Food trends in cosmetics

Discovering trends and innovations and implementing them at the right time is particularly important in the fast-paced cosmetics industry if companies are to remain innovative and popular. To achieve this, it is important also to look around at other industries, such as the food and beverage sector. With the ubiquitous pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, it is obvious, that food-inspired beauty will continue to be in demand in the future.

Beauty inspired by food

Focus: Plant extracts and hydrolates

Our innovative partner Blue Sky Botanics offers water- and oil-soluble extracts as well as hydrolates, which can be specifically developed and adapted to customer requirements. All products are ethically sourced with a transparent supply chain. Of equal importance here are sustainability and environmental compatibility.

According to Blue Sky Botanics, a few selected plants were in the spotlight at Food Ingredients Europe 2023, the world’s leading trade fair for food additives.

Source plant

Selected components

Possible effects

in cosmetics


Vitamin C

  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Refines the complexion



  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Soothes the skin
  • Strengthens the barrier function of the skin

Green coffee

Phenolic acid

  • Moisture-retaining
  • Speeds up the active agent’s penetration of the skin

Black pepper


  • Anti-inflammatory

In formulations:

  • Supports absorption of other active agents
  • Enhances effect of other plant extracts

Lemon balm

Essential oils

  • Relaxing
  • Antiviral
  • Antimicrobial
  • Soothes skin irritations

Green tea


  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial

Lion’s mane mushroom*


  • Antioxidant
  • Soothing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Soothes redness, irritation, and itching


* The edible medicinal mushroom Hericium erinaceus, also known as lion’s mane mushroom, is very well known in the field of dietary supplements. Its β-glucans contained in the cell walls of the mushroom are used in cosmetics as a real power ingredient.

You can find more information here.

Are you aiming to develop new products or revise existing formulations and are you on the hunt for innovative raw materials? We will be happy to assist you and advise also on all other products from our broad range of raw materials.

Stefan Koch
Head of BU Life Science

Telephone: +49 40 300 501 8141
E-mail: s.koch[at]