Illuminé by Placecol wins 2016 New Product Competition

Set against a stunning backdrop of the Sandton skyline, the 2016 Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review/Symrise New Product Competition (NPC) awards was a night to remember. This was particularly true for the winning brand, Placecol, which took the top prize for its Illuminé skin care range.

This platinum skin care range targeted at consumers aged 40 and over was named the overall winner in this year’s competition. This means a representative from Placecol will be jetting off to London next year to attend in-cosmetics Global. This is the leading trade event for the personal care and cosmetics industry. In-cosmetics Global 2017 will be taking place at ExCeL, London from 4 to 6 April.

This year’s top brands

The 2016 NPC awards took place on 13 October at The Venue Green Park in Sandton, Johannesburg. The results of the competition were as follows:

Overall winners

Overall winner: Placecol Illuminé

NPC 2016 overall winner Placecol Illumine

First runner up: Intense Retinol Serum by Optiphi

NPC 2016 first overall runner up Optiphi

Second runner up: Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

NPC 2016 second overall runner up Elizabeth Arden

Individual Awards

Overall winner: Intense Retinol Serum by Optiphi

First runner up: Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster

Second runner up: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

Range Awards

Overall winner: Placecol Illuminé

First runner up: dr.dermal skin care range

Second runner up: Esse Plus by Esse Organic Skincare

Packaging Award

Woolworths African Ingredients

Editor’s Choice Award

dr.dermal skin care range

NPC 2016 Editors Choice winner

The Sponsor

The competition is sponsored by Symrise, a global supplier of fragrances and flavourings (F&F), cosmetic active ingredients and raw materials as well as functional ingredients. With a market share of 12 percent in 2015, Symrise is one of the world’s top three suppliers in the F&F market. Approximately 30 000 of its products are primarily produced from natural raw materials including vanilla, citrus, blossoms or plant materials. Its flavours, substances and perfume oils usually form the central functional components of the end products produced by its customers.

The company has two divisions: Flavour & Nutrition and Scent & Care. Scent & Care is subdivided into three divisions: fragrances, cosmetic ingredients and aroma molecules. The departments produce and sell fragrances, cosmetic ingredients, aroma molecules and mint aromas. These are used in the manufacture of perfumes, personal care and cosmetic products, cleaning products and detergents, home fragrances and oral care products.

The competition

Now in its ninth year, the NPC aims to give local and international brands that are supplied on the South African market, an opportunity to showcase their innovative new products.

The judging panel for the 2016 competition included formulation experts John Knowlton and Wayne van Wyk; technical and regulatory specialist, Jill Gardiner; L’Oréal South Africa’s scientific and regulatory affairs advisor for sub-Saharan Africa, Percy Sibanda; packaging gurus Clive Glover and Bill Marshall, and Gita Forbes, who is a marketing specialist and industry consultant.

The Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review team is thankful for the input of all of the judges. Together they are dedicated to maintaining the esteemed standards of the New Product Competition. 


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