UK speciality chemicals firm Salfic-Alcan won the Laura Marshall Memorial Award for Innovation at SCS Formulate in Coventry, UK with its ‘flexible solid’ exfoliating and cleansing pad. The product made using a blend of sulphate-free surfactants and complex dehydration process had been designed as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional solids already on the market. “I really hope it sparks a new way of thinking about solid formulations,” said Julienne Lim, marketing manager for Life Sciences at Safic-Alcan UK. Solids as a sustainable alternative in personal care, requires less water and packaging. And with innovation lathering up nicely, the future suggests innovative variants beyond the traditional soap bar may soon win shelf space.