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BASF chemists receive the Allan B. Black Award of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in the United States


* BASF effect pigments deliver great looking skin – for ethnic skin types too

New York City, New York – Women all over the world want a flawless, even complexion – but finding a foundation formulated exactly to meet the skin’s needs has been difficult until now, especially for women with ethnic skin types.

BASF chemists at the Ossining site, New York, USA, designed and performed a study to investigate the problem and have now been chosen to receive an award for the achieved results. Leila Song, Ph.D., Gabriel Uzunian, Betty Aucar and James Carroll Jr., Ph.D., have been presented with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists’ (SCC) prestigious Allan B. Black Award for their paper titled “Complex Effect Pigments: Innovative Solutions for Ethnic Color Cosmetics”.

“Conventional foundation is supposed to add color to the skin. But skin that already has plenty of color actually doesn’t need that” says Song, a polymer chemist with BASF. “Our studies show how our effect pigments enhance the natural skin tone while at the same time concealing any blemishes.” BASF’s effect pigments enhance the individual skin tone of very different skin types through their interference effect, resulting in a radiant, healthy appearance. Because of their special layered structure, these pigments also reflect different colors upon exposure to light.

The BASF experts have now discovered that the color reflection response differs between darker and lighter skin types. To counteract redness on light skin tones, it is best to add green-reflecting pigments. For darker skins, the desired effect is achieved by adding red-reflecting pigments.

The award has been presented in New York City on 11 December.

About Personal Care Ingredients

Designed for the customers’ needs, BASF offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios in the personal care industry, including products for hair, oral, skin and sun care, and color cosmetics. The high quality range includes actives, polymers, effect pigments, UV filters and surfactants. Along with this broad and diverse range of products, BASF constantly strives to create innovative and sophisticated new raw materials. Anticipating and supporting the requirements of the personal care market is the particular strength of Personal Care Ingredients by BASF.

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


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