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Study suggests general hair conditioner just as effective to get rid of lice

28-Feb-2014 - A new study claims that ordinary hair conditioner is just as effective at getting rid of hair lice as specialist nit-removal.

As Shiseido refocuses on Asia, L’Oréal snaps up brands

27-Feb-2014 - In a mutually beneficial agreement, Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido has announced the sale of two of its luxury beauty brands, Carita and Decléor, to French beauty brand L’Oréal....

Rural consumers to lead India's boom: Unilever looking to profit

27-Feb-2014 - Unilever has announced its intention to join the Facebook-led alliance ‘’, which seeks to provide web access to India’s rural population, in a move which looks to make the most...

Centre for Science says natural claims are not always safer

27-Feb-2014 - According to a survey from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a lack of regulation in India means a ‘herbal’ claim on a cosmetic product might not always mean natural or...

Nu Skin now facing lawsuit for shareholder losses

26-Feb-2014 - In the latest blow relating to its practices in China, beauty brand Nu Skin now faces a class action which seeks to recover damages for shareholders who have been hit...

Nestlé’s sweet tooth for skin care sees Skin Health subsidiary announced

26-Feb-2014 - Food giant Nestlé has something of a sweet tooth for skin care it appears, having acquired full ownership of the Galderma brand from L’Oréal and announces its skin health focus....

Wacker launches new hair care ingredient dedicated to the China market

26-Feb-2014 - Silicone-based ingredients supplier Wacker has unveiled a series of new product launches at the PCHi event in Shanghai last week, including a hair conditioner exclusively for the China market.

Showa Denko targets growth in Asia Pacific ingredients market

26-Feb-2014 - Japanese conglomerate Showa Denko is targeting growth in its personal care division through further expansion into the China market and other countries in the Asia Pacific region.

P&G focus on Southeast Asia in hopes to boost performance

26-Feb-2014 - Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has been targeting the Southeast Asia market in a bid to profit from the region’s growth, and balance stagnant sales in the West.

News in brief

Vipshop acquires second cosmetics brand in as many weeks

26-Feb-2014 - Vipshop, a prominent online discount retailer in China, has acquired a minority interest in Ovation, its second cosmetics brand purchase in as many weeks.

Bonamour grows its export markets in Asia with addition of Malaysia

25-Feb-2014 - Texas-based anti-aging skin care player Bonamour has expanded its focus on the Asia Pacific market with certification of export registration in Malaysia.

A picture’s worth 1000 words… Instagram boasts beauty brand opportunity

25-Feb-2014 - Social media photo sharing platform Instagram is opening up a big opportunity for beauty brands to utilize user generated content and grow eCommerce channels.

Estée Lauder striving to reset its presence in China

25-Feb-2014 - Estée Lauder has hired former MD for Proximity Beijing, Alex Csergo, as its senior director of the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to ramp up its customer relationship management practices....

Avon still hopeful in Asia

25-Feb-2014 - Avon has announced a shake-up of its Thailand approach, suggesting the beauty giant is seeking new avenues for boosting sales in Asia after its recent exit from South Korea and Vietnam....

PCHi opens its doors to the biggest attendance ever

25-Feb-2014 - The PCHi event in Shanghai has attracted the biggest crowds to date, with the organiser Reed Sinopharm claiming that first day attendance was up 65% compared to the last event...

News in brief

MakeUP in Seoul around the corner

25-Feb-2014 - The first ‘MakeUP in Seoul’ show will open its doors in two weeks’ time in South Korea, as the latest offering from the team behind ‘MakeUP in Paris’ and ‘MakeUP...

PCHi Shanghai 2014, in photos

25-Feb-2014 - PCHi 2014 closed its doors in Shanghai last Friday, with organizer Reed Sinopharm claiming both record visitor and exhibitor numbers at the event. And here are some of the highlights...

Challenging quarter but Coty determined to dig its nails in and come out on top

24-Feb-2014 - Beauty firm Coty struggled in its second quarter as net revenues were down, as the U.S. in particular slowed down; but there is still hope for the company, particularly in...

Korean brand Cosmax moves into L’Oréal's territory

20-Feb-2014 - South Korean cosmetics company Cosmax continues its efforts to become a well-known global brand with its move into former L'Oreal corporate offices.

Beauty consequence not cancer risk motivates sunscreen use best in teens

20-Feb-2014 - Scientists have found that youngsters are more likely to address sun protection behaviour if skin appearance and beauty effects are highlighted as opposed to messages displaying a skin cancer risk.

Ashland showcases skin defence plankton extract in China

20-Feb-2014 - Aquatic plankton rich in GP4G nucleotides dampens the effect of infrared and ultraviolet radiation on the appearance of skin, according to new studies showcased at the Personal Care and Homecare...

News in brief

Mary Kay further invests in China

20-Feb-2014 - In a move which counters that of some of its retreating rivals, US beauty brand Mary Kay is looking to establish itself further in China with the purchase of an office...

Mintel: a gallery of Asian skin care innovations

19-Feb-2014 - Asia is often viewed as the centre of skin care innovation. Here, Mintel rounds up some of the products dominating the region's markets..

Asia in Focus

Cosmetic brands develop ‘anti-pollution’ products for China

19-Feb-2014 - This month is focusing on China’s skin care market where our expert, Florence Bernardin, having just returned from her most recent trip there, reports the rise of beauty products claiming to...

Exclusive interview

Mibelle Biochemistry unveils anti-ageing snow algae extract

19-Feb-2014 - An extract of snow algae can protect the skin against environmental stress factors and improve the barrier function and has been developed by Mibelle Biochemistry. Here, Dr Fred Zülli gives...

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