Are you the next leader in product innovation?

NPC entriesEntries for the 2018 Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review/Symrise New Product Competition (NPC) are now open. Entry forms are now available here.

Encouraging innovation in cosmetics and household development is one of the main drivers behind the New Product Competition (NPC), which is now in its 11th year. The aim of the competition is to give local and international brands, who supply the South African market, the opportunity to showcase their innovative new products.

This competition not only offers a platform to showcase products – launched from 1 January 2017 and up to 31 May 2018 – but also promises vast exposure for entrants and winners. The overall winner will win a trip to in-cosmetics global 2019, the leading global business platform for personal care and cosmetics ingredients. The prize includes flights, accommodation and entry into the exhibition.

Each product is independently evaluated by our panel of expert judges – all highly regarded experts in formulation, marketing, regulations and packaging for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries – and entrants will receive a comprehensive, professional and unbiased assessment of their product at the end of the competition.

The glamorous awards function will be hosted in October 2018, where trophies will be presented to the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up in the following categories:

Products will also receive invaluable exposure and publicity in the form of write-ups in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review and other affiliated trade media, along with online exposure on the magazine’s website as well as at our prestigious awards function.

For more information, contact Natalie Da Silva on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

2017 winners

Henkel SA took the top prize as overall winner for 2017. One of its team members will be attending in-cosmetics global 2018, taking place from 17 to 19 April in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Overall Winners

Individual Winners

Range Winners

Packaging Winner

Editor’s Choice Award

Skoon. Skin Care, Retinin Resurfacing Moisturiser

The competition

Now in its 11th 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 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.

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