The birth of Swiss cellular cosmetics
Inspired by cellular therapy, cellular cosmetics came into existence in Switzerland in the 1980s. It was inspired by the medical application developed in 1931 by the founder of cellular therapy, Swiss Professor Paul Niehans. However, it would prove to be a long scientific journey before this revitalising technique could be successfully applied to the world of cosmetics.
Behind this evolution lies one man, Dr Alfred Pfister (1910-1990), a Swiss doctor and former student of Professor Paul Niehans.
A true visionary with a passion for cellular science in its medical application, he dedicated a large part of his life to researching scientific techniques that would overcome the pitfalls previously encountered in procedures used in traditional cellular revitalisation treatments. Until then, whether they were freeze-dried (lyophilised) or frozen, cells continued to lose efficacy. In response to this problem, Dr Alfred Pfister came up with a new and effective method of stabilisation.
In 1955, he developed a conservation method that slowed down the deterioration process of cells. It was coined the CellVital Method. Thanks to this discovery, cells could be efficiently preserved and continue to “breathe“, while maintaining all their vital force.
Tests carried out at the Battelle de Genève Centre for Research by Professor Warburg, Nobel Prize for Medicine also served to confirm the effectiveness of this method.
Having made this major leap forward, it would now be possible to control cells after removal. Dr. Pfister used this method for a number of years in the medical setting of his revitalisation clinic. It was then his son, Roland C. Pfister, who took up the reins of the clinic (1977-1985) situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
From cellular therapy to cellular cosmetics by Cellap Laboratoire
“And what can you do for the skin?“
It was this very simple question posed by a patient while staying in his revitalisation clinic that gave rise to Roland C. Pfister’s conviction that a form of cellular science could be successfully applied to cosmetics.
The principle of revitalisation is to “stimulate and revitalise a devitalised, prematurely aged or stressed organ with young cells taken from a similar organ to the one being treated“.
Since the skin is a living organ, it seemed obvious that a cosmetic application based on cellular science should be possible.
Driven by the same passion as his father for cellular science, Roland C. Pfister drew inspiration from discoveries that, until then, had been restricted to the medical sphere. He decided to safely and responsibly transfer these advances to the world of cellular cosmetology.
It was on this basis that in 1978 he created and made available to patients staying at his clinic a cellular beauty treatment.
Its success was immediate. His patients’ enthusiasm was such that they quickly expressed a desire to continue the treatment beyond their stay in the clinic. In response to this, Roland C. Pfister had to come up with a cosmetic treatment that would hold the cells in an ointment form that could be used outside of a medical setting. In overcoming this hurdle he opened the doors to cellular cosmetics.
This era was also marked by a quest to find cosmetic manufacturers able to take on the production of cellular cosmetics. However, the formulations envisaged by Roland C. Pfister were of such a technical nature that none of the manufacturers felt up to the job. The specifications were that the cells must conserve their specific biological features as well as their activity over a prolonged period of time.
The manufacturers were quick to suggest he use the freeze-dried cells they were already producing for other skincare brands. However, this was of no interest to Roland C. Pfister for whom the presence of cell vitality in the creams was an absolute must.
But determined not to give up on his project and convinced of the possibility of creating cosmetics based on cellular science, Roland C. Pfister gathered around him leading experts in biology and medicine. He then acquired his first 20kg capacity homogeniser machine and, in collaboration with a galenic technician, began work on developing the ingredients that would be used in his future Swiss cellular cosmetic lines, Cellcosmet and Cellmen.
Cellap Laboratoire S.A.
The New Generation of Swiss Cellular Cosmetics
In 1982, Roland C. Pfister created Cellap Laboratoire S.A. The company would devote itself exclusively to researching and developing cosmetic products.
And just two years later, in August 1984 they finally came
up with a definitive formulation that could be used in cosmetic treatments. Initially, these treatments were only available to patients at the revitalisation clinic, still managed at the time by Roland C. Pfister.
But with the experimental stage at a close and given the
products’ immediate success, it seemed only logical to make these unique skincare treatments internationally available.
The decision was finally taken in 1985 when Roland C.
Pfister gave up directorship of the revitalisation clinic in order to fully devote himself to the launch of this new generation of Swiss cellular cosmetics.
Helped and supported by his wife, Edith Pfister, it took a further two years to finalise the concept of Cellcosmet cosmetics for women and Cellmen cosmetics for men as, before they could properly launch these cellular skincare lines onto the international market, a mountain of work awaited them.
This included producing packaging, documentation and
instruction manuals, reformulating the cellular stabilisation methods to adapt them to their new use in dermo-cosmetics, and a host of other challenges to
ensure the selective distribution of the Cellcosmet and Cellmen ranges in both
Switzerland and abroad.
In 1986, Cellap Laboratoire S.A. took up premises in Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland where it is home to its own production and processing laboratory, a technologically pioneering R&D department and a team of leading cosmetologists and biologists.
Cellap Laboratoire completed the development of the CellControlTM method in 1987 This was a real breakthrough in the world of cosmetics and a key moment in the history of cellular cosmetics. It also heralded the start of an international success story.
The CellControlTM method means that cellular material can be kept in its active state for months at a time, thanks to the use of a stabilising liquid especially developed by scientists at Cellap Laboratoire.
This provides access to active stabilised bio-integral cells that not only maintain their biological integrity but also their extraordinary vital energy. These cells can then be incorporated into the formulation of the Cellcosmet and Cellmen products that, in turn, are selectively distributed throughout the world by Cellap Laboratoire.
To this day, the CellControlTM method that Cellap Laboratoire applies to its cellular products remains the most effective and best-adapted treatment for stimulating skin revitalisation.
The Launch of Cellcosmet and Cellmen
Cellap Laboratoire, the Swiss expert creator and manufacturer of cosmeceuticals, launched, in 1987, two revolutionary revitalising cellular skincare lines:-
Cellmen for men
With this launch, Cellap Laboratoire clearly distinguished itself from other cosmetic ranges by offering, for the first time in cosmetology, cellular skincare lines that respected:
Indeed, the cellular line for women, Cellcosmet takes into account the varying needs of the skin and how these change depending on its physiological age. This is why the concentration of cellular extracts in the various products varies from one cosmeceutical to another.
Developed alongside the women’s Cellcosmet line, the Cellmen range for men has been formulated to perfectly respond to the specific needs of male skin. This cosmetic range has gone on to become one of the most comprehensive male skincare lines on the market today.
It is also worth noting that the Cellcosmet and Cellmen product lines are available in products specifically designed for use in professional skincare treatments in our approved salons and spas.
Cellcosmet and Cellmen – 100% Swiss Made Cosmetic Ranges
From the onset, Cellap Laboratoire was clear in its desire to emphasise the Swiss origins of its product lines. With the Cellcosmet range packaged in red and white and the Cellmen range in grey and white, the Swiss flag integrated into the company logo and the guarantee of the Swisscos label, these products are a clear reminder to international customers of the Swiss standards and know-how from which they hail.
Moreover, given that the products are developed, manufactured and packaged from start to finish in Switzerland, Cellap Laboratoire can legitimately add the “100% Swiss Made“ label to its Cellcosmet and Cellmen ranges.
The international markets were quick to show an interest in the product ranges. From January 1988, the telex machine crackled with exclusive distribution requests from Europe, Asia and countries as diverse as Japan, the USA and Russia.
The evolution of Cellap Laboratoire had begun.
This evolution took place not only in terms of markets but also in terms of laboratory, collaborator and product structures, as well as the ongoing growth of the company whose major milestones are outlined below.
1988: Alexandre Chappuis, Roland C. Pfister’s stepson, joins Cellap Laboratoire S.A.
In line with the rich family heritage, Alexandre Chappuis – Cellap Laboratoire’s current CEO – joined the company with the same passion and desire to innovate that had been passed down to him from previous generations.
1993: Phyto products are added to the range of cellular products
In order to respond to the growing needs for relaxation and well-being, Cellap Laboratoire integrated marine and plant components into a number of its products, the latter containing floral extracts as well as plant and essential oils. Phyto bio-complexes are used whenever they seem the best adapted and most efficient solution in terms of the desired outcome.
Cellap Laboratoire has also developed exceptional polyactive treatments by combining within the same formulation (and depending on the desired properties) active stabilised bio-integral cells with phyto bio-complexes. Benefitting from the amplifying synergy that these different active ingredients produce (Cyto + Phyto), these formulas potentiate the results obtained. Even today, Cellap Laboratoire is one of the few laboratories in the world to master both cyto (cellular) and phyto (plant) bio-complex technologies.
1994: Opening of the American subsidiary of Cellap Laboratoire S.A. – Swisscosmet Corporation
Initially set up in New York, Swisscosmet Corp. moved its headquarters to Florida in 2009 to a made-to-measure building designed to house its offices and warehouse.
1997: Stabilised bio-integral cells are obtained using biotechnology – a new feat in the world of cellular cosmetics
As innovators in dermo-cosmetics, Cellap Laboratoire achieved yet another first in 1997. They began using biotechnology to obtain active stabilised bio-integral cells. This revolutionary method enables cells to be recovered in large numbers from an initial cell. From this point on it would no longer be necessary to retrieve samples for each application. As a result, the products could be made available on a wider scale while still being able to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety.
1998: Cellap Laboratoire is converted into a holding company
The headquarters of Cellap Laboratoire Holdings is located in Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland on the site already housing Cellap’s laboratories.
2005: Cellap Laboratoire is ISO 9001:2000 certified and recently ISO 9001:2008 certified
2009: The launch of 7 new products from the Cellmen men’s range
These new products join the existing products in the Cellmen men’s range. The high-tech products that make up this men’s range offer a targeted response to the modern man who takes care of his looks and is concerned about his appearance. Today, Cellmen is still the only range of cellular and phyto cosmeceuticals to respect the hormonal identity of male skin.
2010: Cellap Laboratoire acquires its production site in Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland
Cellap Laboratoire’s ultra-modern and ultra-sophisticated premises extend over more than 3,000m2. These new premises are a logical step in Cellap Laboratoire’s plan to increase its company capacity in terms of production and distribution both nationally and internationally.
2011: The launch of the exclusive and highly confidential CellEctive range with its ultra-soothing and plumping cellular serum – CellLift Serum
Made from highly concentrated, high-performance ingredients, this range is the fruit of rigorous, cutting-edge scientific research to guarantee exceptional results.
This delicate and luxurious range came into being in 2011 with the launch of its first product, CellLift Serum, an anti-ageing, ultra-smoothing cellular serum with immediate and visible results. It has enjoyed overwhelming success in the markets covered by Cellap Laboratoire.
Then and now…
…with the opening up of high-potential markets, the consolidation of commercial relationships, the introduction of new concepts and the development of new products, Cellap Laboratoire S.A. is undeniably writing and making its mark on the history of cellular cosmetics.
In this spirit, Cellap Laboratoire will continue to follow its desire to provide clients with the high-performance products offered in its Swiss cyto and phyto ranges, Cellcosmet and Cellmen.
Excellence at Every Level
The Essence of Swiss Cosmetic Science Serving your Beauty Needs
Quality and excellence are our priorities. In order to maintain the highest standards of quality throughout production, all of our products are formulated, manufactured and packaged on the premises in our factory in Le Mont-sur-Lausanne in Switzerland, unlike most brands which subcontract their production requirements to outside firms.
Constantly striving for excellence, Cellap Laboratoire applies the latest findings in cosmetic science to its Cellcosmet and Cellmen products. Only the very best active ingredients, which have been scientifically selected and skillfully balanced to ensure the optimum effect on the skin, are used to formulate our Cellcosmet and Cellmen ranges. Made up of experts in their fields,Cellap Laboratoire’s R&D department is one of the few in the world to have mastered both cellular technology (cyto bio-complexes) and plant technology (phyto bio-complexes).
In order to ensure the prestige of our brand, we only distribute our products to select beauty salons, spas, perfumeries and stores that can offer their personnel in-depth training on our products so that they can provide our customers with the appropriate high-quality, customized advice they require.
Commitments and Responsibilities
The Very Finest Ingredients
In order to ensure our products have the optimum effect on your skin, we are committed to using only:
- organic, virgin, first cold-pressed plant oils
- 100% pure and natural essential oils
- algae and marine components harvested in line with their natural growth cycle
Similarly, we have decided against the use of certain ingredients and guarantee products free from:
- artificial colouring
- essential oils that have been synthetically reproduced or chemically modified
Respect for the skin’s physiological age
Conscious that the skin is a living organ that evolves over the course of one’s life, we have developed treatments that differ depending on one’s stage in life. This is why we offer products with varying cellular concentrations, that respond to the exact physiological age of the skin and its specific needs.
This is a first in the world of cosmetics.
Respect for the hormonal identity of male and female skin
Ever alert to the skin’s specific needs and striving to achieve the optimum effect, we have chosen to make a clear distinction between products formulated for women and those formulated for men. Given that the hormonal identity of male and female skin is not the same we have separated our products into two distinct lines:
Cellcosmet, the skincare line for women and Cellmen, the cellular skincare line specifically formulated for men. The cellular extracts in the men’s range are quite different from those selected for the Cellcosmet women’s line.
Products 100% Made in Switzerland
We strongly identify with Swiss standards and know-how. This is why we formulate, manufacture and package all our products in our Mont-sur-Lausanne premises in Switzerland. Also, as a member of SwissCos – The Association for the Protection of the Origin of Swiss Cosmetics – we can guarantee our customers that our products are “100% made in Switzerland“.
Our Priority: your total satisfaction
ISO 9001-2008 certified, we are committed to meeting the highest possible standards in terms of customer satisfaction and quality:
- by showing our ability to repeatedly deliver a product in line with customer requirements.
- by seeking to increase customer satisfaction through the effective application of the quality system and in particular, by putting in place a continual process of improvement.
To offer high-quality products formulated to minimise our long-term impact on the environment.
To ensure that our concern for the environment remains a priority while maintaining high-performance levels.
Innovation, consciousness-raising, results.
So as to be better fulfil its commitments towards protecting the environment, Cellap Laboratoire has obtained the certificate of green electricity consumption by signing up to a 100% renewable energy supply for its total energy consumption.
This 100% renewable energy is a combination of energy produced through recycling, photovoltaic solar power and wind energy. Its origins are 100% Swiss.
The Four Pillars of our Commitment:
A company culture that encourages collaborators to participate in our environmentally friendly approach.
A range of materials, used in the formulation and packaging of our products, specifically selected for their low environmental impact.
The acquisition of new equipment is implemented with the intention of minimising our impact on the environment.
In so far as is possible, building modifications have been carried out with the aim of reducing our environmental impact.
Fully aware of its societal and environmental responsibility, Cellap Laboratoire is committed to adhering to the following management principles:
- Ensure adherence to current legislation regarding the environment.
- Educate and train personnel to improve their environmental awareness.
- Put in place procedures designed to reduce production waste output.
- Choose raw materials in terms of their environmental impact.
- Choose suppliers in terms of their environmental commitment and proximity.
- Educate clients and make contractors aware of the company’s environmental philosophy.
- Sort production waste appropriately (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, batteries, printing cartridges).
- Equip facilities with low energy lighting.
- Manage energy costs by adopting a responsible approach to temperature control and by ensuring all premises are efficiently insulated.
- Manage water consummation by installing low volume flush systems in the WCs and mixing valves.
- Invest in efficient electronic office equipment (Class A).
- Promote products that make use of environmentally friendly technologies (biodegradable, using recycled material).
Our Product Lines
The Cosmeceutical Groups
Specifically formulated, our cosmeceuticals are available in 3 distinct groups, each one corresponding to the skin’s varying needs:
The Cyto-Cosmeceutical Group
The cyto-cosmeceutical products in our Cellcosmet and Cellmen ranges are composed of cellular complexes – cyto – for revitalising, anti-ageing treatments that rebalance the skin’s natural functions.
The Phyto-Cosmeceutical Group
The phyto-cosmeceutical products are made up of phyto (plant) and marine complexes, essential oils and flower extracts for pretreatment and well-being skincare.
The Cyto + Phyto-Cosmeceutical Group
The products in this group integrate into their formula both cyto (cells) and phyto complexes, which act in synergy to produce skincare treatments that revitalise and confer a sense of well-being.