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Avon vice chairman let go in wake of bribery probe

31-Jan-2012 - Avon Products has confirmed in an SEC filing that its vice chairman Charles Cramb has been fired following ongoing investigations into bribery centred on its China operations.

Bobbi Brown turns to Facebook to revive discontinued lines

31-Jan-2012 - It seems that the comeback era has extended to the cosmetics industry as global brand Bobbi Brown has launched a Facebook campaign to revive discontinued cosmetics.

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Unipex awarded at in-cosmetics Asia

31-Jan-2012 - Unipex’s ingredient Capixyl, designed to help reduce hair loss and stimulate new hair growth has been awarded the bronze prize at in-cosmetics Asia.

China ingredients register gives counterfeiters opportunities

27-Jan-2012 - Since the 2008 advent of compulsory ingredients registration in China the initiative has made doing business more complex and also opened up the door to counterfeiters, according to Campo Research.

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IFSCC dish out awards at conference in Bangkok

27-Jan-2012 - In December, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists of Thailand hosted the IFSCC Conference despite floods in and around Bangkok. At the Gala Banquet, Conference Awards were presented to authors of...

Unilever steps up Brylcreem ops in India as expansion march continues

27-Jan-2012 - Personal care giant Unilever has entered into an agreement with its Indian subsidiary as it aims to expand its Brylcreem brand into the region.

NZ study finds detectable levels of heavy metals in ‘low cost’ lipsticks

27-Jan-2012 - New Zealand’s Ministry of Health have found detectable levels of leachable cadmium, chromium and lead in lipsticks sold at discount stores in a study that also revealed low cost hair...

Naturex eyes Asian acquisitions as 2011 sales jump 12%

26-Jan-2012 - With 2011 sales jumping 12.3%, the world’s biggest botanical extracts specialist says it will acquire 4-5 companies in 2012, with negotiations advancing with an Asian target.

Colgate reports strong Q1 sales growth but profits hit by tax charges

26-Jan-2012 - Global oral care player Colgate-Palmolive has announced continued strong sales growth for its Q4, but although profits are hit by a tax charge, the underlying trend is also up.

Beiersdorf’s European sales continue to tumble, but profits beat expectations

26-Jan-2012 - Beiersdorf’s preliminary full year sales show that the consumer division has been steady, boosted by developing markets but let down by European sales, but profits beats expectations on the back...

Beiersdorf cosmetic sales stagnate, but Latin America continues to shine

25-Jan-2012 - Beiersdorf has announced preliminary full year sales showing a steady increase in group sales, driven by a strong performance in developing markets, but held back by a sluggish performance from...

Not investing properly in foreign markets could damage brand, says expert

25-Jan-2012 - In an exclusive interview with CosmeticsDesign.com USA, Dr. Alain Khaiat advises companies investing in the Asian Pacific market that, “It’s the brand that is at risk of being damaged if...

Inter Parfums interim Q4 results show massive leap on strong Burberry sales

25-Jan-2012 - Global luxury fragrance player Inter Parfums has announced a big leap in its Q4 sales as revenues from its leading Burberry brand almost double.

Symrise develops an alternative conditioning preservative

25-Jan-2012 - Symrise has launched SymOcide PS, a synergistic mixture of phenoxyethanol and 1, 2-alkanediol, recommended as an alternative to caprylyl glycol blends, (a hair and skin conditioning agent) particularly in cases...

Pump found to be best sunscreen dispenser but application still proving to be inefficient

24-Jan-2012 - Much like adults, school children apply sunscreen substantially less than is recommended although the pump has been highlighted as the best dispenser for the products, according to a study in...

NZ study reveals ‘low cost’ hair dyes could breach amended regulation

23-Jan-2012 - Results from an ongoing investigation by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has revealed that concentration levels of para-phenylenediamine in certain brands of hair dyes sold at discount stores may now...

People on the move

People on the move: cosmetics jobs

23-Jan-2012 - Cosmetics Design presents it latest round up of the movers and shakers in the cosmetics industry, including appointments at Bell, LVMH and Unicep Packaging.

IIVS expands Program in support of animal testing alternatives in cosmetics

20-Jan-2012 - The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) will expand its international outreach program having recognised the need to drive regulatory change in those countries that still require animal testing for...

PCHi to throw spotlight on the all-important China market

20-Jan-2012 - The PCHi event is set to open its doors in Shanghai, China on 27th February, providing a window in on one of the world’s fastest growing and evolving cosmetic and...

In-cosmetics Asia draws strong attendance, despite being rescheduled

19-Jan-2012 - Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the in-cosmetics Asia event claim that nearly 4,000 attendees made the event a success, in spite of the fact that it had to be re-scheduled due...

IFF to realign fragrance business and cut jobs

19-Jan-2012 - International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) has announced its latest strategic initiative designed to strengthen its global go-to-market capabilities and realign its Fragrance Business Unit, but this will mean job cuts...

Scientists showcase skin and photo ageing benefits of zinc as cosmetics agent

19-Jan-2012 - Scientists in Japan have shown that zinc salt of l-pyrrolidone carboxylate (zinc PCA) is a promising topical agent not only for prevention of intrinsic skin ageing but also for that...

New research says ‘value for money’ is most important to NZ consumers

18-Jan-2012 - According to the latest Roy Morgan Research data, ‘value for money’ is the most influential factor for consumers in New Zealand when buying personal care and cosmetic products.

Brazil, India and China show greatest potential for growth in cosmetics

17-Jan-2012 - In light of worrying economic times, a new survey released by the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) has noted that the cosmetic industry has picked up, driven by three of...

Shrimp derivative shown to aid skin permeation of green tea catechins

16-Jan-2012 - Chitosan microparticles, commonly derived from the shell of shrimp and other sea crustaceans, have been shown to significantly improve the ability of certain antioxidants to permeate the skin.

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