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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.

The Face Shop angling to become top Korean brand in Thailand

29-Jul-2014 - The Face Shop, a skin care and cosmetics leader in Korea, is eying up expansion Thailand, where it has set its sights on the top spot among Korean brands in...

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...

Toxicology consultant opens Hong Kong office for cosmetics compliance

17-Jul-2014 - Toxicology consultant company Delphic HSE Solutions will open a regional office in Hong Kong, which will help it enter the Asian certification market.

Induchem targets expansion into Asia market with new Singapore office

15-Jul-2014 - Switzerland-based cosmetic ingredients company Induchem has announced the opening of its first official sales office in Singapore.

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?

CIRS advises industry to check final version of IECIC

08-Jul-2014 - China’s FDA has published a final version of Inventory of Existing Cosmetic Ingredient in China (IECIC 2014), listing some 8783 ingredients.

China ends animal testing on regular cosmetics

02-Jul-2014 - China authorities have continued to make steps toward the ending of animal testing on cosmetics by ceasing mandatory testing for ordinary cosmetic products produced and sold in China.

Maybelline preparing to launch new mobile-optimised site

01-Jul-2014 - Colour cosmetics company Maybelline has entered a partnership with one of India’s leading tech development firms, Infosys, to create a new mobile optimized site for the brand.

Korean giant LG closes door on Elizabeth Arden bidding process

01-Jul-2014 - Korean consumer goods giant LG Household and Health Care has said it is no longer interested in bidding for Elizabeth Arden, after the cosmetics player revealed its restructuring plan.

Exclusive interview

Talks with the top: Loïc Armand details his positive cosmetics outlook

26-Jun-2014 - As Cosmetics Europe announced that President of L’Oréal France, Loïc Armand, will take the reins as its President for the 2014 -2016 term, CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com was given an exclusive interview with...

Payouts start for Kanebo over skin whitening complaints

24-Jun-2014 - Japanese cosmetics firm Kanebo is to offer short term compensation payments to 4,000 people who suffered from skin problems after using its whitening products containing the chemical Rhododeno.

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...

Malaysia Health Ministry advises consumers against two cosmetic products

19-Jun-2014 - The Health Ministry of Malaysia has advised consumers in the country against buying two specific cosmetic products, claiming they both contain potentially toxic ingredients.

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...

Amyris expands reach of its farnesene-based fragrance technology

12-Jun-2014 - US-based biotechnology company Amyris has further developed its relationship with Japan-based Takasago by extending the commercialization of its farnesene-based fragrance technology.

Asia researchers look at new ways to harvest seaweed for cosmetics

12-Jun-2014 - Although seaweed farming has been in practice for 100's of years in Asia, researchers now say they are focused on a new method that isn’t as labor-intensive to harvest the...

Is Asia taking skin lightening too far?

11-Jun-2014 - With the global skin lightening market predicted to reach up to $10 billion by 2015, it's fair to say that Asia likes its brightening creams, but have brands gone too...

RPC Group reports rise in demand for specialised cosmetics packaging

10-Jun-2014 - Global plastic packaging provider RPC Group has revealed it has experienced higher demand for specialised packaging for cosmetics as it reports a rise in full-year operating profit. 

Indonesian Minister and RSPO open to collaboration on joint sustainable palm oil standard

10-Jun-2014 - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Indonesian Vice Minister of Trade have announced that they are open to a collaboration to produce a joint sustainable palm oil...

Clinique develops 'Custom-Repair Serum' for Asian skin

05-Jun-2014 - Clinique has expanded its skin care portfolio with a specialist serum that claims to offer customised and targeted repair which will be rolled out in Asia by September.

L’Oreal to limit wastewater as multinationals clean up their acts

05-Jun-2014 - Consumer goods multinational L’Oreal has announced a partnership with water treatment service provider, Veolia, which will tackle the problem of wastewater discharged from the beauty giant’s factories in Indonesia....

Asia dwarfing other regions in male grooming thanks to South Korea

04-Jun-2014 - With sales of male grooming products, particularly those in the skin care segment, on the rise in Asia, the region is now positioned as one of the fastest growing markets...

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