Cosmetics Business Award 2013 Winner


Mibelle Biochemistry wins the “cosmetics business award 2013” in the “Innovation in Ingredients” category with the active ingredient PhytocellTecTM Symphytum. It activates the skin stem cells in the epidermis and thus accelerates skin renewal. With the new plant stem cell active ingredient, the natural scientists have achieved another success.

PhytoCellTecTM – the ground-breaking anti-ageing ingredient technology on the basis of plant stem cells

With PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica, Mibelle Biochemistry launched an entirely new active ingredient on the basis of plant stem cells of the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple. This apple has now acquired an almost legendary reputation. Entirely in accordance with the motto "inspired by nature realized by science", Mibelle has thus created a basis for combining nature and science so that new plant-based raw materials can be used in cosmetics and offer revolutionary results. PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica was the first cosmetic raw material worldwide on the basis of plant stem cells. It generated global interest and enthusiasm as soon as it was launched. The new active ingredient from apples was seen as ground-breaking because the vitality and efficiency of the most important skin cells, i.e. the skin stem cells, could be demonstrably improved for the first time with the use of plant stem cells. Mibelle Biochemistry won the European Cosmetics Innovation Prize for it at the 2008 in-cosmetics.

New milestone with PhytoCellTecTM Symphytum

PhytoCellTec™ Symphytum is an active ingredient that is based on stem cells of the comfrey root (symphytum officinale). It activates the skin stem cells in the epidermis and thus accelerates the regeneration of the skin. Symphytum officinale has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries. The name "symphytum" comes from the Greek word "sympho" ("to unite") and "phyton" ("plant"). In Ancient Greece, doctors used symphytum on bone fractures and to aid the healing of wounds. There is still widespread use of comfrey extracts today to treat wounds, bruises, strains and sprains.

Epidermale stem cells and their function

Epidermal stem cells are located in the lowest cell layer of the epidermis. They are continually dividing and are differentiated into skin tissue cells, whilst old cells are shed on the skin's surface. This constant renewal is important for the quality of the skin's barrier and ensures that the skin remains smooth and even. As we grow older, this renewal process slows discernibly as the skin stem cells also age and thus their ability to divide declines. The result is a thinner, dry and rough skin with a pale complexion.

With PhytoCellTec™ Symphytum, the skin stem cells are protected and activated at the same time. The skin regeneration is thus accelerated and the skin can regenerate better and more quickly. The result is a visibly smoother and radiant skin. The active ingredient increases the natural ability of the skin stem cells to reduce and repair the visible signs of ageing.