Sustainable Cosmetics Summit changes the face of the beauty industry

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit changes the face of the beauty industry

Sustainable ingredients and distribution innovations are the focal themes of the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, in Paris on 28-30th November.


Sustainable ingredients and distribution innovations are the focal themes of the European edition of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit ( Taking place in Paris on 28-30th November, the summit will bring together leading organizations involved in sustainability in the beauty industry to debate key industry issues.

Rising oil prices and dwindling supply are leading many companies to turn to plant-based feedstock for cosmetic ingredients. However, this development raises many questions about sustainable harvesting, processing and use of such ingredients. The Sourcing and Using Sustainable Ingredients session discusses such concerns. Romain Ruth, CEO of Florame, discusses the pitfalls and challenges of sourcing raw materials from developing countries. Another paper by AAK looks at the complexities of sustainable sourcing of commodities, such as vegetables oils. Other speakers will discuss the sustainable use of plant feedstock, deriving novel actives from food crops, and major green certification schemes.

A conference session and workshop is devoted to Marketing & Distribution Innovations. Although growth in the sustainable cosmetics market is continuing, market conditions have changed considerably in recent years. The entry of large multinationals, retailer private labels and other new brands are raising competitive stakes. Marketing has come to the forefront, with many brands competing on communications, positioning and distribution.

The direct route is becoming popular for some natural & organic cosmetic brands aiming to get closer to consumers. Melvita, a frontrunner in building an international retail network, shares its experiences in developing concept stores. Other papers discuss the potential of the hotel & spa channel, merging green fashion and beauty, retailers’ perspectives and marketing claims. Judi Beerling will present the latest findings from Organic Monitor’s Brand Assessment study that investigated marketing claims of natural & organic brands. Kathy Sheen from GfK Roper Consulting shares insights into consumer behavior towards sustainable cosmetics. The session adjourns with a panel discussion on green marketing and greenwashing.

A detailed analysis of the European natural & organic cosmetics market is given in a workshop on day 3 of the summit program. Titled Business Opportunities in the European Natural Cosmetics Market, the latest market and competitive developments will be presented. With natural & organic products already comprising over 5% of cosmetic sales in several countries, many question whether the growth will continue. The workshop leader will give future growth forecasts and highlight business openings for existing participants and new entrants.

Another summit session covers the growing convergence of natural beauty with general health & wellness. The Beauty Inside & Out session looks at the way beauty products are crossing into the realms of skin nutrition, diets and general well-being. Dr. Anne Marie Fine discusses the link between healthy diets and skin nutrition, whilst Dr Marie Bejot explores the use of nutritional supplements for beauty applications. Other speakers will discuss the role of novel food ingredients in cosmetics, the vinotherapy potential and merging a healthy lifestyle with organic products.

The opening session of the summit- Sustainability Best-Practices - features some of the pioneering sustainability initiatives in the beauty industry. The first paper will give case studies of cosmetic and ingredient companies creating positive impacts on the environment and society. L’Oreal will discuss some of the challenges faced by large cosmetic companies when devising and implementing sustainability programs. Richard Jean-Claude, Founder and CEO of Farfalla, looks at the positive contribution of fair trade sourcing on social communities.

Michael Radau, founder and CEO of the German organic food supermarket SuperBioMarkt, shares his experiences in novel retailing approaches. The retail chain was the first to receive the ‘Natural Cosmetics Quality Store’ certification for its product selection, ambience and service quality. At the end of the session, key speakers will form a panel to discuss the role of creativity when creating positive impacts.

Continuing with the central theme of sustainable ingredient, Judi Beerling will host a workshop on green formulations on the last day of the summit. The Formulating with Green Ingredients workshop tackles the major technical & formulation issues when replacing synthetic surfactants, emulsifiers and preservatives in cosmetic formulations. With French legislation possibly banning the use of parabens in cosmetic products, the workshop goes through the green preservative options and assesses the related adoption issues.

About the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

The aim of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit is to encourage sustainability in the beauty industry by bringing together key stake-holders and debate major sustainability issues in a high-level forum. More information on the European edition is available from

About Organic Monitor

Organic Monitor is a UK-based specialist research, consulting & training company that focuses on the global organic & related product industries. In 2011, we are celebrating 10 years of encouraging sustainable development. Since 2001, we have been providing a range of business services to operators in high-growth ethical & sustainable industries. Our services include market research publications, business & technical consulting, summits, seminars & workshops. Visit us at


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