Melani Chong presented a successful presentation at CANN-Talk. Her presentation focused on the opportunities of CBD for the Cosmetic Industry. Melani, has built an extensive career in the fashion and beauty industries over 25 years, she has appeared on the covers and in the pages of top magazines and has walked down international fashion runways. She has also appeared as a guest host and correspondent for FashionTV & ET Canada and has contributed to several Canadian publications as a beauty and health expert. As a model, a certified cosmetic chemist (SCS,SCC) and the founder of a cosmetics company, MC2Industries Inc., Melani is now building an international firm researching and developing innovations in consumer goods, nutricosmetics, amenities, signature fragrances and flavours for an international clientele. MC2Industries Inc. started as a small privately owned micro-manufacturer of cosmetics, beauty, personal care products and fragrance house. MC2 Industries is now a parent company that performs R&D, designs, manufactures and markets innovative brands that include consumer products, C&T, organic and anti aging product lines, fragrances and fragranced products for an international clientele. MC2 is a boutique firm of R&D chemists and scientists who specialize in cosmetics, topicals, formulating and also with pharmaceutical lab practitioners, including cannabis scientists.
Margarita Sidorova, an entrepreneur and innovator, is establishing a Canadian Cosmetic Cluster to unite the Canadian cosmetic industry and to help SME’s develop new cosmetic innovations. Her biggest priority, said Margarita, “is to have more Canadian cosmetic companies go global.”
What is a Cluster? The success of a region within the cosmetics industry is not determined by the success of an individual company, but by the cumulative success of all the companies within that region. The cluster is a triple helix of collaboration between academia, industry, and government. The purpose of the collaboration is to give small and medium-sized companies a chance to gain resources and technological “know-how” to succeed in the industry. Other Cluster benefits Include:
• Increased productivity: easier access to information and resources for product development
• Faster innovation: collaboration in research and development
• New business support and formation
• Access to local resources such as fresh raw materials (mining, agricultural and chemical distributors)
Image 1. Cluster Helix
In October 2018, Margarita attended the 3rd annual Cosmetic Clusters International Rendez-vous. Cosmetics Clusters Rendez-vous is a one-day event for discussions and B2B meetings between international clusters of the entire cosmetic value chain. Cosmetics Clusters Rendez-vous is organized by Cosmetic Valley in partnership with France Clusters and takes place in Paris within the framework of the Cosmetic 360 International Fair. This year it hosted 60 participants from 26 organizations representing 17 countries. Presentations included worldwide cosmetics market trends as well as an international panorama of expertise along the cosmetics value chain.
The CCIN and Cosmetic Valley France are the international beauty cluster founding groups and lead the global industry in cosmetic development and innovation. The partnerships Margarita Sidorova is developing with these organizations can help us to connect Canadian cosmetics companies to the Global cosmetic industry.
The primary activities Margarita is planning to promote her Canadian Cluster for the next year will include:
1. Develop a series of workshops on cosmetic careers, cosmetic business development, and related cosmetic industry topics;
2. Scope the development of a Cosmetic Innovation Center. This center would create a partnership with local academic and industry professionals to help SME’s and students develop innovations in cosmetic formulation and packaging.
3. Work with Quebec International to create the Canadian Cosmetic Pavilion for the Cosmetic 360 Show in 2019. Cosmetic 360 is an international trade fair for innovative ideas and solutions in the fragrance and cosmetics industry. The fifth edition of the show will be held on October 16-17, 2019 at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
4. Actively engage in welcoming inbound cosmetic trade missions.
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster will welcome all Cosmetics Alliance Canada members and will begin Cluster events in January 2019. Stay tuned for more information at www.canadiancosmeticcluster.com
Melani Chong the new Cluster Chair, with Cluster President Margarita Sidorova at Cluster Rendez-Vous at Cosmetic 360 Show in Paris.
“The culture of beauty is a common universal language that we all speak and the beauty business can unite us nationally on a cultural and socially economic front.” – Melani Chong.
We all use personal care products. We all have a beauty culture secret that we can share with one another. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster announces it’s new Chair, Melani Chong, founder of MC2Industries Inc., a boutique Toronto firm of R&D Chemists and Scientists who specialize in cosmetics, topicals and formulating as well as pharmaceutical lab practitoners of cannabis. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster was founded in 2017 by Margarita Sidorova/President, to define the industry areas of growth and innovation, to unite the cosmetic industry in Canada and to raise Canadian products awareness globally. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster serves to unite the Canadian cosmetic industry and to help SME’s develop new cosmetic innovation in the global market.
“Our biggest priority is to have more Canadian Cosmetic Companies go global and to bring new business from abroad to Canada” – Margarita Sidorova.
A Canadian delegation was formed in September 2018, which met in on October 16th, 2018 in Paris,France at the Canadian Embassy to France with International Trade Commissioners, and presented at the Cosmetic Clusters International Meeting to exchange strategies to leverage agricultural, forestry and marine assets for use in the global cosmetic industries. On October 17, 2018, the Canadian Cosmetic Cluster formed an official partnership with the Cosmetic Valley France and the Cosmetic Clusters International Network together with MC2 Industries, presented numerous cosmetic scientific innovations to international research panels such as L’oreal, Puig, JnJ, LVMH and several others at the Cosmetics 360* Paris.
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster is an optimum opportunity to attract cross-industry biotechnology and cosmetic innovation business to Toronto. Toronto is a centrally located, multi-cultural, growing infrastructure to support development (especially with the Cosmetic Regulation Reform), a fantastic exchange rate for many currencies and many trade agreements such as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)and CPTPP (Comprehensive And Progressive Agreement For Trans-pacific Partnership. MC2 Industries and the Canadian Cosmetic Cluster work in partnership with the Cosmetic Valley France, Quebec International, World Trade Centre Toronto as members of the Trade Acceleration Program, Canadian and Toronto Trade Commissioners Service and several charitable programs.
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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
Image. EDC, 2018
Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) takes hold as 6 of 11 countries now signed. This is a great opprotuntiy for Canadian companies to explore and welcome new markets. "Canada was the fifth country to ratify, filing its notice last weekend after Parliament approved its implementing legislation. Earlier this week, International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said it was important for Canada to be among the first six to ratify in order to have "first-mover advantage," enjoying better access and lower tariffs in key Asian markets the U.S. will not have as a result of the Donald Trump administration's decision to pull out.
"Canada will be the only G7 nation with a free trade agreement with the other six," Carr reminded reporters on his way into question period Wednesday.
It's also another way Canada hopes to diversify its trade, with a longer-term goal of less reliance on U.S. consumers for Canadian goods and services, particularly at a time when the U.S. is a less friendly trading partner than it used to be. (CBC, 2018)
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster part of the Cosmetic Cluster Interntational Network. This gives us an opportunity to partner with all the other international clusters. This year Japan was honoured at the Cosmetic 360 Show by the Cosmetic Valley for being the first international cluster to join the Cosmetic Valley France and the CCIN. Japan has already ratified into the CPTPP. Agreements like the CPTPP or CETA are perfect moment for Canadian companies to familiarize themselves with new international market like Japan and go global. The Canadian Cluster is here to provide various ways to partner with other countries to find out the best international market place for your company or product.
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster, represented by Cluster founder and president, Margarita Sidorova has officially signed a partnership with the Cosmetic Valley France. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster is now a member of the Cosmetic Clusters International Network. We look forward to being very active in the international cluster community and helping Canadian companies go global.
Canadian Cosmetic Cluster is very happy to see Canadian Companies get recognition for their cosmetic innovations. Ceapro was chosen as the winner of the Raw Material Catergory at the 2018 Cosmetic 360 Awards in Paris.
"Ceapro Inc. is a Canadian biotechnology company involved in the development and commercialization of "active ingredients" derived from oats and other renewable plant resources for healthcare and cosmetic industries. The Company has a broad range of expertise in natural product chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology and process engineering. These skills merge in the fields of active ingredients, biopharmaceuticals and drug-delivery solutions." (Ceapro, 2018)
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster will be profiling Canadian beauty companies to promote the amazing innovation cosmetic innovations coming out of Canada.
MC 2 Beauty - Future of Canadian Cosmetics
MC2 provides anti aging solutions for your complete optimum health. The skin is our largest organ and the accumulative process of aging starts from birth. Aging affects the structure, function and appearance of the skin which is the reduction in elasticity and viscoelastic properties of the skin. The natural biological progression of aging occurs over a lifetime and is also a result of environmental exposure. With the daily use of MC2 skin solutions, skin begins to destabilize the intrinsic and extrinsic processes of aging and proactively heal the skin.
Cosmetics were originally designed and marketed as formulations that temporarily enhance the appearance of the skin hair or nails. MC2Tech division is a hybrid industry that has emerged in the demand for health solutions that bear transformational benefits and clearly exhibit clinical effects beyond the effects of mere hydration or illumination. The resulting MC2Tech client demand is now growing at an astonishing rate and now designing solutions for the cosmetic, fashion and food industries.
Find out more about MC2 Beauty by visiting their website: https://www.mc2beauty.com
Labstep is a fantastic tool to be used in the research and development of cosmetics. Labstep is an online lab protocol organizer. Labstep was created to elevate the frustration of individuals faced while working in the life science laboratories. This program was created to be easy to use and to keep a record of all lab activities. An organized lab will lead to more productive labwork without the headaches of paper records of everything. Labstep is used by leading academic institutions from MIT to Oxford.
This program can be easily used in cosmetic science. Here are some ways to utilize the Labstep program for individuals working in cosmetic development.
1) Formulation Records: Upload product formulation in Labstep as experiments. There is a feature to upload PDF experiments that you may already have. You can create new protocols for formulas as needed. You can run back the experimental protocols as you work. This will eliminate any mistakes and create a record of activity. This feature will also help lab supervisors keep track of their employee's daily work progress. Labstep can also be used for recording raw material processing protocols as well.
2) Research: Labstep is great for cosmetic researchers to test out new formulation and keep a record of previous formulations. The easy to use record system lets you spend more time in the lab actually formulating and less time writing lab reports.
2) Cosmetic Lab Protocols: You can upload all the formulation protocols for different types of formulations like for example; powders, serums or cream emulsions. This system is useful for new employees to quickly learn protocols and formulas.
3) Keep Track of cGMP: Be prepared for an audit. Keep track of cosmetic good manufacturing practices with the timeline and protocol features. This is a great way to have all your online records in one place. There is no need for anyone to worry about audits or government regulation visits. Using the Labstep program will save companies time and money.
Labstep is becoming a very important tool for small cosmetic labs, manufacturers, and beauty brands. The tool is currently free and great for students learning about cosmetic development. The creators of Labstep have stated that in the future, they are working on a section that would allow individuals to place an order for raw materials that they use in formulation and development.