Pacify and Re-Energize. Clariant Active Ingredients unveils a breakthrough skin cell revitalizer and an unparalleled microbiota-friendly scalp soother

  • Award-winning Rootness Energize, from Luffa cylindrica roots, recharges cells for visible improvement in skin elasticity, tonicity & firmness
  • New EquiScalp microbiota-friendly scalp soother from apple stem cells extract relieves sensitive scalp
  • Support cosmetics’ consumers looking for more sustainably sourced ingredients with scientifically proven efficacy

Muttenz, April 28, 2020 – Clariant Active Ingredients announces a premium active ingredient for fueling the skin with youthful energy and a scalp pacifier for sensitive scalps that respects the microbiota. Launched today, two new concentrated, sustainably sourced active ingredients obtained through advanced technological processes, offering scientifically proven efficacy for formulations and noticeable results for consumers.

EquiScalp, a microbiota-friendly scalp soother created from apple stem cells. And the skin cell recharger Rootness Energize that is obtained from special plant roots. This award-winning new active is the recipient of the BSB Innovation Prize Cosmetics 2020 Bronze Prize in the category skin benefits.

Alexandre Lapeyre, Global Head of Marketing, Clariant Active Ingredients, said: “While these new products are completely different, catering to very different needs, they share the fact that advanced technological processes make their sourcing more sustainable. We apply science to nature to create potent actives effective at addressing very specific beauty needs, each one underpinned by plant resources’ preservation, traceability, no exploitation of cultural land, and ecological cultivation. In doing so, we help cosmetic formulators support consumers’ requests for scientifically-proven and sustainably-sourced plant derived ingredients.”

Rootness Energize cell battery recharger: more skin elasticity, tonicity & firmness
New active ingredient Rootness Energize offers real possibilities for skincare formulations to counteract skin cells’ waning bioenergy resources that coincide with aging and stress, and refuel cells with new energy to maintain their natural function and longevity.

Rootness Energize is produced in a uniquely plant-respecting way from an extract of roots of aeroponically-grown Luffa cylindrica plant. Together with our partner PAT we stimulate and boost production of the rare active compound bryonolic acid, a potent anti-allergy, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory molecule.

Using patented Plant Milking Technology[1], the accumulated molecules are then collected from roots without destroying the plant, with 100% traceability from the seed to the active.

The resulting extract is 10 times more concentrated in bryonolic acid than would be found in traditional soil cultured roots. As a result, Rootness Energize reactivates the overall metabolic processes to increase energy production in cells, boosting their respiration and stimulating ATP production, to reshape the skin matrix structure. In turn, Rootness Energize visibly increases skin elasticity and reduces age-related lack of tonicity and firmness – appealing factors for products such as firming creams, skin elasticity boosters and revitalizing care products for well-aging skin care.

Visible results of +20% firmness, +21% tonicity, +27% elasticity, were achieved in volunteer trials with a 1% Rootness Energize-containing formulation and a placebo.

Introducing new apple scalp regenerator: stem cell technology in action
Stem cell technology comes to the fore in this new active ingredient for increasingly in-demand soothing scalp and hair care products. EquiScalp takes to task the uncomfortable tightness, extreme dryness, itchiness and redness reactions common to irritated, fragilized scalps, and provides effective relief. At the same time, it respects the scalp microbiota by maintaining the level of living bacteria and by preserving healthy and normal scalp bacteria population – important for protecting the scalp and avoiding new issues.

EquiScalp achieves its benefits thanks to a rich concentration of the flavonoid phloridizin which is harnessed from stem cells of the Fuji apple Malus domestica. The active molecules are produced in a more sustainable way, as only a small amount of fruit is required to initiate the culture of large amounts of stem cells.

Phloridizin’s recognized anti-inflammatory, anti-lipogenesis and barrier improvement activities enable the extract to successfully control inflammation and sebum overproduction, conditions which normally result from histamine increases activated by external environmental aggressions and stress levels. EquiScalp limits the production of two important inflammatory mediators overstimulated in irritated scalp IL-1Ra and S100A8/9, and inhibits histamine release by mast cells to efficiently soothe scalp sensitivity. This leads to a decrease in the irritation reaction that causes itching sensations and redness. In addition, EquiScalp reduces sebum production by sebocytes, reinforcing its soothing effect. As a result, scalp desquamation is limited, with less visible flakes, and the scalp barrier function is reinforced.

Clinical data from volunteers using EquiScalp shows significant success in limiting scalp desquamation (flaking) by -20%, and a reduction in scalp sebum production of -20% compared to the placebo. It does so by reducing two irritation mediators -27% IL-1Ra and -46% S100A8/9, as demonstrated by innovative biological analysis performed on each volunteers’ scalp.

There was a visible reduction of redness and more than 80% of the group experienced a noticeably increased feeling of comfort due to a decrease in scalp skin irritation.

Applications ideally suited to EquiScalp’s benefits include oily scalp treatments, sensitive scalp formula, and scalp itch erasers.

Discover more about the benefits of EquiScalp and Rootness Energize for Personal Care, and the advanced technological processes behind them, on Clariant Active Ingredients’ dedicated product pages at


[1] Plant Milking Technology offers premium root power from sustainable production. Few plant resources are needed to create the active ingredient, active compounds are stimulated to get enhanced phytochemical profile, and roots regrow after harvesting. Other benefits include recycling of water used for root growth, discovery & optimization of plant capacities, and full traceability from seed to active ingredient as cultivation and production occur at one location. PAT’s solution avoids competition with agricultural lands which ensures efficient use of planet resources and peace of mind for compliance with the Nagoya Protocol and ABS regulations.

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Disclaimer: The products described herein are for cosmetic use only. This media release may be accessible from various countries around the world and hence it may contain statements or product classifications not applicable to your country. Statements contained herein may not be applicable to products regulated by the US FDA or Health Canada.

Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz, near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2019, the company employed a total workforce of 17 223. In the financial year 2019, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 4.399 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation and R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability.

Founded in 2017, Clariant Active Ingredients is a dedicated, highly experienced team developing very specialized formulation ingredients for the personal care industry. With a young, agile culture and pharmaceutical industry-standard laboratories and business facilities in the biotechnology and cosmetics hub of Toulouse in France, the business focuses on the development of innovative nature-inspired active ingredients to address a variety of global beauty concerns. The highly effective ingredients are used in a wide range of facial, body and hair care applications internationally.

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