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One of the biggest emerging markets in the industry, India has long been tipped for massive market growth in the coming years. Natural products and ingredients are increasingly popular as consumers are well accustomed to them due to traditional and cultural reasons. Key markets in the region of India include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Sweet smell of success: eBay rises as India's biggest perfume retailer

27-May-2015 - eBay India has emerged as the country's largest online perfume mall as it expands its' portfolio to include luxury perfumes at cheaper prices.

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ASEAN is ideal for catering to organic and natural demand, says expert

27-May-2015 - Whether working out, meditating or making healthy purchasing decisions, consumers today are taking better care of their health. This shift in behaviour has impacted the cosmetics industry, particularly with organic...

Beard trend sees Indian men go to great lengths for facial hair

14-May-2015 - From sophisticated rituals to complex and innovative skin care - male grooming in Asia is BIG. Take for example India, where the latest trend is with facial hair loss treatments...

India's first halal cosmetics brand gains momentum

07-May-2015 - After launching in 2014, IBA Cosmetics - India’s 'first' Halal certified range has attracted a steady consumer base, and not just from the Muslim community.

Kosé develops range to meet needs of India's women

23-Apr-2015 - Japanese cosmetics firm, Kosé has invested in India's markets with a skin care brand it developed to better cater to the women of the country.

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P&G looks to expand its anti-pollution skin care offerings

16-Apr-2015 - In Asia, Procter & Gamble is already at the forefront in providing anti-pollution skin care solutions. In the second part of this exclusive interview we take a look at the...

Indian brands investing in hair care: new ranges launched

16-Apr-2015 - Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty in India is all set to expand its offering of hair care ranges from four to seven by the end of this year, making the...

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P&G research stays one step ahead on anti-pollution skin care

15-Apr-2015 - Anti-pollution is a claim we are starting to see more and more of on skin care products in Asia, and increasingly worldwide. This exclusive interview lifts the lid on how...

Clearasil maker challenges India's call for 'animal origins' to be declared in cosmetics

05-Mar-2015 - The Delhi High Court has been challenged on a notification that requires cosmetics packaging to indicate if it contains any ingredient of animal origin; - a green dot for 'vegetarian' and a red/brown one...

India based Essel Propack sets sights beyond oral care

29-Jan-2015 - The speciality packaging supplier to Hindustan Unilever, P&G and Colgate Palmolive, is adjusting its focus to accommodate more cosmetics segments.   

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.

New India Cosmetics Bill comes with 5 year jail sentence for violators

28-Jan-2015 - The new Drug and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, if it comes into effect, will see anyone in violation of the clinical trials procedure facing a jail sentence of up to five years....

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.

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.

Indian consumers show high awareness of green products

01-Oct-2014 - Green products have a good chance of being a hit with Indian consumers after a new survey found that there is high awareness of biobased products in the region.

Rieke Dispensing’s Asia reach bolstered with acquisition

21-Aug-2014 - Rieke Dispensing’s reach in Asia has expanded once more and its manufacturing capabilities will be given a boost following its parent company TriMas Corporation’s acquisition of Lion Holdings Pvt. Ltd....

Cosmetics online flash sales to take off in Asia

05-Aug-2014 - In an effort to push the mobile commerce market in Southeast Asia, Japan based mobile app company ‘Line’ has plans to influence flash sales across markets including cosmetics.

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. 

Emami hunting growth with multiple personal care launches

16-Jul-2014 - Emami has displayed eagerness to corner growth in India, with its recent launches and acquisitions marking it out as a company investing heavily in diversifying its portfolio. 

E-retail platform secures $3.4 million investment as India’s online shopping takes off

10-Jul-2014 - Indian beauty company Nykaa has secured Rs 20 crore ($3.4 million) from private investors to further boost their presence as one of the country’s leading online retailers. 

Hindustan Unilever outlines five-point plan to make the company ‘future-ready’

03-Jul-2014 - The chairman of personal care giant Hindustan Unilever has outlined five areas of focus where the brand will make moves to make itself ‘future ready’, with the key industry player...

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.

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...

Nivea opens first manufacturing plant in India

25-Jun-2014 - Nivea, a global leader in skin care, has just opened its first manufacturing plant within India, in a move which confirms its efforts to expand in the country are underway. ...

India FDA cracks down on cosmetics manufacturers

25-Jun-2014 - The Indian Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on four cosmetics manufacturers in Pune, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur after finding them to be operating without valid licences.