Active Ingredients

Powered by nature.
Advanced with science.

Clariant has launched in 2017 a new business unit dedicated to cosmetic active ingredients for skin care and hair care products: Clariant Active Ingredients.

Because the cosmetic industry always requires new innovative ingredients for their formulations, and because consumers are turning more and more to natural products, Clariant Active Ingredients proposes a wide range of natural active ingredients that respond to the emerging trends in customers’ needs and customers’ habits. The efficacy of these actives have already been saluted by the industry that awarded them several awards.

Powered by nature

Nature is rich in powerful molecules, developed by plants for millennia to protect themselves and ensure efficient biological function. They inspire Clariant Active Ingredients for the research and development of new actives that will help the skin protect itself against environmental factors and keep on working efficiently, to remain healthy and ensure cutaneous well-being.

Advanced with science

Clariant Active Ingredients offers active ingredients whose effectiveness is proved by several in-vitro, ex-vivo and clinical tests. Our company provides robust and complete scientific dossiers for its range of products and a number of its natural plant actives have been used over centuries in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda and other traditional uses in Asia and the Americas.



Inspired by the power of roots that naturally produce molecules to protect themselves against the harsh soil environment, Clariant and its new partner use advanced scientific processes to unveil and amplify the production of rare molecule from root origins, in a sustainable way that doesn't destroy the plant. This innovative technology makes it possible to source the unsourcable and bring to the market new solutions for the skincare industry.

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Our skin faces abundant challenges – from environmental influences such as pollution to natural dermatological conditions such as oiliness or dryness. With a wide range of active ingredients, Clariant Active Ingredients offers innovative answers for the big challenges in cosmetics:



Active ingredients that target the different causes of aging such as senescence, photo-aging or inflam'aging. By stimulating the synthesis of extracellular matrix components, they decrease wrinkles and fine lines, and reduce the loss of firmness to restore skin’s youth.

With our award-winning products, Prenylium® , the matrisome protector (winner of the PCHi Fountain Awards 2020 in the category anti-aging) and Rootness™ Energize,  the cell energy booster (winner of the bronze prize at the BSB Innovation Awards 2020), or with our latest launch Celyscence, the "zombie cell eraser", the skin biological functions are boosted for a youthful look.

Environment Protection


Innovative active ingredients that will support the skin cells in building their own defense to counteract signs of environmentally-induced damages to the skin, such as Eosidin®, winner of the silver prize at the ITEHPEC Innovation Award 2017 and of the Sustainable Beauty Award 2018, or B-Circadin®, winner of the silver prize at the BSB Innovation Award 2018 for its innovative mechanism to restore the cells’ circadian rhythm.


Hair Care


Active ingredients that protect and restore the hair and scalp to keep them in good condition, such as EquiScalp® , that soothe sensitive scalp while being mild to its microbiota.







Melanin is responsible for skin pigmentation. In case of skin disorders, its production can be altered and hyperpigmentation may occur. This leads to the appearance of dark spots and leads to an uneven tone.

Clariant Active Ingredients proposes a range of natural actives such as Alpha-Melight®, HodVital® or MadeWhite that effectively reduce the production of melanin by melanocytes, to recover an even tone and lightened complexion.



Moisturizing active ingredients help restore the hydration balance of the skin. A loss in hydration can impair the skin’s natural barrier function, leading to epidermal water loss and desquamation.

To preserve skin water content, Clariant Active Ingredients offers a range of natural actives such as Waterin Plus, that keeps the skin hydrated on the long-term.

Oily Skin


Oily skin is characterized by excessive sebum production and plugged pores. To control sebum release and prevent acne-prone skin, active ingredients for oily skin provide anti-irritation and antimicrobial properties. Skin imperfections are reduced.

Gesolza and Herbex™ Magnosoother are two products of Clariant Active Ingredients portfolio that reduce sebum production in oily-skins.

Skin Repair


Active ingredients that help repair compromised skin, reinforcing the different layers of the barrier protection to prevent trans-epidermal water loss.

The newly launched Ethience® Protect is sustainably sourced from the brazil nut collected in the Amazon rainforest by local communities, and reinforces the three levels of skin barrier.



Slimming active ingredients are designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Thanks to firming and tightening effects, they improve the body shape.

With IsoNari, Clariant Active Ingredients proposes an active with firming and slimming properties.



When skin is irritated or stressed, feelings of discomfort, itching, and stinging occur. Soothing active ingredients decrease irritation and sensitive skin reactions.

Clariant Active Ingredients has a large range of actives, such as MultiEx BSASM® and CalmYang® Wax that can effectively help to calm and comfort the skin.





Instead of fighting against aging by using products with traditional anti-aging claims, customers are now instead embracing their years. Discover active ingredients that can support wellness through well-aging solutions.




The skin microbiota is a major contributor to skin health and its well-being. Discover how postbiotic active ingredients can support it.

Minimalist Beauty



Reducing the number of cosmetic products used to save money, time, and the planet is a new beauty trend. Discover our active ingredients for 3 skin care products with a maximal efficacy.




J-Beauty standards emphasize on fresh, youthful complexions through deep hydration proven by research in skin health. The “Shittori” skin, with a soft dewy colour and a plump texture, is the new skin goal to reach. Discover our new concept of three formulations inspired by Zen aesthetics: Zenspiration.

Hormonal aging

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At menopause, hormonal changes strongly impact the quality of skin and hair and accelerate aging. Discover how our active ingredients can support skin and hair to improve women's well-being in this sensitive period.


Launched in 2019, our new beauty brand Sc[ai]turalist provides examples of formulations to respond to the latest trends in cosmetics. Discover our last concept: RetroFuture, based on well-know plants advanced by new technological processes.


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