Optiphi crowned 2018 New Product Competition winner

On 11 October, the Optiphi team celebrated in style as its Classic Clarity Serum was named the overall winner in the 2018 Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review/Symrise New Product Competition.

The awards ceremony was hosted at Ferguson’s Fifth Floor in Illovo, Johannesburg. The venue offered guests a rooftop view of Sandton and surrounds while the event lived up to guests’ expectations by maintaining its status as the ‘Oscars of the cosmetics industry’.

Delia Greeff of Optiphi (the 2018 New Product Competition winner) with Keegan Capito of Symrise

There was also a strong digital element to the event with a variety of bloggers attending this year, driving online awareness of the awards as they were announced. You can follow the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching our dedicated hashtag: #BeautyNPC2018.

What it takes to win

The reformulated Classic Clarity Serum by Optiphi includes a dynamic blend of eight actives working in synergy to promote clearer and more radiant skin. Innovation is brought forward with micro-encapsulated Salicylic Acid for time-controlled diffusion of the active ingredient into the skin.

The judges agreed unanimously that Optiphi is pushing boundaries in skin care. Slick packaging, thorough regulatory compliance, mindful science-based marketing and a high-tech formulation are some of the factors that contributed to the product’s win.  

A representative from Optiphi will be travelling to Paris, France in 2019, to attend in-cosmetics Global, which takes place from 2 to 4 April.

This year’s results

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up in the various categories. The results of the 2018 P&C Review/Symrise New Product Competition are as follows:

Overall winners

Winner: Classic Clarity Serum (Optiphi)

First Runner Up: Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime (Henkel SA)

Second Runner Up: Range of Serums (Kalahari Lifestyle)

Individual Category

Editors Choice Dimanzi

Winner: Classic Clarity Serum (Optiphi)

First Runner Up: Body Curve Solar Spritz SPF30 (Optiphi)

Second Runner Up: Ultra Rich Skin Complex (Kalahari Lifestyle)

Range Category

Winner: Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime (Henkel SA)

First Runner Up: Range of Serums (Kalahari Lifestyle)

Second Runner Up: Skin Creamery (Hannah Creamery)

Editor’s Choice Award

Winner: Dimanzi Eau de Parfum (Di Thompson)

The Packaging Category

Multi-Color South Africa sponsored the Packaging Category for the second year running. The company forms part of a global organisation, Multi-Color Corporation, which is one of the largest labelling companies servicing the following market segments: health care; home and personal care; food and beverage; speciality (automotive and consumer durables); and wine and spirits. In Africa, it is the largest and most awarded premium label printer servicing the cosmetics, food and wine industries.

The results of the 2018 Packaging Category are as follows:

Zoyon Le Seur with a representative of Henkel SA, which won this year’s packaging award

Winner:  Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Scalp Genesis (Henkel SA)

First Runner Up: tied between Skin Creamery (Hannah Creamery) and Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime (Henkel SA)

Second Runner Up: Classic Clarity Serum (Optiphi)

A representative from Henkel South Africa will travel to Multi-Color Corporation’s labelling plant in Paarl, Western Cape to gain in depth knowledge of the ins and outs of product labelling.

A South African Star

To applaud the brands that utilise a majority of South African suppliers to produce their products, P&C Review has introduced the South African Star Award. The award is based on information submitted by the entrants detailing the suppliers they utilise for ingredients, packaging and manufacturing (where applicable). ORS Olive Oil by Urban Labs was named the first South African Star of the P&C Review/Symrise New Product Competition because the majority of its packaging and ingredients are sourced locally.

A brief look at 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 judging panel for the 2018 competition included formulation experts Robyn Brown (Botanichem) and Elizna Hurter (Skinchem); technical and regulatory specialist, Jill Gardiner and Percy Sibanda (L’Oréal South Africa); packaging experts Clive Glover and Tony de Beer, and marketing specialist, Richard Weir (Gullan & Gullan).

The P&C Review team is grateful for the valuable input of all the judges, which are dedicated to maintaining the esteemed standards of the New Product Competition.

Thanks to our generous sponsor

Senior Symrise perfumer from the UAE, Philippe Paparella-Paris, shared a fascinating fragrance pairing and great ideas for innovation Symrise is globally recognised as a leading provider of fragrances, flavours, active ingredients and aroma chemicals as well as sensorial and nutritional solutions.

This year, the company treated guests to a presentation on fine fragrance creation by Philippe Paparella-Paris, a senior Symrise perfumer from Dubai. Paparella-Paris looked at new technologies such as green chemistry and shared aromatic inspirations from his travels. The highlight of his presentation was the experiential element of fragrance pairing, where a rose water drink was paired with a salty rose fragrance and delicious caramel fudge was paired with a miel Iris fragrance.

Entries for the 2019 New Product Competition will open at the end of October 2018. Please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to request an entry form.


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