Welcome to the 3d 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.


Objectives of the competition

  • To support and promote projects run by researchers, start-ups and entrepreneurs from the perfume and cosmetics sector.
  • To facilitate the prize-winners’ access to the market.


This year, The Cosmetic Victories awards 2 prizes:

  • The Academic Prize, for the most relevant 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 is open to French and international contestants:

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



Which types of innovation?

All kind of innovation may be presented as a project submission, in any fields of application of the perfume and cosmetics industry: raw materials, formulation, packaging, tests, finished goods, …

Note:  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

Cosmetic Valley is able to support the prize winners in their efforts to develop their business in France, through the Cosmet’Up tool: a national platform for working alongside and supporting French start-ups and SMEs.

The prize winners will also be able to benefit from project engineering facilities at Cosmetic Valley, in order to help them obtain government funding.


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.




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 (LVMH, Clarins, Sisley, Shiseido in 2017).

In 2017, we have also greeted two honoured guests, with Ms Axelle Tessandier, founder of AXL Agency, and Mr François Demachy, perfumer-designer for Christian Dior.

Research and innovation institutions, such as the CNRS [the French National Centre for Scientific Research], the GDR 3711 Cosm’Actifs [French Research Network], the SFC [French Society of Cosmetic]  and Bpifrance will also be present, as well as ESSEC, our endowment fund partner. 


Members of the Selection Committee 2018

Mr. CREST Marcel
CNRS, Scientific officer for innovation and partnerships in dermo-cosmetic
Professor of Biochemistry, Head of the GDR CNRS 3711 Cosm'actifs
Mr. DE OLIVEIRA PRAES Carlos Eduardo
Chairman of the ITEHPEC Science and Technology Council - the innovation area of ABIHPEC
Professor at University of Barcelona - Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology and Physical chemistry. Director of the Cosmetics and Dermopharmacy Master
Mrs. LAI Hueymin
Program director of Targeted Drug and Delivery Technology Division of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Manager of Dermatologic Skincare & Cosmetics Technology Department
Mr. MASSON Christophe
Mr. MOREL Julien
ESSEC Ventures Director
Mr. MORLON Benjamin
Transfer Licensing Manager - CNRS INNOVATION
Mrs. SOCACIU Carmen
Head of Biochemistry Department and Director of the Institute of Life Sciences at University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca
Mr. VOYER Normand
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


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”.



2017 Winners

LVMH group’s headquarters were receiving the jury of the international competition, The Cosmetic Victories. Among hundred projects from all around the world, two winners were rewarded for carrying innovative and disruptive solution for tomorrow’s beauty and health. 



The Academic Prize

Eric Robert, head of research at CNRS in France, in association with the University of Orléans, received the “Academic Prize” for PlasmaJets, which is a plasma device using cold rays to treat skin aging.



The Industry Prize

A bachelor students group, from the School of Industrial Biology (EBI), received the “Industry Prize” for the Zéo project. This spray diffuses an absorbent powder, which dries hair in a 100% naturally and ultra-fast way.

The group was represented by:
Mr Corentin Henaff
Mrs Cassandra Gheorghe
Mrs Chloé Guerin




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


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