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"The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides"

Jules Verne - Author

Founded by experts in Phycology, GELYMA is an independent French company involved in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of specialty ingredients for novel blue cosmetic strategies.

Innovation and scientific strictness are the top priorities of GELYMA in order to give to the customer the highest quality products prepared from microalgae and macroalgae sourced worldwide and based on profound know-how of the marine / aquatic world. 


GELYMA has been founded in 1997 by Liliane and Max PELLEGRINI, Doctors es-Sciences, experts of Biology and Physiology of algae, prize-winners of the Sciences Academy of Paris, researchers at the Sciences Faculty of Luminy (Marseilles University).

Located in Marseilles (South France) on the Mediterranean coasts, GELYMA has successfully grown in servicing the Cosmetic and Personal Care Industry by continuously expanding its facilities. Today, the plan and laboratories occupy 1000 square meters.

Since the start of the company, GELYMA’s R & D efforts have resulted in continuous development of new innovative actives (22 products, 9 patents). Our products are distributed in 30 countries over the world.



Supported by more than 40 years of knowledge in Phycology, our commitment is based on constant research of

  • new raw materials sourced worldwide
  • modern technologies and
  • scientific partnerships

in accordance to market trends.

High quality standards

  • Caring for environment and marine life,
  • Right on time harvesting,
  • Optimized storing conditions

are qualitative requirements followed by GELYMA to keep algae properties unchanged and to allow sustainable industrial scale production of actives.

Responsiveness & flexibility

GELYMA offers

  • full service from algae sourcing, prototyping of actives to
  • industrial production of extracts.
  • high level of customer support for providing useful solutions to create
  • claim substantiation.

GELYMA is acknowledged to its exceptional reactivity and flexibility to customer requirements. Our logistics management guarantee batch management, and traceability of all operations.



GELYMA has developed its own large database containing more than 12 000 scientific papers and 800 books about Phycology and of herbarium with 5000 sheets of seaweeds collected all over the world. This constitutes an extraordinary tool for a rapid and targeted development of new actives.

All chosen algae are selected according exhaustive research on their biology, physiology and composition in active molecules. Each active ingredient carries scientific approach with proven performance in order to concentrate the best of Ocean in a strong respect of the marine environment and biodiversity and of the preservation of resources. GELYMA build a sustainable network of partners and sea farmers throughout the world in order to maintain deep environmental responsibility for high level of sourcing procedure and technical quality specifications.

Production & quality control

GELYMA keeps under control all steps of production process from algae sourcing, prototyping of actives to industrial production of extracts. Suitable equipment for extraction, concentration, filtration as well as quality control ensures the traceability and reproducibility of the innovative active ingredients.


Phycological library

This library is dedicated to provide with additional information on each alga used.

  • Caulerpa lentillifera J. Agardh (Sea grape/ Green caviar)
  • Codium fragile (Suringar) Hariot
  • Fucus serratus Linnaeus
  • Kappahycus alvarezii (Doty) Doty ex P.C. Silva
  • Laminaria ochroleuca Bachelot de la Pylaie
  • Macrocystis pyrifera (Linnaeus) C. Agardh
  • Pelvetia canaliculata (Linnaeus) Decaisne & Thuret
  • Porphyra umbilicalis Kützing
  • Rissoella verruculosa (Bertoloni) J. Agardh
  • Undaria pinnatifida (Harvey) Suringar

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Development of tailor-made ingredients

  • on exclusive basis.

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