Great cosmetic experience unleashing natural beauty and well-being

This approach is exemplified across our entire offering for cosmetic consumer products

Our portfolio comprises advanced actives, modern product preservation solutions, pioneering protection against sun and environmental aggressors, innovative hair care ingredients, original botanical extracts, high-performance functionals and special color solutions.

Our unique perspective comes from over 100 years of experience in developing and marketing cosmetic ingredients and our ability to intertwine the best of nature, science, chemistry as well as skin and hair biology.

We apply a truly global mindset to everything we do – at the same time we understand the importance of regional differences and requirements. That’s why our global research centers in Holzminden, Germany and Sao Paolo, Brazil work in tandem with our dedicated regional sales and application teams.


of global consumers would like to prevent signs of aging before they become visible


of global consumers want to protect their skin and hair from pollution


of global consumers want to block harmful sun rays throughout the whole day

[Source: CMI Data Source: Symrise Cosmetic Ingredients consumer data base]

Our strong position is reinforced by our group-wide consumer and market insights (CMI). Whether we’re pioneering protection from environmental aggressors or ensuring a reliable, natural source for color solutions, everything we develop and deliver is based on a unique understanding of what the consumers of today want.

Care for people and the environment: this is the commitment that drives our cosmetic ingredients teams. We care about people’s well-being, and their ability to feel comfortable in their own skin. Caring for the environment means taking a responsible, sustainability minded approach to our sourcing and manufacturing processes. We combine this level of care with state-of-the-art technology to create high-quality ingredients for the global beauty industry – ingredients that exactly address the needs of consumers worldwide. Eder Ramos, Global President, Cosmetic Ingredients

Our Products

We create cosmetic ingredients in seven core categories

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...From bursts of nature to cutting-edge technology

SymControlTM Care

According to Symrise’s internal consumer research, roughly 61% of consumers with oily skin reported that their skin is also sensitive. With this skin type, sebum over-production can frequently lead to skin irritations. To soothe these irritations, those affected often turn to harsh products that can actually increase the reaction of the skin’s sensitive outer layer. With SymControl™ Care, Symrise offers an active ingredient that addresses the needs of consumers with both oily and sensitive skin.

SymControl™ Care has been shown to significantly make your skin look less oily, soothing the skin and strengthening the skin barrier, thus protecting against penetration of diesel exhaust particles. The result is a healthy looking and balanced skin, already after just one week. SymControl™ Care is water-soluble, registered for the Chinese market and COSMOS approved.

Symrise derives the active ingredient used in SymControl™ Care from the microalgae Tetraselmis suecica using a blue biotechnology process. This green alga is a natural and sustainable raw material from the Mediterranean Sea.

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SymGuard® CD

Due to consumer overexposure, environmental concerns and regulatory changes, conventional organohalogen systems, such as triclosan or triclocarban are being removed from many cosmetic applications. Based on that fact, cosmetic manufacturers have increasingly been incorporating modern antibacterial ingredients into personal care products. 

Anticipating this change, Symrise worked to develop a dedicated ingredient answering the specific requirements of topical, oral and intimate hygiene products, and offers a modern, safe and more environmental friendly alternative: SymGuard® CD.

Discover our new product for hygiene applications

Nature, science and consumer desire


Our high-quality solutions are underpinned by three key pillars

1. Innovative research

As a global scientific leader in the industry, our research centers in Holzminden, Germany and Sao Paulo, Brazil develop avant-garde ingredients, based on comprehensive in-vitro / ex-vivo / in-vivo tests for innovative claim substantiation. R&D is supported and inspired by our Scientific Advisory Board, comprising leading international dermatologists and researchers.

2. Global application network

Regional application labs are the key success factors to translate and implement our product solutions to local needs and requirements. With passion and creative intuition we support our customers on the ground to formulate innovative solutions for consumers.

3. Unique consumer insights

In order to deliver the most relevant solutions, we have developed tools to identify and understand consumer needs and preferences. Over the last 6 years, we have been running more than 50,000 interviews in about 20 countries worldwide in order to anticipate evolving consumer trends and to be able to understand the specifics of different consumer groups.


We are playing an active role in shaping the future of cosmetics with innovative and efficient active ingredients. In the last 10 years we have filed more than 100 patents and received more than 30 innovation awards.Dr. Gerhard Schmaus, Vice President Global Innovation Cosmetic Ingredients

Sustainable sourcing, secure supply chains

From natural raw materials to carefully produced chemicals, we are constantly working to make our supply chain as secure and sustainable as possible. It is best for our business, our stakeholders and the world around us.

Find out more about our Group-wide approach to sustainability

Sustainable sourcing from the Amazon

We commit to uphold high ethical and ecological principles

The unique Amazonian biodiversity offers a rich source of raw materials for the cosmetics industry. The sustainable use of these resources is becoming ever more important. Symrise Amazon integrates sustainability aspects along the entire value chain – from sourcing and production to contributing to the social and economic development of the region. This has been certified according to the internationally recognized UEBT Ethical Bio Trade Standard.

As Achim Daub, Global President of Scent and Care at Symrise, said upon the facility’s opening: Symrise Amazon allows companies to harvest the rich biodiversity of the Amazonia region in a sustainable way. This approach is very much in line with our strong commitment to sustainability as an embedded value in our business strategy and operating system.”

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solutions in focus:


Beauty+ combines innovation and creativity, science and sense, pleasure and purpose

Beauty+ at Symrise means: Uniting our extensive expertise in fragrance creation and cosmetic ingredients development with the shared goal of generating unique combined solutions for an overall enhanced product performance.

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Sun care

Maximum efficiency and safety. Enjoyable and innovative scents. We provide the most advanced sun care solutions that offer not only the best protection, but also reliable odor control and moisturizing qualities.


We go beyond proven efficiency and safety by offering visible brightening and skin radiance plus sensorial fragrance experiences. Together, these qualities achieve radiant performance and address the regional needs and preferences of evolving consumers.

Deo care

We have developed fragrances that enhance performance and create long-lasting efficiency, odor and wetness protection. All of this, plus skin-soothing moisture and comfort for sensitive skin.

Multi-ethnic hair

We combine our multi-cultural hair expertise with our innovative cosmetic ingredients and unique botanicals, delivering unparalleled performance with a profound fragrance experience.

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