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Digital imaging: a weapon to fight skin ageing

19-Apr-2005 - In the battle to prevent the signs of skin aging a digital high-resolution imaging technology is becoming the preferred choice for many beauty salons. Visia Complexion Analysis can be used...

Cosmetics maker in major accounting fraud

18-Apr-2005 - Japanese textiles and cosmetics group giant Kanebo has admitted to inflating profits by about $2 billion over the five-year period to March 2003, in what could be Japan's largest accounting...

Soybean wastage becomes next cosmetics ingredient

07-Apr-2005 - Japanese company Bernet International is turning waste from soybean processing into a base ingredient for cosmetic applications using newly developed biotechnology, reports Simon Pitman.

Japanese company moves to corner nanotechnology market

29-Mar-2005 - Japan-based Frontier Carbon Corporation says it is commencing US production in a bid to muscle in on the growing demand for fullerene materials for, amongst other industries, the European and...

Japanese companies launch skin care formulas

16-Mar-2005 - In Japan two leading cosmetic companies have announced the launch of new skin care formulas in the same week. Kanebo has developed a vitamin-B skin whitening product, while Kao has...

Inamed botulinum toxin to hit Europe

27-Jan-2005 - Inamed a global health care company, and its partner Ipsen, a European pharmaceutical group, are to distribute rights of Ipsen's botulinum toxin Type A product in selected international markets, including...

Synthetic musk could pose toxicity risk

27-Jan-2005 - A scientific study has shown that artificial musk fragrance can increase sensitivity to toxins in mussels, indicating possible implications for human health. Simon Pitman reports on the findings and industry's...

Cosmeceuticals making small dent in beauty sector

19-Jan-2005 - Cosmeceuticals, or supplements that target skin health and beauty, are seeing fast growth in Europe since emerging as a new concept but much of the growth so far has come...

Shiseido to launch hair loss treatment

14-Dec-2004 - Japanese cosmetic manufacturer Shiseido has announced that its research has discovered that adenosine contains hair re-growth properties, and that it is expecting to market as a hair growth product in...

Industry bodies denounce claims that shampoo is unsafe

07-Dec-2004 - Industry bodies have hit back at claims by a US study team that a chemical commonly used as a preservative in a variety of cosmetic products may damage unborn foetuses,...

Canada confirms mandatory cosmetics labelling

07-Dec-2004 - Health Canada has confirmed that the labelling of all ingredients on cosmetics products will become compulsory in the course of the next two years, bringing the country in line with...

Soft Gel awarded patent for skin product

02-Dec-2004 - Soft Gel has been awarded a US patent (6,806,259) for its Injuv soft gelatin capsule, a skincare supplement aimed at improving skin texture and appearance.

Obagi SP35 sunscreen regonised by Skin Cancer Foundation

18-Nov-2004 - In the US The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded Obagi Medical Products' Nu-Derm System Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 sunscreen with its Seal of Recommendation. The product won the award...

Kaneka builds US plant and creates US subsidiary to meet roaring Q10 demand

29-Jul-2004 - The rapid growth in the use of the natural antioxidant CoQ10 in the cosmetics and supplement industry has prompted the Japanese corporation Kaneka to build a new plant in the...

Henkel halves sales growth target due to sluggish market

09-Jul-2004 - German maker of Schwarzkopf hair care products Henkel recently cut its sales growth target by nearly half to 2 per cent, blaming a sluggish market, both at home and in...

European chemical industry unveils action plan

07-Jul-2004 - Although Europe is a world leader in chemical production, holding 28 per cent of the world market, its proportion of global trade has dropped by 4 per cent over the...

BASF supplies variable colour pigments for Shiseido cosmetics packaging

06-Jul-2004 - Shiseido's premium skincare line 'Beauty Voltage' is not only an experience for the skin but for the eye as well, courtesy of BASF's Variocrom variable colour pigment.

Henkel completes purchase of Indola from Alberto-Culver

03-Jun-2004 - Alberto-Culver has announced that it has completed the sale of its Indola professional hair care business to Henkel. The transaction, effective 1 June 2004, is the latest in a series...

Moritex launches electronic device to measure skin condition

14-May-2004 - Moritex Europe has launched an electronic device that measures skin moisture, elasticity, oiliness and sebum content for professional use in salons and at point-of-sale that can demonstrate the efficacy of...

Henkel to buy Indola professional hair care company from Alberto-Culver

07-May-2004 - Henkel is to acquire hair care company Indola from Alberto-Culver. They are expected to complete the deal by 1 June 2004, subject to final agreement and competition law clearances. The...

Shiseido and Coca Cola to launch Aroma Works brand

30-Mar-2004 - Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is gearing up to roll out Aroma Works - a cosmetics and beverage brand - to be launched in collaboration with US soft-drink manufacturer Coca Cola.

Anti-aging market thrives

24-Mar-2004 - The anti-aging product market grew by 13 per cent last year - more than doubling its previous two-year growth rate - reports the NPD Group. It comes as no suprise...

CoQ10 demand continues to grow

11-Feb-2004 - California-based Renaissance Herbs has entered into an exclusive joint venture with the Chinese firm Xi'an Haotian Bioegineering to produce and sell high quality, synthetic-grade CoQ10.

Buyout war unlikely for Kanebo cosmetics

11-Feb-2004 - Unison Capital has put forward a management offer - believed to match Kao's withstanding bid of €3 billion - for Kanebo's cosmetic operations. However the revelation has not unnerved toiletries...

Acerola berry fights skin discolouration

09-Jan-2004 - DHC Corporation, one of Japan's leading skincare companies, has unveiled the launch of its new Acerola Body Gel. The new cosmeceutical moisturiser is enriched with acerola berry to hydrate the...

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