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All Asia-Pacific

The Asia Pacific region is one of the most dynamic and diverse markets in the cosmetics industry with various innovations and regulations within the region. This section compiles a list of all the news and developments in the region.

Soybean oil-based surfactant proven to improve cleaning, foaming and conditioning in shampoo

28-Jan-2015 - Scientists have developed a new non-toxic, environmentally friendly soybean oil-based polymeric surfactant (SBPS) and having studied it for potential application as a surface-active ingredient for shampoos, found that it improves...

Study raises ethical concerns of skin whitening ads

28-Jan-2015 - Skin whitening is quite the trend in Asia-Pacific but expert Professor Lynne Eagle has questioned the ethics of marketing such products that are widely available in Australia.

Scientists discover bacterial pigment potential to improve SPF

22-Jan-2015 - Two pigments have potential as ingredients in sunscreens as they have been shown to improve sun protection factor and also display antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Henkel beauty business moves into newly opened Shanghai center

22-Jan-2015 - Henkel’s beauty care business based in Asia will move into its new home at the company’s new Management Center which opened in Shanghai this week.

Award-winning oils and fats innovation makes skin care ‘more effective’

22-Jan-2015 - University lecturer Dr Mahiran Basri has been recognised for her work in successfully diversifying the use of oils and fats which resulted in an innovation formulated through nanotechnology that is...

Korea animal testing ban joy may be 'premature' as formal agreement needed on ingredients

14-Jan-2015 - Although included in Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) draft five year plan to phase out of animal testing for finished cosmetic products and ingredients, there is...

DSM Personal Care signs distribution agreement with Mascot in South Asia

07-Jan-2015 - DSM Personal Care is upping its presence in South Asia having announced that Mascot Universal Pvt. Ltd will be its sole distributor in in the region.

Missha halts business in Hong Kong

06-Jan-2015 - Beauty brand Missha has 'suspended business' at all of its outlets in Hong Kong. The drastic move comes as a surprise, as Korean cosmetics are in high demand of late....

Asia in Focus

From a rise in demand for customization to the power of Korean TV - what a year it's been for Asia!

23-Dec-2014 - As we bid farewell to 2014, Cosmetics Design takes stock of the beauty innovations and trends to come out of Asia's fast moving markets. Here, we round up some of the...

'Cytokines therapy' gaining momentum for treating Alopecia

18-Dec-2014 - Korean based ‘AesMed’ has developed a hair loss treatment solution based on ‘Cytokines therapy’ to control hair cell activation.

Nestlé Skin Health to open 10 innovation hubs focused on skin research

11-Dec-2014 - Nestlé Skin Health will open a global network of 10 innovation hubs focused on developing solutions and techniques that will promote healthy skin through medical investigation, education and application of...

Influenced by nature – natural ingredients in use today

11-Dec-2014 - Natural skin care goes back thousands of years to when the Ancient Egyptians used treatments for a variety of skin conditions and with the category still being popular today, we...

China 'Singles Day' spending gives Black Friday a run for its money!

02-Dec-2014 - Traditionally a US shopping tradition, Black Friday has become increasingly popular in Europe too. However, China’s 'Singles’ Day' celebrating the young and cash-flush is giving the holiday a run for...

IBR gains Australian patent for anti-ageing Snowflake ingredient

27-Nov-2014 - Natural active ingredient supplier IBR has been given a boost in its quest to penetrate the Eastern markets after it was granted a patent for its IBR-Snowflake product in Australia,...

CFDA proposes revision of 25 year old cosmetics regulation

26-Nov-2014 - In an effort to regulate and strengthen the supervision and management of cosmetics, the China Food and Drug Administration is set to revise cosmetic health supervision regulations.

Shiseido skin elasticity research presentation wins top award

26-Nov-2014 - For the fifth consecutive year cosmetics company Shiseido won the Top Award at the 28th IFSCC Congress for its presentation its novel approach to anti-ageing facial skin care.

DSM explores the power of Chinese women...

25-Nov-2014 - DSM has explored Chinese women to deconstruct some cultural codes that influence the personal care market. The research is to ultimately tailor existing solutions and create new ones that answer the needs of...

Launch exclusive

Bulldog ‘collaborates to success’ with Boots in exclusive Thailand launch

20-Nov-2014 - Men’s skin care brand Bulldog will ‘collaborate to success’ in Thailand with Health and Beauty retailer Boots launching its range of products in Thailand later this month, extending its partnership....

DSM tailors skin product positioning for Asian consumers

18-Nov-2014 - Global ingredients supplier DSM has tailored the marketing and positioning of its Regu-Scence skin active in order to meet the needs of Asian consumers.

Asia in Focus - dispatches from Bangkok

Opening the door to Japan...designer trend is out - uniqueness is in!

13-Nov-2014 - This month we are focusing on Japan, where consumer demand for designer brands from head to toe has shifted to a desire to be unique. Ultimately opening up an infinitive amount...

EU addresses WTO with concern over China’s cosmetics regulations

13-Nov-2014 - The European Union has expressed its' concerns over China’s regulations on cosmetics and medical devices at the World Trade Organisation’s technical standards committee. 

Skin whitening products have global potential IF marketed correctly

13-Nov-2014 - Skin whitening products have long been seen as popular in Asia but have struggled in the West, though this shouldn’t be the case if they are marketed correctly, says Datamonitor’s...

Shiseido sunscreen’s UV protection enhanced after water contact

12-Nov-2014 - Shiseido claims to have developed a sunscreen that actually enhances UV protection once in contact with water or perspiration.

Dow Corning takes Japanese influence into new silicone technologies

12-Nov-2014 - Dow Corning showcased the latest concepts from its Trends Lab program in the form of two new skin care silicones, developed in Asia to meet consumer needs and ensure quality.

Naturex develops AHAs for skin radiance

12-Nov-2014 - Ingredients supplier Naturex has launched its latest line of extracts from its Radiance collection at the in-cosmetics Asia event in Bangkok.

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