The company, based out of San Francisco, has used microalgae to produce more than 70 ingredients so far.
Rob Evans, co-founder of Purissima, told CosmeticsDesign that the algae-fermentation technology is highly scalable and could be a way for the cosmetics industry to leverage the benefits of rare plants without having to harm natural habitats.
“Instead of getting some rare root from Southeast Asia, we can focus on what the compound is in that root that actually delivers the benefit, and then focus on developing a commercial process to produce it so that it can be more accessible to people around the world,” Evans said.
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