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Shiseido targets anti-aging hair care roll out in Asia

29-Feb-2012 - Cosmetics manufacturer Shiseido is targeting the Asian market with its anti-aging hair care range after survey results suggested it is of major concern to women in the region.

Majority stake acquisition backs Geka’s emerging market push

28-Feb-2012 - An international private equity firm has purchased a majority stake in cosmetics packaging supplier Geka, providing the brush maker with the financial backing it needs to continue its international expansion.

Symrise further invests in emerging markets

28-Feb-2012 - In a bid to extend its position in emerging markets, Symrise has recently finalized two acquisitions, the Brazilian activities of fragrance manufacturer Belmay and natural perfume oil company, Trilogy Fragrances.

Increase in awareness and disposable income to drive further growth for cosmetics in India

27-Feb-2012 - Thanks to the availability of international products and rising disposable income in the country, the Indian cosmetics market is poised for further growth, according to a new market report.

Social media holds the key for customer interaction says L’Oréal

24-Feb-2012 - Cosmetics giant L’Oréal has identified social media as the final piece in the ‘digital revolution’ puzzle, opening up new opportunities for interaction between its brand and consumers.

PCHi expo readies to open its doors in Shanghai next week

23-Feb-2012 - The Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) event will platform the latest industry innovations at the Expo Theme Pavilion in Shanghai and the Cosmetics Design team will be there.

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Cosmetic quality testing labs to be set up in India

23-Feb-2012 - The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) is planning to set up five new laboratories for testing the quality of cosmetics in India, as the industry continues to post solid...

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Global personal care products market to reach $333bn by 2015 says GIA

22-Feb-2012 - Market research firm Global Industry Analysts (GIA) has predicted the global personal care products market to reach $333bn by 2015, driven by increasing product innovations, growing disposable incomes and better...

J&J CEO steps down

22-Feb-2012 - Johnson & Johnson CEO Bill Weldon has announced his retirement and will be succeeded by Alex Gorsky at a time of mixed fortunes for the company.

Eurozone crisis has taken its toll on beauty packaging says MWV

22-Feb-2012 - The unstable economic environment, particularly in Europe, has taken its toll on the consumer packaging business, with beauty packaging being one of the worst hit, according to global packaging supplier...

Cosmetic consumption expected to drive global surfactant market

21-Feb-2012 - Demand from the cosmetics market is expected to drive the growth of the global surfactant market, particularly in Asia, according to a new market report.

China SFDA proposes first in vitro method for cosmetic phototoxicity

21-Feb-2012 - The China State Food and Drug Administration have issued a draft proposal for an alternative method to animal experiments when testing cosmetic ingredients for acute phototoxic effects on the skin.

US sales down as Q4 profits plummet at Revlon

20-Feb-2012 - Cosmetic manufacturer Revlon saw its fourth quarter and full year profits plummet as it saw sales dry up in the US and Europe, with China as its only saving grace.

Avon attempts to smooth over cracks with China chief

20-Feb-2012 - Avon Products has appointed a new head for its China operations, a move that aims to smooth over the heavy burden of ongoing bribery investigations and poor financial results.

Kao given green light to file lawsuit over alleged hair colour patent infringement

17-Feb-2012 - Japan-based Kao Corporation has had its voice heard by the Tokyo District Court and has had a preliminary injunction order issued against the manufacture and sale of foaming hair colour...

L’Oréal eyes digital media to connect closer to consumers

17-Feb-2012 - Cosmetics giant L’Oréal is ramping up its presence in digital media in order to develop closer consumer relationships, following a strong performance in 2011.

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Marico buys Benckiser brands to target men’s grooming in India

17-Feb-2012 - Marico, one of India's leading Consumer Products & Services Groups in the Beauty and Wellness space, will acquire Set Wet, Livon, Zatak and certain other Personal Care brands currently owned...

Kao to lay the foundations for surfactant production expansion

16-Feb-2012 - Cosmetics manufacturer Kao Corporation has announced that its Indonesia Chemicals division will construct a new plant and expand its production facilities for surfactants used in cosmetics and toiletries.

Avon remains tight-lipped as evidence is presented at ongoing bribery investigation

15-Feb-2012 - Global cosmetics firm Avon remains tight-lipped as federal prosecutors investigating whether U.S. executives at the company broke foreign-bribery laws present evidence in the probe to a grand jury.

Fenchem develops new formula from flower extracts for damaged skin

15-Feb-2012 - The cosmetic division at Fenchem has launched ‘Wound Healing Essence’, a new active formula from flower extracts that is said to be extremely effective on the treatment of wounds, sunburn...

Emerging market demand drives revenue growth for L’Oréal

15-Feb-2012 - Cosmetics giant L’Oréal is eyeing emerging markets to increase revenue and profits in 2012 following the announcement of strong 2011 results.

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Cosmetic regulator authorizes JRC/ PCPC report on nanomaterials

13-Feb-2012 - The International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulators' (ICCR) has directed the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US Personal Care Products Council in publishing a report on nanomaterials characterization...

Personal Care and emerging markets to remain priority for Unilever following Q4 results

09-Feb-2012 - On the back of its fourth quarter 2011 results announcement last week, Unilever CFO Jean-Marc Huet has reiterated that the Personal Care business and emerging market push that helped boost...

Pineapple ‘waste’ could provide bromelain extract for ingredient use

08-Feb-2012 - Waste from pineapple processing could provide a range of value added ingredients for the food industry, including a new source of the enzyme bromelain, say researchers.

Unilever CEO points to Alberto Culver integration as catalyst for US hair care success

07-Feb-2012 - Following strong fourth quarter results buoyed by a healthy performance in Personal Care, Unilever CEO Paul Polman has revealed his delight at the company’s position in in the US hair...

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