Cold-pressed is the latest buzzword to enter the beauty chat along with words like "clean," "green," and "natural,” according to an article by HelloGiggles.
While the process is typically associated with green juice and olive oil because of the nutrient rich benefits, it has gained popularity in the beauty industry as consumers seek similar benefits from their skincare products.
Yet as many companies use these buzzwords to market their products, one word seems to be missing- sustainability!
Cold-pressing or cold-processing reduces energy consumption because the ingredients do not require heat to be combined. This reduces energy consumption which in turns means fewer CO2 emissions during production and a reduced carbon footprint. The process also allows for the inclusion of actives that may otherwise be sensitive to heat.
Just like cold-pressed ingredients, cold-processable ingredients do not require the application of heat for use. These ingredients are often already in a liquid format that is ready for immediate use. Together, these attributes can provide a more sustainable and marketable product.
With a need for “clean” and “natural” products, formulators should consider sustainability as an important part of the development process. Creating cold-process formulations not only supports this effort, it also enables consumers to reduce their impact by using skincare that has been formulated in a cold-processable manner.
Croda, Sederma, and Crodarom meet this trend by offering over 700 liquid format ingredients that could help make cold-processing a reality; as well as 257 cold process formulations.
Ingredients and Formulations for Cold-Processing