Givaudan Active Beauty unveils Neuroglow™, the active that captures the molecular power of the sun

The new ingredient for glow and good mood

27 Mar 2024 · 07:30 CET

Givaudan Active Beauty is delighted to introduce Neuroglow™, a breakthrough active ingredient designed to safely replicate all the positive effects of the sun. Crafted by green fractionation from Persicaria tinctoria, Neuroglow™ is sourced from Provence in France.


As well as boosting vitamin D production, sunlight is recognised for its positive impact on mood and energy while contributing to a healthy appearance thanks to its desirable tanning effects1

In a world where contemporary lifestyles lead us to spend more time indoors, Neuroglow™ is emerging as a response to a growing demand for the positive effects associated with sunlight exposure. Research indicates that 80%2 of US Gen Z consumers are looking for cosmetics that positively influence their mood.

Neuroglow™ mimics the beneficial properties of sunlight, stimulating production of melanin (+126%) and promoting the skin’s release of wellbeing molecules such as beta-endorphin (+43%), vitamin D (+345%) and oxytocin (+229%). By boosting melanin production, Neuroglow™ prepares the skin for sun exposure, allowing for a faster, healthier, more natural and better protected tan. What’s more, it improves general wellbeing and energy levels at the same time as preventing potential inflammatory damage caused by the sun.

The results from the first clinical trial demonstrated a remarkable phototype shift in 76% of participants in just 7 days, moving from phototype II to phototype III, and of these, 40% even shifted to a darker phototype IV, compared to 0% in the placebo group. In a second clinical trial involving volunteers experiencing seasonal mood changes due to lack of sunlight, Neuroglow™ reduced tiredness, increased feelings of affection, and improved ‘winter blues’, with over 80% of volunteers reporting a positive score.

“Our scientists in R&D Green Fractionation have identified and optimised a plant-derived active ingredient offering an unprecedented solution to mimic all the positive effects of sunlight. Of 100% natural origin and cosmos compliant, Neuroglow™ prepares the skin for sun exposure, promotes a healthier tanning process, and even protects the skin from the potential side effects of overexposure. The result? A healthy glow and enhanced wellbeing all year round, even when combined with SPF, highlighting the benefits of the sun.”

Bénédicte Sennelier-Portet, R&D Green Fractionation Manager

To learn more about our new ingredient and its marketing concept, S3D® BlissFul Vibes, we invite you to visit us at our booth (1C62) at in-cosmetics Global, taking place in Paris (France). Or connect to, our digital platform dedicated to cosmetic ingredients.


  1.  Mead N. Environ Health Perspect, 2008 May; 116(5):A197)

  2. Givaudan Active Beauty CMI study

About Givaudan
Givaudan is a global leader in Fragrance & Beauty and Taste & Wellbeing. We celebrate the beauty of human experience by creating for happier, healthier lives with love for nature. Together with our customers we deliver food experiences, craft inspired fragrances and develop beauty and wellbeing solutions that make people look and feel good. In 2023, Givaudan employed 16,260 people worldwide and achieved CHF 6.9 billion in sales with a free cash flow of 13.3%. With a heritage that stretches back over 250 years, we are committed to driving long-term, purpose-led growth by improving people’s health and happiness and increasing our positive impact on nature. This is Givaudan. Human by nature. Discover more at:

About Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty
Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty craft inspired fragrances to perfume lives and memories, and develop innovative beauty and wellbeing solutions that make people look and feel good all over the world. Nature is both our responsibility and our most precious muse. We are just as committed to sustainability as we are to creating innovative products that satisfy consumer needs and anticipate their desires. With a collaborative approach that favours co-creation, we have built a diverse portfolio across personal care, fabric care, hygiene, home care, fine fragrances, and beauty, reflecting our multidisciplinary expertise. This is Givaudan. Human by nature. Learn more at

About Givaudan Active Beauty
Givaudan Active Beauty crafts avant-garde cosmetic actives and high-end specialities that make people look and feel good. We bring nature’s most precious gifts to the art of personal care in the form of biotech & botanical high-performing molecules, delighting consumers. Our extensive portfolio of award-winning skin & hair ingredients spans a variety of benefits for human beauty: from well-ageing and self-tanners to radiance, microbiome-friendly, soothers, hydrators, and more. Backed by solid scientific recognition and consumers’ awareness, we remain at the cutting edge of this rapidly expanding market to deliver sustainable solutions supporting the growth of our customers. This is Givaudan. Human by nature. Learn more at

For further information please contact
Farida Tir Teerlinck, Active Beauty Communications