RETILIFE™, a pioneering 100% natural-origin retinol crafted through biotech

Givaudan launches the first sustainable alternative to synthetic retinol

Givaudan has announced the introduction of RETILIFE™, a molecule for anti-ageing and a breakthrough evolution for the cosmetic industry. This new active ingredient is the first 100% naturally sourced retinol, and as such a sustainable solution to chemically synthesised retinol.

RETILIFE™ is the result of advanced biotechnology development by Givaudan’s experts. Using micro-organisms, pure retinol is produced in a natural carrier during a fermentation process from plant sugars and combined with natural antioxidants to ensure its protection, even at a very high concentration. RETILIFE™ is the first of its kind to offer a sustainable alternative to synthetic retinol with similar anti-wrinkle efficacy.

With 100% natural-origin content, including sunflower oil as a carrier, the composition of RETILIFE™ avoids synthetic ingredients such as BHT/BHA or polysorbate. Its molecule is identical to its chemical counterpart.

Romain Reynaud, R&D Director of Givaudan Active Beauty, said: “Retinol is widely used in skincare applications for its well-known efficient anti-wrinkle properties. After years of research and development, we are thrilled to offer the most innovative and sustainable retinol on the cosmetic market and therefore open the door to new cosmetic applications. RETILIFE™ is a game-changer in the beauty industry that responds to consumer demand for cleaner beauty products.”

RETILIFE™ will be introduced during in-cosmetics Global taking place in Barcelona (Spain) from 28-30 March 2023.

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