi-layered.

 

 

 

HIGH STABILITY

 

Unlike liposomes and emulsion droplets, our polyelectrolyte microcapsules are highly stable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH LOADING CAPACITY

 

Our microcapsules can hold high volumes of active cosmetic ingredients (active ingredients: 75-80%, polymers: 20-25%).

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE CAN SOLVE MANY CHALLENGES AND HELP YOU INNOVATE

In addition to improving stability and facilitating deep penetration into the skin, active ingredients can be released by several mechanisms. For example, deodorants’ action can be increased during the period of excessive perspiration. The action can be further enhanced by adding microcapsules with antifungal and antibacterial compounds. A similar effect can be applied to UV filters. Their action can be activated when sun exposure increases. For perfume, a prolonged mechanism releases fragrances over an extended period of time. Alternatively, they can be released upon mechanical action (“scratch and sniff” perfume). We can also make microcapsules sensitive to temperature. Once they get warmed up when in touch with the skin, they break open and release active compounds. We can also make our microcapsules sensitive to the pressure generated by rubbing the product into the skin or sensitive to the difference in acidity between the microcapsules and the skin.

 

Microencapsulation can also be used for cosmetic textiles designed to transfer active substances for cosmetic purposes. The cosmetic ingredients can be incorporated into the fabric of the clothing so that the natural movements of the body make the microcapsules break open and release active substances, making the skin slowly moisturised or have a pleasant smell, depending on the sought-after effect.

 

These are just a few examples. There are many more options.

HIGH STABILITY

Unlike liposomes and emulsions, our microcapsules are highly stable, creating a real barrier between active substances and the environment.

HIGH STABILITY COMPARED TO LIPOSOMES

 

Today, the most common encapsulation systems are represented by liposomes and the emulsification into microdroplets. However, their significant drawback is poor stability. In contrast to liposomes and emulsions, our polyelectrolyte microcapsules are far more stable creating a real physical barrier between encapsulated substance and a surrounding environment.


EFFICIENT TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY

We introduce a timed-release function. Possessing unique microencapsulation capabilities, we can precisely programme the release time of active compounds. Our smart microcapsules can be programmed to open and release active compounds at a desired time and with the required kinetics.

HIGH TRANSDERMAL PENETRATION RATE

 

For effective delivery into the skin cells, active ingredients are required to penetrate the top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, which acts as a barrier. Although the cosmetics industry has made substantial progress, the barrier function of the skin remains a limiting factor in the penetration and absorption of active cosmetic ingredients. Most of them do not penetrate into deeper layers of the skin and stay on the surface.

 

Among the different strategies to optimise transdermal delivery, liposomes are the most common delivery system. However, although phospholipids offer the advantages of being biodegradable and non-toxic amphiphiles, liposomes have low physical and chemical stability and poor skin permeation limits. In contrast, our programmed-shell microcapsules are highly stable. Not only do we increase the stability of cosmetic ingredients within the formulation, but we also introduce specific mechanisms that increase the deep penetration of cosmetic ingredients across the skin barrier for greater effectiveness.


TRIGGERED RELEASE

Our polyelectrolyte multi-layered composite microcapsules provide a versatile tool to create smart delivery systems sensitive to chemical, physical, or mechanical factors. Using our advanced microencapsulation, we achieve a broad range of controlled-release scenarios. Our technology enables the release of active cosmetic ingredients triggered by physiological stimuli, such as pH, ionic strength, and temperature, release triggered by mechanical action (friction, pressure and other forces) and remote stimuli, such as ultrasound, near-infrared (NIR) laser light and UV light.

CHANGES IN THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Release of cosmetic ingredients can be triggered by changes in pH, ionic strength (salinity), solvent polarity, and temperature.

 

EXTERNAL STIMULI

 

Release of cosmetic ingredients can be triggered by external stimuli, such as ultrasound, near-infrared (NIR) laser light and UV light.

 

MECHANICAL ACTION

 

Release of cosmetic ingredients can be triggered by mechanical action, such as friction, pressure and other forces.

 

 

TIMED RELEASE

We introduce a timed-release function. Possessing unique microencapsulation capabilities, we can precisely programme the release time of active substances. Our smart microcapsules can be programmed to open and release active compounds at a desired time and with the required kinetics.

TARGETED DELIVERY

A formulation must not only keep the active ingredients stable, but it must also deliver ingredients into the right location. We introduce an efficient delivery system for transporting active ingredients. Our targeted delivery system assists ingredients in reaching the desired location within the skin in order to exert their benefits.

Mask odour and colour
Mask unpleasant odours and unattractive colours of cosmetic ingredients to improve product attractiveness.
Protect cosmetic ingredients
Protect cosmetic ingredients from environmental conditions (heat, moisture, oxidation, sunlight, etc.) and interactions with other ingredients.
Improve skin penetration
Ensure penetration of cosmetic ingredients into deeper layers of the skin for more efficacy.
Increase stability
Significantly increase the stability of cosmetic ingredients resulting in the shelf-life extension.
Prevent loss of volatile ingredients
Solve the problem of the high volatility of fragrances and prolong aroma release in a controlled manner.
Controlled and triggered release
Introduce controlled and triggered release of cosmetic ingredients to improve efficacy, prolong action, and create smart delivery systems for better performance.
Introduce new ingredients
Make it possible to introduce new ingredients to broaden the applications and extend product range.
Make cost savings
Make redundant expensive packaging, chemical modifications, masking agents and preservatives.
PARTNER WITH US

We seek partnerships with manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients to bring our innovations to the market. Share with us your challenges and ideas. Together we will design unique and innovative formulations and develop solutions tailored to your needs. Our team of experts will help you translate your vision of the ideal product into a real product that is high-performing and a pleasure to use.