December 2013

December 18, 2013

A Natural Tan from below the Sea:
Symrise Launches SymBronze® 1659

• Natural pigmentation enhancer from microalgae
• Derived from a sustainable and renewable source
• Extends the natural actives range of Symrise

With SymBronze® 1659, Symrise launches a natural bronzer that provides a healthy natural looking tan. The active ingredient is derived from microalgae – a sustainable and renewable source. Clinical tests have proven the efficacy of the product.

Being tanned is still much regarded a symbol of a healthy and active lifestyle making it a beauty goal for many. At the same time, consumers show elevated awareness of the risks associated with UV exposure. This increases the demand for biological tanners that support the skin's natural capability to produce the tanning pigment melanin and also provide a natural tan combined with an efficient protection.

To address this demand Symrise has launched a natural tanner SymBronze®1659. The new, natural ingredient is derived from a sustainable and renewable source: the marine water microalgae Isochrysis galbana var T.ISO. It reliably enhances the pigmentation of the skin. The proven efficacy includes sunless self-tanning and an accelerated tan during UV exposure. SymBronze® 1659 can be used in many cosmetic applications like sunless self-tanning creams as well as products to prepare the skin for the bikini season.

SymBronze® 1659 significantly decreases the tanning time. Without exposure to UV rays, SymBronze® 1659 provides a most natural looking tan. The effect actually lasts longer and looks much more natural than that of traditional self-tanners on the market. In after sun products it prolongs the tan. In combination with sun filters, its safe base-tan helps minimizing the risks associated with long-term sunbathing.

“Symrise has built a strong expertise in natural and safe skin toning over the past years”, says Dr. Marielle Le Maire, Global Product Director Cosmetic Ingredients at Symrise. “SymBronze® 1659 is the result of long-term research collaboration with our partner Cutech Srl. With this product, we are also extending our range of naturals and sustainably sourced ingredients. Thus, we are addressing several consumer concerns simultaneously. We see plenty of potential in this versatile approach and will come up with more inspiring ideas in the future”.

About Symrise
Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements.
Its sales of € 1.735 billion in 2012 place Symrise among the top four companies in the global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 35 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.
Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise thus takes sustainability into account in every part of its corporate strategy. The company was awarded the German Sustainability Award in 2012.
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