UPCYCLING The Yifixia company will soon offer a catalog of green ingredients for manufacturers of face creams, make-up or shampoo
In Yifixia's laboratory, in Montpellier. — Yifixia
- The Yifixia company recovers agricultural or agri-food waste, to extract precious molecules, which could soon be used to manufacture creams for face, shampoo or make-up.
- The goal is for these eco-friendly materials to eventually replace petrochemical-based ingredients, which are still widely used in this industry.
- Yifixia will not directly manufacture creams or makeup: it will soon offer a catalog of green ingredients for manufacturers.
At Yifixia, ` Montpellier (Hérault), we imagine the cosmetics of tomorrow. The mysterious works of this company created a few months ago in Paris. barely arouse even curiosity; behemoths in the sector. The start-up recovers agricultural or agri-food waste, to extract precious molecules, which could soon be used to manufacture face creams , shampoo or makeup.
Yifixia’s objective is that these ecological materials “replace,’ term, ingredients derived from petrochemicals, which are still widely used in the manufacture of cosmetic products, explains Nicolas Gaboriaud-Kolar, the company's founder. Some, moreover, lead to health problems, in some consumers, endocrine disruption, allergies, etc.” Among the waste, which usually ends up in the trash, recovered by the Yifixia team, there may be, in particular orange peels, which fruit juice manufacturers do not use, or remains of branches of apple trees, abandoned by farmers during pruning.
« Green extraction technologies »
From these debris or natural peelings, the company is able to extract different molecules, using « green extraction technologies ». “ We use water and alcohol, in particular », confides Nicolas Gaboriaud-Kolar. Yifixia pushes its ecological commitment to the point of a total recovery of bio-waste, there; where some industrialists will throw everything, or almost, at their disposal; the trash, when they have finished collecting what they need. “ The vegetable matter that we have left, we can give it back, for example, to the agriculture that sold it to us, so that it could be used for spreading, continues the entrepreneur. So that he can enrich his soil, with his own waste. ”
Yifixia will not manufacture creams or makeup directly. The objective of this flourishing company, housed in two incubators in Montpellier (Bic and Agro Valo Méditerranée), is to offer, to From 2023 or 2024, a catalog of green ingredients (preservatives, gelling agents…), intended for cosmetics manufacturers. And ça, it’s trendy. “All studies in the sector show a real desire among consumers to have the healthiest possible products, continues the entrepreneur. We are looking more and more closely at the composition of cosmetic products.”