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The rise in disposable income has led to a higher expenditure in beauty and personal care, including demand for more sophisticated products in China. It is now a market offering some of the best opportunities for cosmetics industry particularly in men’s grooming and hair care. The region also covers the Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, and Taiwan markets.

Venture Life moves into China's skin care market with 30 year deal

29-Jan-2015 - Healthcare brand, 'Venture Life' has signed a 30-year distribution deal with Shanghai based REC Cosmetics; the owner of 1,000 skin care retail chains across mainland China.

Japan proves to be fastest growing market for L’Occitane

27-Jan-2015 - Global French beauty giant, L’Occitane reports Japan to be its' biggest Asian market with total net sales up 15.2% to 133.9 million euro.

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.

Part II

'Brands MUST stay out of China in order to speed up change,' says HSI

22-Jan-2015 - Yesterday, Cosmetics Design spoke to Alain Khaiat about cosmetic brands opting out of China over animal testing. On his advice that the bigger players ‘cannot afford not to be present’, the HSI disagrees,...


Can cosmetic brands afford to opt out of China over animal testing?

21-Jan-2015 - While the ruling to end mandatory animal testing for most cosmetics in China came as good news on June 30 - the law only refers to domestic firms, meaning international...

Unilever sales hit by slump in China market

21-Jan-2015 - Unilever says that its performance in emerging markets, and specifically China, led to a decline in revenues for the current quarter, although profits were up for the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant.

ASEAN cosmetics committee updates safety bill

20-Jan-2015 - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Cosmetics Committee has agreed to new regulations on cosmetics in a bill that will improve consumer safety and crack down on misleading advertising....

CFDA looks into consumers view of China's cosmetics industry

15-Jan-2015 - The China FDA has been working on legislating a set of regulations to monitor cosmetics following a survey where Chinese consumers revealed quality and safety are top priority.

Asia in Focus

A look at China's rare and precious ingredients

13-Jan-2015 - Traditional Chinese medicine includes many rare and highly efficient ingredients, of which their recognized benefits have been transferred from generation to generation. Here, regional expert Florence Bernardin takes a look at 4...

Israeli biotechnology firm, Kamedis seeks Chinese dermo-cosmetic players

07-Jan-2015 - The Israeli biotechnology company set up by three traditional Chinese medicine practitioners is now set to target China's skin care market.

China's 'Hai tao' shoppers boosting cosmetic sales

07-Jan-2015 - 'Hai tao' shopping, otherwise known as online buying from overseas, is fast growing in China as consumers are eager to buy products that are either unavailable or over-priced in their own country....

China to introduce 'supervising regulation' for online cosmetic sellers

17-Dec-2014 - The China Food and Drug Administration has published a draft regulation for public consultation that will tighten the control of online sales of cosmetics.

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...

Chinese packaging - competitors and shelf sets more varied than the West

11-Dec-2014 - Whilst there is no winning formula for packaging success in China, recognising the global challenges facing packaging systems and factoring in the dynamics of this market, has been flagged as a good...

China cosmetics rank high in chemical risk list

10-Dec-2014 - China has 'once again' been named the front-runner of a "hit list" of dangerous products, according to the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (Baua)....

L'Occitane joins Alibaba's big cosmetic brand offering

09-Dec-2014 - French skin care brand, L’Occitane en Provence has confirmed a deal with China's largest ecommerce retailer Alibaba, launching a digital retail platform on the popular Tmall site. ...

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...

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.

Sephora accused of racial e-profiling

25-Nov-2014 - Beauty retail giant Sephora has been accused by four women of Chinese descent of racial profiling. They claim the brand closed down Asian customers’ accounts during a 20% off sale, due to...

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. 

Nu Skin revenues tumble, highlighted by a 50% decline in China

05-Nov-2014 - Nu Skin’s third quarter revenues show a big fall as the company continues to suffer from a crackdown on its practices in China earlier this year, and problems in other...

Cosmetics industry brushes off talk of slump in China

04-Nov-2014 - While the volume of cosmetics imports dropped heavily compared with the same period last year, international cosmetic giants claim the market is still growing and opportunities are aplenty.  ...

Lignin shown to enhance sunscreen effectiveness

28-Oct-2014 - Scientists in China and Canada have shown that the addition of lignin to commercial sunscreens can actually enhance their effectiveness and that exposure to sunlight may help them work even...

China economy slows but cosmetic sales remain strong

23-Oct-2014 - Latest data from the China Bureau of Statistics shows that the country’s economy grew at the slowest pace in five years, but that consumer sales, and specifically those for cosmetics,...

Croda E-seminar to focus on simplifying Chinese regulations

21-Oct-2014 - Croda’s personal care e-seminar series will focus on the Chinese marketplace to provide a better understanding of the evolving regulatory landscape.  

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