Raymond Gransby

Technical and regulatory consultant - Aromatherapy Trade Council

Presentation Title : Evolution of the cosmeceutical

Presentation Time: Thursday May 2nd – 14.00 – 14.15 – Forum 1

Abstract : Consumer led demand, especially in China and Asia -Pacific region for increasingly complex, multifunctional natural and organic skincare and beauty products coupled with increased awareness of the benefits of a holistic approach to health and well-being has created a market for hybrid cosmetic products, creating a synergy delivering the aromatherapeutic benefits of essential oils with active skin care. Increased demand for essential oils, particularly organic oils, will challenge an already stressed essential oil supply industry suffering from supply shortages due to climate change and political instability in essential oil crop growing regions that cannot respond quickly to increased commercial demand. The fragrance industry, already aligned with the personal care industry is rising to this challenge by creating evidence based natural and nature identical fragrances with the composition and aromatherapeutic benefits of natural essential oils. The concept of the cosmeceutical, actively promoting beauty from within, frequently conflicts with medicines regulations creating regulatory challenges that do not apply to essential oils and natural fragrances already embedded in cosmetics regulation. With the rise of skin care aligned with health and well-being are we seeing the evolution of the cosmeceutical into a more sustainable form?

Bio : Ray Gransby qualified as a biologist and microbiologist in the 1960s

He has more than 40 years experience in the cosmetics, toiletry, perfumery, flavour & fragrance and essential oil industries with many of the leading multi-national companies.

During this time Ray held a variety of quality, technical service, production and development roles at senior management and board level specialising in legislation and regulatory affairs on a worldwide basis.

Ray has considerable experience of the science of essential oils and particularly those used in aromatherapy practice and was for several years a part-time lecturer in the chemistry of essential oils and the science of aromatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University. Ray is currently a consultant specialising in technical, legislation and regulatory affairs with the Aromatherapy Trade Council.

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