RESEARCH

Korres Lab

RESEARCH
It is often believed that natural cosmetics rely mainly on traditional recipes instead of clinical research. Based on our pharmacy experience in over 3,000 homeopathic remedies of herbal origin, our philosophy is to develop products based on primary and applied research on verified benefits and clinical efficacy.

OUR GOAL
Our goal is to develop innovative and clinically effective skincare products based on natural active ingredients; to promote natural ingredients research in relation to skin biochemistry; and to project the unique Greek flora benefits through our cooperations with local farmers, and the production of our brand-own high value organic extracts.

INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC BOARD
We have formed an independent scientific board, consisting of high profile professors and researchers in the fields of Biochemistry, Pharmacognosy, and Clinical Dermatology. Together we investigate the clinical benefits of natural ingredients in relation to skin biochemistry.
Studying the findings of current research programmes and the developments in the field of natural active ingredients, we then collectively decide the direction of our primary research in association with both Greek and international scientific institutions and universities. The aim is to explore the active molecules of natural descent, in accordance with the cell’s biochemical paths and the validation of the efficacy of our new formulations.
We develop skincare products based on two fundamental axes; our primary and applied research findings, and our values, our ongoing commitment: to project the benefits of Greek herbs; to develop skin and environmentally friendly formulations with a natural content varying between 80-99,80% ; to avoid the use of chemical substances like mineral oils, silicones, parabens and propylene glycol amongst others.

Research Projects

Following on from the introduction of Quercetin & Oak, the first natural line to outpace top-selling conventional antiageing creams, based on a NOBEL awarded discovery and the findings of primary research on Proteasome & Ageing, KORRES achieves another first with new principal research. A research proposal on the study of 3,600 natural actives, submitted by KORRES in collaboration with eight [8] research centres, has achieved the highest mark [14.5/15] by the European Community as part of the Seventh Framework EU Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities. The primary research proposal, one of 11 in total submitted by 106 participants, achieved the highest score after a 12-month assessment. KORRES in collaboration with eight [8] research centres will be studying the cosmetic properties of 3,600 natural actives, focusing on their antiageing, antioxidant, sun-protecting action [antiageing, anti-hyper-pigmentation & UV-protection].
The research will discover and carry to the stage of development candidates, plant derived small molecules with potential as new cosmetic agents. These compounds will derive from plants originating from major biodiversity hotspots in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region.

KORRES COLLABORATING WITH 8 RESEARCH CENTRES:
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique
France
Universitaet Basel
Switzerland
Universidad de Panama
Panama
BASF SE Lab
Germany
Bruker Biospin GMBH Lab
Germany
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
South Africa
University of Athens
Greece
National Natural Sciences Scientific Research Centre,
Demokritos, Athens / Greece
 


THE RESEARCH AT A GLANCE

A four year research project (April 2010 – March 2014)

500 natural compounds screened (Bio prospecting)

A shortlist of the most efficacious /3,600 extracts generated out of the most efficacious compounds (Chemodiversity)

All 3,600 extracts screened / UV-protection, anti-aging, anti-hyper-pigmentation (Bio evaluation)

Evaluation of the findings (Bio automatics)

Selecting the top 30 out of the 3,600 extracts / further selection of the top 5 which could be applied commercially (Development – Advanced Testing – Feasibility Study)

Report on the overall project (Dissemination)

* For more information on our AGROCOS research project, please visit http://www.agrocos.eu

NATPROTEC


Integrated technologies for the discovery and development of Cosmeceutical Agents from Plant Biodiversity


ABOUT
NATPROTEC is a research project that aims to discover and carry to the stage of development innovative products in the area of cosmeceuticals originating from European natural resources using emerging and environmentally friendly technologies.
KORRES in collaboration with seven[7] research centres  and industry leaders will be studying the cosmetic properties of 600 natural actives, focusing on their antiageing, antioxidant, sun-protecting action  [antiageing, anti-hyper-pigmentation & UV-protection].

THE RESEARCH AT A GLANCE
A 4 year research project (February 20 12- January 2016)
300 plant species collected
600 extracts produced
All 600 extracts screened / skin protection, anti-ageing , anti-hyperpigmentation , & physicochemical  characteristics of the extracts [Bio evaluation]

Selecting the top 20 out of the 600 extracts via phytochemical investigation
[Chemodiversity]

Selecting the top 20 out of the 600 extracts / further selection
of the top 4 which could be applied commercially
(Development – Advanced Testing – Feasibility Study)

Report on the overall project (Dissemination)

KORRES COLLABORATING WITH 7 RESEARCH CENTRES ΙNDUSTRY LEADERS
University of Athens
Greece

University of Geneva
Switzerland

University of Innsbruck
Austria

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
France

Rousslet Centifugation
France

Bionorica research GmbH
Austria

CAMAG
Switzerland

* For more information on the NATPROTEC research project, please visit http://www.natprotec.eu

Innovation

Wild Rose
The first natural 24-hour moisturising face cream, the first KORRES cosmetic and a global best-seller since its launch. The Wild Rose oil – a popular KORRES pharmacy ingredient – has been selected to create moisturising and brightening products. A natural source of Vitamin C, it demonstrates significant repairing activity to fine lines and pigmentation disorders. It is also rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, offering significant moisturising, healing and softening properties

Yoghurt
The first cosmetic formula globally to incorporate edible yoghurt; the greatest ‘beauty’ challenge to date, the development of a stable cosmetic formula preserving all of ‘live’ yoghurt’s benefits was a scientific and innovative achievement as well as a global first for the cosmetics industry.

Quercetin & Oak
The first cosmetic worldwide based on the Nobel-awared discovery of the Proteasome; a result of primary research on ‘Proteasome & Ageing’. The first natural cream to achieve higher scores on all comparative crash-tests with the market’s top-selling antiageing creams.

Black Pine
A natural formulation incorporating two innovations: the biology of the proteasome & how this can be boosted naturally with Quercetin (KORRES innovation/ patent) and the biology of the matrix metaloproteinases (MMPs) & how these can be regulated naturally with Black Pine polyphenol, Epigallocatechin (KORRES innovation).
Four systems of natural antiageing:
1 firming and re-contouring
2 instant lifting
3 antiwrinkle
4 hydration and brightness.

Hairline
A natural, sustainable and more efficacious answer to the film-forming properties of non-biodegradable silicone, blowing apart the theory that without silicones hair is not protected or conditioned. Crash-tested against the market’s leading silicone-based shampoo, the KORRES formulation creates a healthy protection film similar to the silicone one though with greater efficacy and zero build-up.

Product Development

INGREDIENTS WE SELECT
We develop skincare products based on two fundamental axes; our primary and applied research findings, and our values, our ongoing commitment: to project the benefits of Greek herbs; to develop skin and environmentally friendly formulations with a natural content varying between 80-99,80%; to avoid the use of chemical substances like mineral oils, silicones, parabens and propylene glycol amongst others. These substances are replaced with natural ingredients. The natural active ingredients that we use derive from four ingredient groups:

MEDICINAL HERBS:
Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days / Calendula, Echinacea, Hypericum, Evening Primrose

GREEK FLORA:
Plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in Greece’s unique environment / Thyme, Sage, Bay Laurel, Olive, Mastiha

FOOD INGREDIENTS:
Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties including Yoghurt, Thyme Honey

NATURAL ACTIVES:
Actives such as natural antioxidant Quercetin, with proven efficacy as per the findings of international research programmes including the primary research carried by the Korres Research & Development Lab.

A CLOSE LOOK AT SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS WE AVOID


MINERAL OIL / PETROLATUM / PARAFIN WAX
Synthetic oils originating from chemically processed petroleum. When used in cosmetics, they tend to block the pores and inhibit skin functions.

SILICONES
A wide family of synthetic compounds, used in cosmetics for their smooth texture. In addition to carrying the disadvantages of synthetic oils, silicones are not environment friendly as they are non-biodegradable.

PARABENS
A group of compounds used as preservatives, which has become increasingly controversial. Overexposure to a specific paraben ‘family’ [butyl, methyl, ethyl] mainly through the Food, Pharmacy and Cosmetics industries, has been accused of irritant and/or toxic action.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL
The most commonly used solvent for plant extracts. Of synthetic origin, it has been linked repeatedly to various allergies.

ETHANOLAMINES
A family of synthetic compounds used to adjust a product’s pH or viscocity. Ethanolamines have been linked to a number of allergies and various skin irritations.

PEGs
Synthetic compounds mainly used as solvents and stabilizers while they can also be part of foaming and cleansing systems. Several PEGs have been linked to skin irritations. At KORRES, we try to avoid PEGs whenever possible when we formulate new products.

Formula facts
Sincere and transparent communication with those selecting our products, is of extreme significance to us. The practice of ‘greenwashing’ has been extensively and growingly employed in cosmetics. Many brands make all-natural claims despite only using an extremely low percentage of natural ingredients and/or stress that they avoid specific substances when instead they are using several others that can be even more harmful. The level of misunderstanding and the overload of information surrounding natural ingredient based cosmetics, combined with difficult to understand ingredient lists as those featured on standard packaging, make it even harder for consumers to choose the right product for them. Bearing this in mind, we use the Formula Facts table on our packaging to fully describe the percentage of natural content as well as the formula synthesis, in a way that everybody can comprehend.

How we produce

OUR QUALITY STANDARDS
Quality is our number one priority. Developing, producing, packaging in a way that goes beyond basic compliance standards, drives every decision we make. Despite being a cosmetics brand, we have developed production systems suitable for pharmaceutical products; our skincare formulations are produced based on extremely strict standards, often stricter than the ones followed for pharmaceuticals. A principle that applies to material handling including movement, storage, control and protection of raw materials and final products throughout the process of producing and distributing.
Our Green-certificate, NO WASTE plant has also been certified for Quality Management (ISO 9001)
COSMETICS GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (ISO 22716)
and ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ISO 14001).

Taking a closer look

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WATER IN COSMETICS
Water is the one of the most significant ingredients in the majority of cosmetic formulations; the use of bacteriologically pure water in developing cosmetics simply cannot be undermined. It is of great significance yet a priority that can be easily misplaced, mainly due to cost-saving reasons. There are various types of water needs in our daily care but the type used as a cosmetic component is the most demanding on purity levels. An ultra-high purity level water is the basis for a safe formulation with the least amount of preservatives possible, what in other could be described as a ‘safe product from day one.


FIVE TIMES MORE PURE WATER
The cosmetics industry recommends the use of water with conductivity of up to 4,3 µS/cm (micro Siemens per cm); at Korres we use water with conductivity of 0,8 µS/cm – over 5 times more pure than what is actually required. Driven by our obsession with quality, we have created a water-purification plant within our production plant aiming to produce the highest quality water for our formulations. The water purification technology we use is Double Reverse Osmosis combined with UV (Ultraviolet) sterilizing, similar to the one found at kidney transplant hospital units. This water-purification plant is inspected daily both electronically and manually; there are over 10 check points to ensure that all standards are met. Local and international inspecting authorities have hailed the unit a an “exemplary” case study.

Eco

One of our core principles– still the same as in the early pharmacy days – was to develop products that are friendly to the skin but also to the environment. Today this core principle translates into an ongoing multi-faceted effort to protect the environment and support the community; we strive to do the right thing, and this is what leads every decision we make…from the ingredients we select, the way we select them and how we package our products to our NO WASTE operation and the use of renewable energy.

INGREDIENTS
By protecting Greece’s 1,200 indigenous flora, we are protecting the World’s flora.
All our formulations are developed based on natural or certified organic ingredients. Our plant hunters select the ideal cultivation region for each herb based on climate and soil criteria while at the same time working towards protecting endangered herbs and sustaining plant populations.
We avoid the use of harsh chemicals and substances that can be harmful to our skin and environment. We avoid the use of non-biodegradable ingredients. We use the Formula Facts table on our packaging to fully describe the percentage of natural content and the formula structure in a way that everyone can comprehend.

PACKAGING
100% renewable energy
Working on a credible, simple set of criteria that represent real, quantifiable emission reductions. Our GREEN GUARANTEE certified plant – including production, packaging and storage – operates entirely on hydroelectric power.
98% of our global markets are air-shipment free as part of our ongoing effort to limit air transfers.
99% of our packaging is recyclable, and when possible recycled. For our packaging we use the most environmentally sound materials, while each product is designed so that its individual parts can be easilly separated and recycled. Unnecessary packaging is eliminated. Our entire HAIR & BODY portfolio is box-free. Packaging facts are featured on the Formula Facts table of each product.
Thorough recycling policy for printing, plastic, paper, glass, electric, electronic, retail and merchandise units. We promote the idea of recycling through mini-recycling units within all our stores. Educational seminars for KORRES team members are ongoing.

NOWASTE
We have created an exemplary, environmentally-friendly, first-for Greece plant extraction unit. It allows us to fully process our selected ingredients in a way that out of each single herb, we end up with up to 11 derivatives that can be used in our formulations. The residue is turned into organic soil and sent back to our network of organic farmers. A literally no-waste operation. We have made the decision to use natural instead of chemical solvents despite the higher cost, to avoid burdening the environment.

COMMUNITY
We collaborate with micro farmers, agricultural unions, educational and social institutions including rehabilitation and prison farms. We teach our partners organic farming and sustainable agricultural systems. We help them throughout all stages of cultivation and harvesting and support them financially through purchasing their produce.
The choice not to cultivate ourselves the herbs that we need is a conscious one. Our aim is not to compete, but to support the farmers and their unions, as well as the community bodies.
This continuous effort is part of our focus on ethical co-operations that also include a network of suppliers consisting of people with special needs. This network which caters for a percentage of our promotional materials including printing and sewing productions.

OAK FOREST
protecting natural habitat
Friends of Oak & Nature is a union with a mission to protect the biggest Oak forest in Southeast Europe.
Located in Northwestern Greece, the 130,000 sq m forest is host to
• 256 endemic plants
• 126 bird species, 26 out of which are threatened with extinction
• thousands of great-age Oak trees
The forest is mainly threatened by illegal wood-cutting and arson. KORRES contributes towards the replacement of illegally cut trees with an annual fun while cooperating with the local authorities on an effective protection plan

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