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Over 100 delegates attended the 11th edition of Home and Personal Care Ingredients (HPCI) Exhibition and Conference India at the Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai from 28-29 April 2022. The conference brought together experts focused on raw materials and techniques for the formulation of cosmetic and cleaning products.

A technical conference organised by the Indian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ISCC) discussed the latest scientific developments within the industry under the theme this year of ‘Trends 3.0: Game Changer in the Cosmetic Industry’. Speakers included industry leaders, R&D experts from leading laboratories, academics and technocrats, making for an insightful thought provoking two days.

Day 1 

The Keynote address was delivered by Umashan Naidoo, Head Customer & Beauty – Trent Ltd who spoke about consumer trends in colour.

The need and advantage of the use of Artificial Intelligence was stressed by speakers like Sarada Samantray, Associate Dean, NMIMS and Ranjit Barshikar, CEO – QbD International. They emphasized how introduction of AI & AR to the Personal care & Beauty industry has modernised the capabilities of its brands as well as the customer experience that they can provide.

Archana Prasad of Lambert Labortatories spoke on multifunctional cosmetics; Triveni Kulkarni, Senior Research  Analyst,  Beauty and Personal  Care, Mintel, gave an account of sustainability & packaging trends in beauty, while Avani Mainkar, CSO, Keva Pvt Ltd., spoke on new trends in Hair Care.

Day 2 

A Workshop on Safety Evaluation of Cosmetics was conducted by Brigit Huber, Dy. Director General IKW. She asserted that safety assessment of cosmetics started in EU is assuming significance in other parts of world too. Dr Jens Burfeindt, Education Officer, German Society of Scientific and Applied Cosmetics also gave an account of Safety Assessment as a tool to support the application of Cosmetics Legislation.

Geeta Bajaj, Associate Director, Regulatory affairs, Estée Lauder India, gave a thorough overview of regulation for Cosmetic products.

Dr Elisabeth Gerber, Beiersdorf Germany, further stressed safety assessment of finished cosmetics.

The Conference was chaired by Dr Vijay Bambulkar, Consultant & former Director ,J & J India, & Co-chaired by Vinay Kumar Singh, Head-Formulation, Kumar Organic Products Research Centre.


Winner – Koel Colours Pvt Ltd

Runner-up – Rossari Biotech Ltd

HPCI India recognises outstanding innovations from Cosmetics, Home, Personal Care and Perfumery industries with three Innovation Awards every year. Judged by the Indian Society of Cosmetics Chemists (ISCC), the awards can be given for innovative raw materials, products, techniques, processes or concepts. The winners of these awards value them highly not just for the recognition within the industry, but also not just as a way to promote their innovations effectively to the media.

This year there were 6 participants in the Innovation Zone. These were judged bt the Innovation Awards Jury, which included Dr Vijay Bambulkar, Consultant & former Director of J&J; Vinay Kumar Singh, Head-Formulation, Kumar Organic Products Research Centre; and Ajay Vashi, Consultant & former Head of Lakme R&D.

The 6 entries were:

  • Keva Fragrance Pvt Ltd – OleoKare: A Scientific approach to Ayurvedic Actives
  • Soujanya Colour Pvt Ltd – Innovative and Sustainable Colorants for Nail Lacquer and other anhydrous application
  • Rossari Biotech Limited – Dr. Nanoxa : 30 Day Protection
  • Koel Colours Pvt Ltd – Macaron Technology
  • ILA BIOMARINE Pvt Ltd – Coolness Mousse Mask
  • Pharmacos India