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Happy Holidays from the Cosmetics Design Asia team!

20-Dec-2012 - would like to wish our readers a Happy Holiday!

2012's Top Stories looks at the Top 5 stories of 2012!

20-Dec-2012 - 2012 was a big year for the cosmetics industry in Asia-Pacific, with emerging markets booming, big players upping their presence and changing regulations. takes a look at the top...

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Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

19-Dec-2012 - The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

SKCC Labs expands with goal to make RM10 million in 2013

18-Dec-2012 - The Malaysia-based company is expanding its footprint into Japan, the US and Europe with a goal of making RM10 million in sales by the end of 2013, after merely turning...

Kanebo restructures in a bid to globally expand

18-Dec-2012 - Kanebo Cosmetics has recently unveiled a major new business structure and vision that aims to set the company on course for significant global expansion leading up to 2015 as the...

L’Oréal concentrates on skin science development with new research centre

18-Dec-2012 - Following a string of facilities opening around the world, French firm L’Oréal has opened an Advanced Research Centre in A*STAR's Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) to plug into the research...

Aussie body to consult proposed changes to sunscreen standards

18-Dec-2012 - The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) is consulting on the regulatory impacts of the proposed adoption of the revised Australian and New Zealand Sunscreen Standard.

Laser test developed to test anti-aging product efficacy

18-Dec-2012 - Researchers in Taiwan have developed a process with a new laser technique to identify the signs of aging and may help provide an index for measuring the effectiveness of 'anti-aging'...

Bell predicts top four global fragrance trends for 2013

14-Dec-2012 - Global fragrance and flavours player Bell has asked its worldwide marketing teams to come up with the biggest trends for next year, with nostalgia, big films and relaxation all proving...

Avon to cut jobs and pull out of South Korea as crisis continues

13-Dec-2012 - Avon Products has announced it will pull out of the South Korea and Vietnam markets and cut 1500 jobs worldwide as it continues to look for ways to stabilize the...

Seven Scent further expands into Asia...

13-Dec-2012 - The UK fragrance brand is the most recent to call on specialty chemicals distributor DKSH for its expertise in selected Asian markets, in a bid to further expand its product line...

I gave you Old Spice. Now it’s back to me: P&G ends aftershave deal with Menezes

13-Dec-2012 - Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has ended its decade-long distribution deal in India with locally-based cosmetics firm Menezes.

News in brief

Skin care brand looks to build in Asia with Korea launch

13-Dec-2012 - Kate Somerville Skincare and Spruce Korea have joined forces to deliver the skin care brand to Korea, beginning in early 2013. 

Voice of the Industry

"Packaging priorities in Asia are not as different as you think," says industry expert

11-Dec-2012 - That expert is Philippe Milazzo, global cosmetic & perfumes marketing manager at packaging specialist DuPont, who tells this publication that the notion that Asia’s sustainable goals not being as high...

China SFDA updates technical safety cosmetics standard

11-Dec-2012 - The State Food and Drug Administration responsible for evaluating the safety and labelling of cosmetics has issued a comment letter on its’ updated Technical Safety Standard (draft 2012) which will...

The French secret to anti-ageing? It’s a bit cheesy…

11-Dec-2012 - A new generation of anti-ageing products could be developed after researchers stumbled upon the anti-inflammatory properties of cheese whilst trying to discover the secret behind the French paradox puzzle.

SkinCare Ingredients 2013 Virtual Trade Show: Put the date in your diary!

11-Dec-2012 - Cosmetics Design is readying its third annual SkinCare Ingredients virtual trade show, to be held on June 12, 2013, a date all skin care professionals should now have firmly marked...

News in brief

Korean cosmetics use pop star appeal to compete with global giants

11-Dec-2012 - Cosmetic companies in South Korea have enlisted male K-pop icons in an effort to expand beyond its borders and take on the global giants like L'Oreal and Unilever across the continent....

Could 'cooling' formulations be the next big thing in color cosmetics?

11-Dec-2012 - Cosmetics that cool the skin have made an impact on the Japanese market, a trend that Mintel researcher Vivienne Rudd believes could have a more widespread impact on the industry, alongside...

Philippines FDA updates list of banned mercury-laden cosmetics

07-Dec-2012 - The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of banned cosmetics featuring mercury has expanded from 50 to 71, after the illegal products were discovered over the period of January 2010 to November...

Shanghai Jahwa to phase out its weaker personal care lines

06-Dec-2012 - The Chinese cosmetic company has announced it plans to concentrate on three of its 'super-brands' whilst phasing out its' weaker lines, in a bid to focus on its growth potential in the...

Bali Monitoring Agency cracks down on illegal cosmetics

06-Dec-2012 - The Bali National Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (BPOM) is warning consumers to be more cautious when buying cosmetics after finding in a recent operation, a large number of illegal traditional...

Packaging can do so much more to engage beauty consumers

06-Dec-2012 - With packaging potentially playing such a critical role in shaping a beauty consumer’s product choice, cosmetics companies need to adapt to the trends in order to maximise this opportunity.

Cosmetics sales in China holding their own

06-Dec-2012 - According to National Bureau of Statistics, retail sales of cosmetics in China are up 16.5 percent for the first 10 months of 2012, amounting to 107.7 yuan ($17.3 billion) compared...

Don’t be silly… lipstick won’t affect your IQ

05-Dec-2012 - After recent studies into the safety of cosmetics products found traces of lead in lipsticks, questions have arisen over whether these products can affect your mental health.

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