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Introducing Nanotech

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Nanotechnology History

The origin of nanotechnology may date back to the 1950’s when physicist Richard Feynman proposed developing machines that made smaller copies of themselves. It was eventually observed that matter had unique properties at nano-scale. It was not only the size but also the purposeful engineering that contributed to the uniqueness that nanoparticles penetrate the skin more readily than their bulk counterparts. It is anticipated that nanotechnology will be the fastest growing area for the maintenance of skin health, as well as for the diagnosis and management of cutaneous disease. KONIKA is the first company to successfully introduce nanotechnology in perfumery. 

About Nanotechnology in Perfumery

Nanotechnology (nano: One billionth) is a novel arena with promising applications in the field of medicine, especially pharmaceuticals for safe and targeted drug delivery. The physicochemical characteristics of the nanoparticles, such as rigidity, hydrophobicity, size and charge are crucial to the skin permeation mechanism. Many nano-carriers such as polymeric, inorganic and lipid nanoparticles and nano-emulsions have been developed and some like carbon nanotubes and fullerenes still need further exploration for future use in skin care and dermatological treatments. 
There are some natural ingredients having a pleasant fragrance and at the same time cause no irritation and are great for the skin. Nanotechnology has entered the production and application of various personal care and cosmetic products. They include the sunscreens, anti-aging creams, toothpastes, hair care, and fragrances. There are thrills and threats of smelling nano. Nano fragrances are designed to mix nanoparticles with perfume oils and/or water particles and enable sterilization of compound with its constituents, absorption of unpleasant, and release of pleasant odors.

Application Suitability

Nanotechnology is key to the design and manufacture of the new generation of cosmetics. Nanotechnology can enhance the performance and properties of cosmetics and fragrances, including skin nourishment, skin glow, skin color, product texture and durability. Sunscreen products, such as UV nano-filters, nano-TiO2 and nano-ZnO particles, can offer an advantage over their traditional counterparts due to their broad UV-protection and non-cutaneous side effects. Electronic noses are used to study the use of nanoparticles in fragrant products. Researches in this line will take us to a wonderful fragrant day, while viewing a movie in a theater, or home theater, will smell the fragrance of Jasmine flowers, when a scene of Jasmine garden is shown on the screen. The whole theater will be filled with the fragrance of Jasmine.                                 

Please Note:  Very little is known about the safety aspects of the nano-engineered materials that are being released in our environment, in consumer products, and health care products. We are in continuous research on safety and hazards aspects of these materials. Hence, we only blend those material which are WHO recommended, non toxic, non hazardous and for industrial use only. 

It is critical for us as a society intimately involved with the health of the people to be aware of this new technology, to educate our own members about it, and to play an active role in evaluating this technology and setting policies and guidelines for its safe and fruitful use. Despite all the hype surrounding nanotechnology, first results are very exciting, only the time will tell it will be a boon or bane.

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