• Crinipan® PMC green promotes a healthy scalp microbiome
  • New plant-based ingredient performs equal to conventional actives
  • Suitable for use in various dandruff control and other scalp care products

In a clinical study, Symrise has found additional positive effects for Crinipan® PMC green, its novel, plant-based anti-dandruff active. The new molecule is as effective against dandruff as traditional ingredients, and also helps to promote healthy scalp. Application of the ingredient by test subjects with dandruff resulted in a healthier ratio of two dominant species of scalp bacteria. This finding is based on ex vivo samples, that Symrise researchers took from the scalp of study participants, before and after a 30-day application of Crinipan® PMC green. The substance is suitable for use in many types of dandruff control and scalp care products.

Symrise has incorporated modern research technologies on scalp microbiome into its clinical studies. Contemporary scientific literature reports that besides of the well discussed relevance of Malassezia yeast in dandruff formation, also bacteria seem to play a bigger role than assumed in the past. The ratio of propionibacteria to staphylococci on healthy scalp favors propionibacteria, while the opposite applies to scalp with dandruff. Symrise has now discovered that application of Crinipan® PMC green is supporting a favorable shift in this bacterial balance promoting a healthier scalp. At the same time, the researchers observed the opposite effect on the scalps treated with a placebo product.

The active also stands out with its innovative mode of action to target dandruff. Malassezia, known as one of the main causes for dandruff on scalp, activates the ingredient with its enzymes. Symrise has already demonstrated Crinipan® PMC green´s effectiveness in a clinical shampoo study, demonstrating comparable efficacy known from conventional actives like climbazole. Crinipan® PMC green is receiving a great deal of attention, for example by winning the renowned BSB Award 2020 in the category Most Innovative Active Ingredient/Scalp, Barrier, Redness.

“Consumers will be able to use an ingredient that is effective against dandruff as well as supporting healthy scalp,” says Dr. Florian Genrich, Senior Global Product Manager Skin Protection in the Cosmetic Ingredients division at Symrise. “We have once again proven our power to innovate, which we base upon more than 45 years of experience in the field of Micro Protection.”
With coronavirus pandemic ongoing, continued growth in all segments
The Symrise Group achieved sales growth of 7.6 % in the first half of 2020 to € 1,821 million (H1 2019: € 1,692 million). The acquisition of ADF/IDF had a positive impact of € 106 million on sales performance. In organic terms, sales increased by 3.4 %. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, changes in consumer behavior were seen for the first time in the Scent & Care and Flavor segments in the second quarter. This resulted in both positive and negative effects on demand in individual business units. With its broad range of product solutions for foods, personal care and hygiene, Symrise serves the needs of everyday life, especially in these difficult times.
Sustainably produced using plant-based raw materials

Another unique characteristic of Crinipan® PMC green lies in its eco-friendly production process, based on 100% renewable raw materials. Symrise also fulfils consumers’ desire for cosmetics featuring natural ingredients that deliver effectiveness known from conventional products.

“With Crinipan® PMC green, we are offering an eco-friendly alternative to traditional anti-dandruff actives,” says Dr. Christin Koch, Head of Microbiological Research in the Global Innovation Cosmetic Ingredients Division at Symrise. “We plan to develop more and more green products in the future, which will allow us to contribute to climate protection and take responsibility for future generations.”

About Symrise
Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavors, food, nutrition and cosmetic ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food.

Its sales of approximately € 3.4 billion in the 2019 fiscal year make Symrise a leading global provider. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented by more than 100 locations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an integral part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process.


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