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The cosmetics market in Korea, comprising of both North and South, is driven by the skin care sector; easily bringing in the most sales. In the future, analysts predict that men’s grooming will boom and deodorants, which is a relatively small segment at present, to hold a good opportunity.

2nd edition of in-cosmetics Korea to attract 4,000 visitors following the gap in market coverage

26-Nov-2015 - With Korea boasting the world’s highest per capita usage of skin care and male grooming products, the in-cosmetics group expects the second edition of its personal care ingredients show in...

Asia in Focus

A look at China, Japan and Korea's priorities in skin care

17-Nov-2015 - Consumers in China, Japan and Korea have very different concerns when it comes to skin care. This gallery looks at how priorities differ in those markets and what determines product...

Scientists claim 'iPS technology' turns back the clock on ageing by 30 years

29-Oct-2015 - Kosé's pluripotent stem (iPS) cells research could lead to the future of made-to-order rejuvenating skin care products as its scientists aim to reverse the skin cellular damage due to ageing....

Korea’s Samhwa Plastic expands beauty business with Pochet partnership

28-Oct-2015 - The cosmetics division of Samhwa Plastic; 'Mazel' is expanding in leaps and bounds this year, taking its airless packaging expertise to new heights by teaming up with luxury supplier, Pochet...

Artistry's 'K-Beauty' event focuses on the future of Korea's innovations

21-Oct-2015 - Skin care player Artistry has hosted a 'K-Beauty Close-up' event in Seoul to discuss the direction of the country's cosmetics trends and standards as their innovations gain traction around the globe....

Skin care formulators utilize starfish's regeneration properties

20-Oct-2015 - South Korea's skin care formulators have found a way to transfer the starfish's ability to regenerate lost arms and sometimes even a new body, into creams that moisturize and boost collagen....

E-commerce powers on: South Korea’s ‘’ teams up with China’s major e-tailer

01-Oct-2015 - Expansion is the name of the game for Asia's e-commerce giants as they strive to capture millions of eager online shoppers with cross border platforms that offer access to thousands...

Amore Pacific mulls entering the Colombia market

21-Sep-2015 - As part of moves to expand its market reach beyond Asia, Amore Pacific executives are on a mission to gauge whether Colombia will be one of the next new markets...

AmorePacific makes it onto Forbes 'most innovative companies' list

16-Sep-2015 - South Korea beauty giant, AmorePacific has made its debut at No. 28 in Forbes 2015 'World’s Most Innovative Companies' list. 

China dubbed a 'liability' as brands like Amorepacific see loss over yuan devaluation

25-Aug-2015 - Personal care giant, AmorePacific found itself among those affected by the devaluation of the Yuan this month - experiencing a loss of 11 per cent in a market it considers as its...

‘K-beauty’ demand is catapulting even the smallest of beauty players overseas

20-Aug-2015 - As the West calls for more of South Korea's beauty innovations, even the smallest of players are benefiting, despite struggling to ward off stiff competition at home.

Recipe Cosmetics designs sun protection in the form of ‘snowflakes’

12-Aug-2015 - South Korean beauty brand 'Recipe Cosmetics' is hoping to change the game with a sun care technology that aims to cool down the skin with snowflake shaped particles.

As Korea's cosmetics gain momentum, China eyes up its R&D and production experts

11-Aug-2015 - As Korean cosmetics really start to become known for their creativity and high quality, China has its sights set on the country's finest R&D and production personnel to help it compete...

The ‘sweet treats’ influencing South Korea's beauty industry

21-Jul-2015 - Research firm, Gama has taken stock of the ‘sweet treats’ influencing the beauty industry in 2015, where confectionery aromas are bringing a sensory element to colour cosmetics.

Estée Lauder acknowledges beauty blogger power with Korean ambassador

21-Jul-2015 - With beauty bloggers having more influence now than ever, Estée Lauder is the latest brand to acknowledge their sway on cosmetics buying behaviours by signing up Korean YouTube star, Irene Kim...

Men boost South Korea's cosmetics sales

17-Jul-2015 - As the women's cosmetics market becomes saturated, male grooming is leading the way in South Korea, which has seen personal care companies step up their marketing efforts with men....

As Chinese tourists continue to splurge, South Korea's retailers scramble for duty-free licences

17-Jul-2015 - As business continues to boom in South Korea thanks to Chinese tourists, retailers are scrambling to open duty-free shops in Seoul to get a piece of the action.

Asia in Focus

Snail slime becomes old hat as horse oil takes precedence in Korea's Seoul

14-Jul-2015 - What does horse oil, donkey and goat milk all have in common? Well, according to our Asia cosmetics market expert, they are currently the most sought after 'natural' ingredients in...

AmorePacific invests in Jeju 'hub' to encourage tourism

09-Jul-2015 - AmorePacific has invested in South Korea's Jeju Province to establish a hub that will allow the software, beauty and tourism industries to form a network and gain access to tools that...

AmorePacific is Korea's first cosmetics brand to open a store in Bloomingdales

07-Jul-2015 - Having somewhat conquered Asia, AmorePacific has now become the first Korean cosmetics brand to open a store in New York's renowned Bloomingdales.

L'Oreal acknowledges South Korea for dermatology initiative

02-Jul-2015 - At the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology, South Korea represented the Asia Pacific region for its 'voluntary social responsibility and hard work' in the area of dermatology.

First in-cosmetics Korea show 'exceeds industry expectation'

30-Jun-2015 - According to the organisers of in-cosmetics Korea, the event on June 15-16th lived up to its promise of 'new international show for Korea', exceeding industry expectations.

South Korea skin care device demand drives innovation

25-Jun-2015 - Without question, Korea has one of the longest beauty routines in the world and seekers of perfect skin have recently been introduced to devices that make that regime easier. South...

Korea is China's second largest exporter of cosmetics

28-May-2015 - Korea has become the second largest exporter of cosmetics to China behind France, with 34 per cent market share.

Market Insight

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...

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