Welcome to the 6th edition of the Cosmetic Victories

The Competition

One of the most challenging issues of the Cosmetic Valley is to detect and support the young innovative companies, as well as to promote the research and the cosmetic sciences. This led to the creation of The Cosmetic Victories competition in 2015, sponsored by the Cosmetic Valley-ESSEC endowment fund.

The competition, recognized by the profession, aims to reward and promote students, researchers, start-ups and SMEs in charge of innovative projects, related to the perfume and cosmetics industry, as well as to promote the research and innovation that will participate in the future of the cosmetics industry.


Objectives of the competition

  • To support projects run by researchers, start-ups and entrepreneurs from the perfume and cosmetics sector
  • To promote the worldwide research excellency
  • To facilitate the access to the market

The Cosmetic Victories awards 2 prizes:

  • The Academic Prize, for the most relevant research project that meets the new technical challenges of the cosmetic industry
  • The Industry Prize, for the best cosmetic innovation of the year



Who can take part in the competition?

The Cosmetic Victories competition is open to contestants from all around the world:

  • The Academic Prize: for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers
  • The Industry Prize: for managers of business-creation projects, innovative start-ups and SMEs



Which types of research & innovation?

  • From primary research project to applied research project, all research works are eligible (all kind of TRL)
  • All kind of innovation may be presented as a project submission, in any field of application of the cosmetics industry's value chain: raw materials, formulation, packaging, tests, finished goods, …
  • The innovations can come from the perfume and cosmetics industry or can be the result of technology transfer from other sectors to the cosmetic field: new technologies, new products, new processes, new services, new concepts or new organisations.



The prize

Recognition by the profession

The international jury’s excellence adds value and considerable scope to each prize-winner’s project.


International exposure

Following the competition, there will be major national and international press coverage.


Technical backing

Project holders might be supported by Cosmetic Valley to develop their project, facilitating collaborations, and connecting with Beauty Hub, the cosmetics accelerator


Financial backing

To support the competition’s prize-winning projects, and based on the COSMETIC VALLEY-ESSEC endowment fund, winners of The Cosmetic Victories award will receive a cash prize of €10,000.








To take part all you need to do is register by filling in the following form in English.


The Jury

The Cosmetic Victories relies on an international prestigious jury, composed of scientific and innovation cosmetic experts and members of the major companies and top names in the perfume and cosmetics sector.

The panel of judges brought together major public institutions, representatives from the profession and prestigious French brands:


Marc-Antoine JAMET, COSMETIC VALLEY - President

Jean-Luc ANSEL, COSMETIC VALLEY - Founding Executive Vice President

Bruno BAVOUZET, LVMH Research - President

Estelle BOUVET, YVES ROCHER - Director of Innovation and Development of natural formulas

Jacques Challes, L’ORÉAL, Chief Innovation Officer

Jean-Christophe Choulot, Caudalie – R&D Director

Nathalie CLÉMENT, Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances - DGE - chargée de mission Cuir, Parfums et Cosmétiques

Laurence DORLHAC, journalist and President of the jury

Simon DUFEIGNEUX, SISLEY - Director of Public Affairs and New Projects

Christophe MASSON, COSMETIC VALLEY- Chief Executive

Julien Morel, ESSEC – Director

Xavier Ormancey, Pierre Fabre – R&D Director

Nicolas Pasquier, Skinjay – President

Members of the Selection Committee 2021

Professor of Biochemistry, Head of the GDR CNRS 3711 Cosm'actifs
Julien MOREL
ESSEC Ventures Director
Normand VOYER
Head of the laboratory of supramolecular bio organic synthesis - Laval University - QUÉBEC
Director of the Cosmetics and Natural Products Research Center - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Naresuan University
Tokyo University of Science | TUS · Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
Amandine GOUBERT
R&I Director Cosmetic Valley
Head of Cosmetology course - Faculty of Sciences, University of Antananarivo
Majella LANE
Director, UCL Skin Research group - School of Pharmacy, University of London
Szu-Hsiu LIU
Deputy Project Manager - Dermatologic Skin Care and Cosmetics Technology Department - Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
Göktürk AVŞAR
Head of Center of Mersin University Cosmetics Cleaning and Chemical Products Production Education Application and Research Center - Mersin Üniversity, Science Faculty, Chemistry Department


The Endowment Fund

The COSMETIC VALLEY-ESSEC endowment fund was set up in 2013 to promote French research and to take part in developing employment in the perfume and cosmetics field, with the aim of showcasing the reputation of French cosmetics and the “Made in France” label.

That is why the Endowment Fund authorised the establishment of an annual international competition for young researchers, academics, university students and those from France’s prestigious higher education institutes, as well as people in charge of innovative projects (from start-ups and SMEs) in the perfume and cosmetics field.

The first edition of the competition was launched in 2015 with the name “The Cosmetic Victories”.



2020 Winners


The Academic Prize

Michel Grisel - University of Le Havre, Normandy, FRANCE

“Non-biological skin mode”

The presented non-biological surface was developed with the aim of faithfully reproducing the topological and physico-chemical characteristics of the surface of human skin This synthetic skin model was analysed and validated by comparison with in vivo and ex vivo skin measurements. It proved to be a perfect model for studying the interactions and properties of raw materials and cosmetic products on human skin. With it, we can easily assess moistness, adherence, spreading, residual film properties, etc. with a high degree of precision and at low cost.”



The Industry Prize

John LaHood - President of ColorForge, USA

“ColorForge Additive Manufacturing for Custom Cosmetics”

“ColorForge Custom Cosmetics is a sustainable additive manufacturing process. It is the first patented 3D printing process that manufactures custom color cosmetics and product casing simultaneously, sustainably and with scale. No minimums or waste. This technology also makes it possible to manufacture powder-based beauty products in a variety of product categories and in various shapes and sizes. The ColorForge manufacturing process delivers a virtually limitless range of vibrant colours, as well as the option of customising the product and creating unique patterns and gradients.”



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