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Are you looking to know which markets are dominating Asia or if male grooming is taking off on the region? 

Here you can stay up speed with the latest consumer trends, expert insight and market developments in Asia Pacific.

Organic sales on the up as is Asia’s purchasing power

23-Jul-2014 - The growing trend of organic cosmetics is being tipped to continue as consumer awareness increases, as does demand.

Cosme Tokyo and Cosme Tech 2014 open up for registration

23-Jul-2014 - This year’s Cosme Tokyo and Cosme Tech events have opened up for registration, billed as the biggest cosmetics industry event in Japan.

Spotlight on Indonesia: beauty market tipped to boom

22-Jul-2014 - Indonesia was selected to host the recent pre-show conference for the upcoming ASEAN edition of the Beyond Beauty trade show, confirming its status as a rising cosmetics market tipped for...

Start using the ‘cushion format’ or lose out in Korea, beauty brands warned

22-Jul-2014 - Global brands looking to tap into South Korea’s explosive beauty market growth are missing a trick in failing to use a cushion format in facial make-up products, Euromonitor International has...

Unilever takes direct distribution up a notch with new marketing campaign

17-Jul-2014 - Hindustan Unilever has confirmed its intent to expand the company’s direct distribution efforts in India, launching another novel marketing initiative which targets the individual personal care consumer. 

Consumer report finds questionable ingredients in cosmetics

16-Jul-2014 - Consumer Reports 'ShopSmart' says it has found numerous body care products with potentially harmful ingredients, such as coal tar color, triclosan, and formaldehyde releasing chemicals following a year long investigation....

Lakmé launches premium make-up in India in hope of Absolute success

16-Jul-2014 - Colour cosmetics brand Lakmé is up scaling its make-up range in India to appeal to the premium market and become more competitive in a move that could be copied to...

Researchers say palm oil action needs to be taken NOW

15-Jul-2014 - A new study in the Cell Press journal says that the growing demand for vegetable oil, which has already led to the conversion of Southeast Asian forest into oil palm...

L’Oreal sees opportunity in dermo-cosmetics

11-Jul-2014 - L’Oreal sees big gains to be made in the dermo-cosmetics arena and the Active Cosmetics Division’s general director believes that having strengthened its market position, its 2 targeted brands, Vichy...

Premium beauty in Australia driven by gift-giving

10-Jul-2014 - The premium category in Australia owes its recent sales growth largely to gift-giving consumers, Euromonitor International says.

GreenPalm trades 11 million certificates last month for sustainable palm oil

09-Jul-2014 - As the personal care industry, among others, looks to ensure sustainable sourcing and practice, GreenPalm announces the trade of its eleven millionth certificate this month.

"Do you wanna be white?" - Is this Korean ad taking Western beauty ideals too far?

09-Jul-2014 - They say provocative campaigns sell, but is an advertisement featuring the above tagline for a skin whitening cream taking Western beauty ideals too far?

Philippines not making the most of natural materials, says Chamber of Cosmetics Industry

09-Jul-2014 - The Philippines is currently not doing enough to capitalize on the potential and demand for natural ingredients in cosmetics products, an industry expert has asserted.

Vive la France: Korean consumers show enthusiasm for French cosmetics

08-Jul-2014 - It’s not baguettes but beauty wands: the recent launch of Eisenberg Paris in South Korea confirms that beauty is being fuelled by consumer enthusiasm for France within the Asian country....

Baby boomers looking for luxury with cosmetics in demand

07-Jul-2014 - Luxury cosmetics are behind only a luxury holiday and premium wines as luxury products or services that US baby boomers are targeting. 

L’Oréal Paris rolls out first filloxane hair thickening product line

01-Jul-2014 - L’Oréal Paris has rolled out its first product line utilising its hair thickening active ingredient which is based on the technology used to repair cracked car windscreens.

Iran cosmetics market begins to boom again

01-Jul-2014 - In recent years, make-up application on a daily basis has become ritual for the 15.5 million women in Iran, particularly in urban areas where younger women invest in the routine....

Biomimetics present beauty brands with a great opportunity

27-Jun-2014 - The opportunities in product development that biomimetics offer are exciting, but beauty brands also have to know how to talk to their customers about how these ingredients are helping to...

The sun care category’s role in India’s enthusiasm for skin lightening

26-Jun-2014 - In a country which reportedly got through 233 tonnes of skin-whitening products last year as consumers strive to achieve paler skin, Indian consumers might be expected to be already well aware...

Asia in Focus

Removing make-up no longer boring as innovation booms in cleansing formulations

24-Jun-2014 - This month we are highlighting the opportunities for brands in the skin care cleansing arena. Here, our expert, Florence Bernardin reveals Japan to be the most lucrative market due to...

First Philbeauty event highlights Philippines and international cosmetic business

24-Jun-2014 - The Philippines’ own beauty event closed its doors in Manila at the end of last week, following an expanded roll out that included a number of new additions this year.

Exclusive interview

“Eliminating microbeads does not compromise cosmetics quality”

20-Jun-2014 - Bulldog Skincare founder Simon Duffy says that removing plastic microbeads from cosmetics products and soaps will not compromise performance and calls for more interest to encourage more brands to follow...

India’s professional sector increasingly competitive as Revlon moves in

19-Jun-2014 - In a move with which the brand states it hopes to take on L’Oreal, Revlon has announced it will now branch out into the professional beauty segment in India. ...

Skincare Ingredients 2014 online event opens its doors today!

18-Jun-2014 - The fourth annual Skincare Ingredients online event opens today, with a packed programme, networking opportunities and the chance to discover the biggest trends in the categories all at your fingertips.

Voice of the Industry

US based luxury consultant reveals how she helps fragrance brands crack Asia

17-Jun-2014 - Cracking Asia from a Western brand’s point of view has long been known to be difficult – from ever-changing regulations to translating a brand’s message in the right way. That's where...

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